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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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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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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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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Top 3 Reasons People Never Write Their Memoir getting started memoir mindset memoirs Apr 08, 2023

Writing a memoir can be a powerful and transformative experience. The process of writing about your life allows you to reflect on your past, share your life story with others, and leave a lasting...

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Time to Review Your Memoir Writing Progress memoir mindset productivity Mar 28, 2023

As the second quarter of 2023 begins, it's a great time to reflect on your writing goals for the year. Have you made progress towards achieving them? Have you encountered any obstacles or...

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How Long Does It Take to Write a Memoir? memoir mindset memoirs productivity Feb 27, 2023

You're ready to write your memoir. But how long will it take to finish your first draft? The answer to this question depends on a few factors. 

First, a couple of...

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Set Your 2023 Memoir Writing Goals memoir mindset organization tips Dec 29, 2022

I’m a goal-setter. I can’t help myself. At the end of the year, I like to take time to reflect on the year I’ve just lived. What were the high points, low points, and points in...

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3 Ways to Grow as a Memoir Writer memoir mindset memoirs May 10, 2022

If you live in a place where you experience the four seasons, you likely notice a change in your mindset and energy level when there’s a change in temperature and weather patterns. I...

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