Torah Bontrager con The 12-Minute Writing Guide: How to Begin Sharing Your Personal Story––Even With Little or No Previous Writing Experience (English Edition)
I didn’t know where to begin. I felt so overwhelmed by all the events of my history that I wasn’t able to see a clear path to sharing it. Torah turned the light on inside of me." - Sara G.
Want to write but don’t know where to start? Overwhelmed?
Brought to you by an Amish Ivy League-educated memoir author, the 12-Minute Writing Process™ teaches you three (3) easy steps that instantly cut through the overwhelm to let you write with confidence, calm, and peace. No more feeling hopeless or stuck!
When I was an 11-year-old Amish girl, I dreamed of becoming an author. Books were my passport to the universe. “Some day I’ll be a famous writer, too,” I thought. “Like Louisa May Alcott. Or Frances Hodgson Burnett. Or Lucy Maud Montgomery.”
After my first semester at Columbia University, I never again took a writing class. Traumatized by bloodbaths of ink and Cs on every essay (except one—I got a B minus on that), I avoided all creative writing courses from then on. “I’ll never be a writer.” I swallowed my pain and exiled all visions of literary greatness into another galaxy.
For the next four years, I stumbled through a humanities degree with zero clue what the secret was to boost me from a B paper to an A. In my final semester, I took a children’s literature class with Prof. Karl Kroeber to satisfy a core requirement. “This is going to be easy,” I thought. “How hard can it be to write papers about kids’ books?”
Once again, As eluded me. “Terrible composition,” Prof. Kroeber scrawled in barely legible handwriting across the margins of every page. “You’re not comprehending the material. Poor articulation.” Big fat Cs stared down at me from the top of every essay.
After weeks of humiliation and despair, I showed up during his office hours one afternoon. “I can’t write. I have ADHD.” I flung my 30-pound backpack loaded with textbooks and papers for the day’s classes onto the floor.
“You’re definitely challenged but you do not have a learning disability,” Prof. Kroeber said from behind his solid oak desk. “Learning.” “Disability.” He laser-locked his eyes on mine and pronounced each word separately, with emphasis.
That semester, he gave me an A in the course. “For effort,” he said. “You haven’t earned an A in your writing, but you have potential and you’ve been improving.”
Eight years later, out of suicidal desperation from my still unmanageable ADHD, I created the 12-Minute Process to successfully write my first book—An Amish Girl in Manhattan: Escaping At Age 15, Breaking All the Rules, and Feeling Safe Again (a memoir)––and totally crush “Show, don’t Tell”.
After I started offering writing lessons to others, I realized that I had a gift for conveying this technique. It makes or breaks your stories. It’s the difference between addicting people to your voice—making you unforgettable—or staying buried in a wasteland of social media cacophony.
But first, before you’re ready to master that aspect of the craft (which gives you a ridiculously unfair competitive advantage), you have to master the habit of writing daily.
This 12-Minute Writing Process is for you if you:
• Want to write your memoir or use your personal story to grow your business
• Know you have a story inside you but don’t know how to write or how to start
• Enjoy writing in private but got burned by red ink all over your essays in college or high school
If you want to know why the process works, read on. The answers lie inside the following pages. :)