As we get closer to the webinar, I'll email the WebEx link to all those who have signed up.

We'll only have room for 10-12 people in each group, so please let me know if you're interested in joining us. You can reach me at barbara@carsonwrites.com 

How To Fearlessly

Write Your Memoir

How To Fearlessly Write Your Memoir is an exciting new 6- session webinar coming up September 15, 2015 to October 20, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on WebEx. If you'd like to join our writer's group for an intensive, interactive experience, please contact me:

Dear Fellow Writer:

You’ve thought about writing your life story: you’ve been meaning to get around to it for years. You’re the link to all those magical memories. No one else remembers the family stories; it’s up to you.

But somehow, every time you sit down to write, something happens. You get distracted, or realize writing’s not that easy. Where do you start? What comes next? You may think, “I’ll never get this done.”

As a professional writing consultant, I work with clients to shape their words into marvelous stories. I’m delighted to work with you and guide you through the process.  As you share your story, you will see it take shape into something far richer than you imagined. The journey of writing your life story often has a surprisingly positive impact on family and friends. Every family I’ve worked with describes this process as one of affectionate discovery, drawing them closer together with laughter and love.

Every person has a story, and each story told is an adventure shared with others. Telling this story is keeping a promise to yourself and your family, to future generations. It’s another way of saying “I am.” 


Email me  at  Barbara@carsonwrites.com  or call  (845) 798-8006 and let’s get writing.

Here are five essential tips:

1) Write every day. Don't worry about structure -- not at this stage. Just get it down. Even if it’s just a few lines, write it. You can sign up for a site like www.750words.com or  for daily encouragement and inspiration.

2) Reading other writers is very important. Hear their voice. How does that differ from yours? How would you say it? Keep track of who you're reading.

3) After you've written for a few days, you'll start hearing certain phrases leap out at you, "mom's recipes,"  "dad's war stories," "growing up in the 30's," "the day we got the news." Write them down.

4) Write your emotional truths, things that bring you joy or pain. Some people say, "write your wounds." It's a valuable part of the healing process. 

5) This is a rough draft, so anything goes. Whatever comes to the surface, write it.  Don't be afraid of what comes out. Don't stop to rewrite or correct anything, just get it down, fast. Some clients set a timer and write 15-20 minutes a day. Only write, and write some more.

Once you've written down your first few pages, decide if you want to put together an outline. This works for some people, but not for everyone. Writing a memoir is a personal journey. Be willing to see where the writing takes you. 

You may think, "Why should I pay a writing coach to encourage me to write? I'm going to get around to it someday."  Good intentions can get you started, but that's no guarantee you'll finish it. If you've never written a book, a coach can be invaluable in guiding you to completion. You provide the subject matter; I’ll provide the clear strategies to help you succeed. Together, we’ll make it happen.

Writing a memoir is different from any other project you've completed in the past; you’ll confront your own personal saboteurs. There's a real psychological component to writing your life story. All kinds of fears and "uh-ohs" will reach out and try to slow you down, or distract you from your goal of completion.  An experienced guide helps you work through obstacles and shrink them down to size.    

Writing your life story has its own unique set of challenges, but the rewards can be exceptional. Families often find it healing to relive memories or hear stories from the past. Sharing your life story with siblings, children and cousins draws the family closer.

Don’t leave all those stories locked up inside you. Let’s get started!



Another option, if you enjoy working alongside other memoir writers: