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How Do I Write My Memoirs?

Are you stuck trying to write your life story?

By the time we become seniors, most of us have come to the realization that we’ve left it too late. We think we’d like to write our memoirs, but we never got around to asking our parents the important questions: How did they meet? Who was their first love? How did they become the people they ended up being?

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How Did I Get Here?

Then there are the questions about our own history: What was I like as a toddler? Who was my best friend in kindergarten? Where did my first pet come from? What was my first word, my biggest fear, or a myriad of other events that I can no longer recall?

What about the skeletons in the closet that our lost family members never talked about, or the treasure trove of heartwarming stories that have died with them? How do we handle friends or relatives who may not want some of these stories and secrets revealed?

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Leaving a Legacy

These unanswered questions often result in a desire to leave our own written legacy for our children and grandchildren, in as much detail as we can. The problem is, most of us don’t know how or where to start, what to keep and what to leave out. Writing a biography or autobiography can be an overwhelming task for someone who is just starting out and even for those who have experience writing fiction or how-to books, it can be daunting.

If you aren’t sure how to organize your information or even how to find it…if you don’t know how to do research, write compelling copy or dialogue, how to keep your reader interested…in short, how to write a memoir, this is the place to start.

Mapping Your Memoirs

I’ve created a PDF that can get you started on the journey towards completing your memoir or autobiography.  This little mini-course is chock-full of useful, actionable information that will get you started on your project. Entitled “Mapping Your Memoirs” it contains four of the best training exercises from my upcoming course, “Write Your Memoir – How to Plan, Organize and Create Your Life Story”. These exercises are specifically designed to help you get past your “stuckness”. Yeah, I know…not a real word, but descriptive, nonetheless.

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If you’d like your own copy of this valuable training, please click on the button below.

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Planning, organizing and writing – particularly writing in a way that engages people and makes them want to read what you have to say – all these things are important, but most important of all is to have fun while you’re writing your life story.  Enjoy the process. It will show up in your final product.

 

Remember, to get your own copy of this valuable training, all you have to do is click on the button below.

 

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About Beverley Hanna

Trained as an artist in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, I was one of the first creatives to be employed in the computer graphics industry in Toronto during the early 1980’s. For several years, I exhibited my animal portraiture in Canada and the U.S. but when my parents needed care, I began writing as a way to stay close. I’ve been writing ever since. I ran a highly successful writer’s circle focusing on the craft and techniques of good writing. Most of my students went on to publish works of their own. Now it's time to take that knowledge online to share with a larger audience.

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Does your memoir have Writer’s Block? Are you having trouble deciding where to start? Don’t know how to retrieve your memories from long ago? Download my free mini-course, “Mapping Your Memoirs – How to Use Mapmaking to Discover Your Past and Plan Your Autobiography”.

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