Capturing Your Story

April 25, 2010 dcvideo

I read this article and thought it would be a great place to start!!  Do you have clients who love the idea of storybooking but are not sure what to write about? Maybe they feel intimidated as they see the great stories others have written and think, “There is no way I can write something this great.”  Maybe they need a little extra push to set them in the right direction to write their perfect storybook. Writing is not always easy. And your clients may have many different reasons for not starting that storybook. But, if their reason is not knowing what to write, you can help them with the following storybooking steps.

Brainstorm: There are lots of ways to brainstorm. Go through photographs, cards, letters (and emails), etc. to relive the memories.  Or you can just begin writing down fun, heart-warming, or life-changing experiences.

Organize: Once you have written down a few ideas, you can start putting them in order. You can choose one experience to expand on throughout your book, or choose many experiences.

Begin writing: Just start writing. Don’t think, “But, I’m not a writer,” or “I’m not sure where to start.” Just do it. Write whatever comes to mind. And don’t think about grammar, misspelled words, or unfinished thoughts.  You’ll fix those later.

Revise: Now you can make all the corrections you’ve been itching todo since you started writing. Go through your story and fix any spelling errors, unfinished thoughts, etc.

In just four steps, your clients will have a story ready to storybook. Next, it’s just a matter of picking out a storybook size, gathering all the photos, and designing the pages. Your clients who thought they couldn’t storybook will soon have a personalized book ready to show off to all their friends and family.

Simple steps:

•  Brainstorm for great memories to  write about.

• Organize your thoughts.

• Begin writing your story.

• Revise.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Donna Messer  |  April 25, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Hi Donna:

    I like the content – plenty of food for thought and lots of opportunity to consider how best to capture your story. As a journalist, I love to write the story, as a speaker, I love to tell the story, and as a motivator, I love to share my story! I look forward to working with you soon. Donna

  • 2. Yolanda Fitzpatrick  |  September 21, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Great tips to get started! Anyone can do this. All the best, Yolanda Fitzpatrick

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