Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) June 07, 2017
After ghostwriting and producing over 300 books, bestselling author Neil Eskelin, offers some advice for those who are ready to write their personal story.
Here are ten mistakes to avoid:
1. Don’t write an autobiography, make it a memoir. Pick out the most meaningful stories of your life—not a chronology of everything that has happened to you.
2. No theme or purpose. Decide on a theme and stick to it. Is it about overcoming adversity? Accepting change? Following a calling? A life-changing experience?
3. No organization. Create a detailed outline of your book before you begin.
4. Don’t start with your birth. Grab the reader’s attention with a dramatic story of conflict or crisis, but don’t resolve it until much later. Chapter two is where your life begins.
5. Wrong voice. Write in the first person. It is your story, so tell it yourself. It’s “I,” not “we.”
6. Avoid hidden agendas. Never write to settle scores or to advance your political views.
7. Too many characters. Don’t confuse the reader with dozens of names to remember.
8. Avoid rabbit trails. Never take readers down side paths that don’t relate to your theme or purpose.
9. Don’t believe a friend’s opinion of your book. They’ll always butter you up.
10. Avoid doing your own editing. Write your own story, but let someone else edit. You need a fresh set of eyes.
Books Eskelin has produced have sold over 4 million copies and have been published by Penguin/Random House, Thomas Nelson, Hachette Book Group, John Wiley & Sons, and more. He not only writes for celebrities and business leaders, but for ordinary men and women whose lives are deserving of a book. The process is detailed in his popular website, http://www.LifeBridgeLegacy.com