How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days
Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating and Publishing Your Personal Story
By Roberta Temes, PhD
Published by Reader's Digest
Paperback: 192 pages
"You should write a book."
Everyone has a story to tell. If you've ever thought of sharing yours but don't know where to begin, How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days gives you the perfect framework. Step-by-step techniques, culled from writers' workshops taught by the author are presented in a series of fun writing exercises, including:
- crafting your three-sentence memoir
- identifying an incident that changed your life
- creating stirring scenes
Whether you're a seasoned writer or a novice, dream of hitting the bestseller lists or just want to pass a little wisdom on to your grandkids, How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days is a fun, easy guide to writing the Next Great Memoir -- yours.
The 411 by Maria:
I have written numerous things over the years and none of them ever go anywhere. Ending them is difficult for me for some reason. Keeping my blog going has been my way to tell a story to my kids in the future. A way for them to learn about me, what I thought, what I liked, who I was. Losing a parent very young does that to you. I want to know mom but she died when I was 12 and I don't know anything about her. Creating a memoir is something that is dear to my heart for so many reasons and I think this book is perfect.
Author Roberta Temes easily breaks down a game plan and agenda for you to get started if this is something you have always wanted to do. Just follow the assignments and you can't go wrong.
Days 1 – 5 she suggests identifying major themes. What kind of book will this be. Challenges, life story, your past, whatever your major event focus will be. There are easy exercises to help you identify the themes.
Days 6 – 10 she includes exercises to help you identify and create the plot.
Days 11 – 15 you are writing about personalities.
Days 16 – 20 my favorite days you are focused on your experiences.
Days 21 – 25 includes exercises that analyze responses to events that took place in your life. This is the therapy part of writing.
Days 26 – 30 include exercises focusing on parting your story together.
On Day 16 you are asked to identify a something that may be too painful, humiliating or frightening. I have them all so I think this day would be especially hard but useful for me to live my best life.
Each chapter has wonderful tidbits of grammatical information that would be necessary for any writer. AND samples of writing that is based on that assignment.
This is a great resource for anyone trying to write a memoir. While I doubt I will accomplish a complete memoir in 30 days, it is a great motivational book that will help me get started.
Here is a video with a bunch of other products including this book. Oh and check out that face! Grrrr.
Roberta Temes, Ph.D. is an accomplished author, editor and writing instructor, as well as a seasoned psychotherapist and psychology faculty member. She lectures around the country at corporate meetings, medical conferences and health spas. Dr. Temes' newest book, How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days is available now on Amazon and everywhere books are sold. She is also the author of the award-winning Living with an Empty Chair and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hypnosis.
Temes lives in New Jersey and Florida, with her husband David Lyons, a university financial systems consultant. Temes is a mother and grandmother, too. For more information please visit http://drroberta.com.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy for my honest opinion. No monetary compensation was received.