Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Everyone Has a Story

What is Your Story? 


This past weekend I attended an online writing conference sponsored by Mt. Zion Ridge Press. The keynote speaker was award winning James Rubart. The other headliner was well known author Rachel Hauck. I’ve heard both speak before. They are inspiring as well as instructive. Conferences are a great way to connect with other writers and pick their brains. I always learn something new.


At this conference, one participant asked about the market for memoirs. 


The truth about memoirs is simple. If you are a celebrity or hero of some sort, your memoir will get published and sell. The rest of us? Not so much.


Yet, I am convinced we all…ALL…have a story to tell. 

A story of growing up and coming of age. 

A story of love lost or love found. 

A story of grief. 

A story of overcoming. 

A story of success despite all odds. 

A work story.

A school story.

A story of travel or adventure.


You get the idea. We all have something to share. We all have something to write down to inspire future generations or to help someone through a particular trial. 


A memoir? Maybe. Certainly, our own stories are worth preserving for our family. Our future. My grandmother didn’t write her stories down for us, but she shared them with every child and grandchild. Hers was a story of love, loss, survival, and forgiveness. Her story shaped our lives. It continues to influence my own thinking. 


We all have a story. What’s yours?


If you’re interested in seeing one of your true stories published, consider these upcoming topics for Chicken Soup for the Soul. Each is due at the end of August. You can check out their website for details. CLICK HERE


Here are a few topics they are considering:


Stories of Kindness.It could be something you did that was kind or something someone did for you.


Stories about Cats or Stories about Dogs These are true stories about our favorite four footed friends.


Humorous Stories. Those crazy things that made you laugh. 

Stories of Grieving, Loss, and Recovery The category speaks for itself.


They posted other topics on their site. These caught my eye. 


The point is this… you have a story worth sharing. This could be your chance to share it.


Feel free to leave your comments or questions here. I love to hear from my readers.



And if you’re serious about writing and publishing, check out my latest book, Writing to Publish. In it you will find the resources to get you started and keep you going. CLICK HERE 


  1. Great post! I am a memoir writer and agree with you 100% We all have a story to share. Thank you for sharing the references!

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