What is the Gist of Your Story? #8

What is the Gist of Your Story? #8

After [my husband's] death, my life was defined not just by “widowed,” but as single woman and mother. I knew I needed to write about that journey because I felt many people would identify with being on their own and wondering where to go from here.

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What is the Gist of Your Story? #7

What is the Gist of Your Story? #7

My story is centered on my life as an adopted kid. At the time of my growing up, adoption, for many adoptees, adoptive and birth parents, was a source of embarrassment and shame. Birth mothers were often sent away to have their babies. Sometimes, adoptive parents felt shame if they had problems with conception or carrying a pregnancy.

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What is the Gist of Your Story? #6

What is the Gist of Your Story? #6

Walls says it took her more than 25 years of agonizing over the “intensely personal” and “potentially embarrassing” childhood experiences before she managed to approach her story in a constructive way, and then it took another 3 to 4 years of rewrites before the book was ready for publication.

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What is the Gist of Your Story? #5

What is the Gist of Your Story? #5

Ever since “dropping out” to go sailing at age 40, I have been fascinated by the opportunities for personal growth that arise when you step outside your comfort zone, when you are forced to look at your own cultural norms and values from a different perspective.

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What is the Gist of Your Story? #4

What is the Gist of Your Story? #4

If I stacked up the pages of book summaries along with the chapters I have written over the past three years, I’m convinced the pile would hit the ceiling. The main message or theme of my work-in-progress memoir has changed that many times. In fact, the more I wrote, the more it changed because the story unfolded as I wrote. It revealed itself and all I had to do is show up and trust in the process.

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What is the Gist of Your Story? #3

What is the Gist of Your Story? #3

“I’ve had a long history with conventional publishing and like most authors, I suspect, I had both good stories and bad stories to tell. So I decided to self-publish my mystery series, and in doing so I was tackling a bit of a mystery of my own, plunging into a whole new world in which I would not only be the author, but the editor, publicist, and marketer as well.”

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What is the Gist of Your Story? #2

What is the Gist of Your Story? #2

You can read Brad's new blog project where he, as a gay author, is chronicling his journey reading the Bible for the first time: The Bible ProjectAs a resident in a gentrifying neighborhood, his novel  - This Too Shall Pass - grew out of his concern for what constitutes a community and the types of tests that bring out the best and worst in the people who reside there.

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