writers, speakers, story tellers. hear this: your life is your content

Need a story to tell at your next presentation?
Blogs to craft? A memoir to shape? A thesis to personalize?
A book inside you burning to be written…in digital, in print, for the world, or for your private time capsule?

Think you’re starting from scratch? You’re not.
Your life is your content.

Here’s a sneak peak from YOUR BIG BEAUTIFUL BOOK PLAN, Part 3: Creativity.

The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air. All I must do is find it, and copy it.

– Jules Renard, “Diary” February 1895

Nothing is matter-of-fact for a writer. Everything is a matter of life.

Live like a writer, like an active author, an artist, an observer of the human condition, a reporter of faith, a poet of utility, a slammer of futility! Make a story out of everything. Your life is one teachable moment after the next. Preach it.

Capture your everyday, lifetime, take-it-for-granted experiences and turn them into insight, humor, education, and information — a book:

  • Calling your friend to wail about your divorce? Record it. Transcribe it. That’s platinum for your forthcoming memoir, or a great segment in a speaking gig.
  • Rummaging through old blog posts for a Best Of Year in review? Hold up. THAT’s the makings of your book outline sitting right there.
  • Read through old client testimonials. There in is your raison d’etre. Your market. The problem that your writing will solve for people.
  • Aha moments in therapy? Turn them into a how-to list.
  • Those ten clients, with ten different situations, are ten unique chapters.
  • That mentoring you’ve been giving so freely? Recapitulate the wisdom you’ve been dispensing into a manifesto, a guide, a set of cases studies and success stories.
  • That survey you conducted last quarter? Package the results with supporting interviews and you’ve got yourself the beginning of a chapter summary.

Your message dwells within. One thing I learned from a public speaking coach I worked with, Gail Larsen, is that we have our creative process backwards. Whether we’re writing a speech or a thesis, what we tend to do is think of our message first, and then think of stories that will support and illustrate our message. When really, we should first pay attention to the stories that are living in our psyche — the tales we’ve never forgotten, the images that left a deep impression. And then we should look for the message that is inside of those stories. There’s a reason the stories stuck with us: they point to our core theory and teaching.

Your book (your speech, your product) has already been written — it’s hidden in plain sight, in your client session audio files, blog interviews, scandalous email chains, coffee shop convos, that one post that went viral, your teenage journal, your vision boards, your workshop materials. It’s all there. Capture and conquer!



“For two years I’ve put off writing my book proposal. For two years I’ve came up with every excuse imaginable to put off sitting down and focusing on what I know I needed to do. After 30 minutes of digging into YOUR BIG BEAUTIFUL BOOK PLAN I was outlining. I was writing, planning, and plotting. I finally had the inspiration AND the framework I needed. The result? My first rough book proposal. There’s a lot of polishing to do, but two years of procrastination was just obliterated. If you’ve been putting off the writing the book you know you should be writing, this is the kick in the pants you’ve been waiting for.”
–Adam Baker | Creator, ManVsDebt.com

“Working with Linda & Danielle is the difference between signing with Random House or not. The difference between a great book deal and no book deal.”
Chrisanna Northrup | CEO of You Got Challenged! Inc. & author of The Normal Bar (Random House, summer 2012)

“You know you have a story in you…if you only knew how to get it published. After diving into Danielle & Linda’s book love fest, I am astounded with the top-shelf knowledge and talent shared. I could not look away. And now I am starting my second book – with a proposal this time.”
Susan Hyatt | Master Coach and Author of Create Your Own Luck, 7 Steps to get Your Lucky On

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