I recently did some work for my "little" brother (he stands a good six inches taller than me). He wrote a self-help/memoir a few years back and he's ready to release the revised edition. As I did before, I edited and formatted it for him, then helped him navigate the initial marketing behind the book's release. In 2019 I helped my cousin go from blank page to self-published on her first book, also a memoir.
Helping them go through that process and watching how they navigated such a vulnerable project planted a seed of desire to tell my story. I've included fictionalized versions of a few of my life experiences in all the books I've written and self-published to date. But I feel it's time to put some of the facts on the page.
In last week's post, I invited you to do some practice Story Arcs. How'd it go? Let me know in the comments :-).
As a Pantser, I don't typically do story arcs before I write but I find they are incredibly helpful when it comes time to edit my work. In this instance though, because I'm telling my life story to date, I know where the story is going and I can complete a Story Arc before the writing begins.
***Spoiler-Alert of sorts***
My Story Arc gives away some of the plot...
I will use this to guide my writing much like a Plotter uses a detailed outline.
All this month I've been dropping breadcrumbs that I hope have led you to want to write...
...and self-publish your book this year. It truly is my desire that anyone with a story idea burning inside them have the support they need to finally get the words written and the story published...self-published to be exact.
I work with new writers who struggle with getting started, not-so-new writers who aren't sure where to go after "The End", and those in between who need help sussing out when to write and then need accountability to get the writing done.
If my content has ever sparked a story idea in you, I'd love to take it to the next level and help you get the book written and out into the world.
Here are just a few of the ways I help new writers:
Free Consultation - from now until January 31st, book a strategy session for FREE. We'll take 90 minutes tops to chat about your book idea and determine if I'm the coach for you. Click HERE then enter coupon code, "CONSULT".
Sistah's in Self-Publishing Free Workshops - My partner in self-publishing, Willmetta Owens, and I will be presenting a free online workshop, on Saturday, February 24th, 11:00 AM MST / 1:00 PM EST. We'll talk about the top 5 lessons we've learned over the last 15 years of writing and self-publishing our work. Registration opens Monday, February 12th. Go to the EVENTS page here on the site to reserve your spot.
1:1 Coaching Packages - if you're ready to get started, then one of my 1:1 Coaching packages might just be for you. Check them out HERE. If you're still unsure, use your FREE consultation to get your questions answered. The 1:1 Coaching comes in 3-, 6-, and 12-month packages and is open for enrollment throughout the year.
I'll be working on a couple of novels myself this year so you might as well join the fun.
Thank you so much for stopping by the blog. As always, sending light & inspiration,