As many of my readers are aware, I am constantly urging people to write their memoirs - not least because it is one of the greatest gifts they can pass onto their children and grandchildren. It will survive the house, the car and the weary old bones, and if you are lucky it will give future descendants of your bloodline an insight into how their family has evolved. What wouldn't we give to take a peek into the lives our ancestors, to understand the times in which they lived and their hopes and dreams for the future. And if you want to publish it, you might even have a bestseller on your hands!
Everyone has a book in them, and writing a memoir is often the kickstart they need. When you write a memoir, you have a subject that you already know, you were there, you lived it. Sights, sounds and even smells can bring all those memories flooding back, and I can show you ways in which to capture those moments with the written word.
The biggest hurdle for most wannabe writers is their irrational fear of other people reading their work. I know that fear! I have lived it. For many years I crept downstairs during the night to bash away at an old typewriter, only to scrunch the pages up and throw them in the bin. I felt that my 'secret habit' was a bit weird, it wasn't something I ever spoke about - while sober. In my social circle, writing was seen as a bit arty and pretentious and being a writer wasn't something a working class woman like myself should aspire to.
To all those aspiring writers out there struggling with that hurdle, I would say, don't scrunch your work up and bin it, and don't press that delete button. But most of all, don't give up! Many writers can overcome that hurdle with writing classes and I can't recommend them enough, but what they are really looking for is a way in which to get started and a way in which to structure the narrative so that it has a beginning, a middle and an end.
I will shortly be offering a 6 session writing and mentoring course to kickstart that memoir. The course will be individually tailored to each writer's needs, with personal tuition via phone and Skype together with written critiques. I will also be offering reviews and editing services for those further along in the process.
I am hoping to get a website up and running soon, but in the meanwhile, if anyone is interested, please contact me at Rosalindhutton@aol.com