The Brave Little Blog
Posts about braving boss life, business and the blank page
Writing a memoir is a way to rewrite your narrative and discover that you saved yourself.
I’m often asked, What makes you qualified to help me write about [insert horrible thing here]? This question isn’t really about my qualifications but about trauma.
Brave the path to the page and learn what steps to take in writing your book. Watch this video to understand the important step of knowing your story.
If you can’t answer what your book is about without giving too much information or by giving too little it’s okay. You haven’t discovered your story yet.
Watch this video to understand how your reader ISN’T everyone, why focusing on one reader is beneficial, and some ways to create their profile so you know who you’re writing your book to.
There is a lot to consider when you first get the idea to write a book, such as your motivations. What’s your ‘why’? Why do you want to write a book? What is your reason, or better, the deep mission or purpose for writing this book?
I love to figure out what the book idea wants to be – what direction does it want to go, who does it want to speak to, what does it want to say?
Uncovering the answers to these questions I believe is equal parts taking intentional action to discover the answers AND letting the book reveal itself to you and being open enough to listen.
Fear and doubt don’t really just up and disappear one day. I just practice living with them, like the roommates you can’t get rid of or the unwanted dinner party guest who accidentally got the invite.
Your audience is the group of people who are going to pick up your book, turn it over in their hands, and determine if they’ll buy it. You need them. A book isn’t for everyone, because not everyone wants to read the same book. Think of who YOU are writing to and your audience will show themselves.