It's fun when you're in the flow, and it's a joy when you get in that zone, and when creativity or ideas and inspiration show up that you had no idea would be there. It's absolutely exhilarating. And then when you finish a story, there's no other feeling like it. You think, “I did that I didn't know I could, and I wrote a story and it's good.”
Sharing stories with family can be so poignant
Then, when you bring it to your family, whether it's through social media or you share it at Christmas, it's an amazing feeling when they say it makes me proud to be part of this family. I didn't know that before. That is so cool. It's a gift to others. It's a love letter to future generations
Are you ready to get writing?
So that's what this new teaching model we are introducing is all about. This is all about us working together to learn the patterns, to learn all the tools, and to learn the steps to bring it together.
I went on a journey to figure out the process
Next, I went on this journey to figure out how to do it well. Reading everything I could get my hands on. Doing projects. Taking classes. At this point, I’ve put in more than 10,000 hours of hard practice and learning everything I can about what makes great stories, and how to teach these timeless principles to others.
We started teaching, and shifted online just before the pandemic
As our business grew, Rachel and I started speaking and offering small group classes. Then in 2019 we spent the better part of a year preparing to take our curriculum online. We launched our first online class in January of 2020, right before the pandemic went global. The timing was serendipitous to start teaching online. Now, the classes that we used to teach in person include students from all over the world.
Rob A. Gentile – an example of the power of writing your OWN story
Along the way, I have coached some wonderful clients and have realized the power in having people write their own stories instead of me doing it. One was Rob A. Gentile who had a near death experience. When I learned of his story, I told him, “I'm not going to write your story for you. It wouldn’t be authentic. This is your story to tell.”
There were times when he was tempted to have me just work on it because parts really wrung it out of him. But I kept saying, “I will walk with you. I will encourage you. I'll help you storyboard it. But I won't take this process from you”. And his finished product was an amazing, beautiful book that is important for our day. It ended up being a number one best seller on Amazon in something like 13 different categories.