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We will not sell or redistribute your information to anyone. Then she sent me Stephen Kings, On Writing. I purchased other books on my own and read numerous articles online. The task became amazingly easier when I realized that I should write the memoir in the manner of a novel or short story.

Not entirely, of course, but it helped me to fashion the character of myself the protagonist. She had wanted to for years, though. This gave me two distinct main characters and two voices to speak from the past. This process has worked quite well for me. I started mid and finished about three months ago. What I had been unable to do for 22 years became a reality in less than a year. Thanks for your advice, Marian. Hope you have success, which I believe you shall. This is something that I need to do jus for myself to heal.

But I have been working on it for years it is time to write about iit so I can move forward. This is a great post and full of information and ideas on writing a first book.

Congratulations on getting started. There is no Right Way To Write. I currently have seven or eight finished manuscripts fiction and non fiction. Some were written seat of the pants with no pre-planning.

Some were heavily pre-planned. Some were sort of planned and sort of seat of the pants. LOL, sometimes I start at the beginning and sometimes I start in the middle. There is no rhyme or reason to the process. This is such an encouraging comment Carrie Lynn, thank you so much for sharing. What Stephen King says in his book, Anne Lamott says the opposite in hers and Elizabeth Gilbert says the opposite yet again.

Hi marian i had strt writting book bt plz can u tell me wht is the difference btween the novel story nd general book. Thanks Marian I am sorry that I do not have any advice to offer you instead I am actual learning from your advice. I have always wanted to write but held back thinking who would be interested my book I am not a famous person.

I did attend a few of budding writers workshops but that did not do anything to motivate me to actual write. Fortunately for me I have always kept journals for every phase of my life so I have material which can be translated into a book. I must say ever since I started blogging , that seem to be helping me to be disciplined to write a piece on a daily basis I now enjoy writing as I respond to daily prompts.

Thank you for your post which has given me a lot to think about and to try as I contemplate on a project of ever writing my owm memouir. So I say go for it! I have been thinking about writing for a while now. The older i get the more i feel compelled to just do it. I honestly feel that everyone has to get a method to their own Creativity. Hi Rudo, did you finally write your book? Hi Nikki, I am very sorry for taking this long to answer your question.

It was heart warming to hear from a fellow Zimbabwean, I am still considering what to start with. The only problem is the current political unrest in Zimbabwe I am not even sure if there any opportunities for that kind of literature. I am glad we are intouch, and hopeful we will keep intouch. This was an interesting piece and so helpful. I especially love the part about reading snippets of other writers to get going.

I thought I was the only one who did that! I also like the idea of planning and writing as a routine. Omg you do it too?! I thought I was the only one! I love how writers, even without resources or books, often find their way in the same direction. Thank you for sharing your process with us this morning, Mariam.

There are plenty of good ideas here. Thank you so much for the recommendation Kathi! I have found that to be exactly the case with the book I am writing now. The good news is that it is the hardest part. The words just fly see how I did that? Fasten your seatbelt Penguin Books. Yes, each of us has to find our own way, exploring and experimenting. I started out with Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg, began daily writing for a half hour, then a JC course in creative writing thinking I wanted to be a nature writer.

Came out of the course a poet. Dabbled in that for years, continuing to read anything and everything about writing, nature writing and then memoir. Suddenly my ten year old inner child began writing her memoir. Loving playing with that, and interestingly, the latest version is written as poetry. I continue my half hour daily writing and another memoir seems to be appearing on the pages. I would be lost without my writing! Keep up your explorations and experiments — but never forget to walk the dog my dogs and I are helping walk him for you now so you are off the hook on that one.

I love this Jan! Amy Poehler has a great quote about this very thing. The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing. Maybe it will turn into a novel. Maybe I need to write this just to get one essay out of it. Hello Marian, I just happened to read how you started writing and it really kept me glued to it until i was through it. I wish I could write a book too. I would try your tricks and ways mentioned in it. I had not thought of reading my favorite authors and using them as a launching off point, but I do the same thing when I listen to music and try to emulate my favorites when I start trying to write songs!

Thanks for the tip! Marian, Thanks for sharing the difficult details about getting started. I think learning from every writer, regardless of how published or accomplished is incredibly important. I once had a professor comment on a story that to really flourish, I should explore every technique of story telling until I found the one that fit the most.

What it basically is have a large calendar near your writing station. Thanks again for sharing. I really appreciate the honesty about your difficulties and strategies — it can be really motivating to know that in this solitary action we take, there are others doing the same! Thank you, Marian, for your very helpful and practical advice. I found the answer to a stumbling block I had. So much so that it slowed down my writing.

I found a very simple device that has solved the problem. I chose another name for myself and wrote in the third person. I was amazed at how much more smoothly my woods flowed when I was not aware I was speaking about my own experiences. I like that idea Bettye. I found I was having the same issue and even stopped working with my book coach and did not pitch an editor who was considering me for a column. However, having had some essays published recently has helped. My issues boiled down to fear.

It is your life out there for the world to judge. Handling a few internet trolls is going to help me deal with criticism when my book is published. Bettye I like your idea of a pen name and writing in as the third person. I too have found it difficult to write my story and found that I stumbled on my words even though I had already done a lot of work and wrote out the main outline Scrivener.

I will try your idea and see what happens. I am also working on a memoir. Making time to read and write with your kids can not only encourage your young writers to flex their creative muscles—it can also help you find time to work on your own passion projects.

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