“Stephen was able to see my story through my eyes. I enjoyed working with him so much. His understanding of my needs and my hesitations helped me process some difficult memories, and brought me a peace I never expected. Stephen’s expertise as a mindfulness coach is a real plus with this sort of work.”
So…you’ve got a story. Well, I’ve got one too.
You should be interested! If you need a ghostwriter for your biography, you’ll want to know all about the person you’ll be working with so closely for so long. You’re planning to share every detail of your life, deeply and deliberately. You’re going to trust that person to speak in your voice, recreate the times, be faithful to your values and present you as you really are.
So check me out! Here’s my article on how to write a biography; if you’re writing your own it might help. There’s my mindfulness site where you’ll see another side of me, and if you’d like to chat, email me. We’ll fix a time—no obligation whatsoever.
Either way, whether you’re just passing through or still looking for help, good luck with your project—and be sure to have fun!
The Process (what to expect)
There’s more to a story than a series of facts. What brings it to life is context—especially places, people and motives. As the book grows, you slowly build a new, birds-eye view of your own life.
If you think you know yourself, think again. Writing a memoir is life-changing. The person you were then is not the storyteller you are now. When I wrote my memoir, the process of connecting ‘me-then’ to ‘me-now’ was cathartic. It called into question all that I’d thought was important and all I’d ignored. There were contradictions and surprising recollections. The more I dug into my memories, the more nuanced they became.
My old mindfulness teacher Lama Yeshe used to give a talk called, Be Your Own Therapist. That’s how I felt as I wrote The Novice. I’d been at war with myself my whole life. Writing that book made my peace.
From my ghostwriting clients and my mindfulness students I’ve learned that every life’s a struggle. Or, to put it another way, everyone has a story.