Should I write my memoir?
“Should I write a memoir?” I believe everyone has a story to tell and most should write their story down whether for self-reflection or publication.
Writing your story has tremendous value, for instance, if it can help make sense of past events. Sometimes laying out a bigger, more complete picture from seemingly random events, or traumas, can allow for clarity to emerge. Or it can provide direction and choices for what comes next.
If you have a story to tell that will heal, inspire, motivate, or teach, that story needs to get written by an expert. And if you lived that story, who is more of an expert than you are at telling it? You have the life’s experience, the survival skills, the tools, and everything else to be a catalyst for change, hope, light, and as I like to say, “the seeds to plant peace and possibilities.”
You and your story can make a positive difference in the world when your message is written in a book. You have the story and I have the system for helping you write it. You don’t need to know the writing process—that is what a writing coach is for. To not write your story because you don’t have confidence in your writing skills cheats you and the people who need to read your story.
Most people who do well writing their memoir do so because they can’t help themselves. There is a burning desire to make a difference based on their story. The key to writing a successful memoir is to be very clear about how success is defined and measured by the story teller. Therefore, start with the end goal in mind as the driving force:
- Is the goal for writing the memoir to use it as a platform for a motivational or inspirational speaking career?
- Is the book aimed at becoming the foundation for a life coaching business?
- Is the book wanted to raise funds for a non-profit?
If these are the motivating factors, then by all means let’s get the book written. Take the time, spend the money, and put out the best book possible to help achieve these goals.
Some people want to write their story to preserve a family history and to pass on legacy stories. Some write as a way of cleansing their soul. Others write for self-reflection and healing. These stories may not be intended to be published, but that doesn’t mean the story shouldn’t get written. It should if it matters that much to the writer.
If you have a burning desire to tell your story in a way that captures a moment in time, heals, and inspires you and your audience, then let’s write it! Let’s get it published! That’s the value of writing a memoir.