“You should write a book,” people tell you. Or perhaps you’ve had that thought yourself. And maybe the interest in writing your story or memoir has grown because with it you can leave something permanent as a legacy that provides details never shared before. With it you can educate, inform or entertain others; even create intellectual property that has commercial value and can become a revenue stream for you, your family or company.
A book enables you to say everything that’s in your heart and mind (that you want to share) and not just what you can present in the limited time available in a personal meeting. You can only cover so much in a typical sales call, presentation, business meeting, or even a lengthy discussion with someone or even a group of people. From a business executive’s standpoint, their book can transform a company or organization. A book provides a sense of importance and permanence to their ideas.
And personally: stories told at family reunions or on holidays will fade and as time passes no one will remember and tell them as well as only you can. It’s an opportunity to broadcast a message, a philosophy, and belief to the world (and to a particular group or market). It’s a way to involve a greater number of people and to have an impact on their thinking or in their lives. And why not reach the highest number in the best way possible? There is a military expression that comes into play here: a book is a force multiplier. It extends an individual’s reach and ability to make an impact in their market, to cover issues and to educate and inform.
There is no better way to accomplish any or all of those objectives than by writing and publishing a book. My 9-point guide–details below–can help you get started properly and give you the momentum needed to complete your book.
I’ve worked with several clients and used the tools in this guide to help them achieve those objectives: VIDEO | Memoir Projects 2010-2017 – a recap as of April 2017
This guide is the equivalent of the following excellent advice for memoir writers:
“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my ax.” –Abraham Lincoln
Written in a way that removes the two main obstacles that most people face when they want to write their memoir, this guide walks the reader through establishing the belief they can do it and then shows them exactly how. It’s important to understand that this IS NOT a guide to teach you how to become a writer. Countless books, courses, articles, and websites can help you with that. They can teach you proper grammar, structure and even how to format your manuscript for publication. This IS a guide to help you do what needs to come first, the most important steps you must take if you want to complete your memoir:
CREATING THE CORE COMPONENTS OF A ROUGH FIRST DRAFT
Intended—designed even—to change preconceived perceptions that form problems for most people new to a writing project of such scope, if followed, it removes the two largest barriers to getting started writing their memoir.
YOU CAN DO IT—I’LL SHOW YOU HOW
- START WITH THIS IN MIND
- SUPERCHARGING YOUR TIME
- PREPARATION AND PLANNING TO CREATE & ORGANIZE YOUR CONTENT
- THE FOUR-WORD QUESTION YOU MUST ASK YOURSELF
- WHAT MAKES A COMPELLING STORY
- WORKING WITH WORDS
- IT’S OKAY IF YOUR DRAFT IS CRAP
- DEALING WITH THE BIGGEST FEAR
- FEW ARE BORN WRITERS (BUT YOU CAN BECOME ONE)
A RECAP: THE SIMPLE WAY TO GET STARTED
EXAMPLES OF CREATIVE NONFICTION (THREE MEMOIR VIGNETTES)
The author, Dennis Lowery, is a writer, ghostwriter and publisher who has worked with dozens of clients on their books, several of which were memoirs.