Category Archives : Tips


Don’t write your memoir

Write short stories instead.   Years ago, I used to write short stories. Scary ones. Funny ones. Romantic ones.   It was a good format for me to share my stories. Less overwhelming. In a matter of 500 words, or 1000 words, I could finish a story. There was a beginning and an end.   […]


Braving the basement

I have a new slogan: “All your treasured stories, in one book!” If I were to pinpoint one of the most common refrains from clients or potential clients, it’s this: “I have a, b, and c,  somewhere in the basement, hopefully not buried too deeply, between Christmas decorations and food storage.” What do you have […]


Journals might not be enough

A potential client told me the other day that she was in good shape with regards to her life story because she’s kept journals over the years and has a file full of notes from a personal history class. I told her that was great, but that she should consider actually putting it all together […]


Why write your story now?

I have a friend who told me he wants to eventually write his personal history but he wants to wait until he’s lived his life more. This person is in their 60s. So his thinking might be that he anticipates living a few more decades and then he’ll tackle his personal history. I can respect that. But it makes me […]


A Memoir is More Than an Ego Trip

I was talking to a business colleague the other day, and he said that I could have a potential client in someone who has an oversized ego. Else, why would they want to be the subject of a memoir? Funny, but one of the most common threads I’ve found in subjects over the course of […]