You have an amazing story. You feel your message of God’s work in you can help others, but where do you start?
1. Consider the best way to share your story. Could you write it as a magazine article, highlighting different points? Could you start a blog and connect directly with an audience? Should it be a book? Maybe it’ll be all three, but it’s easier to start small and allow your message to grow into something bigger.
2. Think of the reader. How do you picture her? What does she need to hear? What issues does she need to overcome? What hope from God can you share with her? Not everyone is an audience for every book. Who do you want to reach with your message? Finally, what will the reader take away from your story in personal application? It’s your job to use your story to help the reader find hope and healing for hers. [< -- Click to tweet!]
3. Share your story with transparency and grace. Give equal time to where you were and how God brought you out. (It can be our tendency to spend more time on all the bad stuff!) Pray and ask God to show you what to share. Focus more on YOUR story and not on others’ deeds. Share how your life changed throughout time. (There is rarely a quick fix.) Share the hope you still have today and highlight God’s work.
I do encourage you to get your story down in a way that will impact lives. Reality TV shares drama without hope. But you can use the drama in your story to share hope! [< -- Click to tweet!]
Sarah Farish says
Thanks so much for the reminder…as 30 ladies share their personal stories of God’s faithfulness and redemption on my blog this month, I am always looking for posts to share with them. This post was perfect!
John Mahoney says
Thank you for talking about the importance of thinking of the reader when writing personal stories. It makes sense that doing this can help anyone make sure their readers have a good time and maybe learn a thing or two from their life. I can see that making sure you find a reliable place where you can share these things can help you have the impact you want.