Hi! I’m Sue Mitchell.
I’m here to be your Memoir Muse.
That means I will inspire you to finally work consistently on your memoir project. I teach methods that make the creative process feel manageable. At An Untold Story, you’ll get the tools, support and confidence you need to succeed.
I started An Untold Story because I meet so many people who are feeling compelled to tell their stories but haven’t gotten around to it.
Maybe they’re worried what people will think, or they believe no one will be interested. Often, they don’t believe they’re good enough writers. Many don’t find time for what feels like a large and overwhelming project. Whatever the reason, their story remains untold.
I knew I wanted to help people write memoirs after a conversation I had with my mother.
When Mom was 87, she was told she needed open-heart surgery. The doctors determined she was healthy enough to have the surgery, but at her age, opting not to go through that certainly would have been understandable. She’d already had a long, full life.
After serious thought, she announced her decision to go forward with the surgery, explaining, “There are still things I want to do.” Given that it took most of her energy just to navigate a normal day, I asked her what, in particular, she was still looking forward to doing. She sheepishly revealed, “I want to write my memoir.”
Sadly, 5 years later, she passed away with much of her story still untold. Please don’t let this happen to you or your family!
Trust me—I understand the things that can stop a person from writing.
When I was a kid, I used to spend hours at my Smith-Corona manual typewriter, pumping out short novels and plays with abandon. But at a certain point, it was as if my creative faucet shut off. I became self-conscious and self-critical. I stopped sharing my work with others. The joy of self-expression faded, while I developed a growing sense that anything I might write would just be stupid and no one would care about it anyway.
For 26 years, I stopped writing. Twenty-six years!! And for 18 of those years, I was teaching writing! I understood how to write, and I wanted to write, but I just couldn’t seem to do the writing.
In my Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach training back in 2010, I discovered that my lack of confidence in my writing and what I thought of as poor self-discipline were actually very typical reactions to the creative process. I learned how to believe in the value of what I had to say, manage my time, beat procrastination and reduce perfectionism.
I started writing again.
And because of what had happened with my mother, I knew I wanted to share what I had learned with would-be memoir writers.
I believe we all need to tell our stories.
Sometimes we tell them for our children and grandchildren, and sometimes we tell them for ourselves, to reflect on our experiences and find meaning in them. Sometimes we write for people we’ll never meet, hoping the lessons we’ve learned through our experiences will help someone else.
Whatever your reasons, if sharing your story is something you’re interested in doing, I would love to help you.