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Writing Memoir: The Practical Guide to Writing and Publishing the Story of Your Life

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Done properly, memoir is more than just a recitation of facts about a person's life.

It's a journey, connecting writer and reader in that shared space where we all experience what it means to be human. In Writing Memoir: The Practical Guide to Writing and Publishing the Story of Your Life, Jerry Payne details, in an easy-to-follow way, how to take the particulars of one's l
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Published September 6th 2016 by Faydelis Press
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Rod Raglin
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Practical, professional advice on how to write your memoir

Jerry Payne is a ghost writer, he writes for other people. Mostly he writes memoirs.

He feels, and rightly so "there is something profoundly revelatory in exploring a life to the depth that’s required to write about it." He suggests an honest memoir does just that. I

n his book, Writing MEMOIR, The Practical Guide to Writing and Publishing the Story of Your Life,
Payne is also honest in his assessment of those who want to take this project
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Rita Kroon
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Writing Memoir: The Practical Guide to Writing and Publishing the Story of Your Life by Jerry Payne is truly a practical and concise guide to writing your memoir. Payne defines the term as: a memoir centers on a significant part, or time, of your life – a major event on which your story is centered. It is not your whole life story. That is an autobiography.

Payne further explains that a memoir is an exploration of your ‘self,’ and good memoirs generate self-awareness. One must be honest with self
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Young Kim
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Realistic, yet solving problems in practical ways

Those of you who’ve ever had to type with one hand, because your other hand’s broken in a cask, know how tough it is. Now I am doing it voluntarily because I’m so excited to have found an awesome book about writing!

This short book about writing memoir gives such amazingly practical advices to anyone interested in telling stories in refined written words.

To me the book seems to have three different parts: One’s the tips for memoirists seeking for g
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Martin
Aug 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
maybe half and half plus

If I could rate this on the last half (or , third)- it may hit four stars. That portion had some good information, though information which could be acquired elsewhere, and the writer points that out (with where to find the info too). Maybe I have read too many books (self help, and many books on writing) but it seems much of the first portions of the book I had read before. Some sections so much so I went to my book shelves thinking I surely had this book and had already
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Wayne Harrison
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short, But Packs A Punch

When I glanced at the page length I thought, "That's not many pages," but after reading the book I learned a lot. The author's writing style is easy to understand. His advice is sound. I learned more from this book in 90 minutes than I did in the hours and hours I spent scouring online blog posts and memoir-writing articles.
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Peggy Best
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent review

I read this book after having written my memoir. The book is an excellent review of all the stuff that I actually did well I wrote. I think this book would be good as a review for writers and as an introduction to new writers.
Donald Fairchild
Great lessons for a nervous beginner, thanks for the push.

Clear and great lessons.
As a beginner at writing, this instruction is a great help to getting started to a finish. Thanks
Rob Williams
Solid little book about the writing process. Easy to read and simple to digest.
Anika Aze
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jerry Payne is a ghost writer who has written over 30 memoirs and he speaks from experience. The author tells you from the beginning that the memoir is not about the writer rather the reader. The book encourages every writer to search his or her story and tell it in a way to keep the reader turning pages. He gives helpful hints all throughout the book starting from finding the narrative arc to getting it published. I was inspired by the book and kept taking notes how it applied to what I was wri ...more
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Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by Susan Violante for Reader Views (11/2016)

“Writing Memoir: The Practical Guide to Writing and Publishing the Story of Your Life” by Jerry Payne is a short and sweet a personable guide for memoir writing. It begins by inviting the reader to explore their reasons for writing a memoir. I loved that the author did this at the beginning because many writing guides do not make evident that the reason for writing will determine all of the major decisions the author will have to make during t
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Karen Major
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This little book can be read two ways: blaze through it and come back to highlighted sections or take your time, take notes and allow the information time to sink in.

I took my time and found this book to be thought-provoking. From warming up to the idea of writing my memoir and outlining the theme through editing, formatting, and publishing--this little treasure kept the wheels turning (and kept me adding to my reading list).

Practical and intuitive, I recommend this book to anyone who has consid
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Diane
Oct 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Remember those formal outlines in high school English? Forget them. Let the creative juices flow. Payne's book on Memoirs is the first "how to" I have read on the subject, and I have read several books on writing. It is easily written and understood. If you want to read a book on memoir writing, you need no other book but this one. Payne is an exceptional teacher. Excellent book. ...more
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An award-winning ghostwriter, Jerry Payne has written or edited over two dozen memoirs for a wide range of clients, each story as unique as the life from which it was drawn. With a true passion for the genre, Payne teaches an online course and frequently conducts workshops on the craft of memoir writing. His book, Writing Memoir: The Practical Guide to Writing and Publishing the Story of Your Life ...more

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