Memoirs come in all shapes and sizes. There is no one way to write a memoir. How it unfolds will depend entirely on you, the storyteller. And what help you need will depend on what you’ve already got. To explain…
Is your story...
All in your head?
If it’s all in your head, you have three options!
1. We can ask you questions about your life to prompt your memories and record your voice telling the stories. (See ‘Hear Them Speak)
2. We can coach you to write your own stories. Using a combination of prompts, writing, chatting and editing, together we’ll come up with a plan to get your story told. This works well if you enjoy writing so won’t find it a chore.
3. We can ghostwrite your story for you. We chat, record, write, check with you, edit and write some more to shape the story on your behalf. We listen to, collate and write your stories in your tone of voice. Before you know it, we’ve cooked up a story that’s all about you. This works well if you’re not interested in writing the darn thing, you just want the story told.
All in a box?
If all of your notes and memorabilia are in a box (or three or more …) dust them off and start exploring! You can pay us to help you sort it, but it’s probably best if you take time to go through it yourself, using our handy guide to help you decide what’s important to your story. (Hint: not everything!)
Already written down? (Or typed up?)
If you’re happy with the story as you’ve written it, you can take it straight to copy editing. But if you’d like to develop your story further, we can work together through a process we like to call ‘collaborwriting’. In collaborwriting, we read your story then give you specific tips and tools to help you improve it according to your goals. (For example, we can help you express love to a loved one or help you write clearly in English.)
All over the place?
Let’s chat, discuss your needs and come up with a plan together.