Memories of Me #bookreview #books

Last Updated on: July 15th, 2017

Memories of Me - book cover

Writing about yourself and your memories can be hard, especially if you have endured traumatic events in your life.

I speak from experience when I say this, so I know this to be true. I’ve been raped, I’ve contemplated suicide on numerous occasions, and I nearly died. Fortunately, I’m still here, reaping many benefits of some of the decisions I’ve made, which include making money from writing.

I’ve had a short story included in an anthology, I’ve won a short story contest, and my book of short stories is going to be available soon!

I’m also still working on my two books; my memoirs, and Letters to Julian. Because of this, when I was recently contacted by Laura Hedgecock and asked to write a review of her new book, Memories of Me: A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your LifeI was intrigued, and I agreed to writing a review of this book in exchange for a free copy of it.

According to Laura Hedgecock:

Memories of Me taps into the passion of connecting with loved ones through memory narratives. It empowers hobbyists to create a legacy of family stories and memory episodes through prompts, in-depth brainstorming exercises, writing samples, and just enough writing tips for writers to take pride in their projects. 

I also agreed to participate in a blog tour. To see the other participants of this blog hop, check out the Memories of Me official tour post, beginning with this spotlight and this review.

Update: This review was given by another person, who, apparently, reviews books on a regular basis.

My Review

Memories of Me: A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life contains a lot of information, brainstorming and other exercises, and encouraging words to help YOU put into perspective your memories, thoughts and experiences so that YOU can write and catalogue your life stories.

Memories of Me uses Laura’s own experiences to show you how to implement the strategies she sets forth. For example, when writing a Christmas letter, Laura gives you specific things to include in it and then shows you how to incorporate all of them by writing a letter of her own. This practice is demonstrated throughout the book, which allows you to get to know her (and, by extension, her family) better while learning how to enhance your writing.

In this guide, worksheets are interspersed with writing tips and exercises and personal stories are shared. My favourite worksheet was the Brainstorming Lessons Learned worksheet, as it prompted me to think about and recall many things that I thought I had forgotten! This particular worksheet involves completing sentences such as “How I learned _____,” with the blank filled in with a specific action or attribute. Laura’s prompts are simply amazing.


From childhood to animals to school days to grandparents to friendships to relatives to religion to regret to conversations from the past to difficult times, Laura guides you, letting you be the decision-maker as she helps you remember and write. She also assists you with things pertaining to the art of writing, such as finding your voice, preserving your language, editing your words, and expressing yourself using humour.

Memories of Me: A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life is a true treasure chest of goodness you will benefit from and love!

My Personal Recommendation

Obviously, as someone who is writing her own memoirs (as well as a book titled Letters to Julian), I would not recommend Memories of Me: A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life unless I found it to be useful.

I do.

I also plan on using some of the exercises and worksheets as I struggle with my book of memoirs (and dealing with some of my own demons)!

Purchasing Information

Memories of Me: A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life is now available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books & Things. You can also buy it from The Marketplace. I’ll leave it up to you to find out where you can get it at the lowest price. 😉

A Free Option

For those of you wanting guidance via a free option, I would recommend using Sue Mitchell’s memoir starter kit, which I also have.

 

 

picture of Laura Hedgecock

Laura Hedgecock is a Michigan-based freelance writer who attended the University of South Carolina. She is the mother of two (three if you count the dog!) and is the author of Memories of Me: A Complete Guide to Telling and Sharing the Stories of Your Life.

You can connect with Laura via Twitter or Google+, visit her site, Treasure Chest of Memories, and/or read her personal blog, Memories in the Wind.

8 thoughts on “Memories of Me #bookreview #books

  1. Ryan Biddulph says

    Thanks SO much for sharing Lorraine. Great breakdown, and yep, sharing stories can be tough but oh so worth it when we change lives 😉

    • says

      Ryan, you are soooo right! Changing lives is a huge reward. Worth the tears, the long hours of writing, the painful memories… in my case, anyway…

      I’m so glad you liked this post! Out of curiosity, how did you find my site?

  2. Sounds very interesting, but I doubt if I will write a memoir. I will, however, leave a memoir for my daughters and my grandchildren. When my youngest granddaughter was born 2012, her mother bought a book by Susan Branch, Grandma, Tell Me Your Story. It’s filled with questions from my birth to the present and also Grandpa’s story is included. It’s been a lot of fun and the kinds of things I want my grandkids to know about us.

    • says

      Donna, leaving something for your grandchildren is a wonderful idea. They will not only get to know you and your husband, but will be able to pass your legacy down to their children, too (who might also pass it on to their children, and so on)!

      Susan Branch’s book sounds wonderful! I think any type of book that prompts personal storytelling is worthy of being used to aid in memory recollection. Thanks for sharing that. 🙂

  3. Adrienne says

    Hi Lorraine,

    You did a good job with this review, very thorough.

    As you know I don’t intend to write any type of book and especially my memoirs. I really don’t view my life as very exciting nor have I had trauma or horrible things happen to me like you’ve encountered but I’ve definitely had my ups and downs. I know that that’s all shaped me into the person I am today and I’m still trying to learn some of those lessons.

    Either way her book does sound good so thank you for sharing this with us.

    ~Adrienne

    • says

      Adrienne, thanks for chiming in with your thoughts. Not everyone is going to write their memoirs. Not everyone WANTS to re-live their past. Why I am choosing to do it is beyond me, sometimes, as it is painful. 🙁 But I think my offspring and future generations might be interested in knowing what I’ve gone through in my life. I hope.

      I’m glad you liked my review. Thanks for commenting on it!

    • says

      You’re absolutely right, Lois!

      Excellent point!

      I’m not sure how come I didn’t think of that. Sigh. It must be because my mind is elsewhere these days…

      I am so glad you pointed this out, because book-writing is not for everyone, but preserving precious memories may be!

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