Your story is a gift
“There was never yet an uninteresting life. Such a thing is an impossibility. Inside the dullest exterior, there is a drama, a comedy, and a tragedy.” Mark Twain (1835-1910)
I have heard too many people say, “Who would be interested in my story, my life …” This statement is often said without much thought. Because if each of us were to give some thought to what our life has meant to the important people we have shared it with – not to mention ourselves – then we would not ask such a rhetorical question. Our life, and everything in it – the good, the bad and the ugly – is more than just important, it is a “landmark,” “a signpost,” a crucible, in which much has been learned. And it is that learning that is invaluable.
Important to whom?
Perhaps just to yourself? Or perhaps just a handful of people you love? Perhaps a few friends and colleagues? In fact, the number doesn’t matter because your life and the learning to be shared is not about quantity, it’s about quality. Aaaah … the quality of life. Having learned what the “quality of life” can really mean, is it not worth sharing. It may be only one thing – not likely. Or a few things – for sure. Maybe many things – most likely.
The question for each of us is: How can I pass on what I have learned to the next generation? And the next? And the next? How do we “pass the torch” if we do not go on the record with what we’ve learned, what we know and what we believe. The better question might be: How can we not believe that there is real value in creating a lasting record of the one, two … dozens of lessons-learned, things-observed, experiences-shared, beliefs-imbedded, beliefs-changed? Do we not owe it to ourselves, and if not for us, for those we love, and those who will want to know us better, long after we have gone.
What we say will probably be forgotten,
What we do might be remembered,
What we write can never be forgotten.
As a ghostwriter, it is my task is to turn your ideas, insights and experience into a cogent and compelling story, whether it’s about your business, your life or a few memorable moments. Or a one-time presentation, a big moment, when it is crucial that you get your story and your message across to an audience. In addition to books, I write business presentations, plans, executive summaries and personal profiles (in lieu of boring resumes).
Tell your story
- Your business story in a book
- Create a personal memoir
- Develop, structure, edit and polish your manuscript
- Prepare a book proposal (non-fiction)
- Turn presentations, plans and academic papers into persuasive stories
- Resumes are useless. Tell your story in a personal profile and infomercial
It’s your story
Writing a book is a wonderful experience for anyone who takes the journey. It becomes a fulfilling and revealing rendering of your ideas, insights and experience. For me, the ghostwriter, it’s an opportunity to help bring to light stories that clearly transform thoughts, ideas and experience into a living record. The requisite skills of a ghostwriter are:
- The capacity to listen
- The experience to question
- The patience to uncover
- The ability to write a great story
- The ability to turn a great story into a great book