Tag Archives: memoirs

Recommended Reading: Writing Hard Stories

  The Takeaway: If you’ve ever struggled to write about difficult periods of your life, Melanie Brooks’ “Writing Hard Stories” can provide guidance, solace and inspiration. The book features interviews with well-known authors who have published at least one memoir, and digs just as deeply into their emotional process as it does their writing process. […]

Recommended Reading: Why We Write About Ourselves

The take-away: If you have ever wondered what the “right” motivation might be to write about yourself, or if you’re wondering why so many successful writers try their hand at memoir, Why We Write About Ourselves will provide some answers, as well as leave you with more questions about why people publish in this most […]

Leaving a Legacy, One Sentence at a Time

Photo courtesy of Abizern via Flickr. I was reading a blog post by author Greg McKeown the other day, and he made a comment that, although it was really aimed at making readers more productive and better leaders, really spoke to me as a personal historian. He noted that after both his grandfathers died, one man’s […]

Remembering Your Year: Preserve Your Memories Before They Fade Away!

Photo courtesy of Melissa Gruntkosky via Flickr. One of the hardest parts of writing a personal history, a memoir, or a family history is deciding what to write about. And that difficulty is compounded if you feel you can’t remember enough about what’s happened to you to write anything significant about it! There’s an easy […]

How To Keep Your Family History Resolutions in 2014

Photo courtesy of SXC. Every year, countless would-be family historians make New Year’s resolutions to tackle epic projects that preserve the tales of their bloodline, and every December there are frustrated folks wondering where the year went. But you can get your family history project done this year – it just takes a little know-how, […]