I have an incredible story to tell. It’s true. I’m a 67 year old female that is burden with a burning desire to write my love story. I have no idea why. I’ve never written anything before. This urge is driving me crazy. It’s a remarkable story that covers 50 years of my life. Mostly in and around southern California. I would like to begin, but where? How do I proceed? Step one is???
I asked Richard Goode-Allen, a close friend of mine who writes books in this space and here’s what he had to share:
There’s no simple answer to this in a way. Do you have any sense of how to write or are you looking for a scribe, someone to turn your story into a story that can be shared? That sort of situation is common, as in, “you should write my story.”
I guess there are instances of people telling their story to someone and having them write it, but that’s usually a matter of hiring a ghost writer and there I don’t have the faintest clue of how to begin.
Another alternative is for you write it yourself. There you should start perhaps with a class. There are a lot of those out there, community colleges, continuing ed type stuff, especially around memoir as that has been so hot lately, (though we’ll have to see it if continues to be so after Frey and Oprah).
As for telling a love story specifically or a writer’s conference, you might start by checking out the Romance Writers of America. They are an organization for fiction writers specifically I think, but they tend to have good support and structure and chapters that are pretty supportive and little mini communities. They also offer a whole bunch of conferences where people might give you tips on getting started. Though any agent/editor etc. would want to know the book was done or well underway.
Hope that helps.