Writing Your Memoir

The most common request that I get is to write a client’s memoir. It is always an honor and privilege to help someone tell their life story, so that others can learn and benefit from their experiences.

These clients are courageous. It isn’t easy to pour your personal stories out into a book for anyone to read. It takes a special person to be willing to share their intimate details.

The first step you will need to take is to decide the purpose for writing your memoir. Do you want to record a piece of history for your children’s children? Or do you want to share the obstacles you overcame to achieve your goals and inspire others? Perhaps you made mistakes in your life and wish to share them with others to help them avoid making the same errors. All of these are admirable goals.

Writing a book that simply records one calamity after another is not a good idea. It’s depressing and can send the wrong message to readers, that life isn’t worth living.

As an author, you do have a responsibility to help others through your writing. I’m not suggesting that you hit people over the head with strong messages, but do keep in mind that you may be influencing your reader. What would you like them to have learned by reading your book? How can they be enriched and bettered?

Most people need help writing and publishing a book, especially if it is about them. It isn’t easy to be objective for most people and they need the help of a ghostwriter.

If you need help, please feel free to email me. I’ll give you a little advice and help you take your first step!

Laura Sherman (97 Posts)

Laura Sherman, a.k.a. “Laura the Friendly Ghostwriter,” is a professional ghostwriter and author. She enjoys writing fiction and nonfiction and is happiest when juggling multiple projects. She recently authored “Chess Is Child’s Play” to introduce the next generation to the game of kings and queens. As a parent of three, and one of the top 50 women chess players in the United States, Laura wrote this book to teach any parent to teach any child, of any age, to play chess.