Why Write-a-Thon? You’ve Got a Great Story to Tell
June 27, 2017
Note From Rochelle
Do you wish you had a great big group of people cheering you on to finish your book, sort of like you do during National Novel Writing Month? Guess what? The same people who offer NaNoWriMo also run Camp NaNoWriMo. During the month of July, campers will race to complete a 50,000-word novel. I’ve signed up and can’t wait to start writing my new book. If you’re contemplating writing a book, today’s tip will inspire you to write now!
The Write Now! Coach
You’ve Got a Great Story To Tell
By Rochelle Melander
People like a good story. They like to read about how ordinary people have experienced hardship and succeeded in spite of it all.
Take the story of serial entrepreneur Ryan Blair, CEO of ViSalus Sciences, a marketing company. In his book, Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: How I Went From Gang Member to Multimillionaire Entrepreneur, he wrote about how his normal middle-class life fell apart when his father got hooked on drugs and then died from his addiction. Blair’s mom moved them to a poorer neighborhood, and Blair got in trouble with the law. It wasn’t until Blair’s mom began dating Robert Hunt, a real estate businessman, that Blair started to rebuild his life. Hunt became his mentor, and Blair learned everything he could about business. In the book, Blair shares his story, teaching readers how to succeed at being an entrepreneur and inspiring them to do so.
You might be thinking—but my story isn’t that exciting. That’s okay! Not every inspiring story has to be a rags-to-riches tale. Just a few months ago, I ran into a young woman who works in Human Resources. We’d met a few years ago when she was a college student and babysat my children. She introduced me to her partner with these words, “Rochelle taught me how to write and still inspires me to keep writing.”
I was puzzled. We’d never talked about writing. And we hadn’t seen each other for several years. When the young woman saw my confusion, she added, “I learned from your books and your blog.”
I was thrilled. I had no idea my books had supported her in being a writer. But I’m not surprised. Books educate and inspire people we don’t even know—and may never meet.
Imagine hearing that someone took a risk, earned more money, or started exercising because of your book. Wow! When you write a book that shares your story or the work of your clients, you will inspire your readers. You may even gain some new clients because of it!
Make a list of what you’d like to teach your readers. Make a second list of how you would like to inspire your readers. Review both lists and think about what stories you could tell that both teach and inspire your readers. Do you see a theme emerging? Does a central story show up? Start writing—and see what emerges!
This is the perfect time to start writing your book. Camp NaNoWriMo starts July 1. And I’ve got a special deal on my six-session coaching package. Contact me for a complimentary consultation, and we’ll talk about how you can get your story into print!