The Secret to Writing a Memoir People Want to Read

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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.


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