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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:

First, take note of a distinct difference. An autobiography strives to capture the entire life story, front to back, a daunting task. A memoir tends to focus instead on key turning points, memorable moments, transformative events, and peak experiences. 

This episodic structure provides some immediate payoffs. It greatly eases the writing task. It clears away the need for a strict linear line and smooth transitions
and it allows for stories that don't easily fit together. 

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 associate writer—and overall booster, helping you assemble and develop a readable and meaningful story. 

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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