Many of us put pen to paper after a life-changing event. Something important has happened, delighted us, upset or astonished us, or enchanted us. It might have been traumatic or uplifting. The reason does not matter. But this is exactly the motivation we need to write. These turning points or moments of inspiration will form the cornerstones of our story. Tiny instances when ‘the penny drops’.
Just one of these flashes of insight might become our theme (but we won’t know that until later). The main thing is that it has had the power to propel us onto the page.
You are in the writing mode. So get it down while you are on a roll. Don’t worry about grammar or spelling or structure. The main thing is to begin. To draft some content you can edit later. Fine-tuning can come later – perhaps making use of our small team of Aussie editing and publishing professionals.
Here is where I would love to help. I’m passionate about LifeStory Writing. Aussies are good story-tellers. And I can coach or mentor you along the way. To help with editing and hints and ideas for you to try out. I will be delighted to share your journey into life story, and guide you on your way.
Documenting a life has a wonderful way of putting things in perspective. It may show us a path to self-discovery or we may even be able to help other people grow in their lives. Connecting more closely with family might be our aim, or to leave a legacy. Our writing project may be a creative pursuit of itself, or a simple memoir to document a recent holiday.
Many Australians find they want to leave something behind. Some information or knowledge that without them wouldn’t have come into being (or would cease to exist). We want our lives to have some meaning and not simply disappear into the dust. To leave behind a gift or an idea that in some small way, will leave the world a better place.
You don’t have to be famous to write your memoir or autobiography – many of the most entertaining and inspirational stories come from ordinary people. You’ll find it a challenge. Fun and fulfilling. It’s one project you won’t want to miss.
It may even be another one of those marvelous turning points in your life. I trust you enjoy this new chapter.
Founder, LifeStory Writing