Here’s an article I wrote on LinkedIn that you might have missed. It is one way to write a memoir, especially if your memory is as sketchy as mine. I hope it helps you in writing your own memoir:
“I think it was the crush of time that made me want to write. My mother was getting older, and though I’d heard her stories over and over for so many years, I suddenly realized when she was in her 80s that she wouldn’t always be around to tell them, And even though I’d heard them so many times, there were details I knew I would forget, And some of the stories really needed to be told.
As it turned out, it was not only members of my own family who were interested in what life was like for a young girl in Kentucky in the early years of the 20th Century. I even sold a few.
After reviewing 12 years of keeping journals about an unusual period of my own life, I realized there had to be a story there, too. Accidental Cowgirl: Six Cows, No Horse and No Clue was born from that experience, and I haven’t stopped writing since. And I sold a lot. That didn’t hurt either. I even have fans!
But enough about me. I encourage everyone to write about an era that is fast fading. Your children will love you for it.”
Writing your own memoir may take more than a few attempts, but don’t give up. It took me seven years to finish my last one, Sir, I’m Not That Kind of Girl. Life kept getting in the way.
“How Much Does It Cost To Self-Publish?
If writing a book is a lifetime goal, then spending some money to make the book the best it can be is important to make that experience complete.
If writing is a hobby, then consider how much money people spend on hobbies in general. Any hobby has some expenses associated with it.
If you are considering writing as a career, then the costs associated with quality publishing are an investment in creating an intellectual property asset that can put money in your pocket for the rest of your life and 70 years after you die according to copyright law. That is truly exciting, and I go into more detail in my book, How to Make a Living with Your Writing.” https://www.thecreativepenn.com/cost-to-self-publish/
In this post, Joanna has much more on the subject of self-publishing and defining your audience, which you should do sooner rather than later. It’s great reading, and she also covers costs. Remember, a good editor is worth his or her weight in gold. Hiring one is a necessity if you’re serious about producing a quality book. even though I’m an editor myself, I always hire someone else to edit my books. More on this step later. Never skip this step in writing your memoir, if you intend to publish it. Hiring an editior is the difference between a serious writer and an amateur, and will save you money and embarrassment in the long run.
Joanna Penn has many great books on writing and self-publishing. Check out her website: https://www.thecreativepenn.com