Saturday, April 7, 2012

Crafting Your Story with Tiffany

I'm so happy to have Tiffany here today!  She's been a great friend and a source of encouragement along my blogging journey.  With that I turn the stage over to Tiffany.

It’s easy enough to tell a story. A beginning, middle, end. A problem and a solution. A thesis sentence and some supporting evidence. The “Once Upon the Time” and the “Happily Ever After.”
But what about YOUR story? Eek! That’s where everyone’s pens stop short.

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How do you craft your own story without sounding pitiful, pompous, or boring? Well, first, take heart that we all (yes, all) tense up when it comes to writing our own stories. Our self-conscious takes over. It becomes hard to be objective. We overthink it. I recommend a glass of wine, cup of tea, or handful of chocolate chips.

As you get started, limit your story to your brand. Our lives consist of so much. Think about your blog or your shop and consider what events happened in your life to bring you here. Was there an accident that forced you to be bedridden? Did you learn this skill from your grandmother who raised you? Consider an anecdote or two to tell your story. Write, write, write.

Now read your story. Does it start with the sad, bad, mad? Flip it! Focus on the positive first. “Knitting saved my life… here’s how.” “Cooking makes me smile… here’s why.” “Gluten-free is the new awesome … here’s how I discovered it.” Edit, edit, edit.

Now here’s the fun part. Get a little crazy. This is what will differentiate your story from everyone else. Inject a favorite quote that you use every time you cook. Throw in a random favorite. Get a little tongue in cheek if that’s your story. Personalize, personalize, personalize.

It’s intimidating – stops us all in our tracks – but pushing through will set your site apart from all the yawnful stories out there!

Need a little help? Stared at a screen for too long? Bios and About pages are among my favorite projects. Contact me today and let’s get started on those stories. info at
Oh – and drop me a note on twitter @TiffSilverberg. I’d love to read your story! Happy writing!

Tiffany is a freelance writer with experience in print and online writing. She enjoys knitting and sewing, American Sign Language, Navy life, short stories and happy endings.
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