There's actually a good reason people never start or finish the books they’ve been wanting to write about their lives and careers. Authors don't want to tell painful stories about their past in a shaming, blaming, or helpless manner.
They want their books to display a level of forgiveness, and if not forgiveness, then at least acceptance and understanding of the bigger picture at play. To soften the edges of the story, we often examine the backstory and current environment of the tormentor, oppressor, or perpetrator.
Say you want to talk about an abusive parent. We could point back to their upbringing or generation. We might mention addiction, mental illness, domestic violence, or trauma. This gives the reader context and allows them to place themselves into the story for deeper connection.
On the flip side, when a story is presented like a “retaliation piece” with intent to do harm, the reader will likely fixate on the argument and bypass a chance for self-reflection. And down the line, the author will often regret how they presented the story. Having found some forgiveness, they wish the story could have been told from a place of healing.
We’re too close to our lives to see our stories objectively. That’s why ghostwriters, book coaches, and editors are invited to help authors deliver a message with insight, empathy, and closure. Give your book a chance to put its best face forward. Give your readers a chance to appreciate what you have to say.
Remember I’m here for you every week for Book Talk Tuesday. No matter where you are in the book creation process, our free 30-minute chat will help you breathe life into this precious book project of yours.
Don't we all know someone who tells the same stories over and over?
These people are perfect candidates for writing their own book. When you become an author, you get to have physical evidence of your life, education, passion, and expertise. You have something tangible to pass onto the next generation.
There's an intangible benefit, as well. Now that you're an author, you get to tell new stories. You can move on from certain topics, if you'd like, and open space in your brain for fresh interests. Stories matter, and there's a reason we repeat them over and over. We don't want to lose what's precious to us.
My schedule is open on Tuesdays to chat about your book ideas. Here's a link to snag a 30 minute call.
I'm here with a book recommendation--not one that you read, but rather one you write in. It's called "One Line a Day: A Five Year Memory Book." This little gem has become a meaningful part of my day. With that world turned upside down, imagine being able to track all the news stories, personal crisis, and huge celebrations. Looking back on this time is sure to be fascinating.
As a nonfiction book ghostwriter, I help people write memoir, personal growth, activism, and business books. We often rely on the author's stories and memories to make their book shine. If you want to write a book someday, or if you know someone who really needs to write a book, pick up a copy now!
One of my favorite ghostwriting projects was a memoir for a 92 year old woman. We had written an entire chapter about marriages--she had four of them! A month after we completed the chapter, she said, "Erin, you're never gonna believe this, but I forgot one of my marriages. I actually had five of them!" Ha ha! Throughout the book project, she just kept saying, "I wish I would have kept journals. I wish I had documentation of dates, people, names, and places.
So please, get this book into your life. I promise you won't regret it. Sure, we can post on social media, but the act of writing down one or two sentences a day of what mattered is sure to be satisfying.
ave you ever noticed how women are groomed to compete, backstab, gossip, and to not fully trust each other? I'm determined to shift this dynamic into a healthier way of existing for women simply because WE NEED EACH OTHER! Marilena Fallaris wrote a provocative book called Womenemies. I interviewed her recently about infidelity, mother-judging, and workplace dysfunctions between women. I think you're going to love this one.
COVID has caused us to slow down and engage in tough conversations. I'm hearing from aspiring authors who want their books to reflect controversial opinions and hidden truths about their lives. Amen to that!
If there's a book inside of you, schedule a free 30-minute call with me on Book Talk Tuesdays. And if you know anyone who needs help on their book, please forward this to them.
I'll help you get clear on your topic, get started (or finished) on your manuscript, and develop a plan to get your book published. Don't wait until the pace of life speeds up again. Commit now and treat the world to the message that's uniquely yours!
Today, I interviewed Omkari Williams on my Reveal What's Real series. Together, we discussed the urgency for personal and professional growth leaders to recognize privilege and become more inclusive in our messages. Please carve out 12 minutes to absorb this information and share with your industry, as we learn what it means to become antiracist.
Do you vividly remember your mother or grandmother's hands? In my first Reveal What's Real show (after a seven year break), I spoke to barre3 Co-Founder, Sadie Lincoln. She tells a heart-wrenching story about securing a book deal with a major book publisher, and how she lost control of the content and found a "wax figure" version of herself on the cover. Worse yet, they photoshopped her HANDS. Sadie explains why that was crushing.