Saturday, November 22, 2014

Dear Readers,

I got something new in my inbox.

Check out the tutorial below on writing a memoir. It can help you condense that 800 page life story to a 250 to 300 page story that everyone would want to read.

Writing a Publishable Memoir:
 Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary    

imageplaceholderSUE JOHNSON
Writer's Digest Tutorials

Hi Everyone! 

Many people think their life, or a specific experience in their life, would make a great book. The challenge is that even people with the most fascinating lives usually can't write down their experiences in a way that makes a great book. And yet, some of the most brilliant, riveting novels are about ordinary people in ordinary situations. So how do you translate your real life experiences-common or uncommon-into a brilliant story?

In this tutorial, Ivory Madison helps you develop your own roadmap to write, edit and market your memoir. There is a formula for all great stories, and Madison shares with you what every successful novelist knows about a successful story arc and how you can apply it to your memoir while staying true to your life story. She also shares her foolproof editing method, now used by many writing coaches at Stanford Business School. You'll discover how to determine if marketplace will respond favorably to a memoir like yours, and what to learn from the best-selling memoirs of all time.

Common questions and concerns about your memoir will be answered. Madison helps you navigate issues like what to do when your mother wants to read it, and whether people can sue you over your portrayal of them.

No matter what stage your memoir is at, this tutorial will not only provide you with the tools to transform your idea into a successful book, it will also offer the encouragement you need to follow through. This includes insights from the latest brain research explaining why writing about your past is a crucial tool for moving forward with your life in a positive way.

In this 61-minute tutorial video, you'll learn:
  • How to build trust with readers by being completely honest
  • How to find your authentic voice and let it shine through
  • Tools to analyze your story so you know what's essential and what's superfluous
  • How to write real-life scenes to be as riveting as your favorite fiction
  • Why writing, editing, and marketing area separate activities and how to use this approach to get better results in all three stages of your project, plus a unique approach to necessary research
  • What type of memoir you're writing from a publisher's perspective and if they will want to publish it, plus pitfalls to avoid if you plan to self-publish
  • How to handle your inner critic, fear of embarrassment, and fear of not being believed

Preview: Writing a Publishable Memoir: Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary >

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Wishing you a wonderful week!

~ Sue Johnson~

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