First, you rock! No seriously, you’re awesome for being willing to share part of who you are by writing your story. There is something so powerful and empowering about using your own voice to share your story with the world. Stories are how we connect with one another; they are how we learn to love one another. I just personally want to say THANK YOU! You’re an inspiration to me, and I know you will inspire others! Below you will find a few quick tips to get you started:

  • The story has to be about you.

  • Honesty, openness, and vulnerability are essential when writing your story.

  • If your story is long and complicated, start with the part that means the most to you.

  • Own your story! Write using 1st person pronouns like: I, me, my, myself.

  • If you are having a hard time thinking of a topic, here are a few prompts:

    • Tell about a time of transformation.

    • Tell about a challenge you overcame.

    • Tell about a challenge you did not overcome.

    • Tell about a joy in your life.

    • Tell about a hope you have.

  • If you are not sure where to start, just start writing. I think you will surprise yourself.

  • Trust your instincts.

  • Be yourself, write in your authentic voice.

  • Be creative. Your story does not not have to be an essay. Some women have written their stories in narrative, but other women are writing their stories as a poem.

  • There is not a length requirement for your story, but keep in mind that other people are going to read it.  Maybe you write out your whole story for yourself, but share part of it with the project?

WARNING: The power of writing is real. There has been a lot of scientific research (especially in the social sciences) that speaks to the power of writing. It can be a really effective way of processing different situations in our lives. Sometimes it brings up emotions and thoughts that we did not realize were under the surface. Writing can help us remember joys and writing can heal wounds. If you are writing and something comes up that you are not sure how to deal with, then please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.