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Three Steps for Writing a Memoir About a Life Experience

Three Steps for Writing a Memoir About a Life Experience

We all have many different stories to tell about our lives, but when you’re writing a memoir, it’s best to not try to tell them all at once. Choosing a specific theme for your memoir will make it stronger and more meaningful to your readers. […]

Four Ways to Organize Your Memoir

Four Ways to Organize Your Memoir

If you were to sit down and write your life story, where would you start? For many people, it starts with an outline. There are a number of different ways in which you can begin organizing your thoughts to get your words on paper; it’s […]

How to Write About Major Events in Your Life Story

How to Write About Major Events in Your Life Story

No matter who you are, you have witnessed something important. Whether it’s a major historical event or a significant life event, how do you start to write about it?

Writing through the important events in your life can be a way to organize your memoir. If you decide to write the events in your life, here’s some helpful tips.

Ask yourself why

Why was the event you’re writing about a big event in your life? What did you learn from that event days, months, or years later? Does the event still impact your everyday life, and if so, how? When writing big events, you want to tie them into your life in general. How has this event changed you, if it has at all?

Organize the events further

Are the events in your life similar to one another? If so, organizing the events by shared subject might help you to write through them. If the events happened in a chronological way, you could write through them chronologically. This is completely your choice. Organize your events in the way you conceptualize them and you’ll be more likely to write through to the end of your memoir.

Understand the events before you write them

If the events involved other people that you still have contact with, try talking through them with those people. If you have record of the events, look through the records before you begin writing. It can be helpful to get your memory running through the events before you begin writing, even if that means just doing a twenty-minute brain storm session before you begin writing about the event.

When you’re done writing through your events, think about what connects all of them. Why did these events matter to you? Connecting them will bring a sense of continuity into your memoir and give you a whole story.

Here’s How You Can Recall Old Memories

Here’s How You Can Recall Old Memories

One of the hardest parts of writing a memoir is remembering the details of the story or experience you’re writing about. It gets more challenging to recall memories the further away from the experience you are. There are multiple ways you can get your memory […]

Mother’s Day Sale!

Mother’s Day Sale!

Big news! I Lived This is 25% off on Amazon in honor of Mother’s Day 2017. Get your copy now!

We won an Independent Press Award!

We won an Independent Press Award!

Great news! I Lived This is the winner of a 2017 Independent Press Award for its interior design.

We love this news. We worked hard on the inner pages of the book, so they would be just as engaging and compelling as the cover.

Particular kudos go to illustrator Christina Atkins, whose hand-drawn illustrations are works of art. Thanks Christina for making it special! And thanks to everyone for your support so far.

Look Inside the Book

Look Inside the Book

Want a peek at what’s in the book? Find out why it won an Independent Press Award for design. Here are a selection of the pages (it’s 180 pages total). If you like what you see, buy it on Amazon now! More about what’s inside: Beginning […]

Why We Made This Book

Why We Made This Book

Family history is important to both of us; first and foremost, we created this for our own families. Our moms were the first reviewers. But beyond just the facts and dates, behind the family trees, there’s something more important: the story of what a person […]