Every life is a story. The life an author leads, and has led, influences the stories they tell. When I work with authors who are writing an autobiography or memoir, I’m always amazed by the stories behind their book, the wealth of life experience and wisdom that underlies their work.nI know my life, my relationships, the places I have lived and the stories I have heard and read influence my own writing.
There are ways for a writer to keep this rich source of inspiration within reach and recall. I keep a notebook. I use Notes on my laptop and iPad to keep snippets of conversations and stories I hear as a future sources of material. I research, research, research. I use Transcribe to turn oral recordings and my own spoken reflections into text. In writing my Family History guides, I constantly research, undertake short courses in history of the period for I am researching records and data and constantly watch for changes in the knowledge and access to evidence. All of life is a source of stories, poems, books, podcasts, films and videos by creative writers.
But when the book is written, what then? How do you get it from your word document to a printed book that can be bought, read and enjoyed by anyone, anywhere.