Memoir & Autobiography Writing Articles

Memoir or Autobiography writingIf you are not a professional writer, but are thinking about writing your memoir or autobiography, you're in the right place! We will do our best to provide answers to the questions you may encounter on your journey.

Preserving Your Favorite Family Stories

When I think of my favorite family stories, they are almost always funny, and often the result of someone suffering significant embarrassment. Like the time my big sister wore a wrap-around dress that got stuck in the booth at the renowned Caesar’s Palace brunch. She didn’t notice it until she had nearly passed the entire booth next to ours and ...  Read More

Make Your Memoir Worthwhile

If you are writing a memoir or autobiography for yourself or your family, you may have asked yourself if it will be worth your time. Here are a few tips on how to make your memoir worthwhile. Make sure you identify your objectives and your intended audience before you start. Click here to download our FREE Define Your Life Stories Project ...  Read More

How to Start a Memoir

"How to start a memoir"... It's a popular topic with no singular solution. There are plenty of good ways to start and zero wrong ways. The important thing is that you get started. Although you can certainly start a memoir without any preparation or planning, doing a little on the front end can save you time and keep you moving in the right ...  Read More

Writing About Your Coronavirus / COVID-19 Experience

If you haven't started already, it's a good time to start writing about your Coronavirus / COVID-19 experience. I put together a list of writing prompts that you can download here . I've been trying to write this post for a week now, but I kept getting distracted by the news, concerns about my family, and my preparation for spending a lot more ...  Read More

What’s Stopping You From Writing 15 Minutes Today?

This is not a judgment. It is not a question designed to make you feel guilty, so please don't. The reason I'm asking what is stopping you from writing 15 minutes today, is to get you to think about and answer it honestly. Most of you will say you were too busy. That's a legitimate reason. However, when was the last time you weren't busy? I ...  Read More

Write a Letter Instead of a Memoir

Are you one of those people who thinks it's just "too much" to write a memoir? Or maybe you just don't see yourself as a memoirist. How about writing a letter? Does that seem overwhelming or like something that's not you? I doubt it. A letter is a manageable project. Recently in the Critic's Notebook in the New York Times, Parul Sehgal wrote ...  Read More

Thinking About Writing a Memoir or an Autobiography?

Whether you're thinking of writing your own memoir or autobiography, or just looking for ideas on ways to share your stories, your advice, or the history of your family, MemoirHelper.com is a great place to start. Our goal is to provide you with tips, tools, and resources to help you find the best way to accomplish your goals. The resources on ...  Read More

Everyone Should Write a Thanksgiving Memoir

Really? A Thanksgiving memoir? Yes, really... In fact, I think it's the perfect starter memoir. So, here is my recipe for a Thanksgiving Memoir. Ingredients: A bunch of Thanksgiving memories - This can include traditions, as well as other stories. Several ladlefuls of gratitude - for people, events, and things that have made your life ...  Read More

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

Life Stories in a Three-Ring Binder

One of the themes you may have noticed around here is that we want to encourage you to not only start your life stories project, but also to FINISH it. If you have made the effort to write it all down, don't let obstacles near the finish line set you back. If nothing else, print or copy your work on 3-hole punch paper and put it in a three-ring ...  Read More

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