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So you want to write a memoir? This editor has some tips

What Inspires Your Writing?

You already have a great pile of notes, notebooks full of journaling, or other writing about the period in your life you’ve chosen to write about. How do you bring it to life?

Jennifer Silva Redmond, freelance editor and writing instructor whose short-form memoir has been published nationally, says that when writing memoir, your story needs a focus.

Fiction writers often compose “elevator pitches,” or quick, 30-second summaries of their novels. Memoir should be no different, Jennifer says, because you want your story to carry a message, and creating a “pitch” helps you get that message across while developing a tightly woven narrative.

Jennifer shares a trick that has worked quite well for her short-form memoir: she simply titles her essay before writing it. By doing this, she can more easily stay on message throughout just by keeping the title in mind as she writes. In much the same…

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Why i wrote a memoir

Nancy Chadwick, Memoir Writer

1st Day

One August afternoon in 1967, Mom dressed me in a navy dress, patterned in tiny white polka dots, with an appliqué of paintbrushes and an artist’s palette in primary colors at the hem, and a white Peter Pan collar around my neck. White anklet socked feet, fitting snuggly into blood-red Mary Janes, anchored my chubby legs. While standing at attention in front of my house’s picture window with my feet together and my hands folded in front, I posed with my heels brushing against the yellow marigolds in full bloom under a toasty blanket of Indian summer sun. My birch tree buddy stood tall and arabesque in front of me, extending its tree branches in effort to shield me from the sun. I was present in those moments as I stood before my house and my tree waiting for my picture to be taken. Life was good.

This was my…

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I’ll be okay

Life Is Now, Jonivator Later

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I’ll be okay, I always say
Those 3 words I say again and again
It’s been 39 years in this life of mine
And it feels like I do this all of the time

I’ve felt love and bliss
and that feeling from a kiss
I’ve seen beauty, hope, and people cope
With life and loss and the meaning of a cross
I’ve had fun in the sun and laughter in the rain
A marriage, a job, some success came my way
Yet through it all
It never ever ever ever failed to find me
I’ve felt pain in ways that lasts for days
But always seems to go away

I’ve felt lost, ashamed, embarrassed, and blamed
But I’ve always lived to see those brighter days
I’ve been manic, confused, and unsure what to do
But I never gave up when I thought I should lose

I have strength that…

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Forgiveness

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For your actions.
For your reactions.
For your foolishness.
For your ego.
For your open heart.
For your closed mind.
For your closed heart.
For your fears.

Forgive yourself and even the strongest lock can not keep you from opening the door to your happiness. Forgive yourself for being a soul in a human body affected by the human condition.

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