Lori Thatcher

Writing and Thinking about writing

Ten Reasons to Write Your Memoir


  1. Everyone has a story. Why not write yours? You can start writing your memoir without knowing exactly where it will take you, but you may end up being amazed at the journey.
  2. Writing your story helps you remember things that have been lost in the recesses of your memory.
  3. As you search through your memories, you get a sense of the roads you’ve traveled, and see common threads that are woven throughout. It inspires optimism and helps you to see what has been wonderful about your life and how brave you have been.
  4. Writing your story helps you learn how to tell a story better, and how to communicate better.
  5. You will leave a record of your life for your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
  6. Writing is a great mental exercise. It encourages you to learn new things about – grammar and punctuation, word use and choice, and better organization.
  7. Writing helps you to “be” a writer. Your newly polished writing skills can help you to write more appealing letters, clearer emails and can be useful in countless other life situations.
  8. It can be cathartic to write about past hurts, losses and regrets, and you don’t have to share everything you write.  
  9. You can share life lessons, ideas and wisdom with others, and by sharing your writing, can inspire others to write.
  10. Last, but not least – it’s fun!

2 thoughts on “Ten Reasons to Write Your Memoir

  1. I agree on all points. I may actually do it, somewhere else. I’ve always used writing as a catharsis, more by hand than on the computer.

    What you said about children and grand-children, couldn’t be more true. I don’t have children, but there are so many questions I have about my parents and grandparents and now it’s too late.

    I think most often, we start to ask those questions later in life and many people, like me, find themselves in a situation where it is too late.

  2. I totally agree with you, Lori. Writing your memoir can also be very healing. You don’t have to share the parts you don’t want to with others, but writing it sometimes provides an outlet to vent, to have your say, to tell about the things that happened to you that were unjust or that you could do nothing about at the time. I think it can be a form of release, validation and justification.

    My husband and I both would love to know the histories of our parents or grandparents, but that won’t happen now that they’re all gone. It’s posterity lost.

    We should, however, complete our own, so we can share that message with our lineage.

    Great post!

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