Memoirs are one of my most popular requests that I get. People reach out to me with amazing experiences and life stories that they want to write down and share with the world. Whether using a ghostwriter or writing it on your own, here are some quick tips for how to write your memoir. 


1. Keep a diary:


I can't count how many times I had a great idea only to forget it when I sit down at my computer to type. Writing down the events of the day prevents memory lapse later while also being a good way to write down old memories that resurface unexpectedly.

2. Narrow your focus:

Don't fall into the trap of feeling like you have to write every event from your entire life. Think about the message you want people to gain from reading about your life. Do you simply want to share your hardships? Do you want people to learn from your choices? Have you come to some epiphany that you want others to experience? Regardless of your goals, use it to keep you focused while looking at the events of your life. What events are vital to getting that message across and which events would distract? Sometimes it is helpful to create a timeline, so you can visualize the various key events. 

4. Pull your reader in with the details:

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When I was a teacher, I used to tell my students to show not tell. It was a simple reminder that using sensory detail has significantly more impacts than simply telling the audience your thoughts, feelings, and emotions. When it is your own life, it is all too easy to forget the reader's perspective. Your reader doesn't know you. The details help the experiences become real. 

5. Write and write and write, but also read:

Writing is a skill that takes time and practice. The more you write, the more you will get a feel for your own style and voice. Good writers always read too. You would not expect to pick up a sport without first studying technique. While it may not explicitly teach things like grammar, punctuation, and syntax, you will instinctively get a sense of storytelling, flow and word choice as you read.

6. Get help:


So often authors who want to write their story, find that they are just too close to it to write it objectively. They will get bogged down in the emotional elements and struggle to see the big picture of their book. Don't be too hard on yourself, and don't let the setbacks keep you from realizing your dream of becoming an author. There is nothing wrong with getting help from either a ghostwriter or even an objective reader. 

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So you have made the decision that hiring a ghostwriter is the right step for you and your project--now what? For someone who is new to the process, it can be very overwhelming.  After all this is someone you are trusting with your ideas, creativity, life's work or business.  Despite my obviously biased high praise for ghostwriters, it is important to note that not all ghostwriters are the right fit for every project.  Some ghostwriters are highly specialized in a small niche of writing such as memoirs or technical writing. Regardless of your individual needs or the specialization of the ghostwriter, there are a few key qualities you should look for.

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Photo by Phil Ashley/Digital Vision / Getty Images

1. Individual vs. Company:

This may be my own personal bias, but avoiding large companies is always your safest guarantee to knowing exactly who you are working with. With larger ghostwriting factories, your work is often shuffled from writer to writer and are often a front to make money. Many different individuals may be working on a single clients works and some of those "writers" are low payed college students. Your project is important to you and it should be equally important to whom ever you choose to work on it. 

2. Professional Associations:

While finding an independent ghostwriter is ideal, you also do not want someone who is not connected to other writers in anyway. Anyone can throw together a website and insist that they are a ghostwriter, being a member of a professional association demonstrates their commitment to their craft as well as their willingness to improve by being part of a community.

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Photo by Michaela Stejskalovß/Hemera / Getty Images

3. Samples:

Any ghostwriter worth their salt will have samples ready for you to browse. These are generally the pieces they are using with client permission or pieces they have written using their own byline. If a writer is stingy with samples, that should be a red flag. The caveat to this, however, is that ghostwriters work under strict confidentiality agreements, so don't expect a lengthy list of past clients. They can only divulge clients who have waived their confidentiality. 

4. Personal Connection:

This is probably the most important thing to look for in a ghostwriter.  A ghostwriter could be the most highly acclaimed writer ever to live, if you have misgivings about them for any reason, your project will probably be doomed.   Your relationship with your ghostwriter is an important one and despite what some companies want to convince you of, it is a very personal one. Speak to your potential writers on the phone.  A quick phone call will tell you if they share your enthusiasm for your ideas, if they have a style and personality that works well with your own, and if you are comfortable working with them. You will quickly be able to tell their level of professionalism from your conversation.


5. Reasonable Cost:

Ghostwriters are professional writers who have perfected their craft over many years of education and practice, and they expect to be compensated for using their skill for your gain without any acknowledgement. Be wary of a ghostwriter who will write an entire book for very little money. This typically means they are either inexperienced or have little skills. Writing is a highly skilled profession, so do not expect to pay your writer minimum wage or less. Although it is cliche, you always get what you pay for. 

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If you front load all of your effort into finding the right ghostwriter, working with them should be not only easy, but rewarding as well. A trusted ghostwriter can help  the creative and technical process of writing run more smoothly and efficiently.  


AuthorAmber Cross

Often businesses and individuals have a need for high quality written material.  As such, they often turn to cheap pre-packaged help such as o-desk or e-lance only to find the writing is subpar.  Ghostwriters are an overlooked and often little known resource that can provide individualized attention to your project.  When most people think of ghostwriters they either think of the cheesy 1990s TV show or they think of popular young adult series that are churned out of factories.  Yet ghostwriters are highly skilled writers who specialize in wide varieties of formats, genres and topics.  They spend their days adopting the voice and passions of others in order to create the vision of their client.  

When To Hire a Ghostwriter?

Clients seek out ghostwriters for a wide variety of reasons and writing needs.  Sometimes they need a critical eye for the start to a piece and need someone to help see their vision through to completion.  Other times people need a writer because their lives are simply to busy. Whatever the need for a writer, you know when the time is right when you have come to a stand still mentally or with the physical words no longer getting to the page in a way that does justice to your idea. 

Do not look at getting help as defeat, but rather as reinvigorating yourself. Breathing new life into your dreams of seeing your ideas in writing should only be viewed positively. A good ghostwriter will be the support you so desperately need. Finding someone with the necessary skills can prove to be a much needed relief and bring professionalism and focus to your writing.


Some Key Reasons for Hiring a Ghostwriter:



Unlike other types of freelance writers who are interested in your needs only so far as it will get them recognition for their byline,  ghostwriters make your goals, visions and agenda their top priority.  Hiring an experienced ghostwriter brings with it a degree of trust.  Clients can trust their ghostwriters to maintain professionalism throughout the process as well as in the finished product. In order to have a finished product that you are proud to put your name or your companies name on, it may be time to hire a ghostwriter.

Insider Information:

Ghostwriters are well versed in the world of professional writing.  They have worked inside the writing community at crafting words in such a way that readily fits your market audience.  Regardless of if you are seeking out a ghostwriter for SEO web content or the fiction novel that you have been dreaming of, ghostwriters can guide you through the process as a solid support and advocate for your vision without pushing their own agenda like a freelance writer or larger company may. Rather then floundering through the sometimes complicated world of research, SEO, publishing and writing, it may be time to hire a ghostwriter.


While you may have far reaching and in depth expertise in a particular area, getting that expert knowledge on paper can be arduous.  Ghostwriters provide the expertise in writing professional and high quality content.  It is their job to translate your knowledge, experiences or ideas into writing for whatever audience or format meets your needs.  If you are not interested in going back to school, it may be time to hire a ghostwriter.

Time is Money:

One of the most common reason that people seek out a ghostwriter is to save themselves time.  If you are like most people, your job and home life are demanding your attention on a number of tasks at any given moment.  These constant needs allow for very little time to dedicate to writing.  Ghostwriters commit themselves to your project. What might  take you weeks or months or even years can be accomplished efficiently and expertly. If your writing has been sitting on a shelf collecting dust, it may be time to hire a ghostwriter.

There is a ghostwriter working in almost every niche of writing that you can think of.  Some ghostwriters  have preferred genres or formats they work in while others are more flexible to your needs.  If you are not sure if your project would benefit from a ghostwriter your best bet is to reach out to a few to see if they work within your area need.

AuthorAmber Cross