Creative Ways to Write a Life Story

In this week's blog, we will look at different ways you can write your life story.

Check out my short 8-minute Writing Tips Tuesday video if you like visuals, or enjoy the blog below to discover new and creative ways you can write your autobiography or memoir. There are so many exciting ways that you can express your individuality and share your story.

 

This is a video I recorded previously, but it has great information, and tips & visuals.

 

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The Umbrella Term of Life Story

I like to use the term life story to encompass all the different ways we can tell our true-life stories. Think of it as an umbrella term which includes biography, autobiography, personal essays, memoir or family stories.

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"Nothing is original" How to capture ideas & create with authenticity

“What a good artist understands is that nothing comes from nowhere. All creative work builds on what came before. Nothing is completely original.” — Austin Kleon, New York Times Bestseller, Steal Like An Artist.

 

In today’s blog, I’d like to discuss HOW to unleash your creativity, build on ideas, and create something new, fresh and authentic.

Creativity is about CURIOSITY, CONNECTING IDEAS and EXPERIMENTATION

 

We’re all influenced by what we see, hear, and feel; our past conditioning, education, travels, relationships, what we read, dream, eat, and the conversations we have. This is not about being a copycat or plagiarism but by being inspired and inspiring others.

We are not an island, standing alone in this cosmos. We are impacting each other in big and little ways daily.

The history of humankind with all its inventions and innovations in art and in science have happened as a result of contagious ideas spreading and...

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How to Use Fragments to Bring Your Writing Alive

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Do you ever wonder whether your writing is boring but not sure how to imbue some magic into it?

 

In today’s blog, I want to talk about fragments in writing and how you can use them to bring your writing alive. Australian author, Nikki Gemmell used fragments beautifully in her memoir, After which I’ll use as a case study.

THE USUAL WAY OF WRITING…COMPLETE SENTENCES

Most of us have been taught to write a complete sentence with a subject and a verb. E.g. The girl sat on the grass. The girl is the subject and sat is the verb.

But sometimes, we want to add a little zing to our writing. Spruce it up. Bring it to life. And there are a number of ways we can do that. (I’ve just used fragments there!)

 

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SO WHAT IS A FRAGMENT?

A fragment is an incomplete sentence. It doesn’t have meaning on its own. It could be a word or a few words. Note that some complete sentences could be two...

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Moving Back & Forth in Time when Writing Memoir

In today’s #WritingTipsTuesday I will be sharing some personal updates and have a discussion about the writing process of going back and forth in time when writing a memoir. I will give you an example of how I did this in my journalling and how you can apply it to your own writing. There are also some examples of how other writers effectively weave in and out of different timeframes in memoir.

Click on the image to watch the Facebook Live or read the transcripts below.

 

 

LIFE STORY IS AN UMBRELLA TERM

I do want to remind people that life story – it’s a huge umbrella. It’s an umbrella term because autobiography as you know – it’s really a chronological account of your life story, pretty much starting from birth to wherever you are at. But Memoir is focusing on one particular aspect or them of your life and really digging deep into that. 

I find it really interesting because...

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Questions to Ask a Hybrid or Assisted Publisher before SIGNING a contract

AUTHOR & PUBLISHING PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENTS?

Many new publishing companies are offering “partnership” agreements or Hybrid Publishing contracts, where they ask for a financial contribution to publishing costs often in the thousands or tens of thousands of dollars, but what are you really getting for your money?

Traditional Publishing companies don’t ask for a contribution because they are compensated through royalties from the book. It’s not a crime for a publishing company to want to expand or make money by providing author services. This can be a good thing. In fact, I know of a couple very good assisted Author Services who offer quality services and care about you and your book.

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What I’m opposed to is the lack of transparency from some of these companies about outsourcing their services to lesser quality providers, what they will actually do for the author (especially around marketing) and the ...

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How to Pad out the Details of your Memoir

Using Narrative Elements to Pad out the Detail of your Memoir

 

Planning or creating chapter outlines is a great start to writing your memoir but some people have trouble padding out the details and crafting their life events into a narrative. So, there is an art to writing memoir and this blog explains briefly how you can do that.

 

I’ve had some clients hand me 500 words on a few pieces of paper and say, “This is my story, how do I turn it into a book.” Or, some have sent through 20,000 or 40,000 words, but it’s really a list of memories, not a story.

 

You don’t want your book to be a list or a series of events (no matter how interesting or intriguing they may be). You want to shape and mould them into a story so that the reader will be hooked and keep turning the page.

 

A MEMOIR SHOULD BE LIKE ANY OTHER STORY WHICH TAKES THE READER ON A JOURNEY.

 

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How to Decide whether to write your Life Story or turn it into Fiction

How to decide whether to write your true life or family story or turn it into fiction

If you’re considering writing your life or family story and are unsure whether to keep it a true account or whether turning it into fiction is better for you, this article may help you decide and show you how to do it.

I interviewed my client, Natalie Nixon about her family story, Blue Almond Eyes – An Australian story of forbidden love, where she shared her writing processes and why she decided to fictionalise her life story.The case study offers extra information, writing tips, videos and resources to help you throughout your process.

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The biggest issue holding people back is a lack of confidence in their writing ability or concerns about how they can tell their story. If you haven’t already got your copy of my inspirational and informative ebook, Write Your Life Story Without Fear, you can download it now and read it before you continue on...

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Memories in Memoir

How do you know which memories to use in a memoir?

Writing your memoir is a bit like detective work. You have to sleuth your way through memories, discarding some, rearranging others and investigating further to gain meaning for your story and for your life.

THIS BLOG WILL EXPLORE:

1) The role of memory in writing your memoir and the question “whose version of the truth is correct?”

2) How to access your memories and uncover stories or different perspectives about yourself

3) Uncovering what you are choosing to forget and whether that belongs in your story

4) How to weave reflection and hindsight into your memoir

 

My Writing Tips Tuesday this week touches on memory in memoir and I share some personal stories of how my memories affected the writing of my family story.

Writing your life story can be a daunting prospect for you if you are writing about difficult or challenging people or situations.

 

THE FIRST THING TO DO IS TO GET REAL WITH...

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Writing a Memoir: 10 Crucial Questions to ask BEFORE starting

Writing a Memoir

There is no right or wrong way to write a book, however, asking yourself these 10 questions BEFORE writing a memoir can save you a lot of time, money and frustration.

1) WHAT IS YOUR WHY? 

Knowing your WHY (the big picture stuff) helps you throughout the entire process of writing, editing, publishing and marketing your book. When you fully understand your reasons for wanting to write your book, it will give you:

  • clarity
  • help you throughout the writing process to decide what to leave in or edit out
  • and it will motivate you to achieve your goals.

ACTION STEP:

REALLY THINK ABOUT WHY WRITING THIS STORY OR BOOK IS SO IMPORTANT TO YOU. WRITE IT DOWN, RECORD IT AND REFER BACK TO OFTEN THROUGHOUT THE JOURNEY TO HELP KEEP YOU ON TRACK.

 

CONSIDER WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING BEST DESCRIBE YOUR WHY:

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  • I’m passionate about this story idea
  • My purpose in life is to share this story to help others
  • Personal reasons
  • Healing – the process can help me...
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Book Review on Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert (X-rated Version)

Getting Down & Dirty with Elizabeth Gilbert!

 

THE SECRET TO CREATING “BIG MAGIC” IS TO BE A LITTLE NAUGHTY!

 

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Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear, is a self-help book without it feeling like a self-help book. It’s not your normal “How To…type self-help book!”

There is no – this is how you do it! But rather, this is how I’ve had MY affair. This is how it worked for me.

I’ve read many a self-help book over the years but nothing as eloquent or riveting as this.

Her words slowly tantalize you like an expert lover, taking their time to delight you.

To tease you.

You beg for more.

More. More.

You don’t want it to stop!

And when you close the book, you let out a big sigh…

 

 

Moorishly  rich in the personal and the universal, Elizabeth’s wisdom and unique ideas are generously shared, without fear! Without expecting anything in return, like the ultimate...

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