How To's for Preserving Your Life Stories

How To's for Memoir HelperLooking for step by step instructions? We'll do our best to cover as many topics as possible. If you can't find what you are looking for here, let us know and we will see if we can help!

Writing About Family and Friends

In any life stories project, writing about family and friends can be one of the most challenging issues. Of course, you want the stories to be truthful and complete, but there are all sorts of worries and concerns that may arise when you start writing about your own family and friends. Here are some common concerns... Fear of making someone ...  Read More

Digitize Your Slides

If you were born after 1980, the phrase "digitize your slides" may seem strange. Maybe you have never even seen or touched a photographic slide. However, for those of us a little older, digital cameras and smartphones were once the stuff of science fiction. Years ago, we actually had to wait sometimes weeks or months to see the images captured on ...  Read More

Quick & Easy! Digital Memories In Lieu of Baby Books and Scrapbooks

We all know how it usually goes. Parents start out wanting to record every moment of their child's journey. In the beginning, some parents keep those baby books up-to-date and the photos organized. Regardless of whether or not you were on top of those details at the beginning, if you're like most parents, life starts getting in the way. Baby books ...  Read More

How to Digitize Print Photos

No life stories project can be complete without photos, and for most of us, our old photos are in the form of prints or slides. In this post, we'll be discussing how to digitize print photos. Be sure to let us know in the comments below how you digitized your print photos! Option 1 - Scan Your Print Photos Scanning has long been the main ...  Read More

Slide Viewers and Slide Sorters

Has it been awhile since you looked at those old slides? Why not get a slide viewer so you can choose the best ones to convert into a digital format. Here are a few we found on Amazon. Keep reading below to find out what to do with those slides once you find them... Note: This page has links to Amazon products and ScanDigital services. If you ...  Read More

What To Do with My Old Letters and Greeting Cards

There's a box of "things" that I've been moving around for years and before that, it sat in my parent's basement. A storage room purge led me to open it up. Inside the box was a bag... a bag of old letters and greeting cards. The newest letter in this bag was 36 years old and some of the messages inside had been written 45 years ago. Before you ...  Read More

What Qualities Make a Good Memoir?

There is a wide range of topics and styles in memoir writing. So to answer the question "What qualities make a good memoir?",  I decided to read customer reviews on a bunch of memoirs on Amazon.  I noted adjectives that were commonly used throughout the reviews. It was actually surprising to find the same words and phrases used to describe wildly ...  Read More

How to Write a Cookbook Memoir

Recently a friend shared with me cookbook memoir written by a friend of hers. As I looked through the pages of recipes, stories, and family photos, I knew this type of memoir would be a great fit for some of my readers, even some of us who don't consider ourselves "cooks". Many of us have memories that are either centered on or connected to the ...  Read More

Do You Have What it Takes to Write a Memoir?

Have you been thinking about preserving your life stories, but wondering if you have what it takes to write a memoir or autobiography? Most of MemoirHelper.com is geared for people who don't write professionally and are only hoping to share their stories with family, friends, and future generations. This simple exercise was designed to help ...  Read More

10 Tips for Staying Motivated!

Staying motivated through any big project can be a challenge. Whether you are recording your life stories, your family history, or putting together a special photo project, there are a few things you can do to make sure you stay motivated. Here are 10 tips you may find helpful: Define exactly what it is the you are going to accomplish and when ...  Read More

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