How many of us have dreamed of writing a book of our own? A book full of so much truth and real-life experiences that in strikes our readers and pulls them in. The true story of our early years. A story about a remarkable friendship. A timeless love story. A war story of survival. Or maybe, an overarching life story that recaps an entire, vivid lifetime. Despite our innate desire to share our story, there are also common factors holding us all back. Most are inward battles. But rest assured you’re not alone. Every writer and writer-to-be fights inner turmoil-especially when they’re about to bare their soul with a true story.
Whatever true story you want to write, here are some questions and answers on breaking barriers and getting started. Who wants to hear about my life? Your family. Your friends. Your community. Everyone who cares about you wants to hear about your life. I don’t know what to say about my life. Luckily, prompts or pictures can guide you. Find a list of prompts online that help lead the life story writing process. You can also break out old photo albums and reminisce. Both tactics remind you how much you have to say about your life. My family already knows me pretty well. Writing about your life from beginning to end or intensely focusing on a particular episode often brings up untold stories and memories. So even if you think your family knows you well, putting what they know and more down on paper will still be a gift to them and others. I don’t know where to start. There is no right or wrong place to start. Some start at the beginning. Some start at the end. Some write backwards and forwards or in perfect order. Write what flows and what you feel. Worry about connecting the dots later.
Once you get past the noise in your head, the words will spill out of your heart and through your hands, onto the page of your very own book. Should you need assistance at any step via ghost writing, proofreading, editing, or publishing, then contact a Raconteur writer or publishing consultant to help. We make book dreams come true for storytellers throughout Louisiana, as well as those across the country who we are happy to consult with over the phone or in person.