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The Memoir In You

It has been said that everyone has a book inside of them waiting to come out.


Writers feel this compulsion more intensely than non-writers, but there comes a time when you might feel the urge to write is greater than the urge to hold the feelings and sentiments inside.


The process of creating a memoir is not always a linear journey. It is often a process which might take many years to complete. To simplify the process, you should know that there are many ways to begin writing a memoir. Taking a class or reading a book about the process is a good way to begin. For a kick start to the process and if time is a factor, try first writing the story of your life in the form of a poem.


The poetic form is succinct and to the point without the burden of superfluous words. It also will provide you with a sort of instant gratification. Begin by creating vivid images and details. You can also start with the title, ‘Let Me Tell You a Story,’ and see where it leads you.  You might surprise yourself with your literary talents!

Quote of the Week

"A writer uses a journal to try out the new step in front of the mirror."

~Mary Gordon

About Me

I am a memoirist, essayist, poet and teacher whose passion is keeping a notebook. My notebook is my muse and my alter ego. It contains personal snippets of my life and observations from the world around me. Diarist Anaïs Nin has been a great source of inspiration for me. My hobbies include writing, writing and more writing, but when I have extra time, I enjoy reading, walking, hiking, yoga, working out, cooking and hanging out with my family and Maltese Poodle, Spunky. In order not to become ensconced by the glare of my computer screen, I also teach in the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and in various conferences and festivals around the country. My pleasure comes from sharing my joy of journaling with professional writers and anyone interested in writing.

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