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Writing Memoir: The Practical Guide to Writing and Publishing the Story of Your Life by [Payne, Jerry]
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Gold Medal Winner, 2016 Foreword Indies (Adult Nonfiction, Writing)
Award-winning finalist, 2016 Best Book Awards (Writing and Publishing)
Award-winning finalist, 2016 National Indie Excellence Awards (Writing)
Reader Views 2016 Reviewers Choice Award Runner-Up (Writing/Publishing)
"A pleasure to read, 'Writing Memoir' is an awesome resource for writers that should be part of any writer's library!" - Reader Views
"Five stars! A delight to read, extremely informative. Writers, experienced and new, should find something helpful in this book" - Reader's Favorite

From the Author

I'm a ghostwriter. That means I write for other people. (Not everyone knows this. Once, a cab driver in Key West, hearing what I did for a living, excitedly told me that I'd come to the right place because "we've got lots of great ghost stories in this town!") In my career, I've written or edited various business how-to books, medical books, diet and nutrition books, geopolitical books, a gardening book, a book on sunken treasure, and a book on how to quit smoking. Mostly, however, I've written memoirs. I wrote one not long after I started my ghostwriting career and was so drawn to the experience, I soon found myself focusing on them.

Memoirs are special. As I discuss in my book, and as you may discover in the process of writing your memoir, there is something profoundly revelatory in exploring a life to the depth that's required to write about it. I make a case in the very first chapter that any honest memoir does just this. A memoir is an exploration. And each memoir I've worked on has been illuminating in its own unique way. I suppose that's not surprising; every memoir is unique because every life is unique.

It's the exploration that's the key. In the book, I talk about the objectivity and self-awareness true exploration requires. Good memoirs help generate self-awareness,which, in turn, makes good memoirs. Poor memoirs lack this quality. Poor memoirs are often superficial and self-absorbed and egotistical. Unfortunately,there are too many of this kind of memoir. "Here, let me tell you how interesting I am." No, thanks. If that's your idea of a memoir, you're probably not going to get much out of my book. A good memoir won't be about you. It'll be about your reader. That's what exploration does. It uncovers that which links us to the human condition. This book is about that link and, therefore, about your connection to the reader. 

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  • File Size: 1049 KB
  • Print Length: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Faydelis Press; 1 edition (September 6, 2016)
  • Publication Date: September 6, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01LFX1YSC
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