Are you on the writing team that’s right for you?

By Michelle Beckman | August 27, 2021

ARE YOU ON THE WRITING TEAM THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU? I often talk with people who have started writing their story, but stopped when they became discouraged. Sometimes, your own negative beliefs and internal baggage discourage you . . . your own stinkin’ thinkin’. (That happens to all of us, by the way.) Sometimes, your …

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Remembering Uncle Al, the Grateful Kiddies’ Pal

By Michelle Beckman | July 10, 2020

REMEMBERING UNCLE AL, THE GRATEFUL KIDDIES’ PAL Remembering Uncle Al, the Grateful Kiddies’ Pal There are numerous benefits to the work I do. I help people connect with their families and themselves. I see my Storytellers grow. I get to hear amazing stories that light up their faces and their spirits. Working with my clients …

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What to Do When You Have Writer’s Block Flu

By Michelle Beckman | January 31, 2020

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE WRITER’S BLOCK FLU A Bout of Writer’s Block Flu I know. You haven’t heard from me in a while. Unlike so many people recently, I don’t have Strain A or Strain B of the Influenza. But I have been nursing (or ignoring) a bout of a new flu. You …

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The Power of the Pen

By Michelle Beckman | October 25, 2019

THE POWER OF THE PEN The Phone Calls She was given a gift certificate to save her story with me. But during our first phone call, I heard: “I’m too sick.” “I don’t have my photos anymore.” “I don’t have room in my apartment for you.” “I have nothing to say.” Sadly, the reasons to …

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By Michelle Beckman | October 16, 2019

3 REASONS TO PUT YOURSELF IN SOMEONE ELSE’S SHOES The Shoe Gene I’ve been wanting to write about this topic for quite a while. I think put yourself in someone else’s shoes is a great jumping off point to improve your memoir, but more importantly, it’s a way to live your legacy of love with …

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Beware of Jahr Null

By Michelle Beckman | September 20, 2019

BEWARE OF JAHR NULL The Man in the High Castle Have you watched the Man in the High Castle Amazon Prime TV series? My husband and I watched all three seasons this summer. If you haven’t seen it or heard of it (many of my friends have not), please indulge me for a minute while …

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We Should All Be a Little More Like Joan

By Michelle Beckman | September 10, 2019

WE SHOULD ALL BE A LITTLE MORE LIKE JOAN Over the summer, a dear friend passed away. She was a mother, grandmother, entrepreneur, and the world’s most inspirational volunteer. Her name was Joan Parcewski, and although she was old enough to be my mom, she became my friend. How We Met I met Joan when …

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What’s Missing from My Memoir? [VIDEO]

By Michelle Beckman | August 15, 2019

ASK ME ANYTHING: WHAT’S MISSING FROM MY MEMOIR? What’s Missing? She asked, “What’s missing from my memoir? Can you help me?” I was honored to take a look, but I was sad to tell her what I found. How about you? Do you know something’s missing from or wrong with your memoir, but you just …

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The Graduation Gift Dilemma

By Michelle Beckman | August 8, 2019

THE GRADUATION GIFT DILEMMA A few years ago just before my son graduated, I started thinking about a high school gift for him. I wanted something he could take to college to remind him of home. He’s a private kid, so it had to be discreet and unobtrusive. I immediately thought . . . photos. …

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An Indispensable Tool You Must Use While Writing Your Memoir

By Michelle Beckman | August 2, 2019

AN INDISPENSABLE TOOL YOU MUST USE WHILE WRITING YOUR MEMOIR Ever wonder which tools professional writers use to develop their memoirs? In this video, I share one tool that I cannot live without! It’s an indispensable but simple tool that you must use to keep your project organized. If you liked this video, you might …

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