Writing a memoir about motherhood

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Writing a memoir about motherhood

I think that if someone wants to write a memoir, it's really important to figure out exactly why you want to write your memoir. There can be a cost. I think it's important to count the cost of what you're doing--to either get the blessing of your family and friends, and the people that are going to be in your story, or know that you can live without it and maybe some of the consequences of that. I know for myself, I thought it was really important to tell my story from a truth perspective, while still honoring all the people in my story the best that I could. When I'm telling the story, it's hard to live and relive and relive my past, over and over again, so I need to remember why I'm doing it. The reason why I'm doing it is because I want to help other people. I know that my story has been one of hope, inspiration, and encouragement to other people who have been through similar circumstances. No matter how tough it gets, I go back to why I am doing this, and that's what gets me through.

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Pattie Mallette

New York Times Best Selling Author, Award Winning Film Producer, & Inspirational Speaker

Pattie Mallette grew up in Stratford, Ontario overcoming unimaginable obstacles in the face of abuse, poverty and an unexpected teen pregnancy. She now uses her voice to inspire others as a bestselling author, producer and influential speaker. In 2012, Pattie published her memoir, Nowhere But Up (Revell), which became a New York Times bestseller within the first week of its release. As an executive producer she worked on “Crescendo,” a short film that received 11 international film festival honors prior to its premier in February 2013. Proceeds of “Crescendo” are being used to support crisis pregnancy centers worldwide, a passion of Pattie’s that grew from her own experience. As a single parent at 18, Pattie was personally assisted by a center, which despite her difficult circumstances enabled her to be the best mother possible to her son, Justin. Continuing her desire to help others give voice to their own stories, Pattie became an executive producer of “Day One,” starring Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls). Set to release in winter 2013, the feature film is inspired by the true story behind the global movement To Write Love on Her Arms.

Pattie recently launched her foundation called Round 2, which seeks to offer a second chance to those who have been knocked down by providing assistance and resources to those in distress. Across all platforms, her authenticity and candidness are magnetic to adolescents and adults alike as she fearlessly brings to light her own wounds and addresses sensitive issues with wisdom and insight.

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