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We All Have a Story to Tell
I Can Help You Tell Yours
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If you’re thinking about writing a memoir, but wondering how to start, or when to start, or whether to start—perhaps I can help. Here’s a couple of tips.

Tip One:

A memoir, unlike an autobiography does not strive to capture the entire life story, front to back. It focuses instead on memorable moments, key turning points, and peak experiences.

This episodic structure provides some immediate payoffs. It avoids the need to follow a strict chronological line, and it clears away the need for smooth transitions. It allows for stories that don't easily fit together, and it greatly eases the writing task. These mini-memoirs can lead to a memoir anthology--to a gathering of episodes that constitutes some version of a life story. 
Tip Two:

Superb writers require good editors. Merely good writers require superb editors—but all writing requires some editing. Don’t go it alone. I can provide a range of manuscript editing services, while also serving (if desired) as an associate writer, contributing, in one way or another, to the writing endeavor.

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I’m always up for some “book chat.” An initial consultation will get us started. We can assess your research, writing, and editing needs—and go from there. We may find creative ways to combine your personal, career, and family histories. 

For a free 50-page Memoir Guide, please write (otteson@aol.com) or call (507.649.3803). I'll respond promptly.

Orlo J. Otteson

408 Spring Street North     202      Northfield MN  55057