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How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days

How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days

Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating and Publishing Your Personal Story

  • Author: Roberta PHD Temes
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1621451526
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 192
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How to Write Your Memoir in 30 Days provides the framework for writers enthusiastic about telling their story, but wondering how to begin. Step-by-step techniques, culled from writers’ workshops taught by the author, are presented in a welcoming, non-intimidating style. The prospect of writing a book is not daunting when compartmentalized into thirty discrete assignments: Days 1 – 5 include exercises to identify major themes. Days 6 – 10 include exercises about plot. Days 11 – 15 include exercises about personalities. Days 16 – 20 include exercises about experiences. Days 21 – 25 include exercises that analyze responses to events. Days 26 – 30 include exercises that structure the story of the memoir. The book also includes information about publishers and literary agents, as well as information and resources about self-publishing. It also includes quick “clear communication” lessons about spelling and grammar. Perfect for today’s society, where we are all accustomed to celebrating each of life’s passages with a blog post and comfortable sharing our innermost feelings, How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days is a fun, easy guide to writing the next great memoir.

How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days

How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days

Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating and Publishing Your Personal Story

  • Author: Roberta PHD Temes
  • Publisher: Readers Digest
  • ISBN: 9781621451457
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 192
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A quick, fun and easy guide to writing a personal memoir in just one month! Step-by-step techniques, culled from writers’ workshops taught by the author, are presented in a welcoming, non-intimidating style. Everyone has a story to tell. If you’ve ever thought of sharing yours but don't know where to begin, How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days gives you the perfect framework. Step-by-step techniques, culled from writers’ workshops taught by the author, are presented in a series of fun writing exercises, including: · crafting your three-sentence memoir · identifying an incident that changed your life · creating stirring scenes You’ll figure out the major themes of your life, mine your memory for dramatic incidents, stitch your assignments (and diary entries, blog posts, and other writings) together into a compelling plot, and polish your prose into believable dialogue and exciting action. The book also includes quick “clear communication” lessons about spelling and grammar, plus information and advice about different publishing paths. Simply follow the daily directions and in just one month you will have a memoir ready to submit for publishing. Whether you’re a seasoned writer or a novice, dream of hitting the bestseller lists or just want to pass a little wisdom on to your grandkids, How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days is a fun, easy guide to writing the Next Great Memoir—yours.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing a Memoir

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing a Memoir

  • Author: Victoria Costello
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 1101559179
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 304
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Helps readers write memoirs, personal essays, and life stories of every length and type.

Your Life Is a Book - And It's Time to Write It!

Your Life Is a Book - And It's Time to Write It!

  • Author: M. a. Kevin Quirk
  • Publisher: Hillcrest Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 1936780216
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 160
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Do you have a story that you just have to tell? Do you seek to preserve your life history as a gift for loved ones, or to pay tribute to those who have meant the most to you? Do you yearn to write about one major life experience to inspire others? You're not alone. The desire to write our life story is a timeless, universal urge. Somewhere inside us we know that writing a book about our life will touch those we love, while enriching our lives in today's cell phone-laptop lifestyle. Life is a book, and women and men from 19 to 99 are hearing the call to write it. Someone is waiting to hear you tell your life story: who you are, how you've lived, what you've learned. They want to hear all the stories that have shaped your life. "Your Life Is a Book - And It's Time to Write It An A-to-Z Guide to Help Anyone Write Their Life Story" will take you on the journey of creating your memoir, autobiography, or life story. It doesn't matter how old or how young you are, or whether you've written a lot, a little, or not at all. Through practical tools, lively writing exercises, engaging questions, and helpful illustrations, you'll receive the guidance and encouragement you need from an expert life-writing teacher. Start writing your life story today Kevin Quirk, M.A., has been helping ordinary people of all ages and backgrounds write their life stories as ghostwriter, personal historian, and Writing Your Life Story teacher since 1998. A former journalist and founder of Life Is a Book, he is coauthor of "Brace for Impact: Miracle on the Hudson Survivors Share Their Stories of Near Death and Hope for New Life."

You Should Really Write a Book

You Should Really Write a Book

How to Write, Sell, and Market Your Memoir

  • Author: Regina Brooks,Brenda Lane Richardson
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  • ISBN: 1250015669
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 304
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Even if you don't happen to be a celebrity, this book will teach you methods for striking publishing gold—conceptualizing, selling, and marketing a memoir—while dealing with the complicated emotions that arise during the creation of your work. If you've ever been told that "You should really write a book" and you've decided to give it a try, this book is for you. It hones in on the three key measures necessary for aspiring authors to conceptualize, sell, and market their memoirs. Written especially for those who don't happen to be celebrities You Should Really Write a Book reveals why and how so many relatively unknown memoirists are making a name for themselves. With references to more than four hundred books and six memoir categories, this is essential reading for anyone wanting to write a commercially viable memoir in today's vastly changing publishing industry. The days are long gone when editors and agents were willing to take on a manuscript simply because it was based on a "good" idea or even because it was well written. With eyes focused on the bottom line, they now look for skilled and creative authors with an established audience, too. Brooks and Richardson use the latest social networking, marketing, and promotional trends and explain how to conceptualize and strategize campaigns that cause buzz, dramatically fueling word-of-mouth and attracting attention in the publishing world and beyond. Full of current examples and in-depth analysis, this guide explains what sells and why, teaches writers to think like publishers, and offers guidance on dealing with complicated emotions—essential tools for maximizing memoir success.

How to Write the Story of Your Life

How to Write the Story of Your Life

  • Author: Frank Thomas
  • Publisher: Writers Digest Books
  • ISBN: 9780898793598
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 230
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Explains the reasons for writing a memoir, tells how to organize and research the story, and includes tips on refreshing one's memory and polishing the final draft

Writing Life Stories

Writing Life Stories

  • Author: Bill Roorbach
  • Publisher: Story Press
  • ISBN: 9781884910470
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 224
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New in Paper! Author Bill Roorbach explains how to turn the engaging, untold stories of one's life into vivid personal essays and riveting memoirs. His friendly instruction and stimulating exercises teach writers how to: open up memory, access emotion and discover compelling material; shape scenes from experience, as life events become plot lines; populate stories with the fascinating, silly and maddening characters that surround them - their family members and friends. Readers will find innovative techniques of value to writers at all stages of their craft. Much more than teaching the rudiments of autobiography, this book will help writers see their own lives more clearly, while learning that real stories are often the best ones.

Living to Tell the Tale

Living to Tell the Tale

A Guide to Writing Memoir

  • Author: Jane Taylor McDonnell
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA
  • ISBN: 9780140265309
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 161
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Offers advice on how a writer can turn real life experiences into a non-fiction narrative, including how to discover one's inner voice, and how to recreate past experiences through memories

Writing & Selling Your Memoir

Writing & Selling Your Memoir

How to Craft Your Life Story So That Somebody Else Will Actually Want to Read It

  • Author: Paula Balzer
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
  • ISBN: 9781599631356
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 240
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There's more to writing a memoir than just writing your life story. A memoir isn't one long diary entry. Rather, it's a well-crafted story about a crucial, often exceptionally difficult, time in someone's life. Writing & Selling Your Memoir talks readers through the process of telling their most personal stories in a compelling, relatable, and readable manner. Unlike other books dedicated to the art and craft of writing memoir, it teaches readers how to approach the genre with love, respect, and know-how without sentimentalizing it. Drawing on her experience working with New York Times best-selling memoirists, literary agent Paula Balzer carefully explores the genre and provides readers with step-by-step instruction on how to: Identify strong opening and closing points Find and develop a strong central hook that readers can relate to Structure a memoir to maximize readability Use dialogue and pacing to enhance intimacy Approach honesty and truthfulness Build a successful author platform around their memoir Get an agent's attention Get published Full of tips, techniques, detailed exercises, and examples from best-selling memoirs as well as sidebars from well-known memoir authors, Writing & Selling Your Memoir teaches you how to approach an often tricky genre and tell your story without sentimentalizing it.

The Memoir Project

The Memoir Project

A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life

  • Author: Marion Roach Smith
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • ISBN: 1455501824
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 128
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A recent study revealed that the Number 1 thing that baby boomers want to do in retirement is write a book....about themselves. It's not that every person has lived such a unique or dramatic life, but we inherently understand that writing memoir-whether it's a book, blog, or just a letter to a child-is the single greatest portal to self-examination. While there have been other writing books, there's been nothing like Marion Roach Smith's THE MEMOIR PROJECT. Marion has written four books and she's been teaching a sold-out memoir writing class for 13 years. Her new book is a disarmingly frank, but wildly fun, distillation of all the unsentimental lessons that WORK. Tired topics like writing exercises, morning pages and "writer's block" are replaced with quirky, provocative tactics that teach you to write with purpose. Previously self-published in April 2010 (under the title Writing What You Know: Realia), the book has already proven hugely popular, and with its new title and updated content, it is sure to find an even bigger and even more enthusiastic audience.

Singing to A Bulldog

Singing to A Bulldog

Life Lessons a Fellow Janitor Taught Me: My Journey from Happy Days to Hollywood and Beyond

  • Author: Anson Williams
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1621452263
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 176
  • View: 387
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Singing to a Bulldog presents the practical and motivational lessons Anson Williams, an accomplished actor, director, singer and producer gleaned from his life experience and words of wisdom from the head janitor at one of his first jobs. Growing up in 1950s California, young Anson William Heimlich showed very little promise. Clumsy, unsure of himself, and made to feel like a failure by his disappointed artist of a dad, Anson started working odd jobs as a teenager to help support his family. His boss at one of these jobs, an aging African-American janitor named Willie, unexpectedly became a mentor—and the lessons he taught young Anson proved to be invaluable throughout his subsequent career as an actor, director, and entrepreneur. In Singing to a Bulldog, Anson Williams (as he came to be known) relates both these lessons and the never-before-revealed stories of the many seminal TV series he has worked on and the famous (and not-so-famous) folks he’s encountered during his 40 years in Hollywood, including: • being directed by Steven Spielberg in his first dramatic role • getting kidnapped by Gerald Ford’s daughter at the White House • subbing for Sammy Davis, Jr., as a headliner with Bill Cosby • being humbled by Sunny, a young volunteer for the Cerebral Palsy National Organization • mentoring Shailene Woodley on the set of The Secret Life of the American Teenager and many more. This compelling read has a cross-generational and broad appeal, combining all the fun of a celebrity memoir with the emotional impact of an inspirational bestseller. With Singing to a Bulldog, Anson Williams brings his gift of storytelling to a new medium in a book that is sure to touch readers’ hearts and lives as profoundly as Willie once touched his.

Your Story

Your Story

  • Author: Joanne Fedler
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc
  • ISBN: 1401954324
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 264
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We either think our lives are so special that everyone should be interested in what’s happened to us, or so ordinary that we can’t imagine anyone would care. The truth lies somewhere in between: yes, we are all special, and no, people will not care —unless we write with them in mind. Joanne Fedler, a beloved writing teacher and mentor, has written Your Story to help all people, even those who don’t necessarily identify as “writers,” value their life stories and write them in such a way that they transcend the personal and speak into a universal story. She shows how to write from your life, but for the benefit of others. Filled with practical wisdom and tools, this book tackles: • mind-set issues that prevent us from writing • ways to develop trust (in yourself, the process, the mystery) • triggers or prompts to elicit our own stories • Joanne’s original techniques for “lifewriting,” developed over a decade of teaching and mentoring • and much more “Joanne understands the writer’s loneliness,” says one such writer whose life she’s touched, the award-winning author Nava Semel. “In this book she has created a menu of encouraging possibilities on how to overcome our fears and dig deep into our souls, so that our true voice can emerge.”

The Memoir Workbook

The Memoir Workbook

A Step-By Step Guide to Help You Brainstorm, Organize, and Write Your Unique Story

  • Author: C S Lakin
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9780986134791
  • Category:
  • Page: 134
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Stories are powerful, and humans have been telling stories since the dawn of time. Do you feel driven to share what you've gone through and the insights you've learned in life? Do you long to tell your story but don't know where to start? The Memoir Workbook will show you, step by step, all you need to know to tell a powerful and well-written memoir. With pen in hand, you'll mine your memories and begin to put them in a coherent order inside the pages of the workbook. Passages from memoirs and writing prompts will help you get your creative juices flowing. Whether you want to publish your story or write it for yourself, this unique workbook will help you learn the most effective ways to convey your life experiences onto the page. Inside, you'll learn these essential aspects to memoir writing: How to identify your unique story as well as the things that make your story universal The many ways memoir can be structured, with examples to help you decide how to lay out your story How to determine a beginning and an ending point Ways to bring your story to life with sensory detail What "voice" is and why it's important to write from the "mature self" How to craft distilled dialogue that is engaging and sounds natural How to protect yourself and others when you write your memoir What theme is and why you need one How to pick an appropriate title for your memoir Writing a memoir is a journey of the heart. The Memoir Workbook is a light that guides you along the path, from start to finish.

You Don't Have To Be Famous

You Don't Have To Be Famous

How to Write Your Life Story

  • Author: Steve Zousmer
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
  • ISBN: 9781582974385
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 256
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Write Your Life Story Today! &break;&break;Would you like to record your life story for future generations? Do you want to write your life story to fulfill a personal need or desire for creativity? So why haven't you started? &break;&break;Writing can be intimidating, but with the help of You Don't Have to Be Famous, you can successfully start and finish your most important story. &break;&break;Noted author Steve Zousmer helps you overcome the challenges associated with writing by showing you how to think creatively about the best way to tell your story. Discover how to: &break;&break; Create a cohesive vision to shape and guide your writing&break; Choose and correctly use a structure that complements your story&break; Develop your story so that it progresses in a natural and seamless way&break; Craft your voice so that it's authentic and engaging&break; Know which details might be better left unsaid and why &break;&break;Plus, learn about your publishing options and what to expect from your readers. &break;&break;You don't have to have an exotic or adventurous life to have a life worth recording. Your story is meaningful because it is uniquely yours. Writing isn't always about getting published or becoming rich and famous; sometimes it's about something even more important. Don't wait another day to start writing the story of your life!

The Truth of Memoir

The Truth of Memoir

How to Write about Yourself and Others with Honesty, Emotion, and Integrity

  • Author: Kerry Cohen
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
  • ISBN: 9781599637990
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 235
  • View: 9837
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A writer's guide addressing the unique challenges of writing about others in memoir draws on insights from 30 memoirists and includes discussions on how to write compassionately without doing harm to subjects. Original.

Memoir Your Way

Memoir Your Way

Tell Your Story through Writing, Recipes, Quilts, Graphic Novels, and More

  • Author: The Memoir Roundtable
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
  • ISBN: 1510707522
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 208
  • View: 6886
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A new approach to family and personal memoirs that includes many creative formats. Memoir Your Way inspires family storykeepers to create a memoir using a craft you already know or are inspired to learn to create a personal, polished memoir your family will treasure. Accessible and with broad appeal, this first-of-its-kind book extends the written memoir form to cookbooks, scrapbooks, quilts, and other forms of storytelling. Readers of Memoir Your Way will find out how to: Create your own family cookbook like a pro Design, stitch, and create stunning quilts that preserve family memories for the next generation and create a cherished gift Bring out the natural storyteller in children while building self-confidence and a sense of family Write engaging family stories with proven writing tips Enrich scrapbooks with stories that might otherwise be overlooked and techniques that showcase even the memories that weren’t preserved in photographs Turn your story into a graphic novel with hand-drawn illustrations Become the bridge for your heritage between the old world and the new Memoir Your Way makes memoir accessible to everyone, including those who don’t see themselves as writers. Memoir Your Way is a valuable sourcebook for quickly and easily creating memoirs that celebrate family stories and ancestry.

On Writing

On Writing

  • Author: Stephen King
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 0743455967
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 297
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The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.

How to Write a Bestselling Memoir

How to Write a Bestselling Memoir

  • Author: Victoria Twead
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • ISBN: 9781490930695
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: 40
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How does one write, publish and promote a memoir? How does one become a bestselling author? Victoria Twead is the author of a series of hugely successful memoirs. Even before her third book, 'Two Old Fools on a Camel', hit the New York Times bestseller list, emails flooded in seeking her advice. Drawing from many years of experience, Victoria has produced this handbook which offers a wealth of information and tips to the memoir writer. This handbook is crammed with Victoria Twead's secrets and will guide you simply through the whole process of producing a bestselling memoir.

How to Write Your Life Story and Leave a Legacy

How to Write Your Life Story and Leave a Legacy

A Story Starter Guide & Workbook to Write Your Autobiography and Memoir

  • Author: Melanie Johnson,Jenn Foster
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • ISBN: 9781530190072
  • Category:
  • Page: 110
  • View: 9961
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With over 50 guided questions organized into sections about your childhood years, teen years, young adulthood, and later years to help track your life story and leave a legacy. This journal offers an excellent means to preserve memories and discovers hidden aspects of yourself and your journey. Here is the tool to help you write your life history, to encourage and inspire others with your stories.

30+ Brain-Exercising Creativity Coach Businesses to Open

30+ Brain-Exercising Creativity Coach Businesses to Open

How to Use Writing, Music, Drama & Art Therapy Techniques for Healing

  • Author: Anne Hart
  • Publisher: iUniverse
  • ISBN: 1532000391
  • Category: Reference
  • Page: N.A
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Exercise your brain's right hemisphere to write words using improved visual imagery. Here's how to open 30+ businesses as a creative writing coach incorporating selected techniques for healing and memory enhancement inspired by music, drama, and art therapists. Learn healing techniques from creative writing therapists using the tools of music, visual imagery, and expressive arts therapies in the background. It's a multimedia approach to enhancing creativity, memory and to write salable work. Are you interested in guiding life story writers in a variety of environments from life-long learning or reminiscence therapy to working with hospice chaplains? Be an entrepreneur, career coach, or manuscript "doctor" organizing groups using music and art in the background to inspire authors. Design brain-stimulating exercises for specific types of writing. Tired of analyzing puzzles to build brain dendrites and stimulate, enhance and exercise your own memory or those of groups or clients? Help yourself or others write salable works and move beyond journaling as a healing tool. Write therapeutically about a significant event in anyone's life against a background of art or music. Fold paper to make pop-up books, gifts, or time capsules where you can illustrate and write. Even add MP3 audio files.