1. Daily Writing
What time can you set aside to write your book? Try to write every day. Get the notebook habit.
2. Ask Questions
Where will you find the material for your story? Ask questions. Follow the steps in this workbook and make a note of the events, characters, incidents, thoughts, ideas, and images which you could include in your book
3. Who is your memoir aimed at?
Think about how you will share your story with others. Is it for family and friends or people who share your profession or hobby? Will it be a paperback book, e-book, audio book or blog? Don't be afraid to be ambitious for your work.
4. What is the focus of your story?
My life on the water? Living on the edge? My golfing life? If you have a profession or hobby, you may wish to focus on that and use it as a vehicle to feed in the personal backstory. Or a particular event, episode or time period of your life
Dig a bit deeper: Themes can be things like: Family secrets, unrequited love, ambition, betrayal, loneliness, political Corruption. Check out other themes in lesson 5.
Who are the characters who stroll through your life story? Who do you want to include and who do you want to leave out? What will they add to your story?
Set your own boundaries. Only include stories and incidents which you are comfortable with. Don't be put off by family and friends who may question your version of events. Stick to your guns and be brave enough to tell YOUR story.
What are the main events? And what was unexpected, unforeseen or unusual?
9. What else happened?
What more can you say? Who else did you know, meet? How can you weave these into your tale in order to add depth and intrigue? What are the hooks? What questions do you want to leave dangling to keep the reader reading?
10. Set your time line
When will your time-line start and end? You may find that one section of your life is so packed that your first story is about a short period, or a single episode, your profession or hobby?
11. Emotional Truth
Remember to tell it from the heart. How did it feel? Write from the heart and use all of the senses
12. And Finally…
Beware nay-sayers and confidence destroyers.
Write without fear, edit without mercy