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

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

“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

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

Gather Your Tools!

This is Part 1 in a five part series on "Preparing to Write Your Memoir". Whether you've just started thinking about writing your memoir or autobiography or you've been taking notes and kicking the idea around for some time, this series will help you streamline the process and get it done! Toolkit At the very least, you should probably ...  Read More

Preparing to Write Your Memoir

"Preparing to Write Your Memoir" (or Autobiography) is a five-part series with tips and tools to help you get ready to jump in and write. We break it down into simple steps so before you know it, you'll be knocking out your first chapter! Gather Your Tools - Part 1 will help make sure you have all that you need to stay organized and keep ...  Read More

A Memoir Blog Can Provide Immediate Satisfaction

My mom had surgery last week and I've been helping her out during the recovery. Now that she's feeling a little better, she wants us to go through the boxes of "stuff" in the basement that she inherited upon the passing of my grandmother and my uncle. It's a difficult task to wade through the memories of a lost loved one and even more difficult to ...  Read More

Using Scrivener to Organize Your Memoir

If you are planning to do the writing and organization on a computer, you might really enjoy a software application called Scrivener. It is designed for writers and makes it very easy to rearrange your topics after you have written them. There is only a small learning curve to understanding the basics and there are lots of wonderful tutorials that ...  Read More

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