About

I am an educator, editor, ghostwriter and author. And my passion is memoirs–reading and editing them! I began reading memoirs way before there was a distinction between memoir and autobiography. A few of my favorite memoirs are I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody, The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls, and The Color of Water by James McBride.

Even as a child, I was curious about “regular” folk’s lives–the alcoholics and people with emotional and mental issues–everyday people, at least they were where I grew up. How did they get where they are? What happened along the way? It wasn’t until I started writing my own memoir that I understood what it was that drew me to memoirs. You see, I’m also a survivor. And memoirs give us hope. “If they could overcome their situation, then there’s hope for my situation too.”

When I read memoir, I can see that we all have the same basic needsto be loved and accepted, even though our stories and journeys are different. Memoir offers hope. And it is my hope that my memoir, Even Rain Is Just Water, will offer hope and encourage to others who have ever felt displaced, disconnected or alone.

In the process of writing my memoir, I learned that there are other women with stories like mine. Writing memoir, that is telling our stories, empowers us to break the silences of our past, to live in the present, for a better future. Our stories do matter.

I curate this blog to help other women (and men) tell their stories, which is also why I edit memoir.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. | ~Maya Angelou

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Lynette Davis

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My online writing class will be launching soon! Please sign up here if you’d like to learn how to write a memoir.


 

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221 Comments

  1. Hi Lynette, at your site first time through common interest network. Look forward to reading your posts and exchanging views… Best wishes… Raj.

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog Lynette! I am always trying to expand the types of books I’m reading and I think your list of memoirs will be such a valuable resource for adding to my reading list!

    1. Thank you so much! A lot of people still haven’t discovered this genre yet. I am jazzed that you stopped by my blog, you like my list of memoirs, and you took the time to comment. Happy memoir reading!

  3. i love your autobiography and that you have the perserverance to pursue your dream as i love to write my poetry

  4. Thank you for liking my post, How Magical Thinking Impacts Children. I look
    forward to reading more of your blogs

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Nice to meet you. Knd regards Cheryle

  6. Hey Lynette: I believe you left a comment on one of my blogs (thank you, btw, always appreciate what people have to say), and I must have mistaken it for spam, so I deleted it by accident. 😦 I meant no offense. Wanted you to know. Hope you have a good day!

    1. no problem. I’ve done that a few times myself. Thanks for letting me know.

  7. Dear Lynette, thank you very much for liking Chapter 26 @cocotomatl. Please feel free to follow my blog as the best stories are yet to come. 🙂 Kind regards, JRM

  8. This is a very appealing blog, Lynette–makes one anxious to read your memoir.
    Thank you for liking my blog A Working Working writer, and my Reunion memoir there.
    Very pleased to e-meet you.

    1. Thank you very much! And pleased to meet you too! I do hope you get a chance to read my memoir. My website will be up in a couple of months with more about my upcoming memoir. Looking forward to reading more of your blog and memoir as well.Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  9. “Writing memoir empowers us as survivors to break our silences and live full lives.” – I love this last line you wrote, Ms. Lynette. i wish i can write the same someday.

    1. Thank you so much Chon! I’m still striving to get there. It’s just that now I know I’m on the right road. I have no doubt that, one day, you will be writing something similar. Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment on my blog.

  10. Lynette, I see from your About page that we write about many of the same things, surviving abuse and emotionally abused children. I would add helping adults who were abused as children. I love long walks and wish I lived in California. I did live there in the seventies and loved it.mI’m nuts about my grandchildren. Thank you for following JeanBrunson.com.

    1. Hi Jean, Pleased to meet you. Yes, I see that emotional abuse is our common interest. I believe emotional abuse, for the most part, is overlooked in the spectrum of abuse, but the effects (like other types of abuse) are life-long. As for adults, I am hoping that my upcoming memoir will help adults who were abused as children. I look forward to reading more of your blog.

  11. Lynette, thanks for liking my post just now. My blog is my new, baby step attempt telling my story. And it is really fun but sometimes emotionally draining. I would love your feedback if you are ever inclined to give it. I am glad to have found your blog. It looks like a good one. I can’t wait to read more!

  12. Lynette, Thank you for reblogging my recent post on memoir writing. I’ll be teaching a class on the subject this spring. It’s something of a departure from my creative writing and advanced fiction classes, but I’m looking forward to it. I find that I learn nearly as much as I teach — thank God for Boomers! [smile]

    1. You are welcome Josh! And pleased to meet you. I liked your MAC strategy. I am in the process of checking each of my chapters (all 40 of them) to make sure I’ve used MAC. “I find that I learn nearly as much as I teach.” This is one of the reasons I love reading and writing memoir! Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my blog.

  13. Hey, thanks for stopping by my blog and liking “Memoirs”. Good to know you. 🙂

    1. You are most welcome. I enjoyed reading your poem. Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my blog.

  14. Hi Lynette,
    Thank you,I noticed you liked one of my posts so I stopped over to find out a little more about you. It always amazes me when people “like” or find any piece of my life story worthy of their time. I’m sure you’ve noticed by my writing I am no professional nor do I aspire to be one, I simply want to retell my life story in depth, bringing detail and truth to the parts I have buried. I have to say after reading your “about me” page I feel almost inspired to write a little more and express a little more of the pain I’ve been hiding deep inside. Again, I thank you for taking the time to read my post and please feel free stop over again . I look forward to reading more about you.
    Thanks for the vote of confidence
    Aimee

    1. Thank you so much Aimee for your kind words. It’s so kind of you to stop by and leave a comment. Writing from the heart touches the hearts of others. I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog too!

  15. Thank you so much for liking my poetry on my blog, WordMusic. I appreciate it so much!

    Brent Kincaid

    1. You are most welcome Brent!

  16. Thank you for dropping by and liking my blog 🙂

    1. You are most welcome April!

  17. Hello Lynette, Thank you for reading my review of Mary Perez’s Memoir. You have a great post here. 😀
    Blessings,
    cate b

    1. You’re welcome! Thank you for sharing it. I’m actually reading this memoir right now and I absolutely love it! I appreciate the compliment on my blog. Blessings to you too!

  18. I have also always been interested in how people become whatever it is they become. Loved reading about your love of memiors.

  19. Pleased to meet you Lynette. You are welcome to visit my blog when you get the chance to. 🙂

    1. Pleased to meet you too Nomzi! I absolutely love your blog. Can’t wait to spend some more time reading your poetry.

  20. Thank you so much Lynette. I appreciate that. Enjoy the rest of your weekend. 🙂

  21. Lynette, your site is a veritable gold mine! I’m so grateful I “stumbled” upon it through mutually followed writers. Quite a number of the books on your list of books reviewed are favorites of mine as well––especially books by Dr. Maya Angelou! I look forward to reading more of what you offer here! Blessings, Julia

    1. Thank you so much, I appreciate your kind words. I enjoyed reading your thought-provoking essay “Whose Truth.” Looking forward to reading more of your work.

      1. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit and appreciate “Whose Truth,” Lynette. I’m honored.

  22. Your blog is an amazing source for memoir writers. You have shared such so many great articles on your blog. Off to look around some more!!

    Happy Friday! Have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you so much Constance! I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and comment. I love sharing writing articles, especially if they can be related to memoir. Happy Friday! And you have a great weekend too!

  23. Caged Bird and Glass Castle are among my favorites. Thanks for the Like, btw. Good to connect, Lynette.

    1. Good to connect with you too Mitch! My pleasure (for the like). Love your life stories on your blog!

  24. Your passion is so evident! I wish you wind for your sails, and success in all that you do! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Priscilla! I’m really enjoying your blog too!

  25. Anne Skyvington

    Thanks for reminding me of these books that I’ve meant to read for a while now.

    1. Glad I could be of help. Hopefully, you’ll be able to read them over the summer.

  26. I look forward to following your Blog, and to reading your memoir in November

    1. Thank you so much. I look forward to you reading it!

  27. Dear Lynette,
    I hope you don’t mind me posting this link. I just wanted to let you know that I’m linking back to your website on my new book club series, as a featured reader. I’m so excited you’re going to read Do Not Go Gentle, and I hope you read the others. I’m checking out your book club which is fantastic! I have only been reading African literature since I moved here, but I will make an exception for your list. It looks wonderful!
    Yours,
    Marla

    http://travelingmarla.com/2015/06/17/do-not-go-gentle-shameless/

    1. Hi Marla, No problem. Thank you so much for adding me as a featured reader!Interesting that you’ve only been reading African literature since you got here, because this is going to be my first African literature read since reading Chinua Achebe ages ago. Thanks for the link.

  28. Thank you so much for the follow, Lynette. I am pleased for the connection and am looking forward to reading more of your posts.

    1. You are welcome Marie! Pleased to meet you too and I’m looking forward to reading more of your posts too.

  29. Lynette, your blog is better and better every month. I enjoy reading your posts. I’m very clad you liked my “I’m an old woman now and I still remember” post on my blog A Working Writer. I was not extremely involved in the Civil Rights Movement but was very involved in the Antiwar Movement of the late 1960s; you may find stuff to connect to in my personal favorite memoir piece, “God’s Eyes,” on the Writings page of my website highlightscommunications.com . My best to you–and my admiration for your firstrate blog and memoir!

    1. Thank you Paula for the compliment on the blog. I enjoyed your blog as well. Looking forward to reading “God’s Eyes.” Bless you.

  30. Thank you, Lynette, for following my blog! I’ll be back to read more of yours.

  31. Hi Lynette! Thanks for liking my post. I’ll check back in on yours.

  32. alextash

    Lynette, thank you for liking one of my posts. I have just started working on a memoir myself, so your blog is an inspiring discovery.

    1. Great! I love sharing writing tips, especially for memoir writers. Thank you so much for Following my blog. Happy writings!

  33. Thanks for “liking” my review of My Life in Middlemarch. Not the easiest review I’ve written. You might also like to check out my memoir blog, Sherrey Meyer, Writer (http://sherreymeyer.com). I noted your interest in memoir. 🙂

  34. Hi Lynette! Nice to meet you on Bipolar For Life. Thanks for stopping by and reading, and taking the time to contribute such an insightful comment. If you’ve hopped around my blog at all, you’ll find that I use it as a kind of “real-time” memoir. When things hit me in the gut, they pour themselves out on BPFL, and my wonderful readers help me sort things out, make some kind of sense out of stuff so that we all derive benefit from the process. I think that’s one of the huge things about blogging: it’s group therapy, with as much anonymity as anyone wants; or not. I’m hoping that WP will never go away, because I’m sure those of us who are either addicted to blogging, or who are using our blogs as WIPs, will certainly want to go back in five or ten years and reap what was sowed. In the meantime, I’ll wander through your blog!

    1. Group therapy–It’s one of the things I like too. I like the idea of a “real-time memoir.” I absolutely love WP too! I’ve met a lot of wonderful people who help me to understand some things on a deeper level. I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by my blog and commenting. And thank you for following my blog. I’ll be wandering around yours some more too.

  35. Thank you for your like on my blog. I like your concept for yours, not seen anyone else concentrating on memoir writing and look forward to taking a look around. Good look with your own memoir and keep us posted how you’re doing. 🙂

    1. My pleasure Annika! Stop by any time. And thank you so much for following my blog. Take care.

      1. Likewise thank you for the follow and enjoy taking a look at my posts now and then. Warmest wishes.

  36. Thanks for visiting my blog Lynette. It’s nice to meet you:)

    1. Likewise Kathy. And you’re welcome. It was my pleasure!

    2. It’s nice to meet you too Kathy!

  37. I’ve nominated you for the Blogger of the World Award, you are under no obligation to accept. It’s my way of saying I like you. 🙂

    Please view link here:

    http://robertmgoldstein.com/2015/08/12/the-brotherhood-of-the-world-award/

    1. Thank you so much Robert! I’m honored.

  38. […] to Lynette Davis for answering our Trivia question correctly on the Jim Crow […]

  39. Thank you very much for visiting my blog. Yours have already started assisting me with my memoir. Thanks.

    1. My pleasure David! Thank you for the link to “6 Tips for a Life-Changing Memoir.” Great article. I’m glad you found my blog helpful in writing your memoir.

      1. You are welcome lynettedavis.

  40. Lynette, I’m glad you liked my blog. I think I might have something to learn here.

    1. And I’m glad you stopped by my blog Lynda. The main goal of this blog is to enhance the knowledge of writers (especially self-publishers) about these topics. Glad to hear that you may have something to learn here.

  41. Dear Lynette, thanks for liked my blog too. It’s nice to meet you. 🙋

    1. Nice to meet you too Azzara!

  42. LClark

    Hello Lynette,

    Thank you for stopping by by blog. I’ve always been interested in memoirs too and often think of writing my own. I have that one nagging problem though – what if I upset the family? Any advice on how one gets past this?

    Laura

    1. Memoirs can be tricky. Ask yourself which is more important the story you’re trying to tell (perhaps for healing purposes) or your family. There is usually some fall out when writing memoirs. Someone will be offended even though you’re telling the truth. Most of us that write memoirs have estranged, distant or deceased family. Alternatively, you can always write your memoir and once you’re done with the last draft (I don’t recommend showing them previous drafts), share it with any family members that are mentioned in your memoir. This usually goes a long way with smoothing any ruffled feathers. May I ask, what type of memoir are you planning on writing?

      1. LClark

        My plan now is for a coming of age / life experience type memoir. You bring up some great points, especially about sharing the final draft. I only have one remaining family member who might get a little ruffled and the sharing might be the thing that will help. I guess I’ll figure that out when it’s right in my face. Thanks for the advice!

  43. Thank you for visiting and liking my blog. Yes. Stories are powerful and touching. The more we share the better place the world becomes as we learn from each other. Good work! All best wishes, xxx.

  44. Thanks for coming by my blog and liking a post – it led me to you and your blog! I’m excited to poke around more. I read a few memoirs (i’m reading one now, in fact) and would love to get recommendations for others.

    1. My pleasure La Quemada! Happy New Years to you!!! What memoir are you reading?

  45. Hi – I found this blog through the Invisible Scar and just wanted to let you know how inspiring I find your efforts. Thank you for working to break the silence and for using your voice to spread compassion, understanding, and healing.

    1. Thank you so much Thomas. I appreciate your kind words.

  46. Hi Lynette, I don’t want to lose you as a follower, but my blog is now independent from WordPress. My website is currently under construction while I create an engaging reader experience. Please continue to follow me, as I will continue to follow you. Thank you!

    1. No problem. Just let me now when your new site is up and running and I’ll be sure to follow it there. Best wishes on your new site!

  47. Side/Dishes

    Hi Lynette, thank you for liking my blog! I’ll be following your work now – thank you for your contributions here!!!

    1. My pleasure! I just followed your blog, so I can read more of your blog.

      1. Side/Dishes

        I hope you enjoy. It can be pretty zany from time to time. 🙂

      2. I’m sure I will.

  48. I look forward to reading your blog 🙂

  49. Thanks so very much for paying me a visit now and then! It’s encouraging. You and I share a similar love—Maya Angelou and her book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
    I’m fascinated and touched by what you’re doing here. It’s beautiful!

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, I love Maya Angelou and her memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting on my blog.

  50. Lynette, I came here to thank you for “liking” my review of When Breath Becomes Air. I too am a lover of reading memoir because, like you, I’m in the middle of writing one. You might want to check out my other site, http://sherreymeyer.com. Looking forward to more interactions with you.

    1. Hi Sherrey, so good to re-connect with you again. Thank you so much for stopping by. Looking forward to reading more about your memoir.

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