So many people say they ‘have a book inside them’ but don’t know where to start.
The first creative writing course I attended was run by Melbourne writer Carmel Bird and I vividly recall her saying that first time writers tend to write about ‘mother’.
And it’s a great place to let the creative juices start flowing actually, because everyone has memories of their mother, whether good, bad or indifferent.
Unfortunately, writing is not a magical process, especially when that old bugbear called Writers’ Block often has a nasty habit of lurking over your shoulder.
But the truth is that every single person does have a story to tell.
Think back to when you were young. I bet you can you recall your first day at school, the first time you fell off your bicycle or maybe even the first time you went to the dentist?
Whatever the memories – happy, sad, painful or otherwise – they are part of your journey of life, unique to you alone.
And once you start to recall past happenings, you often find yourself on a roller-coaster of remembering parts of your life you thought you’d long forgotten.
As a family memoir writer, I always encourage others to record their family history while older family members are still living, because otherwise, valuable stories are lost forever. Your family history is unique and future generations will love to read about how life was ‘way back when’.
Telling your story to someone else can often be an extremely therapeutic process. You might only wish to talk about a certain event in your life that was important to you at the time. Or your story could encompass a whole book.
Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information on writing your family story or corporate history.
What memories spring to mind for you? I would love to hear from you so please add a comment below.