Writing your Memoir Blog: Your Telegram Has Arrived

  • Writing your memoir? You definitely need a lawyer.

    When it comes to writing memoirs and autobiographies, potential writers are often worried about being sued.

    They aren't worried for nothing!

    Because while you are writing about the events of your life, whether it is your entire life or just one specific aspect of it, it inevitably requires writing about the lives of others. This is where it becomes difficult. Your view on another person, what they actually did, their choices and their behavior raise potentially significant legal risks that the writer must navigate if they want to avoid litigation.

  • What type of editor do you need? Yes, there is more than one type!

    After all of your hard work, you have finally finished your manuscript. Congratulations!

    Now all you want to do is share it with others. Perhaps get it published? Or have your story made into a movie? You might just make a fortune!

    But is it really ready?

    To give your story the best chance of being picked up by publishers or studios, it is vital to engage a good editor. A great editor. But there are different types of editors offering different types of skills.

    So you need them all…….perhaps?

    Do you need some of them – ABSOLUTELY.

    So here is a quick guide to ensure you engage the right team to help make your dreams a reality.

  • How to make writing prompts work for you!

    So what is a good writing prompt?

    A good prompt makes you think and write about things you wouldn't already include. In terms of writing about your first job, a good prompt might look like this:

    What sort of prompt would that look like: 

    Describe how did you felt when you started your first day of work? 

    The reason this is a better prompt is that it puts the writer in the story. Yes, even memoir writers can forget to actually write about themselves, and their story looks more like a list of what they did, but reveals nothing about how they are or how they felt. 

  • Telling a powerful story

    Powerful writers show, not tell.

     

    For a memoir writer, this is critical to the success and therefore the impact of your story. Your writing must draw readers into your world. To see things, and feel things from your point of view. To be powerful, you must be able to bring them with you, and not have them observe from a distance. 

  • The story I never wanted to write

    An old friend called. We had a laugh. Chatted about old times. We made a date to catch up via Zoom in a couple of weeks. And said goodbye. 

    Then I got a text. Admitted to hospital, it said. 

    And another. On a ventilator, it said.

    Gone. 

    This is the story I never wanted to write. 

  • The Wound and the Scar

    There are things that are said - and said for good reason. But they have been repeated endlessly and so have lost some of their potency and impact. This is one of them.

    Don't write your memoir out of the wound.
    Write it out of the scar.
  • 5 tips when writing about your family

    Sometimes memoir writing involves exposing dark secrets or uncomfortable truths. Sometimes these stories come from difficult times with loved on...
  • What the Gilmour Girls didn't know about memoirs.

    In the recent Gilmore Girls special, Lorelai Gilmore wants to 'Go Wild.'  Her ever patient partner Luke nods as she walks away to re-enact the expe...
  • What type of memoir are you writing?

    Traditionally there has been a greater adherence to staying within the 'type' of memoir being written, however the lines between the sub genres of memoir have become more and more blurred. 

    However, when starting to create your memoir, it is extremely helpful to choose one a of the major types to assist with focus, and creating clarity around your message. 

  • How to write when you don't want to write

    Have you had days where you stare at the blank screen and nothing comes you? Nada. No snappy caption or quirky story. Nothing.

    But the deadline keeps approaching and you have to produce something! So here's what changed the game for me. 

  • 4 tips to move past writing blocks

    Have you looked at a blank computer screen for hours or days wondering how to progress? Do you perhaps know the beginning and the end, but the midd...