How to Tell a Story.
I've always liked stories because they help remind me that God is for me.
You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call. This I know, that God is for me. - Psalm 56:8&9
We've all heard compelling stories, but have you ever considered what makes great stories, great?
Arrogantly, I thought I knew a thing or two about story-writing after recklessly typing 65,000 words and feeling all chipper inside at my colossal accomplishment.
Then, I hired an editor.
I'll spare you all the details (like the ones that took Beth and me nearly six months to amend), except for just this one.
If you've ever thought about writing a book, typing an important email, presenting a powerpoint, or even sharing an engaging talk/sermon; this is advice I wish I would have had many years ago.
How to Tell a Story by Donald Miller (Blue Like Jazz & Building a Storybrand, which was just released and is great) was the free, digital guide that wholly re-wired the way I write, including this blog.
How to Tell a Story is the best piece of free advice for anyone desiring to grow in their written communication skills. Download the PDF here.
P.S. If you haven't seen the Teaser Trailer for One Thousand Risks: Fighting Fear & Following Jesus (Bogotá on Fire), you can view it here. The full documentary releases next Wednesday, Oct. 18th.