4. Follow ‘The Hero’s Journey’
Make use of the hero’s journey, a powerful narrative pattern that many stories follow. This pattern includes the call to adventure, challenges, confrontations, and growth. Show how you have overcome obstacles and become stronger.
5. Work from back to front
Start with your back cover that includes your promise to the readers. Make sure this promise is fulfilled in your table of contents. Before you start writing, make a list of bullet points as a structure.
6. Make it personal and embrace vulnerability
Sharing your own story takes courage and vulnerability. Don’t be afraid to show yourself, even in less-than-perfect moments. Also share your challenges, failures and difficult moments. Be courageous and open about both highs and lows, both as an expert and as a person. That makes the story human and inspires others.
7. Connect your story to the reader
Translate your experiences into lessons and insights that readers can apply. Engage them in your journey by showing how your story can serve as a mirror to them or inspire them.
8. Make your voice heard
Write as you speak, with your unique voice. Be authentic and honest. Your story is personal; make it lively and engaging, as if you were sharing it with a good friend.
9. Show, don’t tell
Use vivid descriptions and examples to bring your story to life. Use your senses and allow readers to empathize with your experiences. Not simply telling them what happened, but really letting them feel what you felt.
10. Be a Hero to Others
Many writers ask themselves: ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Who is waiting for my message?’ You will be surprised how many people you can help with personal experiences and tips. If you don’t, the others will remain in that undesirable situation. So you are not writing the book for yourself, but to help others.
Nelson Mandela said so beautifully during his inauguration speech:
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.” Marianne Williamson
Don’t doubt who you are and what you have to offer. Your story can inspire and help others. Let your light shine and help others out of their unwanted situations.
Your story or autobiography helps others!
Writing your own story or autobiography is a great adventure of self-discovery and expression. Using “the hero’s journey” as your guideline, you can create a compelling and meaningful story that will touch you and others. Remember that every life is valuable and by sharing your experiences you can help and inspire others on their own path of growth and change. Keep it real and have fun writing!
Need help writing your book?
I regularly organize a live online ‘from idea to book’ workshop that you can participate in for accountability. Are you interested in 1 on 1 writing coaching, do you want to join a writing retreat, or do a writing retreat at home? You will find all the information on the ‘Write your book’ page.
What are you waiting for? Start your heroic journey today and let your story shine!