Hi! I’m Sue Spencer Mitchell.
I’m here to make memoir manageable for you.
I teach methods that make the creative process feel easier and help you complete a memoir project during this lifetime! 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. Some get started but then stall.
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!
Believe 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.
What changed everything for me was training to be a Kaizen-Muse Creativity Coach.
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 avoid creative blocks like procrastination and 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.
Since then, I’ve studied the memoir genre in depth, gravitating toward approaches that fit the Kaizen-Muse philosophy of small steps and process focus. Over time, I’ve developed what I call the Manageable Memoir Method, a simple path to creating a shareable memoir project sooner rather than later.
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.