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Your Life is Your Story, Issue #127 – Time to Write
August 18, 2015

"Your past is your story up to now. The future is the story yet to come. The present is where you live with that experience, your hopes and your dreams."

Your Life is Your Story Newsletter

August 18, 2015
Issue #127 – Time to Write

From Tom Gilbert – Editor and Writer,

In this Issue:

Opening remarks: They’re Back!
Featured Article: Time to Write
Featured Resource: Write Your First Memoir Draft

Opening Remarks: They’re Back!

Another school year is starting up and teachers are welcoming back students with prepared classrooms and lesson plans. Heading into my fifth full year of teaching I can assure you it has been a lot of work. But there is also a special excitement in the air. The anticipation of meeting new students and creating a learning community has me buzzing with ideas.

Teaching is a career I’ve come to later in life. It is truly both the hardest job and most rewarding. As a lover of learning and writing it is very special to be around young people and help them discover their gifts. I hope that you’ve discovered your special talents. Sharing your talents with the world is part of a good life story.

Thank you to all our subscribers. I hope you enjoy this month’s issue. You are receiving this e-zine because you signed up for it or someone who is subscribed passed it along to you. If a friend DID forward this to you consider subscribing by visiting our signup page . Also, let me know what you’d like to see more of in this newsletter – simply reply to this email e-zine.

While the main focus of this newsletter is to share thoughts, ideas, and insights on life story writing you should know that I offer various services and also mention some products and services that can be helpful. You are under no obligation to purchase anything, but if any of these products or services are helpful and you decide to utilize them then I am most grateful.

Thanks for reading. – Tom

Featured Article: Time to Write

By Tom Gilbert - Copyright © August, 2015

When is the best time to write? Many people ponder that question. Is it first thing in the morning? Late at night? Only when inspiration strikes?

The best time to write could be any time. It is the time that works best for you. Because most of us live busy lives it is important that you establish a regular writing time. Doing so is a discipline that will pay dividends. All good writers tell you that to be successful you have to write and write a lot. So you probably aren’t going to accomplish much if you write “once in a while” or “when you feel like it”.

You don’t need to sit around waiting to feel inspired. I understand that temptation. Writing is hard work. I sometimes find it difficult to get into the swing of a writing session. Frequently I don’t feel like writing. But to be honest with you, feelings have very little to do with good writing output. What works is to have a set schedule of writing time and stick to it! Even if it is 30 minutes at a time. Or just 15 minutes. Regular writing output adds up.

Another benefit of committing time to write is that the very act of writing can get the creative juices going. You might start a session not feeling like you have anything to say. But once you get going the ideas start flowing.

There are techniques that help, such as a Memory List. Having a well-developed list of topics means you will never be at a loss for subject matter to write about. Also, understanding how plot works, how to construct a story and realizing that revision will play a big role in your writing are important.

Writing can be lonely work. Many writers feel isolated. Joining a writer’s group, sharing your work, and getting feedback can be really helpful. Additionally, the advice and input from experienced and accomplished writing teachers can help you through the long process of a memoir or life story. The Memoir Network’s Memoir Authority Membership might be just what you need. Denis Ledoux is recruiting a select number of writers for his Write Your First Memoir Draft Course. Be sure to see the information below.

You can read other life story articles here.

Featured Resource: Write Your First Memoir Draft

Getting that first draft of your memoir written is often a long process. It is challenging. But you will never get to a finished life story if you don’t put in the time and effort to create a first draft.

Many people mistake a first draft for a finished product. It is a great accomplishment to get through that first draft. But writing is messy work and all good writing requires revision. Denis Ledoux from The Memoir Network is getting ready to start a special memoir program designed to get you to finish that first draft. His Write Your First Memoir Draft Course includes Master teachers, such as Kathy Pooler (The Memoir Writer's Journey), live tele-classes, focused critiques, a mastermind group to help you with the many questions writers have, a series of e-books on various aspects of memoir writing, and yes, even more. In seven months of strong coaching and excellent instruction you can accomplish finishing your memoir’s first draft.

You can preview some of the elements and get more information here. Plus, there is an advance $100 discount now through August 28. You can even preview elements of this program with a free tele-class, Right Focus / Write Book, scheduled for Thursday, August 27, that will benefit you whether you enroll or not.

Closing Information

That’s it for this month’s issue. Thanks for reading. Be sure to visit our blog regularly, and here’s to telling your story. Do give it some serious consideration because I just know you’ve got a great story to tell! Be sure to see the Get Started section.

Any comments, ideas or feedback is greatly appreciated. Just reply to this ‘zine and tell me what you think!

Until next time, – keep your story alive!

Tom Gilbert

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