I really believe that STORY is the key to unlocking the change you want to see in your reader. You’re NOT writing your book to hear yourself talk or to prove your own expertise. You’re writing your book to HELP your reader.
And you are the expert. You do know your stuff.
But in order to translate that information from your heart, soul, and brain to the reader’s life, you’ve got to use a language she can hear and understand (and remember!)
That’s where STORY comes it. It’s the universal language because it deals in emotions.
Along with “Show, don’t tell” another adage of good storytelling is “Start in the action.”
Which is a fancy way of reminding authors that we RARELY need all the backstory and leadup. Which I totally agree with.
And I also acknowledge that starting in the middle can feel… abrupt. Not to the reader, but to the author. Because we WANT to describe it, we want to set the stage, we want to make sure the reader isn’t feeling lost, confused, or left behind.
However… readers are a lot smarter than we give them credit for! They rarely need all that backstory.
Storytelling Technique Three: Starting In The Middle
Part 1: Tell the story of a fight that you had with one other person.
Seems simple and straightforward, right?
After giving this assignment to DOZENS of my VIP clients, with the additional instructions of “don’t give any leadup or backstory,” I find that it’s still really hard to do.
Deep breathe, my fellow author! You can do it!
Start your story in the middle of the action! Storytelling tip 3 of 3 Click To TweetFor this story of a fight – be it verbal or physical – I want you to start after the first angry word is said, the first punch is thrown.
Or in my case and an ex-boyfriend, the moment I threw a frozen pizza at him! Keep Reading!