Lessons learned building a business. Memories that go with the family cottage. Pride in an immigrant’s success. Daily life in a different time and place.
A memoir can be a priceless gift. And now is a wonderful time to bring memories and family stories to life, thanks to modern digital technology. Working with The Memoir Coach will help you focus on three critical success factors for your work: Impact, Relevance and Delivery. If you are just getting started, or even if you have work in progress, it's important to focus on your answers to these questions:
1. What impact do you want your work to have?
Some successful personal narratives span centuries. Others capture only a few hours, but they all have a goal that transcends mere self-expression. Whether your purpose is to share inspiration, sense of family, or just a good nostalgic laugh, your work should give.
2. For whom are you writing?
Whether your prospective audience is the customer base of a leading bookseller or a few hundred family members and friends, your story must compete for a scarce resource— 21st century time and attention. The Memoir Coach can help you identify the curiosities and concerns of your audience that will make your story relevant.
3. How and when will you deliver it?
More of these projects are intended than finished. The Memoir Coach will help you “right-size” your story to fit your resources and schedule so that you can actually get it done! Do you like sharing your writing experiences and responding to assignments with deadlines? Join a class with The Memoir Coach (www.wih.org). If you want you want to work with creative collaboration customized to your own story and situation, you should discuss consulting, ghost-writing and editing services. The easy first step is to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.