I spend all day yesterday with my nose buried inside a book titled ‘You don’t have to be famous: How to write your life story’. What an absolute delight. I finished it in two days straight, and probably could have sooner, if something called life hadn’t intervened.
Do you ever think about writing your autobiography or perhaps have somebody else in mind just perfect for that? Have a look at this book. Printed by writer’s digest books, relax, you are in good hands. Steve Zousmer is a highly acclaimed speech writer in US, (which is probably why you haven’t heard of him), and has got an addictive writing style. You won’t stop reading once you start, I promise. His passion for trying to convince nobodies to write their autobiography- for family & friends, is infectious and by the time you are finished with the book, you immediately want to start. I have a better idea, I took upon a challenge, of persuading another person to do it. That person is certainly not a nobody, not by a long shot. He is extremely well-respected, quite well-known in Pakistani higher education system. Lots of people, and I mean LOTS, will rejoice to have a copy of his autobiography. We will treasure it.
Zousmer assures you that you can do this even if you are not a writer. And the book is geared more towards amateur writers, (not amateurish), really anyone who is interested in writing personal narrative and/or memoir should give it a go. I am lucky, the person who I have in mind is an excellent writer, teacher and best of all a story teller. He served in the Navy for 30 odd years, held various management positions, is an educator and a writing enthusiast. He is the reason I keep going on, making books and writing my life support system as I do. He is my dad.
So papa, this is for you. Remember this date. Your copy is on the way, although you don’t need any help, perhaps motivation? This book will explain it way better than I could possibly do. However one thing might trump it. Do it because I am asking.