Beer & Coppertone.

Beer & Coppertone.

‘I think of those days and nights and I can remember the smell of beer and Coppertone, and a perfume that a lot of girls wore at the time called Tuxedo… My sense of smell will send my ass right back to a conversation I am having at the beach in 1980.’ AJ Benza
Stormin' Norman.
Stormin' Norman.
Going public with your memoir? Be careful what you admit to. Socialite Carole Mallory tried to sue Simon & Schuster over comments in a book about her relationship with author Norman Mailer being ‘strictly sexual’ rather than ‘long-time loving.’ The judge decided her own memoir with its slew of celebrity shaggings was enough to nix her complaint.
I was born in 1939. The other big event of that year was the outbreak of the Second World War, but for the moment that did not affect me.
Clive James
Nobody cares.
Nobody cares.
Are you a nobody? Has anyone ever heard of you? Have you lived an exceptionally uninteresting life? If that’s how you see yourself, then this is for you.
WILD, WILD, COUNTRY.

WILD, WILD, COUNTRY.

If watching Netflix’s WILD, WILD, COUNTRY surfaces memories of how your life was touched by a cult in some way, you should write about it. If you haven’t seen it yet it’s worth the binge.
Disney scared me witless.

Disney scared me witless.

There aren’t many people alive today who’ve escaped Disneyfication. BuzzFeed asked its community for their WTF Disney moments from when they were kids. What’s yours?
Your life in trees.
Your life in trees.
For Arbor Day 2018 an arboretum asked for tree stories which prompted a flood of tree-related memories from a reporter at the Chicago Tribune We say, if that’s the angle that floats your log, go fir it.
Hill Street Blues.

Hill Street Blues.

For those of you watched every single one of the 146 episodes of Hill Street Blues in the 80s and still miss it, here’s what HSB creator Steven Bochco had to say about his self-published autobiography, Truth is a Total Defense: My Fifty Years in Television.

‘I was sick, very sick a couple of years ago, I wasn’t sure I was going to come out the other side and I promised myself that if I did I was going to write this book, to leave a coherent chronology of the life I’ve lived over the last fifty years in this business, for my kids. I remember when my father died, in retrospect, I didn’t really know much about his life. He was busy being a breadwinner and I was busy being a kid, you know. So, having done it, I’m very proud of it. Steven Bochco, August 2016.

Made in Childhood.
Made in Childhood.

The story of your childhood is the story of what made you.

Curtain Call.

Curtain Call.

Recent retiree and advertising titan Sir Martin Sorrell thinks writing an autobiography is the final curtain-call. He may see that way but what way to bow out. Here’s the story of his career.
One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is to have a happy childhood.
Agatha Christie
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Skeleton in the closet.

Skeleton in the closet.

We’ve interviewed a lot of people and some of them have agreed to share their stories. When asked to reveal a long-kept family secret, L.J. said after his grandfather died they found an old diary he’d kept as a boy wherein he revealed that the recorded ‘accidental death’ of a so-called friend who bullied him was no accident.

If you’ve got your own store of family secrets to pass on, is there a better place than within the pages of your autobiography? https://buff.ly/2s3CSF2

Out of time.
Out of time.
What’s it like to write your memoir? ‘It’s all sort of an exquisite torture, as the expression goes. I’m walking around with dark circles underneath puffy eyes.’ Arlene Aikins didn’t finish her story, she left it too late
Johnny vodka.

Johnny vodka.

Write your memoir Johnny Depp style. First thing, pour yourself a vodka and then write until the tears fill your eyes and you can’t see the pages anymore. Or sign up to a Johnnybio chapter. You can still drink the vodka.
Who am I?
Who am I?
Who are you? Who am I? Roger Daltrey has been knocked unconscious so many times he had trouble remembering events for his forthcoming autobiography. Johnnybio’s online interviews ensure you won’t forget a thing when writing about your own life. Try it free https://buff.ly/2m5Xnyd
The unexamined life is not worth living.
Plato
It's free to try ... what are you waiting for?

It's free to try ... what are you waiting for?

Did you know that you can try any one of Johnnybio’s Life Story chapters free, no credit card required? Choose the era you’d like to write about and start your autobiography or memoir today. Child and Teenager, Adult Life (20-40), Mid Life (40-60), and Sixty Up.
Wiseguy tell-all.

Wiseguy tell-all.

This isn’t some ghost-written apologia told by an ex-wise-guy who cut a deal with the Feds …It’s the unvarnished personal story of the “King of the Volcano’s” firstborn son.’ From the foreward to John A. Gotti’s memoir, Shadow of My Father. Got something to say about your own father?
We do ourselves a disservice by thinking that only the lives of the famous or celebrated are worth reading about …everybody has at least one book in them.
Lawrence Coates
Teenage milkshake.
Teenage milkshake.
Wow, this girl makes content! Farrah Abraham starred in two reality TV shows, 16 And Pregnant and Teen Mom, recorded a studio album, then wrote a memoir titled My Teenage Dream Ended, which made it onto the New York Times Best Seller List.

Since that publication in 2012 she’s done more reality TV, released a series of fictional books based on her time making porn (which she says ruined her life), and a released a line of sex toys. She’s only 27.

Look out for her next memoir, Milked It, publication date tbc. 😜

You lived it, you write it.

You lived it, you write it.

Why do you need a ghostwriter? Writing your own autobiography seems like the right thing to do, doesn’t it? It’s what put the auto into autobiography and the auth into authentic and author. You made the story, you know the truth, why do you need a ghostwriter?
Build a boat, write a memoir.
Build a boat, write a memoir.
Jonathan Gornall has never built anything. In his late 50s he decides to build a boat. It’s hard but he thinks about his life as he works. He builds a boat and writes his memoir, How to Build a Boat. It wasn’t an ark but it was a kind of salvation. Write about your own lifeboat.
The story of an aviatrix.

The story of an aviatrix.

Mary Bush Shipko, the first female pilot to fly for Hughes Airwest was forced to leave because of rampant discrimination. Her self-published memoir, Aviatrix is her story. A shout out to all trailblazers to tell it like it was. https://buff.ly/2ssoW7u
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What's your poison?

What's your poison?

An addict tells us that writing his memoir, ‘…was amazing for my recovery. It was cathartic on a level I could never have imagined.’

Ask not what writing your memoir can do for others, ask what it can do for you.

They said, write a memoir, and I said, no way. I don’t write about my family, and I never do.
Seymour Hersh
Seymour Hersh releases memoir.
Seymour Hersh releases memoir.
Tennis anyone?

Tennis anyone?

‪Björn Borg turns 61 this month. The tennis champ known as IceBorg says his composure was ‘an act I came to perfect. But an act just the same.’ He wrote about it in his autobiography My Life and Game. It must be time to write about your own acting career.
What did the 70s do for you?
What did the 70s do for you?
The 70s, what a decade. Androgynous, glamorous, and dark. If you’re old enough to remember it you should read this.
Vietnam diary.
Vietnam diary.
Did you serve your country? Perhaps you should write about it. James W. McCleary’s Radar In Blue: A Vietnam Diary is the former USAF Air Traffic Controller’s memoir about time served in a complicated war.
Feeling punchy?
Feeling punchy?
Richard Nixon’s family deny ‘salacious’ comments in Seymour Hersh’s memoir that the ex-president was a wife-beater.
Soundtrack to your life.
Soundtrack to your life.
What’s been the soundtrack of your life? Singer-songwriter Christy Moore: ‘They (songs) are the central things running through my life since I was a small boy. You know I can still remember the songs that affected me when I was very, very young and today I’m still obsessed by them. His book, One Voice, My Life in Song is based on his personal soundtrack. https://buff.ly/2l8LWFv
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Remember the days in the old schoolyard?

Remember the days in the old schoolyard?

How did you survive school-yard politics? What were you back then? Popular, or trying to be? A jock, a nerd, a bully, the clown?
What you didn't know then.
What you didn't know then.
What advice would you give your teenage self? We like this from Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh: “Be unapologetically true to yourself, both in business and in life in general … if you do, and broadcast that to the world, over time, the right people will find you.”
It's never too early to write your story.
It's never too early to write your story.

George Michael would have been 55 on the 25th June 2018. He never penned his own story, the book he called his autobiography – Bare – was ghostwritten by Tony Parsons. Pity. He would have done a good job.

Never see being different as a flaw … being different is your biggest asset and will help you succeed.
Richard Branson
Hammered.

Hammered.

If your favourite childhood toy was a hammer, watch out.
Get on with it, Louis.
Get on with it, Louis.
Louis Walsh is expected to dish the dirt on Simon Cowell in his forthcoming autobiography. It’s unclear whether he was pushed or fired from X Factor as he announced he was leaving the show for the third time.

In 2016 he scrapped plans to write his tell-all memoir when he returned to the show.

In 2015 he announced he was writing his memoir, in which he would speak openly about Simon, Cheryl Cole, Mel B, Gary Barlow and Tulisa.

In 2012 he told the Daily Mirror his forthcoming memoir, ‘Would be completely tell-all.’

In 2007, Celebs Now magazine reported that Louis would be rushing out his tell-all memoir. 😴

High calibre.
High calibre.
Let’s hope his pen is mightier than his .40 calibre Heckler & Koch and US radio personality Anthony Cumia feels better after pen-lashing ex-co-host Opie Hughes in his autobiography because he has a carry permit for his favourite accessory.
for the write of your life.
for the write of your life.