Don’t Wait!

“What are you waiting for? Why are you avoiding the real work? What will it take for you to go deeper?”

—Phil Cousineau in Stoking the Creative Fires

The Phil Cousineau quote above ought to be for all of us a stirring call to continue—or to begin if that is where we are at—the writing we may have procrastinated about for so long.

It is later than you think. In the twenty plus years I have been doing this work, I have seen people die and people grow too old. The energy to write a memoir has been lost; the stories have been lost.

We go through our days as if there were an endless flow of tomorrows, but there simply aren’t. What if you ran out of tomorrows before you had written your memoir? How would your children and grandchildren know about you and the people who were important to you? How would your community know?

Here are three choices you can decide on today to help you to get your memoir written.

  1. Set a writing schedule for yourself and mark it on a calendar or appointment book. Be sure you sit to write at least three times per week. Today, sit down and write at least three pages before you stop.
  2. If you doubt our ability to write (and writing is certainly a skill that has to be developed!) and would like to improve your skills, sign up for one of the instructional programs listed below. By next year at this time, you may have the skills you need to succeed. Alternately, sign up for coaching. or join one of my Writing Groups.
  3. If you doubt that you will ever write or if you feel the learning curve is to steep but you still want to leave a memoir legacy, why not work with a co-author? A co-author organizes your memories into a well-written, interesting-to-read book. Call me for a free consultation on co-authoring (ghostwriting). Working closely with you, I will help you to create your written legacy faster than you may now think it possible.

About Denis Ledoux

Denis Ledoux began helping people to turn their memories into memoirs in 1988. Denis was named Lifewriting Professional of the Year by the Association of Personal Historians in 1996. Today, Denis is a writer, educator, teacher, autobiography co-author, memoir-writing coach, editor and publisher. He directs The Memoir Network, an international group of memoir professionals who use his method and materials to help people write lifestories. Denis also offers writing tele-classes and leads memoir writing tele-groups.
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