The Growing Mind

Writing My Memoir & Emotional Growth

The Year In Review

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An honest self-reflection always leads to better resolutions. It is that time of the the year again!

2016 accomplishments

  • Wrote more than 100,000 words (75% of the draft)
  • Became NAMW member
  • Read so many great books
  • Listened to coursera writing courses
  • Started my blog and love it 🙂
  • Attended webinars offered by NAMW
  • Attended The Magic of Memoir Conference in Oct in Oakland, CA
  • Read many articles in psychological studies  to understand human behavior and personalities and how they connect or disconnect in the story of life.
  • Learned more about becoming a writer
  • Learned more about what I don’t know

2017 Moving forward

  • Finishing the first draft (putting memories on paper)
  • Editing for version 1 (checking grammar, clarifying sentences, adding dialogue, scenes, and checking the flow of the story)
  • Attending “Writing Your Memoir in 6 Months” class by NAMW.
  • Reading more books (Including classic novels, memoirs, and modern novels – Psychology books are part of my daily diet)
  • Attending local writers clubs
  • Focusing on building my platform through social media
  • Understanding the publishing process better and getting ready for publishing in early 2018

 

Happy Holidays and Happy 2017!

Celebrate life!

Shabnam

Editing Credit: M. Curtis

Picture Credit: https://pixabay.com

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Author: Shabnam

Shabnam Curtis the author of My Persian Paradox: Memories of an Iranian Girl was born and raised in Tehran, experiencing the Iranian Revolution of 1979 firsthand. In 2004 she immigrated to the United States, where she now works as a project performance analyst and in her free time reads works by such authors as James Baldwin, Azar Nafisi, and Isabel Allende. Shabnam teaches memoir writing workshops and is working on her second memoir. She lives in Sterling, Virginia, with her husband and two dogs.

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