The Story of You

Writing is about telling stories.  Even the best of nonfiction writing involves using storytelling to inform, persuade, and entertain.  Fiction, of course, is all about telling stories.

So, why is it that most of us writers neglect our own stories?

Look at me!  I’m a professional marketer.  I’m also a journeyman storyteller.  I knew that I need to write my memoir in order to establish the platform that would empower the other nonfiction writing I wanted to do.  I also know that my story is a powerful tool to gain support from readers.

And yet, before my website got deleted by my own mistake and my hosting site’s upgrades, I hadn’t really taken the time to tell my story where it could, potentially, count the most.

I’ll be working on rebuilding my website content.  I’ll definitely make a point of telling my story, too.

Meanwhile, why don’t you take a look at your own site and see if readers can find your story.  If not, maybe that’s something you should fix.

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About Stephanie Allen Crist

Stephanie created and produces ComeSootheYourAchingSoul.com in answer to a call from God to use her experiences and gifts to help others. Stephanie is also the author of www.StephanieAllenCrist.com and two books that can be found on that site. Stephanie strives to share her love, faith, and talents in an inclusive manner to help others who know spiritual pain and who know the bitter taste of the dregs of despair.
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11 Responses to The Story of You

  1. acflory says:

    Sorry Stephanie, I know this is the wrong place to put this but one of my Indies Unlimited friends has put out a book trailer that ticks all the boxes you’ve been talking about, at least for me. Would you have a look at it and tell me what you think? [I haven’t read any of the books but now I’m tempted even though urban fantasy is not my favourite genre.

  2. acflory says:

    Re telling my own story… Hmm…. I don’t know whether I do or don’t. I try to be ‘myself’ as much as possible but I’m not sure if that’s what you mean. As for my official website…-blush- I’ve put it on hold until I can afford to get it done professionally. I hand coded my first website, and have a lot of nostalgia for it… but I really don’t want to do that again.

    • I certainly understand. For this, an About on your blog would work just as well.

      And I’m not talking about being yourself; I’m talking about talking about how who you were became who you are in a way that is relevant to your readers.

      • acflory says:

        lol – therein lies the rub.

      • When did you choose science fiction and why? What made you choose to write “this” story? Why didn’t you start writing X years ago? Or, to put it another way, what did you have to overcome in your life to be able to write your first novel?

        I don’t know the answers, but I DO know there’s a story there. You’re far too interesting for there not to be a story.

      • acflory says:

        Hmm… I see what you mean, sort of. In a way, your whole life thus far has prepared you for the Memoir. I have only my own reading as preparation for my sci-fi writing. I will think about this though.

      • Ah, but my whole life has prepared me for oher things too. That’s the beauy of it. You pick and choose the defining moments that got you to whichever here you’re writing about.

        Something led you to science fiction and you went through a lot to get where you are. You just have to pick and choose those moments that your readers will most appreciate.

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