I am fortunate to know Paul Sochaczewski and can attest to his skills and experience as a writer and instructor.
He has released a new book, which has been twenty years in the making, where he now shares his extensive knowledge about the craft of writing.
Below you will find some sample pages from the book, Share Your Journey that shows how Paul identifies and explains in simple terms, what good writing is all about.
First, a summary of the book’s premise:
Your hero’s journey can take many forms. Perhaps you met your soul-mate at a cooking class in Tuscany and now make fresh pasta every evening — you’re 40 kilos overweight but happy.
You took your eight-year-old daughter to the lake where your parents took you as a child — she caught her first fish.
Or maybe you want to record your family’s history.
How Grandfather Ishmael escaped Lithuania hours before he was to be arrested for horse theft, how Grandma Chen left China penniless, then through hard work and a deft touch at the mahjong table, became one of Singapore’s leading real estate tycoons.
Perhaps you aren’t too sure how to start your story, how to focus, how to make it interesting for other people.
The Ten Writing Tips in Share Your Journey will give you the tools and confidence to write more effective blogs, write for online and print publications, and make more effective presentations.
Learn how to:
Recognize the dynamics of your own hero’s journey
Get started by writing just one scene
Avoid the dreaded “info dump”
Create instant intimacy with the reader
Tell the story by following the Little Red Riding Hood Strategy
Create conflict with the Nancy Reagan Principle
Keep ‘em hanging on with the Scheherazade Scenario
Invoke the Story of One to represent the Story of Many
Write like Steven Spielberg directs
Eliminate fluff like Michelangelo
These are some great tips excerpted from:
Share Your Journey
Mastering Personal Writing
The (surprisingly easy) techniques that professional writers use to write personal memoirs and travel stories that connect with editors and readers.
Here are a few sample pages from Share Your Journey.
Paul Spencer Sochaczewski has written An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles, The Sultan and the Mermaid Queen, the five-volume Curious Encounters of the Human Kind series, Soul of the Tiger (with Jeff McNeely), and other acclaimed books and some six hundred bylined articles in leading international publications.
He has been invited to run his writing workshops in more than twenty countries, helping writers worldwide tell their personal stories.