Hi! Sue Mitchell here.
I’m what I like to call a “Memoir Muse.”
That means I inspire people to finally write their memoir. My goal is to make memoir writing feel a whole lot easier by giving you the tools, support and confidence you need to succeed.
I started An Untold Story because I meet so many people who are feeling compelled to tell their stories but, for one reason or another, haven’t gotten around to it.
Maybe they’re worried about what people will think or believe no one will be interested. Often, they don’t believe they’re good enough writers. Many simply don’t find time for what feels like a large and overwhelming project. Whatever the reason, their story remains untold.
I knew I wanted to help people write memoirs after a conversation I had with my mother.
When Mom was 87, she was told she needed open-heart surgery. The doctors determined that she was healthy enough to have the surgery, but at her age, certainly, opting not to go through all that would have been understandable. She’d already had a long, full life.
She took some time to think about it, and when she announced her decision to go forward with the surgery, she explained, “There are still things I want to do.” Given that it took all of her energy just to navigate a normal day, I asked her what, in particular, she was still looking forward to doing. She rather apologetically revealed, “I want to write my memoir.”
Unfortunately, 5 years later, after recovering from the heart surgery and then fighting two types of cancer–all so that she’d have more time to write her memoir–she passed away with much of her story still untold. Please don’t let this happen to you or your family!
Trust me–I understand the things that can stop a person from writing.
When I was a kid, I used to spend hours at my Smith-Corona manual typewriter, pumping out short novels and plays with abandon. But at a certain point, it was as if my creative faucet was shut off. I became self-conscious and self-critical. I stopped sharing my work with others. The joy of self-expression was replaced with a sense that anything I might write would just be stupid and no one would care about it anyway.
For 26 years, I stopped writing. Twenty-six years!! And for 18 of those years, I was teaching writing! I understood how to write, and I wanted to write, but I just couldn’t seem to actually do the writing.
What changed everything for me was training to be a Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach.
In my Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach training, I discovered that my lack of confidence in my writing and what I thought of as poor self-discipline were actually very typical reactions to the creative process. I learned how to believe in the value of what I had to say, manage my time, beat procrastination and reduce perfectionism.
I started writing again.
And because of what had happened with my mother, I knew that I wanted to share what I had learned with would-be memoir writers.
Since then, in addition to creativity coaching, I’ve become a certified Guided Autobiography instructor, an affiliate Memoir Professional with The Memoir Network, and a personal historian, giving me a variety of ways I can help anyone who wants to share their story.
I believe we all need to tell our stories.
Sometimes we tell them for our children and grandchildren, and sometimes we tell them for ourselves, just to think through what we’ve experienced and find meaning in it. Sometimes we write for people we’ll never meet, in the hopes that the lessons we’ve learned through our experiences will help someone else.
Whatever your reasons, if sharing your story is something you’re interested in doing, I would love to help you.
Visit the Services page to learn about the different ways I can support you, or complete the contact form below to set up a time to talk. I’d love to get to know you better!