Define: Memoir vs Autobiography

First let's just say that not all dictionary definitions make it clear that there is a difference. However, most of the writing experts define memoir vs autobiography something like this: An autobiography is chronological and covers an entire life. The dates should be accurate and the stories should be true. A memoir is about a specific ...  Read More

Preserving Old Journals

My dad has this little 4" x 6" journal where he has been recording a very small amount of information about each vacation that he has taken since he and Mom were married more than a half century ago. Although there are only the most basic details about each trip, there is enough information that it occasionally has to be pulled out to verify ...  Read More

FREE REPORT: Preparing to Write Your Memoir

Sometimes the biggest obstacle to writing a memoir or autobiography is getting started. This short report will help you build the momentum you need to get you excited and writing before you know it. Here's what's inside: Suggestions for creating a Memoir Kit so you can stay organized and focused Brainstorming ideas and suggestions ...  Read More

New Year’s Resolution: Write My Memoirs

Did you do it? Did you say it out loud or just think it? Is this the first time you've told yourself that it's time? You are not alone. There are lots of people out there that would like to write their memoirs or autobiographies and it sometimes lingers in the back of their minds until finally, one day they get started. Others let it linger too ...  Read More

“Get it Done! Memoir Workbook”

If you are thinking of writing a memoir or autobiography to share with your family and friends, we think you will love the Get it Done! Memoir Workbook with hundreds of questions and prompts to help jog your memories. This workbook by Val Brennan, will reach even the far corners of your memory and will likely awaken memories you haven't thought of ...  Read More

“A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words”

This is Part 5 in a five-part series on "Preparing to Write Your Memoir". Hopefully in Step 2, you were able to think of some photos that you would like to include in your memoir or autobiography. For the recent years, you probably have photos on your computer. For the older photos, there will be frames, photo albums, shoe boxes and you may ...  Read More

Filling in the Gaps

This is Part 4 in a five part series on "Preparing to Write Your Memoir". In Part 2 of our series, you may have made some notes about people with whom you could talk to add more insight to your stories. Now is great time to make those phone calls or send e-mail messages with specific questions. You may be surprised to find that talking about it ...  Read More

Test Your Dictation Tools

This is Part 3 in a five part series on "Preparing to Write Your Memoir". If your typing skills are weak, the ability to dictate your stories could save the day. Even if you type fast, you might find dictation is even faster. Although not all voices, accents and speech patterns are well understood by dictation software, don’t immediately dismiss ...  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

Getting out of the Gate…

This is Part 2 in a five part series on "Preparing to Write Your Memoir". Now that you’ve made the decision to write your memoir or autobiography, you will want to get out of the gate quickly to further solidify your commitment. Grab your notebook or binder and start by going to that section titled “Stories I Definitely Want to Include”. ...  Read More

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