The Secret to Writing a Memoir People Want to Read

    writing a memoir

    Have you ever thought of writing a memoir?


    Well, I hadn’t either.

    I never considered writing a memoir myself until... well, you'll have to watch the video further down to find out!

    There is a problem, though: It can suddenly be too late to write a memoir.

    Years ago I used to encourage my father to write a memoir because he led such an extraordinary life. And he used to answer, “I”m too busy now. I’ll do it later in life.”

    And then, one day, he suddenly died in a car crash without having written a memoir.  

    I must admit, one of the reasons I never tackled a memoir is because I couldn’t figure out how to create one. It just seemed too complicated. 

    Until I accidentally found how to do it.

    Watch the short video below to see what I discovered...

    In the example in the video, I used my pets as a kind of scaffolding for the memoir. Whatever scaffolding you choose, will give your memoir a strong structure.

    You can use anything as a scaffolding: people you loved, places you lived, life lessons you learnt--the list is endless.

    If you do want to create a memoir, start collecting the stories you remember. They don’t have to be in sequence. You can organize them later.

    The great thing is that one memory will treasure the next, an soon you'll have a treasure trove of stories you can add to your memoir.

    The main thing is to start collecting. Writing a memoir is a wonderful way to celebrate your life or the life of a loved one.

    About the author

      Mary Jaksch

      Mary Jaksch is best known for her exceptional training for writers at and for her cutting-edge book, Youthful Aging Secrets. In her “spare” time, Mary is also the brains behind, a Zen Master, a mother, and a 5th Degree Black Belt.

    • rahul says:

      Great points, will include these point in writing my next memoir. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Yes, it’s a great idea. I would like to add one more point. You can write a story based on someone else’s memoir and share it with your audiences. They will love it if the whole exercise adds some value to their lives.

    • Raza Kazmi says:

      Finally, I found the main ingredient of writing a memoir in your post which is collecting stories. The collection of stories, and organizing them afterwards in a sequence will definitely go a long way of writing a memoir effectively.

    • Deb says:

      Very Informative Article.. Keep Posting.. All the best. Thanks.

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    • Luke Nanasoor says:

      This is awesome. I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a memoir but somehow thought it’s not a cool thing to do. After reading your post (and watching the super video), I’ve thought it would be fun to do a memoir based upon the cars I’ve owned.

      Does that sound weird?

      • I think this is a great idea, Luke! Just yesterday, I saw the kind of car I had 15 years ago and just seeing it brought back many memories of trips we did.

    • Tolken says:

      Thanks I really appreciate this…I will try this

    • John says:

      Thanks Alot for this interesting information!

      Happy Blogging. 😀

    • I have been following you for several years and have learned a few things. So thanks for your stories, opinions, and thoughts on all the things you have written about. It is always fun to see what goes on in different worlds, the things we have in common and the things we don’t. Have a good life, whatever you do! Thank you so much, I’ve enjoyed the ride!

    • chat says:

      Hy Mary Jaksch beautiful post and great efforts to help readers.

    • Barb Johnson says:

      Mary, this is a great post. I have started my memoir. It is actually fun at times, tears at other times. Keep this subject going. Please!

      • Thanks, Barb! I’ve just been sent an amazing memoir and that has triggered another post idea about memoirs

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