Finding memoir inspiration in heritage and history

Finding memoir inspiration in heritage and history

During the middle of winter, 1786, a 26-year-old Londoner named William Eggleton used the cover of thick fog to break into a man’s house in Southwark and stole three woollen coats and a black silk cloak. His crime earned him a berth on what became known as The First Fleet, and a free eight-month trip […]

Intuition leads to a life story

Intuition leads to a life story

It seems to me that life story writing is something you fall into after years of life experience and other forms of writing. At least, that’s how it happened for me. I’ve been a freelance writer, a copywriter, short story writer and fiction novelist. Four years ago I needed another source of income and while […]

Living my dream

Living my dream

I’ve lived and breathed storytelling all my life, both as a career and a hobby. Stories poured from my pencil as soon as I mastered the alphabet and continued throughout my childhood. In high school, I founded and ran the school magazine, and at uni, I wrote articles for the student newspapers. From an early […]

Lost mother’s treasure of untold stories

Lost mother’s treasure of untold stories

As Mother’s Day approaches, my mind turns to my own mother, Patricia Agnes Mary Millar (nee Murphy) who passed away over a decade ago. Before my father died some time later, we recorded his stories and wrote them into a life story book. Before my mother died, we did not. To this day, I wish […]

Tips for family history ‘conversation starters’ at Christmas

Tips for family history ‘conversation starters’ at Christmas

Creating and tapping in to family conversations at Christmas is the perfect way to collect the anecdotes you need to start writing your family’s history. An Aussie Christmas Picture an Aussie Christmas lunch with the extended family. The feast in the backyard has just finished—the endless dips, main courses and pavlova filled with fresh whipped […]

Three crucial steps to take before you write your life story

Three crucial steps to take before you write your life story

It can be daunting trying to come up with a story—the idea of sifting through files, photos, letters, and memorabilia, organising these into a coherent narrative, and making it appealing to an audience can be overwhelming. However, writing a book is also one of the most rewarding things you could do. Nothing worth having comes […]

The four memoir rules

The four memoir rules

Be careful to avoid focusing too much on irrelevant details as they reduce the potency of your theme.