One of LifeTime Memoirs’ authors explains how she believes that the regular 90-minute interviews were just the right length so that she didn’t get tired or lose concentration. They also enabled her to check on the writing as it evolved and meant she could add things she had forgotten to say the first time she was interviewed.
At LifeBook, my role as an editor is not typical nor entirely conventional when it comes to that kind of work. Yes, quality control is important, but, unlike conventional editing, it is not my place to decide what is included or left out of a memoir. That decision is down to the author. Each memoir reflects the author’s life story as they see it.
To be a successful LifeBook ghostwriter, it’s essential to have the ability to capture and maintain the storyteller’s ‘voice’ throughout the book. Consider the difference between a biography and an autobiography. In a biography, there’s a distance between the writer and the subject. The opposite with an autobiography.
Are you considering writing your life story? Are your family and friends constantly nudging you to get your act together and pen your autobiography? Is the idea of it compelling but a bit daunting? Have you tried but do not know where to start? We have put together a few questions that will help to get you into an autobiographical frame of mind.
Getting our most treasured memories down on paper is something many of us think about but often we don’t know how to do it. Writing an autobiography seems to sit with celebrities who have a star-studded story to tell but we all know we’d prefer to leave more than our photos and trinkets behind for our families to remember us by.