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With hundreds of request per month to write someone's story, the need to help others tell their story is staggering. This course is a step by step guide to help you write your story, the pages of your life. The process is a simple method of putting your thoughts together in an organized fashion, using many exercises for you to complete. Again, this is your story and no one else, and as such you have complete freedom to write as you wish. These exercises are intended to help you move along at a steady pace.
So ask yourself these questions. Do you have a legacy that needs to be preserved?
Would you like to see your life told in the form of a novel?
Or made into a movie?
Making you both rich and Famous
What words of wisdom do you want to leave for your family?
Would you like to have your life's work validated?
Or the record set straight?
When will you write your memoirs?
Tomorrow, or the next or . . .
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|Section 1: GETTING STARTED|
|Do you have a legacy that needs to be preserved? Would you like to see your life told in the form of a novel? Or made into a movie? Making you both rich and Famous What words of wisdom do you want to leave for your family? Would you like to have your life's work validated? Or the record set straight? In Reality When will you write your memoirs? Tomorrow, or the next or . . .|
A memoir is so varied that it helps to define it for your own purposes. This will keep you on track
|Section 2: THE STEPS NECESSARY TO BUILD YOUR STORY|
This can be perhaps the most fun part of this course, since we all love to think of the great events in our lives. However, this can be a way to work through the pains of events as well. in any case, gatheirng the information for the memoir is critical.
|We all have moments that define who we are. There are many ways to trigger your memories but all of them require concentration and a way to record them. One memory has a way to trigger another memory and another, which adds to important times in your life. These are the moments that bring your story to life and need to be recorded.
what are the major turning points in life can be work but worth it. By
concentrating on those times they can be brought to life with all of the
feelings and emotions existing then. The special scenes that replay in our
minds filled with joys and pains add much more to a story than a factual
accounting of events.
This is why it is so important to stay on track.
|Almost no one is an island. Everyone is in contact with people who have a role in their lives. Some people affect their lives more than others and these are the ones that need to be included. But deciding who to include is much more complicated when you look at it closer.|
Research is the key to a great memoir. It can be used to fortify your position, or used to find answers you never obtained earlier. If a memoir is based on memories and nothing more, than the truth is what that person remembers and nothing else. If the story is based on research, it is based on the information collected and interpreted by the researcher.
Whose story is it any way? Many memoirs are told in first person giving them the feeling of a direct bond with the storyteller. But, it doesn’t have to be. It could be told in third person as in a novel based upon a person’s life. And, it could be told in second person with a close friends or narrator telling the story.
|The way the book is presented makes
a lot of difference. If the book is presented as accurate and the whole book or even parts of it are later discovered to be completed made up to deceive the reader is one thing, but honest mistakes are another. Again, if the writer is up front with the fact the book is a work of fiction inspired by a true life; the reader is prepared for the fictional part of the book.
Writing a memoir is a major project. Defining the purpose will give you more motivation to complete it. Having a clear statement will guide you along. Staying on track will remind you why you are spending so much time doing it.
By determining the purpose for writing the memoir this point is covered in a large degree but needs a slight elaboration. If the memoir is written only for your children to read and even then after your death, many family secrets can be revealed. There are no rules and you can follow any method or style you want.If written for others to read and to publish for the world to understand your purpose brings on many new aspects. Deciding what family secrets to disclose or the tone you want to write can vary.
|This varies from one person to another and needs to be addressed at some point. While many times in a person’s life the memories are pleasant and fun to share there are other times when memoires can haunt and hurt as if it was happening all over again. Everyone will deal with this differently.|
|Section 3: THE CRAFT OF WRITING|
|Showing versus telling is beat into a writers head daily as he works at his craft but totally alien to someone who is not a writer. Readers recognize it as good writing but have a hard time defining it. In its basic concept showing is giving all of the details of what is going on in a scene by showing what is happening and describing the details that enrich the experience of living through the scene. Telling is simply mentioning what is happening.|
This covers the major points that you need to concentrate on, and will encourage you to do much more. This is often when a great editor comes in handy.
|Section 4: PUBLISHING|
to find an agent you have to submit a query letter which is a brief outline of
what your book is about and ask them to look at the manuscript. Some agents
also want a synopsis and some may even want opening pages. It is very wise to
follow their instructions which they post on their web sites.
This lecture explores how to address these properly.
|The world of publishing has changed drastically lately. E-books are now out selling print books. Along with this change is the proliferation of smaller publisher.
You will be able to better understand what your options are.
|Section 5: GHOSTWRITING|
|A ghostwriter can help you in many ways. They can be invisible and allow you to receive all of the credit or act as a partner or collaborator in the work. Some will handle every single detail and others will do only specific functions for you. Just as every story is different, every ghostwriter works differently.
|Everyone has filled out a questionnaire when they applied for a job. Yes, you know all of those intimate questions where they want to know everything about you. Guess what? Those questions were designed to give the employer facts about you. The ghostwriter will want much more. He will want to know your heart and soul and everything that makes you tick. Scary I know but necessary if the ghostwriter will write the book with the passion and intensity you want to express.|
|Section 6: BONUS SECTION|
BONUS LECTURE- VALUABLE LINKS
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