"I wish I had known this before I started writing my memoir!"

That is what one of my coaching clients said when I asked her some foundational questions about her memoir. The thing is she had written her entire manuscript without any thought to the crucial questions every memoir writer has to ask herself.

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One Story At A Time

Do you know that we are always part of three stories? Our story, someone else's story, and God's story.

In my darkest days, I doubted God's story for my life. I doubted His goodness and His plans; I doubted that He even cared.

Through writing my story I came to see how my story is part of His great story. I saw how His story of love and redemption is woven through us, one story at a time.

In writing my story, I experienced the nearness of God and came to see that, not only would God redeem my heartbreak and broken dreams, but that they had purpose as part of His great story.

If it was true for me, it can also be true for you.

What is your story?

"All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know."

Ernest Hemingway

Write Your Memoir

Is it time to tell your story? Is it time to explore what is simmering inside of you – and is about you – on the page?

To write your story is to give voice to your life and to your experiences. To write your memoir is to explore the events of your life, first for yourself, and then as an offering to your reader.

Don't think or believe for a moment that you don't have a story to tell, or that it isn't important and, besides which, who would want to read your memoir?

None of that is true,

I urge you, step into the life of a writer. It will change how you live and breathe, and see your world.

It did for me.

All About Story

Hello, I'm Brenda and I'm all about story - I live and love story. I have written and published my own story, I love to read other people's stories, and I'm enthralled that my life story is part of God's bigger story of healing for the world.

Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa said, "Any sorrow can be born if we put it into a story or tell a story about it." And that, right there, is the healing power of story. I know, I've experienced it for myself.

Are you longing to write your story? Do you have a fun story to tell, or an insightful one? Or are you wanting to heal? Perhaps you are longing to see how your story is part of God's story?

Whatever your reason, I'm so glad you are here.

"May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears."

Nelson Mandela

My Memoir, My Story

WHEN GOD SAYS NO: My Journey Through Grief to Acceptance

By Brenda Smit-James

Now available...

My memoir is available on Amazon and Chapters.Indigo.