You could write a book about that!

“You could write a book about that!”

Have you heard such words? Did you ever think the same, but discard the thought? Or start, only to get bogged down or overwhelmed?

A recent poll found that the #1 retirement aspiration of baby boomers was to write a memoir. More folks than ever are following through on that dream and discovering how personal writing can be such an inspiring, rewarding, energizing activity. Gone are the days when only politicians, celebrities and military leaders wrote memoirs. We are witnessing the democratization of memoir. We now recognize that everyone has a story to tell. Is it time to tell yours?

Hi, fellow writers and aspiring writers. If you relate to the above comments, why not dive into something new, bold and energizing. After years of resistance myself, I finally wrote and published my memoir, King of Doubt. In 2016, I began teaching, coaching and editing, working with others, as eager as I was, to discover and write. Nothing in life as given me more purpose, focus or energy.

You have a story within you, whether you know it or not. Your story is not the facts of your life. Your story lies hidden under the facts. Discovering your story is like mining for gold and finding your story can be the thrill of a lifetime. Writing it will make you feel like an Olympic athlete.

I have developed “Mindful Writing,” a unique approach to creative, personal nonfiction writing. I teach mindfulness practices designed to relax and help you uncover the stories that lay waiting inside, ready to burst forth. In sync with the mindfulness, we work on writing practices that will help your writing come alive on the page, and make your story irresistible, whether you’re writing for yourself, as a legacy for children and grandchildren, or perhaps for a wider audience.

You don’t need to be an experienced writer to become a mindful writer, but you do need to be curious. You need to be willing to work, and willing to trust, sometimes diving into long hidden, secret places, where magic awaits. Come to my 3-day introductory workshop to learn how to write “engaging prose” (rather than the more ordinary “informing” writing) and how to create a scene that your readers will be unable to put down.

Mindful Writing will help you “claim the past and live in the present.”

My workshops are fully guaranteed. If you decide this approach is not for you, I will refund your money. If you are interested, contact me to explore. Come to the free talk (Medford Public Library, Monday, April 16, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.; or Ashland Public Library, Sunday, April 22, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.) to learn more or sign up now for the workshop.

Take a bold step now to give your children and grandchildren something to cherish and remember you by. And learn how to write stories that readers will stay up nights turning your pages.

What do you think?

Written by Peter Gibb

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