What if I could tell you that a small daily habit will make it easier to write your memoir this year?
Writing a book is a big task, just like running a marathon or hiking the Andes or saving for a house or any other major feat. But, just as the journey of a thousand miles begins with a step, everything can be broken down to the first action you need to take.
“Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.” – Stephen King, On Writing
One of the biggest fears people have about writing their memoir is what real life people will think about what they write.
Stephen King’s On Writing was one of the first books I ever read on the writing process. It’s simple and straightforward and even if you have no interest in writing horror or supernatural fiction, suspense or fantasy, his memoir of the craft of writing has some great advice that can help any writer, particularly memoirists.
That means, write first for yourself.
It has to start just being for you – when you start to see the shape of the story and rewrite it along a more structured line, can allow the thoughts of other people to come in.
But you must start by shutting the door, not answering the phone, and allowing yourself that time and headspace when no-one else’s needs come first, and just write for you first.
Buy yourself a journal.
Set the alarm 15, 20, 30 minutes earlier than you’d usually wake, and while your coffee’s brewing and the street sweeper’s are moving down the road, start scratching out your thoughts and ideas on the page. Start with one page, then graduate to two. Do it every day.
Every. Single. Day.
This isn’t your memoir, but this is you learning to write.
Step by step, day by day, bird by bird, page by page.
It’s small, but significant.
So you want to write? Start by writing.
May the muse be with you!