Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

Don’t let that happen to you. Tell your story. You know the one I’m talking about. It’s the story that taps you on the shoulder and whispers in your ear. It’s the one that nags and pesters you. It’s the story that most wants to be told.

What is that story? Looking back on the life you’ve lived so far, what would you want people to know about you if you were gone tomorrow?

What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you? What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done? What has been your greatest struggle? What is the source of your pride?

If you had your family and friends around a campfire under the stars on Tuesday, March 20th, World Storytelling Day, what story would you tell about yourself or someone you love?

How would you tell it? With what tone of voice? With what body language? How can you inject that act of storytelling into your writing?

Give it a try. Share a bit of what you’ve written. Then, don’t stop writing until that entire story is told.

Don’t get overwhelmed. If you haven’t already, read my book, Eating an Elephant: One Bite at a Time. Let me know how else I can help.

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