How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating and Publishing Your Personal Story  -     By: Roberta Temes Ph.D.
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How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days: Step-by-Step Instructions for Creating and Publishing Your Personal Story

Reader's Digest / 2014 / Paperback

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If you've thought that your full life would make a fantastic memoir, but haven't known where to start, How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days will provide you with an e asy-to-follow framework to set you on your way. Step-by-step workshop techniques are presented, including how to craft a three-sentence memoir, identifying a life-changing incident, and creating stirring scenes. You'll also learn about spelling, grammar, creating believable dialogue, and finally publishing. 182 pages, softcover.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Reader's Digest
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1621451453
ISBN-13: 9781621451457

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Publisher's Description

A quick, fun and easy guide to writing a personal memoir in just one month! Step-by-step techniques, culled from writers’ workshops taught by the author, are presented in a welcoming, non-intimidating style.

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 You’ll figure out the major themes of your life, mine your memory for dramatic incidents, stitch your assignments (and diary entries, blog posts, and other writings) together into a compelling plot, and polish your prose into believable dialogue and exciting action. The book also includes quick “clear communication” lessons about spelling and grammar, plus information and advice about different publishing paths. Simply follow the daily directions and in just one month you will have a memoir ready to submit for publishing. 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.

Author Bio

Roberta Temes, PhD, teaches memoir-writing classes in New York, New Jersey, and Florida, as well as online at www.memoirclassonline.com. Additionally, Dr. Roberta is an experienced psychotherapist who knows how to help people access their emotional memories and make sense out of their past. She is skilled at processing powerful feelings and knows how to transfer those feelings from the mind to the page. She is the author of many nonfiction books, including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Hypnosis, The Tapping Cure, and the prize-winning Living With an Empty Chair.

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Singing to a Bulldog would never have been written if it weren't for Dr. Robert Temes's book How to Write a Memoir in 30 Days. For years, people have been saying to me that I should write a book about my life; and for even longer, I have wanted to share with the world Willie Turner's lessons and the profound effect he had on who I became as an individual, giving me the tools for a full-bodied life. I always thought, "Someday, when I have more time, I'll write that book." Then a friend gave me a copy of Dr. Temes's book and I was inspired to start immediately. It not only gave me a detailed, step-by-step guide to write my first memoir, but also the confidence that I could do it successfully. I encourage you to make the time to tell your story.

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    A GREAT RESOURCE AND HELP!
    June 14, 2014
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    A couple of years ago my uncle died. He was an intelligent articulate man that had published many articles in his field. While going through his belongings, my cousin found a treasure. It was his memories beginning in childhood, through part of his later years. She graciously sent me a copy. Reading it was wonderful! Not only did I find so much about his life I never knew, I got a glimpse of my father's family and part of his life. Writing my own memoir to leave for my children and grandchildren has always been in my mind. His motivated me further but where and how do I start? That's why I was so happy to get this book. It not only gives me a starting point but also direction.

    I know it won't be written in 30 days as the title suggests, but in 30 days the book will help me produce a rough "skeleton" of my life story. I liked it that the author says "just write", get it down on paper, and worry about punctuation, spelling, and grammar later. That is such a hindrance to many who write, thinking it has to be "perfect" the first time. The beginning of the book also opens the door to the idea that there can be many different types of memoirs you might want to write.

    Each day focuses on a different aspect of your life to think about. For me, I have many memories and thoughts but they are jumbled together in my mind and come forward when triggered by some outside source. The author had lots of thought provoking ideas to delve deeper into those recollections therefore giving more meaning and detail to my writing. There were also samples of other people's memoir writings to illustrate what the author was suggesting and avoiding mistakes. In addition, I found them as a springboard to further organize my thoughts. This book helps you do more than tell your stories; it helps you share your emotions, feelings, and experiences at a deeper level.

    I am a writer. I love to write, but I think this book would be a great help to someone that writing does not come easily. I want to leave a written legacy as my uncle did for our family. I found this book very helpful and inspiring!

    I received this book free from FBS Associates which requires an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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