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Learn to write a memoir, sell your first book, and navigate the editing & publishing worlds. My goal is to lift the lid on the traditional publishing industry when it comes to true stories. I adore literary memoir and have authored two memoirs, & in my regular blogs and online courses I share all that I've learned in my writing and publishing journey. #nonfiction #autobiography #writing #bibliophile

Louisa Deasey
Journalling
Memoir First Draft
Story Structure
Pitching
Research
Writing Craft
Memoirs to read
Editing
Writing productivity
Memoir Publishing
Memoir Publishing tips
Memoir Mindset
Editing Memoir
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Journalling

If you're an avid diarist, you might like to write a book-length memoir. Here's three simple steps you can take if you'd like to turn your journals into a nonfiction book! #memoir #writing #journals #journalling #diary #nonfiction #writingtips #storytelling #herosjourney #authoradvice

How to turn your journals into a book

If you'd like to use your journals to fuel a book-length memoir, here's three steps you can take even if you're a novice writer.

Learn mindful journalling techniques to quiet an anxious mind. Gain valuable insights into what makes a journalling practise that has long-term benefits! #writing #journalling #mindful #mindfulness #diary #journal #journalprompts #writingprompts #writingcommunity #memoir #nonfiction #storytelling

Mindful Journalling

WATCH THE MASTERCLASS! IN THIS MASTERCLASS, YOU'LL LEARN: How to stay focused long enough to journal each day (EVEN during a pandemic!) What you need to write about to feel good (this will surprise you!) How to get long-term health and wellbeing benefits from your writing practise!

Want to know how to keep a paper journal? These #writing techniques will see you pouring words onto the page in no time! #writingprompts #writinglife #journalling #diary #memoir #mindfulness

Journal writing techniques

Journalling has so many benefits and if you have some great memoir writing prompts you can really deep dive into your reflections. Here's my top 3 writing prompts for your journalling practise.

Some of the journals that became a Letter From Paris...#writing #memoir #journal #diary #handwritten

Handwritten journals

Louisa Deasey is a bestselling Australian author and publishing mentor with over 20 years' experience writing, editing and publishing non-fiction for print and online outlets.

Want to learn the techniques to journal in a way that quiets the monkey mind of anxiety? Read the blog post for tools and techniques to help!

Journalling to Quiet an Anxious Mind

Kepping a journal is an excellent way to slow down and ease anxiety particularly when things are changing so much every day. Here are some tools to help.

Start a daily handwritten journal with these prompts to get you started with your mindful memoir writing routine! #memoir #writing #writingprompts #biography #autobiographicalwriting

How to write in a diary

Keeping a diary is a valuable self-reflection tool and also a beautiful daily writing practise. Here's some writing prompts to help you keep a diary.

Start your memoir writing practise with these three memoir journal prompts to get you #writing in your #diary to start your #memoir! Read the post to nab the prompts.

Start a memoir journal

Journalling has so many benefits and if you have some great memoir writing prompts you can really deep dive into your reflections. Here's my top 3 writing prompts for your journalling practise.

Memoir First Draft

The basics of memoir are simple, but many people misunderstand the truth in memoir and what constitutes a true story told with the creative conventions of a novel! Read the blog to learn the fundamentals of the memoir genre, and how you can start to write your compelling true story! #memoir #nonfiction #storytelling #novel #publishing #writingtips #writingprompts #narrative #creativenonfiction #screenwriting #truestory

Memoir writing fundamentals

If you want to write a memoir or a personal story based on your experiences, these are some basics of the genre you will need to understand.

How the hero's journey structure can help you write your memoir! Read the blog for all the details. #writing #herosjourney #story #writingtips #memoir #nonfiction #writerscommunity

Using the hero's journey

Learn why the 12 stage hero's journey is such a great framework to use when writing your personal story in memoir or other types of non-fiction.

Want to know my secret trick to narrowing down your #story topic so you can write the first draft of your #book much quicker? Turn your #nonfiction concept into a focus sentence! Read the full blog post to learn how to #write your #memoir focus sentence. #memoir #storytelling #creativewriting #writingadvice

Accelerate your memoir

Condense your memoir into a focus sentence so you can write your draft in 3 months, stick to your key themes or arguments and stay on track.

Whether you need memoir examples or guidance on how to write a memoir step-by-step, or clarity on memoir vs autobiography, these articles will help you understand the steps to take to get your memoir out of your head and onto the page!

How to write a memoir step by step

Memoir and creative non-fiction writing and publishing advice for your publishing journey, from journalling to first drafts to editing and writing craft, non-fiction sales, pitching & publishing know-how, author interviews, publicity, mindset and book coaching.

A great way to get clarity on the direction of your non-fiction #writing project is to craft a focus sentence. On the blog you'll read step-by-step how to write this memoir focus sentence and where to look for examples. Read the blog for more! #writingtips #writingcommunity #focussentence #firstdraft #nonfiction #memoir #autobiographicalwriting

Write a memoir focus sentence

Condense your memoir into a focus sentence so you can write your draft in 3 months, stick to your key themes or arguments and stay on track.

Write your first draft with these steps and techniques from a bestselling author. #writingadvice #writingprompts #writingtips #creativewriting

How to write the first draft

Writing the first draft of your memoir is a brave and tricky thing. Here's some dos and don'ts to help you succeed as you write your manuscript.

Write your first draft with these steps and techniques from a bestselling author. #writingadvice #writingprompts #writingtips #creativewriting

How to write the first draft

Writing the first draft of your memoir is a brave and tricky thing. Here's some dos and don'ts to help you succeed as you write your manuscript.

Story Structure

Learn how to write an outline for your true story with these simple steps! #writingtips #writingprompts #memoir #nonfiction #creativenonfiction

Outline your memoir

How to outline your memoir using a simple 3 step process. Make sure you write a memoir outline before you start drafting the manuscript!

This crucial stage in the Hero's Journey is so important to include in your memoir! Learn to write the supreme ordeal and get some story prompts in this blog post. #writingprompts #storytelling #herosjourney #writingtips #nonfiction #memoir

Memoir & the Supreme Ordeal

The 8th stage of the hero's journey is the supreme ordeal, a crucial stage in your memoir - here's what to include.

Learn how to use the 12-step Hero's Journey framework to turn your true story into a compelling book! This blog post breaks down the story structure of the hero's journey and why it's so great for #memoir #writing particularly.

The hero's journey and your story

Learn why the 12 stage hero's journey is such a great framework to use when writing your personal story in memoir or other types of non-fiction.

Write your book with the 3 Act Story Structure: This simple guide takes you through what goes into each 'Act' of your story to make it a compelling read! #memoir #writing #writingadvice #biography #writingtips #storytelling #herosjourney #3actstructure

Write with the 3 Act Structure

A basic overview of the Three Act Story structure and how you can use it to break down writing a memoir manuscript step-by-step.

Pitching

If you're pitching a nonfiction you'll need to write a book proposal. Read this blog to learn what you need to include for a knockout book proposal that catches a publisher's eye! #memoir #nonfiction #querytips #publishing #bookproposal

How to write your memoir book proposal

How to write a memoir book proposal and the difference between memoir and non-fiction book proposals, including a summary of each component.

So many writers have landed amazing book deals from writing a memoir essay or article for publications. Read the blog for examples of memoir essays that led to epic book deals! #writing #publishing #memoir #nonfiction #bookdeal #querytips #essay #autobiographical #writingtips

Memoir Essays that led to a book deal!

Writing a memoir essay is a quick way to jump the queue to a book deal for your memoir. Read on for examples of essays that led to memoir book deals!

Six ways to pitch a non-fiction essay for different outlets, including examples! #querytip #writing #memoir #nonfiction #publishing

6 ways to pitch a true story

Writing a memoir essay or article is a great way to build platform and get published. Here's six styles of memoir essay you could write.

Get inspired with this list of memoir essays that led to fantastic book deals for the writers! #writing #editing #pitching #memoir #nonfiction #querytips #publishing

Memoir essays that led to book deals!

Writing a memoir essay is a quick way to jump the queue to a book deal for your memoir. Read on for examples of essays that led to memoir book deals!

Six ways you could pitch the same personal story to get published! Read the blog for all the details including examples of each story. #memoir #writing #publishing #pitch #querytip

Pitch a story

Writing a memoir essay or article is a great way to build platform and get published. Here's six styles of memoir essay you could write.

Research

If you're writing a memoir or biography or nonfiction, it's important to have some guidance on the journey. Read the full blog post to learn my do's and don't for the research and writing process when there's lots of historical information you need to include in your book! #memoir #biography #nonfiction #history #library #bibliophile #archive #manuscript

Writing historical memoir

If your memoir involves lots of historical research such as archives and family history, it can get overwhelming! Here's some tips to simplify the process.

What if your memoir has a lot of research and history involved? Read my blog for tips and techniques when you need to do a lot of historical research for your memoir. #writing #research #writingadvice #memoir #biography #history #historicalmemoir #nonfiction #archive #library

Writing historical memoir

If your memoir involves lots of historical research such as archives and family history, it can get overwhelming! Here's some tips to simplify the process.

Writing Craft

If you've ever wondered what makes a literary memoir, this blog post is for you! With suggestions of memoirs to add to your reading list and how to find literary memoirs to model before you write your own! #writing #memoir #nonfiction #literary #writingtips #querytips #publishing

What is a literary memoir?

How to read and find comparative titles for your memoir so you can become a better writer and understand your story in the context of the publishing market.

Learn more about how the hero's journey steps and stages can help you write your story with this comprehensive blog post! #writingtips #herosjourney #writingquote #cslewis #josephcampbell #memoir #storytelling #writing #nonfiction

Hero's Journey quote

Learn why the 12 stage hero's journey is such a great framework to use when writing your personal story in memoir or other types of non-fiction.

Learn how the 12 step structure of the hero's journey can help you write your memoir! #writing #herosjourney #3actstructure #storytelling #storystructure #write #writing community

The hero's journey and your memoir

Learn why the 12 stage hero's journey is such a great framework to use when writing your personal story in memoir or other types of non-fiction.

If you're #writing a personal #story but want readers to engage, no matter what their background or location, you need to ensure you connect your personal story to something Universal. Read the full blog to learn all about why universal themes are SO important for a compelling memoir! #writing #writingadvice #storytelling

Universal themes in memoir

How to find your universal theme or themes for your memoir, to make your personal story relatable to as many readers as possible.

Memoirs to read

In this author interview, Cheryl Strayed and Alden Jones talk about literary memoir and the common misconceptions about telling personal story in book-length form. #writing #memoir #nonfiction #authoradvice #storytelling #cherylstrayed #bibliophile #tbr #aldenjones #books #booklover

The truth about memoir

Cheryl Strayed and Alden Jones discuss the art of memoir and writing of The Wanting Was A Wilderness and WILD.

Add these books to your TBR pile if you're writing a memoir, non-fiction, biography or other type of true story! #writing #writingtips #readinglist #tbr #bookshelf #bibliophile

Reading list for non-fiction writers

If you're looking for a good book that will help improve your writing, here's my round-up of my favourite books on writing memoir.

Some memoirs to add to your TBR pile if you love a compelling true story! #readinglist #memoir #nonfiction #writingadvice #booklist #bibliophile

Memoir reads for 2020

From redemption memoir to celebrity memoir, a brilliant memoir/biography hybrid and essay collections, here's what I've been reading in 2020.

Memoirs to read in 2020 - some recommendations for literary memoir and creative non-fiction for #bibliophiles, readers and #writers alike!

Memoir recommendations

Some of the memoir books, podcasts and creative tools I'm reading and loving right now in May 2020.

Editing

Make your story the best page-turner it can be by learning how to edit your manuscript as a whole and the chapters as stand-alones. Read the blog for four steps to self-editing your chapters like a professional.  #writing #books #publishing #editing

Edit your chapters

Make your manuscript much more compelling by editing each chapter in line with the three act story structure. Here I show you how.

Make your story the best page-turner it can be by learning how to edit your manuscript as a whole and the chapters as stand-alones. Read the blog for four steps to self-editing your chapters like a professional.  #writing #books #publishing #editing

Edit your chapters

Make your manuscript much more compelling by editing each chapter in line with the three act story structure. Here I show you how.

Writing productivity

How do some authors write a book so quickly? Glean some great productivity and writing tools and techniques from bestselling authors in this blog post! #authorlife #writing #productivity

Authors' writing tips

Daily writing techniques and goal-setting tricks from bestselling authors to help you write your book and meet your deadlines.

Four ways to make your writing routine much more relaxing. #mindfulness #memoir #journal #writing #writer #diary #routine #productivity #ritual #writingtips

Make your writing routine relaxing

Four touchstones I use to get into the flow of writing so that I can have an enjoyable and creative writing practise every day.

Writer's block is a funny name for a psychological process that stems from one of two things. Head to the blog to learn how to conquer writer's block and finally finish writing your first draft! #writing #memoir #creativewriting #firstdraft #writingtips #writingcommunity #authoradvice

How to conquer writer's block

A quick way to conquer writers block is to see it for what it really is: and when you see it's just a trick of the mind, you can take steps to move forward.

This is one of my favourite quotes on the importance of sticking to a consistent schedule when it comes to your #writing.

Writing schedules

Louisa Deasey is a bestselling Australian author and publishing mentor with over 20 years' experience writing, editing and publishing non-fiction for print and online outlets.

Memoir Publishing

Here's 6 simple formulas for writing personal stories that sell to outlets including magazines, blogs and other supplements. Learn which style suits which outlet and read the examples! #publishing #memoir #writingtips

Write a personal story & get published!

Writing a memoir essay or article is a great way to build platform and get published. Here's six styles of memoir essay you could write.

Memoir Publishing tips

Learn the steps to a great book synopsis, with step-by-step guidance. #writing #synopsis #storytelling #publishingtips #editing #authortips #authoradvice #writingcommunity #writingadvice

Write a great synopsis

Write a great synopsis so you can write and sell your memoir to a publisher with this step-by-step guide taken from Louisa Deasey's online memoir program, 90 Day Memoir.

If you want to sell your non-fiction such as a memoir or some other true story, you'll need to write a book proposal. A book proposal basically 'pitches' your book to a potential agent or publisher. Read my guide on the blog for what to include in your book proposal!

How to write your book proposal

How to write a memoir book proposal and the difference between memoir and non-fiction book proposals, including a summary of each component.

If you want to sell your non-fiction such as a memoir or some other true story, you'll need to write a book proposal. A book proposal basically 'pitches' your book to a potential agent or publisher. Read my guide on the blog for what to include in your book proposal!

How to write your book proposal

How to write a memoir book proposal and the difference between memoir and non-fiction book proposals, including a summary of each component.

Write your chapter outlines to sell your book with this clear, step-by-step guide from twice-published author Louisa Deasey. Whether you're writing a book proposal or the first draft, writing chapter outlines will help you tell - and sell - your story!

How to write your chapter outlines

Louisa Deasey is a bestselling Australian author and publishing mentor with over 20 years' experience writing, editing and publishing non-fiction for print and online outlets.

Memoir Mindset

Any of these myths could be holding you back from writing your memoir and experiencing the benefits of telling your story on the page. Read the full post to discover the 3 memoir writing myths, and what's more helpful to believe! #writingtips #writingadvice #writingcommunity #memoir #publishing #diary #memoirist #authoradvice

3 memoir writing myths

Three memoir writing myths that are holding you back and sabotaging your writing goals - and what to believe instead!

What does the messy middle of writing your first draft have to do with living through a pandemic? Well writers have been working their ways through this awful middle point of difficult books for years, so reading this blog might help you with your messy middle of the pandemic, too! #memoir #writingadvice #writingtips

Writing through the messy middle

Why the middle of a global pandemic is similar to the messy middle of writing a memoir and how you can breakthrough to the final act!

Writer's block is a funny name for a psychological process that stems from one of two things. Head to the blog to learn how to conquer writer's block and finally finish writing your first draft! #writing #memoir #creativewriting #firstdraft #writingtips #writingcommunity #authoradvice

How to conquer writer's block

A quick way to conquer writers block is to see it for what it really is: and when you see it's just a trick of the mind, you can take steps to move forward.

Editing Memoir

Edit your chapters

Make your manuscript much more compelling by editing each chapter in line with the three act story structure. Here I show you how.

Chapter structure is tricky to master when you’re writing a book - how do you know where to end one chapter and begin another? Read on for four keys to mastering chapter structure in your memoir. #autobiography #bibliophile #biography #books #creative #writing #memoir #journal #nonfiction #stories #storytelling #writer #writers #writing #writing tips

Four keys to chapter structure

Make your manuscript much more compelling by editing each chapter in line with the three act story structure. Here I show you how.

What should you include in the first chapters of your #memoir or #biography? If you want to get #published, here's some things you want to keep in mind, if you want an #agent or #editor to take notice of your #manuscript!

First chapters of your memoir

Learn the key components of your first chapters when submitting your memoir to a publisher or agent in this post from author Louisa Deasey.

Make your story the best page-turner it can be by learning how to edit your manuscript as a whole and the chapters as stand-alones. Read the blog for four steps to self-editing your chapters like a professional.  #writing #books #publishing #editing

Edit your chapters

Make your manuscript much more compelling by editing each chapter in line with the three act story structure. Here I show you how.

When you're writing a book, it's crucial to make your chapters flow. So how do you turn your manuscript into a well-structured narrative with chapters that flow seamlessly from beginning to end and keep the reader turning the pages? Read the full post for four keys to structuring your chapters. #writingtips #story #publishing #writing advice

The key to good chapter structure

Make your manuscript much more compelling by editing each chapter in line with the three act story structure. Here I show you how.

Other Pins

The basics of memoir are simple, but many people misunderstand the truth in memoir and what constitutes a true story told with the creative conventions of a novel! Read the blog to learn the fundamentals of the memoir genre, and how you can start to write your compelling true story! #memoir #nonfiction #storytelling #novel #publishing #writingtips #writingprompts #narrative #creativenonfiction #screenwriting #truestory

Memoir writing fundamentals

If you want to write a memoir or a personal story based on your experiences, these are some basics of the genre you will need to understand.

If you're an avid diarist, you might like to write a book-length memoir. Here's three simple steps you can take if you'd like to turn your journals into a nonfiction book! #memoir #writing #journals #journalling #diary #nonfiction #writingtips #storytelling #herosjourney #authoradvice

How to turn your journals into a book

If you'd like to use your journals to fuel a book-length memoir, here's three steps you can take even if you're a novice writer.

If you're pitching a nonfiction you'll need to write a book proposal. Read this blog to learn what you need to include for a knockout book proposal that catches a publisher's eye! #memoir #nonfiction #querytips #publishing #bookproposal

How to write your memoir book proposal

How to write a memoir book proposal and the difference between memoir and non-fiction book proposals, including a summary of each component.

Want to know how to keep a paper journal? These #writing techniques will see you pouring words onto the page in no time! #writingprompts #writinglife #journalling #diary #memoir #mindfulness

Journal writing techniques

Journalling has so many benefits and if you have some great memoir writing prompts you can really deep dive into your reflections. Here's my top 3 writing prompts for your journalling practise.

If you're writing a memoir or biography or nonfiction, it's important to have some guidance on the journey. Read the full blog post to learn my do's and don't for the research and writing process when there's lots of historical information you need to include in your book! #memoir #biography #nonfiction #history #library #bibliophile #archive #manuscript

Writing historical memoir

If your memoir involves lots of historical research such as archives and family history, it can get overwhelming! Here's some tips to simplify the process.

So many writers have landed amazing book deals from writing a memoir essay or article for publications. Read the blog for examples of memoir essays that led to epic book deals! #writing #publishing #memoir #nonfiction #bookdeal #querytips #essay #autobiographical #writingtips

Memoir Essays that led to a book deal!

Writing a memoir essay is a quick way to jump the queue to a book deal for your memoir. Read on for examples of essays that led to memoir book deals!

In this author interview, Cheryl Strayed and Alden Jones talk about literary memoir and the common misconceptions about telling personal story in book-length form. #writing #memoir #nonfiction #authoradvice #storytelling #cherylstrayed #bibliophile #tbr #aldenjones #books #booklover

The truth about memoir

Cheryl Strayed and Alden Jones discuss the art of memoir and writing of The Wanting Was A Wilderness and WILD.

Learn mindful journalling techniques to quiet an anxious mind. Gain valuable insights into what makes a journalling practise that has long-term benefits! #writing #journalling #mindful #mindfulness #diary #journal #journalprompts #writingprompts #writingcommunity #memoir #nonfiction #storytelling

Mindful Journalling

WATCH THE MASTERCLASS! IN THIS MASTERCLASS, YOU'LL LEARN: How to stay focused long enough to journal each day (EVEN during a pandemic!) What you need to write about to feel good (this will surprise you!) How to get long-term health and wellbeing benefits from your writing practise!

Add these books to your TBR pile if you're writing a memoir, non-fiction, biography or other type of true story! #writing #writingtips #readinglist #tbr #bookshelf #bibliophile

Reading list for non-fiction writers

If you're looking for a good book that will help improve your writing, here's my round-up of my favourite books on writing memoir.

How the hero's journey structure can help you write your memoir! Read the blog for all the details. #writing #herosjourney #story #writingtips #memoir #nonfiction #writerscommunity

Using the hero's journey

Learn why the 12 stage hero's journey is such a great framework to use when writing your personal story in memoir or other types of non-fiction.

Learn the steps to a great book synopsis, with step-by-step guidance. #writing #synopsis #storytelling #publishingtips #editing #authortips #authoradvice #writingcommunity #writingadvice

Write a great synopsis

Write a great synopsis so you can write and sell your memoir to a publisher with this step-by-step guide taken from Louisa Deasey's online memoir program, 90 Day Memoir.

Learn how to write an outline for your true story with these simple steps! #writingtips #writingprompts #memoir #nonfiction #creativenonfiction

Outline your memoir

How to outline your memoir using a simple 3 step process. Make sure you write a memoir outline before you start drafting the manuscript!

Want to know how to keep a paper journal? These #writing techniques will see you pouring words onto the page in no time! #writingprompts #writinglife #journalling #diary #memoir #mindfulness

Journal writing techniques

Journalling has so many benefits and if you have some great memoir writing prompts you can really deep dive into your reflections. Here's my top 3 writing prompts for your journalling practise.

Six ways to pitch a non-fiction essay for different outlets, including examples! #querytip #writing #memoir #nonfiction #publishing

6 ways to pitch a true story

Writing a memoir essay or article is a great way to build platform and get published. Here's six styles of memoir essay you could write.

This crucial stage in the Hero's Journey is so important to include in your memoir! Learn to write the supreme ordeal and get some story prompts in this blog post. #writingprompts #storytelling #herosjourney #writingtips #nonfiction #memoir

Memoir & the Supreme Ordeal

The 8th stage of the hero's journey is the supreme ordeal, a crucial stage in your memoir - here's what to include.

Learn how to use the 12-step Hero's Journey framework to turn your true story into a compelling book! This blog post breaks down the story structure of the hero's journey and why it's so great for #memoir #writing particularly.

The hero's journey and your story

Learn why the 12 stage hero's journey is such a great framework to use when writing your personal story in memoir or other types of non-fiction.