Our skilled and highly experienced writing tutor Jo Parfitt says that many of her students worry that what they write might appear as self-indulgent or narcissistic.
She says: “I can understand where this is coming from. How do we draw the line between showing off and writing something of real value?”
Don’t worry, says Jo, if you can say YES to the following questions, then you can be pretty sure that you won’t be accused of TMI (Too Much Information). Ask yourself:
- Does what you write support others going through the same thing?
- Do you provide the reader with an insight or ‘aha moment’?
- Is your reader going to feel they have learned something from your writing?
- Does your writing deserve to be written? Does it actually have a point or purpose?
- Will your story resonate with the reader?
- Do you show your journey from one state to another, say, from challenge to solution?
- Do you inspire the readers to maybe make changes in their lives or shift their perceptions in some way?
- Are you able to show your vulnerability?
- Do you have people lined up to give you honest feedback on your work?
- Is your story compelling? In other words does it have a plot?
Jo Parfitt has published 31 books herself, has helped more than 100 authors get into print and more than 1,000 people to begin writing. She’s an inspiring, compassionate and encouraging teacher: her motto is ‘sharing what I know to help others to grow’. Jo’s Write Your Life Story creative writing course is designed to help you produce your best work, to find your true writer’s ‘voice’ and to write authentically.
At The Watermill we run a Writing your Life Story course with Jo Parfitt. You can find out about this all all our other creative courses by clicking here.