Oops. That’s what I forgot: a story.
- The 1/4″ drill bit, Bali, cocktails on the beach, love, pride, and Spark
- Is your goal to have fun or win an award?
- I recorded an 11-second video 4 years ago that’s the foundation of my next book.
- Don’t wait 12 years. Please.
- It’s not only for you and your kids but your grandkids … and beyond.
- Is there anything possibly worse than not starting the project?
- Oops. That’s what I forgot: a story.
- The One Recipe Cookbook (and how to finish a project together with your kids)
- Best books for doing activities with your kids, creating family memories, and building relationships between parents and children
- Spark: It’s about creating something from nothing. Let’s create a subtitle, shall we?
- People like us do things like this
- Why Spark? Why me? Why you? Why now?
- What if I’d like to be one of the people like you who do things like that?
- Permission to … change my book title?
- Write a book with your kids? 43 elements for success. 42 are optional.
- It seems like backwards math, but by creating, we are actually “getting” more than we are “giving.”
- The Widow and the Orphan
- Spark Love: About that 1 mandatory element of the 43…
- Recipe for Love
- Kids need to crash their bikes to learn how to ride.
I just read part of a book that had interwoven bits from the author’s personal story in it.
Those were the parts that flowed. Those were the paragraphs I looked forward to. As she interspersed the main content of the book and the message she was trying to get across together with her own story and examples from her own life and experiences, she made it more real, more tangible, and simply more enjoyable.
As I work on my upcoming book (Spark), I have plenty of data for the how-to section as well as all of my philosophies, strategies, and heartfelt pleas to join me in this rewarding venture, but what was missing were snippets of our own story.
I’m going to have to dig deep into my memory to bring back the late night reading aloud sessions in the boys’ bedroom when they were four years younger than they are now. The pleading to stop and bend the questions about what might happen next all mixed up with the fantastical idea that my boys were creating something from nothing, that their imaginations were transformed into words on a page which then became a story and later became a book.
This is what is going to bring it home for people.
On a related note, I can highly recommend taking on another task that’s related to your main work but then not directly the work you do. For example, I’m helping another Dutch author by going through a first developmental edit of her book and as I did so, I saw how her personal story brought the book to life and realized this is exactly what I needed.
So I have to get moving and dig back into my memory and start with that red chair in the living room of our San Francisco home with my eight-year-old son next to me making decisions that we have no idea what effect us years later.