Memoir writers have lots of help these days, from fill-in journals to inspirational Web sites. Technophiles can add another tool to their cache: BioMemoirs <www.biomemoirs.com> software.
This program aids not in the mechanics of writing, but those of preserving your life history. You won’t find lots of bells and whistles, just a basic formula for recording your story.
BioMemoirs’ template is a 10-chapter chronology based on creator Mark Stienecker’s own autobiography, which the program offers as a sample. You can stick with the predefined chapters (“Life in My 20s,” for example) or create your own; you can also add extra chapters. If you follow the chronological format, the program provides writing prompts.
In addition to narrative, your life story can incorporate Favorites Lists your top five picks on 25 subjects such as foods and books, or other topics you specify. It also includes a three-generation Family Tree, but you’re better off sticking with your genealogy software to record this information.
BioMemoirs’ best feature isn’t part of the software itself it’s what you can do with the finished product. The company offers traditional bookbinding, in either leather or hardcover. Or you can opt for multimedia memoirs: An audio book combines a narration of your story, historical recordings, your favorite songs and sound effects. A CD-ROM splices your story with pictures and video footage. For details, call toll-free (866) 550-3335.
The software requires a 166MHz processor, Windows 95 or higher, 32MB RAM and 100MB hard disk space.
From the August 2002 issue of Family Tree Magazine