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Joe Baldizzone

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Re: Is a memoir the hardest book to write?
Posted: Dec 31, 2017 1:57 PM   in response to: Wilai Lattimore in response to: Wilai Lattimore
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I also don’t reinvent my past. When I was in my teens, maybe...

My only book is part memoir. I tell a significant piece of my life story right after the introduction, and that came easy for me, as the story was already there. I just had to choose which were the most important events to include and keep it as concise as possible. I also did my best to write it aimed toward a reluctant audience. That’s a helpful habit I picked up writing a lot in forums. It’s easy to bore and lose people when you’re talking about yourself for more than two sentences.

Thinking about it now, actually... most of my book is memoir type material. It’s a self help book, but it’s based mostly on my experience.

I’d write more regarding this but I’m typing it out on my phone which I don’t like doing.
tradingcases

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Re: Is a memoir the hardest book to write?
Posted: Jan 1, 2018 7:24 AM   in response to: Traveler321 in response to: Traveler321
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This is how I came to write my memoir. I used to run an Off Licence (liquor store) and one of my regular customers was a retired Army Brigadier in the Household Cavalry. He had a fantastic English name which I won't repeat here. He came in one day and said he was off to Australia to interview his far flung relatives to add to his memoir. He had already completed a history of the sabre for the regiment. (BTW these days the cavalry is the tank regiment). I said that I'd always wanted to do that and he said that the time was now because friends, relatives, acquaintances die and their memories die with them; which was why he was off to Australia.

Anyway a few years later I wrote about my ten years in Pro-Am theatre. The club was part of a well known High Street Bank and well supported financially by them. The musicians, MD and director were paid but the cast and crew all came from staff. It was a pleasant experience to recall the successes and the disasters, the fun and the sense of being part of something creative.

Once the book was published the Chairman of the current club contacted me to say that my memories were all that existed now of that ten years. All of the programmes, props, photos, etc had been irretrievable lost when the Bank vacated one of their many redundant City buildings. At the same time the Bank I had worked for - Natwest - had become part of RBS. I gave permission for the book to be shared amongst the group.

I am so pleased that something remains and that my own recollections are now part of history. It was perhaps one of the less stressful books I have wrote. Old friendly faces and singing voices were swanning about my head for quite a while. I suppose because it was such a fun time. After every show I was not alone in saying - 'never again' - but like the rest back for the first production meeting.

A side note. My Brigadier pointed out a fellow colleague accross the road. You see, I'm short so rode a horse, whereas Brigadier X over there is tall - an artillery man.
Mary Peebels

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Re: Is a memoir the hardest book to write?
Posted: Jan 1, 2018 1:51 PM   in response to: Traveler321 in response to: Traveler321
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Traveler321 wrote:
I'm half way into the rough draft on my latest book, a memoir, and see an article that says it's the hardest book to write. Is this true?

I can see how some memories might be unpleasant to write about.

Good luck with your memoir.
B.L. Alley

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Re: Is a memoir the hardest book to write?
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 6:45 AM   in response to: Traveler321 in response to: Traveler321
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My reply was a joke. That being said, aside from your short bio at the back of your book no one really cares about us nor our lives unless we become famous. If you're writing about events which caused pain or outrage and are doing so for therapy, there is no need to publish it. If you're revealing injustices you hope will be corrected, the judiciary might be a more appropriate venue.
Traveler321

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Re: Is a memoir the hardest book to write?
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 8:46 AM   in response to: B.L. Alley in response to: B.L. Alley
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The ones who have already published in this niche were nobodies, and they sold very well. The only comparable i can give you is the WW2 memoirs that were done by unknown soldiers or victims, and many sell very well today. Those can't be faked and that is why they are so important.

Anyway, we'll see if i go down in flames believing that or not. I have written too long now to get off the horse.
Duane Dingle

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Re: Is a memoir the hardest book to write?
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 9:39 AM   in response to: Traveler321 in response to: Traveler321
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Honestly, I don't understand how whether it is or isn't would even matter in the end. You're writing it now so only later, when you write a piece of fiction, will you will know if it was or wasn't more difficult for you .

I remember writing my short memoir like it was yesterday. Let me tell you what I consider some interesting things about my writing it. See, for me that would be easier than coming up with interesting things for any piece of fiction I have ever written, and much of my fiction incorporates my observations of people and actual events that have happened in my life and the lives of others, and I use them where they might work for the fictional story line. Much, much tougher for me than telling a story that had actually happened, though any difficulty I would associate in writing a memoir is in deciding what is interesting to the listener/reader, deciding what goes in and what doesn't, and how to present it in an interesting way.
Mkhonzeni M Dla...

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Re: Is a memoir the hardest book to write?
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 8:51 PM   in response to: Traveler321 in response to: Traveler321
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You can take a look at my memoir book series and learn one or two things : http://www.amazon.com/author/bornoppressed
Monique

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Re: Is a memoir the hardest book to write?
Posted: Jan 15, 2018 5:23 PM   in response to: Traveler321 in response to: Traveler321
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Just a note: Unless you are a famous person, or have had a really interesting life (so far), memoirs generally don't sell very well.
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