Turning your life into memoir is simpler than you think. In this 90 day programme, I take you on a journey through your life, helping you to decide what slice of life you will share and then editing it so that it engages with your readers.
You don't have to have had a tough life to write a memoir, you can write yours to provide a legacy for future generations or you can just write it because you can.
You don't even have to publish it, but just imagine if you did, imagine giving your book to friends and family....
It can be happy, sad, funny, scary, cutting or kind, but most of all, its about you, your life and your truth - the way you see and have experienced it.
Even if you think that all you have done is gone from birth to where you are now with nothing exciting to share, I would beg to differ. I bet there is much more to your life, than you give yourself credit for.
Memoir lets you share your stories, in a way that lets others see what you went through (good or not so good), shows who you are and says 'maybe I can help you, maybe you can learn from me."
Your memoir could be your story, you could write it because you need to heal, or you can turn it into a self help book, where you provide advice to others. Whichever you choose, this course will help you to plan it, write it, edit and get it self published.
The challenge is to get started. Let me take you on a journey that will make writing your memoir as stress free and easy as possible.
Join me for the next part of your life and writing adventure
Welcome to the course, I am delighted that you have joined me on this 90 day programme, which will see you writing and self publishing your memoir.
The programme is packed with advice on how to find your one idea, how to create the outline which makes writing easier, how to edit to bring your writing alive, using WORD more effectively and how to publish your book with Amazon.
Each lecture contains either a video or some other material to help you to achieve your goals.
I will review questions once a week. You can ask any question either about the overall course or for an individual module. Please make your questions clear as this could help other students who might have a similar query.
When you have written your memoir, please do let me know, as I would like to interview you.
Like anything is life, being prepared is half the battle. When I write I like to have all of my 'stuff' around me especially for that project.
This lecture is about what to gather together and how to prepare yourself for writing a memoir.
Knowing your why will bring great clarity. People have many reasons why they write, in this exercise you are being asked to really understand the reasons why you would put pen to paper and publish.
This lecture asks you to really consider and understand your WHY.
In this lecture we consider how we make the right environmental conditions for writing. How to find the right place and get the time and space to write.
Values to vision are a set of exercises that have been designed to cement your why. When you understand your values, passions and purpose you can set a vision for you and for this book.
The lecture is more self reflection before the big write.
In this lecture we explore whether you should tell truth or not and how much should you share.
The next section has been designed to get you writing and helping you to find that one idea. By this stage, you should have flexed your writing muscles and now know what it is you will be writing about.
Lecture 10 has a workbook full of exercises for you to try.
Also, ask yourself, what did you learn from writing? How and where do you like to write? What kind of blocks were there and how did you get other them? What is the best time of day to write?
Remember to take some time out after your writing exercises to reflect before moving on. Put a date in your diary to remind yourself to come back and move onto outlining your memoir.
Once you have pulled together your research you are ready to consider which 'idea'. Which slice of life will you write about?
We are looking at content, your reader and your possible business strategy (if you are planning to do something with your memoir).
You may already know which slice of life or you may want to go through the memoir writing exercises first to help you uncover your idea.
This workbook goes with this FREE Udemy course https://www.udemy.com/kick-start-your-memoir/
If you are feeling stuck and need some inspiration use the writing exercises to get you back on track.
The course will also help you to get a feel for what your memoir might be about and it helps to flex your writing muscles.
Read or listen to other peoples stories so that you understand what makes a story. What can you learn from other memoirs that will help you to create your own? Joshua Prager - Half Life
Listen to Eleanor Longden's story which lead to her memoir Learning from the voices in my head
This WORD document is a template for a book with the style sheet already set up with instructions on how to use it. Use it to create your outline for each chapter.
In this module you are now looking at creating a book outline which will make writing so much easier. Having a good outline provides a foundation for making the actual writing process simpler. Outlines reduce complexity, keep you focused and on track.
Use this exercise to tease out your outline
This is a walking, using your intuition and making sense process, which will really help cement your chapter outlines.
Get a number of A4 sheets of paper (10 to 12 will be perfect), post-it’s, coloured pens ad a voice recorder (use the one on your phone). If you have a friend or partner, use them to ask you questions about each chapter
and to do the writing for you. The writing helps you and your partner to remember key points. Otherwise, ask yourself these questions.
If this is pure memoir and not going to be turned into a 'self-help' book, think of themes, with corresponding stories or walk out your story in the order you want to tell it.
Use the voice recorder; it is invaluable for remembering everything you say. Find somewhere quiet to work and some floor space.
This has been recorded while outside walking. This is a different way to connect to your story and your book outline. Try it. Make sure you find somewhere that inspires you and where you won't get disturbed. You will need your mobile phone and the ability to open your mind to whatever it wants to tell you about this book.
Mind mapping is a fantastic way of collecting your thoughts visually. This video shows you how to start outlining your book and each chapter.
Using record cards is another way to help you gather your thoughts and creating your outline.
Creating a photo outline for a memoir is a great way to remind yourself of your memories and to keep track of your time line. In this video I look at FLickr and Pintrest as two ways of doing this. Naturally you can do the same thing with your printed photos.
If you have thrown away journals and are struggling to find inspiration. Try this exercise.
Next its about getting to first draft.
Keep your chapter outlines in front of you as you write and just put pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard and write. No spell or grammar checks or editing. Just write.
If you are looking at 20,000 words for a first Kindle book - that's just 20 days at 1000 words. If you are looking at 30,000 words, it is just a few more each day. Write for at least one hour a day. Split it up and write for an hour in the morning and a hour at night.
You now have up to 30 days to get to first draft. This includes days off.
When you get there - celebrate.
Sometimes what holds you back from writing is that this is not the right book. Or at least at this moment. Go back to your outline and consider what needs to happen to make this the right book.
In this final part of write, don't edit, I ask you to consider how you would use your whole brain. Stop thinking that you are either left or right brained, rather you use all of it. When you use all of it you will be better able to connect to your reader.
It is important to make time to write. This module provides a methodology for you to try and some notices for your office or writing space door.
in this module we look at how you can stay on track. Who will help you stay on track?
The writing tracker module helps you to work out your timelines and how to make time to write.
This module contains a link to another Udemy course https://www.udemy.com/writers-tips-practical-advice-for-creating-better-books/ which is packed full of help and tips for setting up your workspace and getting WORD set up so that writing becomes easier for you.
My advice is that you run through these lectures, set up your writing workspace and style sheets and then come back and get on with your writing.
Its time to make an editing plan and work through to almost final draft.
Editing is where the magic happens. This is an introduction to editing
Have an editing planner so that you can stay on track of what you need to do. When you edit, do one kind of thing each time. Amend this editing plan to suit you.
WORD has lots of really great tools for you to use. Take a look at the navigation pane, table of contents and outline to get a feel for structure and flow
In this editing module we look at spelling and using your thesaurus to enhance the way you describe things and to consider better ways of expressing what we want to say,
This is just one structure for writing non-fiction and may not suit your memoir. The key to remember though is that people connect with what, why, how and what if anyway and it would be good to go through your writing and see if you have at least covered these questions.
Think about times when something is described to you, do you need to know more about the why or the what? Your readers are the same. So just have a think about how you can bring this into your writing.
Sometimes you just get into a horrible mess and you need to sort it out. This lecture will provide some help and give you ideas about how to sort your mess out.
Getting a physical book proof is a must. Once you have edited your book to what you consider final edit, upload it to CreateSpace (www.createspace.com) and order a copy. When you get it back - scribble all over it. It is a wonderful way to really get a feel for what your actual book will look and read like
Reading your work aloud is a great way to catch lots of mistakes. In this video you will be introduced to a product called WordTalk which is a screen reader. It sounds quite odd, but its brilliant at enabling you to hear your work in another way.
You will need to turn the sound up for the screen recording section.
WordTalk is free from here http://www.wordtalk.org.uk/Home/
Learning styles are what differentiates how each us like to consume information. Imagine is you are visual and someone is trying to explain something to you that doesn't include a visual. What we want to understand here is how to engage with people who learn in a different way.
Our goal is to me mindful of this when editing and try to make sure we use words and styles so that our readers 'get' what we are writing about.
Your voice is how your readers will hear you. In this module we explore what that is and how to find yours.
In show don't tell we are looking at how we can make our writing richer and let our reader create their own pictures and ideas from what you are sharing.
Showing and telling is sharing the same information, except that showing never states the facts, that is left to the readers imagination.
Creating a style sheet so that your proof reader knows what to look out for and how you want you book laid out and the use of names etc.
Everyone is unique. Everyone has their own voice and stories with which they can make an impact on the world.
I work with my clients to help them to reconnect to their stories and take control of their identity, so that they can be seen as an expert and authority in their field.
We work together to enable you to fly.
My experience as a coach (journaling, writing, books, executive), trainer (personal development and writing), strategist (personal branding and marketing), nutritionist and as a human who has experienced her fair share of stuff creates a powerful combination of knowledge, skills and experiences with which to support you.
How will we do ‘it’?
This is an exploration with no set rules or guidelines. We will be tapping into your inner wisdom to discover what needs to be known. From there strategies and plans can be made, outcomes sought and actions taken.
You may want to write a book or a blog, build a coaching program, run a retreat, build an online school, so that you can demonstrate your expertise. You may want a sounding board for your personal brand strategy. You may want to improve your health. Whatever you come with, these are like your doctor might say, your presenting symptoms. What lies beneath is what needs to surface so that you find the stories and inspirational message to share.
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I adore working with inspirational, enthusiastic, energetic people with strong messages. People who want to make a difference. I would love to become part of your onward journey, the one that sees you finding your voice, becoming the best version of you and rocking that out to the world.
My passion is helping you to discover the stories inside of you, and help you to share these so that you can leave your legacy, heal, share your inspirational message, have fun, and build a personal brand that really rocks.
I am an expert at getting your story out, and really finding the essence of what you want to say. And then saying it so that it is engaging and makes an impact.
I have a background in professional training, executive coaching and personal branding and I additionally combine these skills to facilitate this journey.
So who am I?
I have been described in many ways - enthusiastic, high energy, inspirational, motivation and fun. I have also been described as beautifully eccentric, which I do indeed take as a compliment. What you get is what you see. What I want for you, is to own who you are and to share your gifts with the world.
In between drinking white tea, experimenting with recipes and walking the the loves of my life - Ferdy dog, Marley Moo & Angel, I can be found writing. And I do a bit of abstract arty stuff with wire and wool.