Writing down your story

My ideal clientsPerhaps the thought of writing a book feels daunting? Instead you could write a blog. Each day write a bit of the story, maybe 300-500 words. You don’t need to tell the story in the exact order it happened, just report a bit of it each day. It is astonishing how quickly you build up enough words for a book. This is what I did to get started. I wrote a bit every few days, and after about 18 months realized I had nothing new to add. I copied all the posts into a Word document, and re-read them. I made some edits and then had friends read through it to catch typos and grammatical mistakes I had missed. I then broke them down into categories, and rearranged the parts to make sense within each category. Finally I added my introduction and a conclusion, and then formatted the text so I could upload it. That text became a book that is now for sale on Amazon, and is also available on Kindle!

Is your story private?

In this age of over sharing, it is still possible to limit who sees your information. If you want your story to be private, only visible to friends and family, it is possible to have password-protected websites where only those with the login information can see what you have written and shared.

Is your story information that you actively want to share?

Perhaps you are eager to turn your story into not only a book, but into video or audio files? Nowadays doing all this is so much easier than it was even a few years ago. There is software that comes with most computers that will help you create audio and video files, so these options are very realistic!

Is your story about what you make or do as a hobby?

There are several options here! The most obvious is to open a shop on Etsy and share what you make. It isn’t easy to be found in a marketplace of thousands of shops, but if your craft is eye-catching, word will spread and people will start to buy from you. Perhaps you are more interested in sharing how you make your craft or go about working on your hobby? Again, there are many ways you can do this, from creating a video showing a technique that others find difficult, to creating downloadable instruction sheets, to creating a book showing step by step how you built your boat or made your quilt. It could also be photographs of the steps in baking a family favourite as part of a blog, so future generations know exactly how it was made in years to come.

Is your story the skills you want to sell to others?

It is now comparatively easy to turn PowerPoint presentations into videos, and turn them into courses you can sell. With the aid of screen capture software and a microphone you can create and edit your own voice over. You could augment the videos with workbooks or other downloadable materials and host the on a password protected site, that is accessed only by members who have paid a fee, or pay a monthly access fee. You can also turn an outline of your knowledge into a book that you can take with you as proof of your authority in this field.


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