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 show how clearly 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 on-line 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 tips are excerpted from:
Share Your Journey
Mastering Personal Writing
The (surprisingly easy) techniques 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.
I started my working life as a lithographer and then spent over 30 years in the printing and publishing business.
Originally from Australia, I moved to Switzerland 20 years ago. My days are spent teaching English, writing and wrestling with technology while enjoying my glorious view of the Alps.
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