My Story: The One-In-Seven-Billion Me

By Brent King On January 19, 2016 Under Authors, Writing

“Tell your story. Don’t try and tell the stories that other people can tell. Any starting writer starts out with other people’s voices. But as quickly as you can start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there will always be better writers than you and there will always be smarter writers than you, but you are the only you.” ― Neil Gaiman

my story

With over seven billion people in the world today, one can feel like they’re just another brick in the wall. However, nothing could be further from the truth. It’s a big story being told in our world, with each of us telling it from the position of protagonist. No one else lives in my exclusive place. No one else possesses my combination of experiences, quirks, and life features.

No One Else Can

The upshot of this is that no one else can have my perspective or my understanding. I occupy a space in this world where no one else can be. This means that my life matters. My wisdom and action affect the world where no one else can.

I Was Me

When I was young there was a guy a few grades ahead of me that I admired. He was witty and charming. I wanted to be just like him. Yet I never could. It took me years to realize that I was me, and he was he. My story—my experience—was as like my fingerprint. I didn’t have to try to be witty or charming like him. My intrinsic qualities made me witty and charming like me. This is what makes my story come alive. Yes, he was he, and I was me.

“Say what you have to say, not what you ought.” – Henry David Thoreau

How To Write A Story Like Me

How does this affect my writing? How can I use it to make the impact in the world that only I can make? Here are a few things that I can do to write a story like me:

  • Write for myself first. Write the words that kindle my fire, that turn me on. Write about my passions. Expose my imperfections. Reveal my obsessions. This is the fabric of my story.
  • I must dig deep and weave everything that has made me what I am into my writing. If I take my secrets, my pleasures, and my skeletons―the things that thrilled me and those that nearly took me out―and mix them all together, then I will know for certain that no one else can tell my story.
  • Talk in my own voice. Listen to it, because it speaks. It will be that voice—the very one I hear in my head—that will win the heart of my reader. It is not what I say, but how I say it.
  • Simple writing exercises can help me find my unique voice. Jeff Goins posts one of the best exercise routines to do this that I have found.

“I write only because there is a voice within me that will not be still.” ― Sylvia Plath, Letters Home

The One-In-Seven-Billion Me

So what’s the secret to my success as a writer? It’s me. My life and voice are unique. I am not just one in a million. I’m one in seven billion! No one else in this world can take my place in my sphere of influence. If I don’t write it, then there is no one else who will.

Am I writing my stories like me?

 

 

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