Memoir

Everyone Has a Story to Tell: Writing a Memoir

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Everyone has a story to tell. In my book “Where is Home? “ I shared my experiences of living through a war and eventually coming to the United States. What about you? I’m sure you also have a story to tell. Everyone does. So, what’s your story?

You don’t have to be famous to write a memoir. Anyone can do it. In fact, I encourage people to do that. Writing a memoir is very cathartic. It’s therapeutic for the writer. However, remember that your memoir is not exactly therapy. So don’t talk about things that only matter to you, because your readers probably won’t understand what you’re trying to convey. You don’t have to write everything down on your memoir.

Don’t worry about who your audience will be. Think about yourself, because that is who you are writing it for. Sure, it is nice and encouraging to read nice comments from readers about how your book is inspiring, however, there is nothing like the satisfaction of putting the thoughts in your head in print. Writing your memoir can also help your descendants understand themselves better.

Share your triumphs. Share the heartbreaks you have experienced in your life. You can ever share your darkest secrets. It’s easier to write it down than to tell someone verbally. Don’t be afraid to share your memories. Writing your memoir is a way to reminisce on all parts of your life – the good and the bad, the accomplishments and the failures.

Just remember that if you are writing a memoir, you don’t have to write everything about your life. A memoir is not the story of your entire like, that’s an autobiography. I wrote my memoir to share the story of the difficult childhood that I had and how I had to overcome many challenges to get to where I am now. I shared those on my book, however, there are many things that I omitted because they do not fit the message of my book.

Everyone has a story to tell, they just don’t realize it. So share yours because the world is dying to hear it.

 

 

Anneros Valensi was born in Falkenau, Silesia, East Germany in 1938. She was just six years old when the war and its fallout struck her and her family. Valensi became a registered nurse and in 1961 she moved to London, England working for Standard Telephone & Cables as stewardess on the company plane. While living there, she was hired by Trans World Airlines to train as flight attendant and in 1966 she immigrated to America. She has two children and three grandchildren and currently lives in New York.

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