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Offline Matt Collins

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First Post, contemplating writing the history of myself!
« on: January 26, 2009, 09:38:14 AM »
Hi everyone. Just joined and my name is Matt.

Am stuck in a bit of a rut after ending up in 'limbo' following a hectic decade. Am contemplating writing about the events of the last ten or so years, but to be honest I have no idea how or where to start!

I guess I am not the first person to ask this, or be stuck like this! How did you guys first get over this?

I think I have a fairly interesting story to tell. I spent many years as a police officer in the UK later becoming a member of one of the specialist divisions rather than filling out endless amounts of paperwork. After a fairly major incident I was unceremoniously told to leave the job, with immediate effect!!

And so began my journey! At times it was terrifying, shocking & dark. I went from a world of unemployment, disgrace & depression into an unexpected world of sinister events, strange meetings, unbelievable jobs and, more than once, near death experiences, and then as quickly as it all started, it stopped... Without any explanation, everything stopped and I was a nobody again.

Now all I have is time, my story to tell and perhaps more than just a little bit of a grudge!

Offline Hugh

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Re: First Post, contemplating writing the history of myself!
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2009, 10:09:27 AM »
Hello, Matt, and welcome.  My suggestion would be to dive in anywhere – doesn’t have to be the beginning.  Write episodes as they come to you, print them off and slot them into the appropriate time slot in plastic sleeves in a ring binder, or better still, a lever arch file (easier to use).

I’m gradually writing reminiscences of my life, to hand down for future generations to see what great grandpa’s life was like in the twentieth century.  Wouldn’t you just love to read about your ancestors’ life in the 1800s?

But I imagine your story is with publication in mind.  Doesn’t make any difference.  You still don’t have to write things in any particular order.  You can arrange them chronologically, and write transitions, when the first draft is finished.

Just a suggestion.  Hope it helps.


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Re: First Post, contemplating writing the history of myself!
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2009, 10:40:15 AM »
Welcome to MyWritersCircle Matt.  It sounds like you have plenty of material to write about. Now you simply need to get on with it.

     Hugh's suggestion above is a great one. Try it, you may find it works great for you.

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Re: First Post, contemplating writing the history of myself!
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2009, 10:43:59 AM »
Hi Matt. Good to meet you.

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Re: First Post, contemplating writing the history of myself!
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2009, 04:42:44 AM »
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Re: First Post, contemplating writing the history of myself!
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2009, 12:31:48 AM »
Hi Matt,

Welcome. That sounds like one heck of a story. May I suggest that you start anywhere - get it all on paper and the order will come in the rewrite.


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