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How and where do i begin? I have wanted to do this book for years. I will write it if it is only for myself, however i would like to think that i could get it published also. i have no idea how to make a start-help! I have determination, patience and a head full of writing; i have to get this onto paper.  

Dear Viv,
Thank you for your letter. Maybe there are some materials posted at my web site that can help. If it's fiction (or an autobiographical story that you want to write as a story like a novel), then read the Fiction Writer's Workshop. You can turn your life into a story if you feel it has that sort of flow to it.
Another way to write your life story is as a memoir. You said you don't care if it gets published, so if this is the case, then just get a wire notebook and a pen and start writing. Set the timer and keep the pen moving as you write down your memories. Write them as they come to you and worry about putting them in chronological order later on (maybe when you type it into the computer). If you're more comfortable with a keyboard, start that way.
If it's non-fiction (like if you study a particular subject and want to get your knowledge down on paper), I suggest you start with the book, "Writing the Natural Way," available through my good writing books links. That book is great for getting started. It can even help you if you're writing your own story.
I have also posted an article called "How to Find a Publisher," but you don't need a publisher to be able to write. My page for writers is:
I hope this helps,

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Nori J. Muster


Writing and publishing books, including e-books.


I have been writing for publication since 1981, including years as a staff writer, associate editor, editorial writer, and freelance reporter. At this time, I have eight Kindle books for sale at

Lakes of Tempe Authors, Tempe, Arizona

Betrayal of the Spirit: My Life behind the Headlines of the Hare Krishna Movement
Dreaming Peace: Your Thoughts Can Change the World
Cult Recovery Handbook: Seven Paths to an Authentic Life
Child of the Cult
Learning to Flow with the Tao: The 64 Hexagrams of the I Ching
Positive Quotations: Wisdom from the Master Mind
Collected Writings: Five Books by Nori Muster
Noriland Art Gallery: Secrets from the Vault
Spiritual Summer and Other Short Stories

UCLA Extension Writer's Program, 1988 - 1994
Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Oregon University, 1991

Awards and Honors
USA Today, Los Angeles Times, BBC World Services Focus on Faith, BBC Sunday Programme,, Glamour Magazine, Portland Mercury News, W-Five TV (Toronto), Publisher's Weekly, Boston Phoenix, San Francisco Chronicle, ABC TV News - 20/20, ABC radio, Associated Press, The Age (Melbourne),, The New York Times, Religious News Service, Dallas Morning News, Columbia Journalism School, Whole Life Times (Los Angeles), Toronto Sun, the John Dayle Show (KFYI AM, Phoenix), the Eliot Stein Show (syndicated radio and Internet broadcast), Discovery with Josh Wagner (KKUP, 91.5 FM, Santa Clara, California), KOGO (News Radio 600, San Diego), Jupiterís Girl syndicated radio show, Lakes Log.

Book Reviews:
Publisherís Weekly, Feminist Bookstore News, Yoga Journal, New York Post, Choice Magazine, Boston Herald, Nexus (Colorado), Gentle Strength Times, Coastlines (UCSB alumni), Theology Digest, Nova Religio, Rapport, India West,,

Book Signings:
Prescott College reunion; Gentle Strength Co-op, Tempe; Different Drummer Bookshop, Laguna Beach; L.A. Times Toastmasters; Biltmore Plaza Border's Books, Phoenix; Bodhi Tree Bookstore, Los Angeles; Health & Life Enrichment Expo, Pasadena; Sacramento Reads book festival, and others.

ISKCON World Review, Van Dhal Publications, Gentle Strength Times, Arizona Woman, Lakes Log, ICSA Today, Cultic Studies Review, University of Illinois Press, Kindle,,, Apple Books, and others.

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