Making Meaning of Your Memories

Practical tips and insights to uncover and write about the memories that have shaped your life.

5 Tips to Boost Your Memoir Writing Progress memoir mindset memoirs productivity Apr 04, 2024

Everyone who embarks on a journey to write their memoir inevitably hits a wall. You have a dream of telling a slice of your life story, but you meet resistance—a too-full calendar, kids who...

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Break Through Busyness and Write Your Memoir memoirs productivity writing tips Mar 21, 2024

Many people worry they don't have enough time to write a memoir. Life is busy and finding time to write can be challenging. However, writing a memoir doesn't have to be a full-time job. Even if you...

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Too Paralyzed to Publish? How to Overcome ‘Send’ Syndrome memoir mindset memoirs Mar 14, 2024

My index finger hovered over the ‘send’ button for several seconds. I rechecked my document one more time. Was it good enough to ship off to my editor? This was the first draft of a...

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Clockwork Creativity: What's Your Optimal Writing Time? memoirs productivity Mar 07, 2024

Several years ago, I trained for my first marathon. I wasn’t a runner when I signed up for my first race, so I spent months following a training plan to literally get me up to speed.

I hated...

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When Telling Your Truth Means Telling on Others memoir mindset memoirs Feb 25, 2024

Last year I was working on a memoir project with a client. Every couple of weeks we’d meet to discuss various aspects of their life related to the story they wanted to tell. I’d...

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Driving at Night in the Fog: Insights from Anne Lamott getting started memoir mindset memoirs Feb 08, 2024

The hardest part about writing a memoir is getting your first draft done. I know this because I spent about five years tinkering with my first draft. You start with energy and good intentions. You...

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Unlocking the Past: How Writing Prompts Can Deepen Your Memoir getting started memoirs memories writing tips Feb 01, 2024

Writing a memoir is hard work, especially if you're struggling to remember some of the most pivotal moments in your life. If you’re having a hard time accessing key memories and sensory...

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Let Yourself Be a Beginner getting started memoir mindset Jan 17, 2024

I took a beginning drawing class at a local art store at the start of the year. I love the idea of being able to sketch simple scenes, and I’m a sucker for a fresh set of pencils. Our...

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Lies That Sabotage Memoir Writers memoir mindset memoirs Jan 11, 2024

I was sitting at a picnic table, eating food cart pierogies, minding my own business. I wasn’t even thinking about my memoir. Suddenly, a thought intruded out of nowhere: What if people...

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Map Your Memoir Writing Goals for 2024 memoir mindset productivity writing tips Dec 26, 2023

Embarking on the journey of writing your memoir is a courageous and deeply personal endeavor. As we step into the new year, it's the perfect time to reflect on your experiences and commit to...

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Unwrapping Christmas Memories memoirs memories Dec 21, 2023

When I was in college, my Aunt Ruth and Uncle Glen invited me for a fireside dinner in their living room every year at Christmastime. We’d eat by candlelight and listen to a recording of...

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Writing About My Trauma Set Me Free memoirs writing tips Dec 15, 2023

I never planned to write a memoir. Even though I had spent a good part of my career ghostwriting and editing other people’s stories, it never occurred to me that I might one day want to tell...

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