“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” (Anne Lamott)
How many times in your life have you felt alone? How many times have you thought, ‘I wish someone had told me that?’ How many times have you wondered if it’s just you; if you’re the only one who feels this way?
The majority of people I work with are writing their books because they don’t want other people, who find themselves in a similar situation, to feel alone.
Without exception, the writers I’m currently working with are sharing their stories because, in the midst of their experiences, they felt alone.
Because we’re talking about personal experiences, there are inevitably some ‘characters’ involved. The questions around how to include them, discuss them, leave them out or eradicate them from the literary face of the earth come up frequently.
My advice is to turn your story into fiction and kill off their character! One writer who has joined my six-month programme is doing this and her book is comedy gold.
Seriously though, isn’t this exactly why your story needs to be written? You know how it feels to be lost and alone.
If you have felt silenced. If you have felt that your story can’t be told. If you have felt lost in your story and not in control of it. You are able to speak with authority to the people who need you.
It’s time to own your story.
Shout it from the rooftops that you have been there, experienced that and got the t-shirt. You’ve come out the other side and you know that you have words of wisdom that will be valuable to someone else.
Let’s talk and get that book out into the world, you know that there are people waiting for it.