By Mort Laitner
Author of “A Hebraic Obsession”
My memoir story in five minutes—ten years old–Mrs Solomon Reading – UM English Teacher—Peruvian Poet—doctor in ER— Andy Goodman story tellers make the best teachers–short Stories Healthy Stories — The Stairs—retirement time to write memoir —Completed in 17 months. Five months until book published.
The Four Questions
1. Why write a memoir?
To reclaim bits of your life.
Because it is exhilarating.
Because it is fun.
Because you want to spill out your guts.
Because it is rewarding.
Because it can be disturbing.
Because you are a risk taker.
Because you have aspirations.
For your family, your friends and most importantly for yourself.
Your memoir is a journey of self discovery.
You have a story to tell, full of life lessons, adventures, mistakes, secrets and love.
No one knows your story as well as you do.
You are the leading expert on the subject of you.
There is a healing power in writing your memoir.
Your life has passages—write about them.
This is your time to reflect on your life.
2. Where do I start?
Sit in front of your computer and type, “My Memoir” by insert your name. Title can be changed at any time.
Set a goal of 20 pages.
Allow your emotions to flow.
3. How do I do the research?
Research your family tree.
Ask your relatives for their memories and artifacts.
Read other people’s memoirs.
Search the Internet for articles on memoir writing.
Pull out old photographs, diaries, and objects of nostalgia.
4. Who do I interview?
Anyone who knows you or your family.
Your memoir can be almost as important as your last will and testament for your families emotional needs—JUST DO IT!
Join the Memoir Writers Project.
Goal to get all adults who are working on their last will and testament to write a 20 page memoir.
Tell Uncle Magarick’s story