Launches 11th March 2013 (its a new moon).
Starting to journal. Download your free e-book Going with the flow and start your daily journaling.
Starting to explore who you are, why you want to write a memoir (a slice of your life) and what the memoir could be about. How to start and stay on track
Week one and the journey begins, in this week you will be considering why you want to write a memoir, rather than actually writing it. You have some exploring to do before you can pull your unique story together.
Finding out about you and your journey. Research into you and your life can be fascinating, emotional, revealing and quite a journey itself. We forget so much. In these 3 weeks we spend time really working to find out more about ourselves. Even if you think you know, you will be amazed at where your memory will take you, not quite where you expected. From here, the story you want to tell will start to reveal itself.
After you have explored who you are and why you want to write, you get the chance to have a go at starting your book. This is your chance to let your unconscious mind flow and see what direction it is taking you in.
Our lives are not just about us, woven in to it are the lives of others and the impressions they leave on us. How will these people come into your tale? Who will be in your tale and why?
The memory is an amazing thing, which sometimes needs a little kick. This week is all about ways to give it a little push.
The Book of Me is itself a journey. Each day, each segment, each decade, the walk in the park, the drive to work, the conversation with a friend is a journey. This week is all about journeys of many different kinds. We also take a little side step and write some creative life stories around our journeys – just for fun.
Many will be writing their memoirs so that future generations will be able to delight in your life and times. However, not all stories are tea and sandwiches on the lawn, some have been abusive, deadly, filled with fear. Others angry, violent, the victim turned renegade. Exploring the dark stuff can be emotional and cathartic and it could also the ingredients that makes your memoir into a page turning feast.
Whether you plan to publish or not, a book proposal is like a mini marketing plan which serves to focus your mind on your book. It’s a great way to decide on titles, what it is really about, target audience, competitors and how to market it.
Planning your chapters, getting the flow right are important elements, you are revealing your story after all. These tips and techniques help you to get your book to flow in the direction that you want to take it.
Before you start to really write your first and subsequent chapters, its time to explore the writing that you have already done. Time to re- read, refine and hone your writing skills. How could you show us your story better?
Once you have had the opportunity to refine your writing its time to rewrite your first chapter. Working with your assigned writing buddy, you have a chance to get some great feedback.
We end the course here, giving you lots of tools, tips, techniques and provided you have been writing every week, a stack of research for your book.
Following the course, you will still get weekly prompts and inspiration. Coaching is also available via Skype or face to face. Ghostwriting services are on offer for those who are happy to research but do not want or have the time to write themselves.
If you are new to writing, this course will get you and your writing flowing in no time at all. There is a logic and flow to the lessons, lots of help, advice and prompts. Plus a group of other writers joining you for the ride.
Even if you have started to write your memoir, this programme will take you back to basics to re-inspire and motivate you to enable you to get your story finished or a new memoir underway.