The Pros and Cons of Writing Memoir

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    1. Gbolabo, while I don’t plan to publish a book about my time in Lagos, I share many of these experiences in short form in this blog. If you go to the home page, click on the links under The Nigerian Adventure. Start with Tales from Lagos and at the end of each one, I post a link to the next part of the story.


  1. Hi! Loved your article! I was wondering; what happens if I put in people’s real names in my memoir? Will some of the money I’d earn need to be given to them? If yes, even those that I don’t see in a long time but have a significant role in my book?

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    1. Hi Daniela, I’m not a lawyer, so I can’t give legal advice, and the rules are different in every country. But my understanding is that the author is paid and they don’t have to share unless they make a private agreement with the party(s) involved. So no, I think you’re okay.


  2. Hi Matthew,
    I loved all the tips you have shared, you are right when you said Writing about life is great therapy. This article was informative that I can’t wait for your next blog.
    Reading books about memoir act as a bridge between experience, imagination, and emotion. It is the most powerful way of influencing how people think and act. It teaches people the most significant values to go on in life.
    You may also read my blog on The Amazing Benefits of Reading Memoirs
    Hope this will also help…

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  3. Thanks for this article Andrea. It answered all my burning questions as regards writing a Memoir.
    Can i write a Memoir without using real names of the actual people involved in my story?

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