Why do we want to write and what stops us?
How does the urge to express ourselves fight with the worry that no-one will care or that we will get in trouble?
How do we identify and overcome everything that gets in our way so we can start making work?
Sunday Times bestselling author Cathy Rentzenbrink shows you how to tackle all this and more in Write It All Down, a guide to putting your life on the page. This is a kind, encouraging and stimulating book that explores the nature of memoir writing and offers helpful guidance on how to write your life on paper. Rentzenbrink will help you to discover the pleasure and solace to be found in writing; the profound satisfaction of wrestling a story onto a page and seeing the events of your life transformed through the experience of writing the self.
Perfect for both seasoned writers as well as writing amateurs and everyone in between, this helpful handbook will steer you through the philosophical and practical challenges of writing the self. Intertwined with reflections, anecdotes and exercises, Write It All Down is at once an intimate and enjoyable narrative and an invitation to share your story.
A gentle, wise and witty book that will take you by the hand and guide your words onto the page – I truly wish I’d read it before I began to write.
Raynor Winn, bestselling author of The Salt Path and The Wild Silence
Cathy has an extraordinary gift for helping people tell their stories and you need this gently inspirational book in your life.Nina Stibbe, author of the award-winning Love, Nina and Reasons to Be Cheerful
Cathy is the person who first told me to write about my mental health when I was nervous to do so. She is a great writer herself and this [is] brilliant.Matt Haig, bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and The Midnight Library
A wonderful, inspiring and practical book…This is a gift of a book to aspiring writers, and any writer. Cathy has mined her own experience, heart and wisdom to guide us gently in to putting words on a page, and those pages building to a book. I recommend this book to anyone who wants inspiration, concrete tips and encouragement to write.Julia Samuel, author of Grief Works and This Too Shall Pass
I’ve been so inspired by Cathy’s generous wisdom, and I can hear her voice in these pages…[Write It All Down] is full of wonderful advice, but above all it feels like having an encouraging friend by your side.Catherine Cho, author of Inferno: A Memoir of Motherhood and Madness
I can remember Cathy encouraging me too, when I wasn’t sure I could pull of a memoir. She’s clearly the right person to be writing this bookSophie Heawood, author of The Hungover Games
Please read this book…Warm, wise, helpful and practical, Cathy Rentzenbrink outlines all the reasons we come up with not to write and then lovingly tells us to get on with it… I loved it. Kindness and encouragement brim from every page.Marianne Power, author of Help Me!: How Self-Help Has Not Changed My Life
Cathy Rentzenbrink’s Write It All Down is typically generous thoughtful and kind. If you’re thinking of writing memoir this is the book for you.Marina Benjamin, author of Last Days in Babylon, The Middlepause, and Insomnia
I’ve spent the morning chatting with Cathy Rentzenbrink, even though she’s at the other end of the country and completely unaware of our tête à tête. What a gift: to write yourself onto my sofa, gently explaining me to myself. What a writer.Dr Kathryn Mannix, author of Listen and With The End In Mind
I loved the whole thing…It was good to see a lot of the places I’ve got to with my own writing practice reflected in Cathy’s suggestions.Meg-John Barker, author of Rewriting the Rules and Life Isn’t Binary
Astonishingly good, not just on how to write about your life, but why to as wellSteve Biddulph, bestselling author of ‘Raising Boys’
I love this book. It’s personal and intimate and full of exactly the kind of wisdom I need most days, told exactly how I need it told. It’ll bring many stories into the world, and for that it’s invaluable.
David Whitehouse, award winning author of Bed, Mobile Library and The Long Forgotten