A couple of months ago, as you may recall, this article went viral.
And the thing is, when I wrote the story, it didn’t seem like that big a deal, because it was just my story. It is just my story. Sometimes I forget the power that exists in the stories that are so ordinary to us. But as we all know, there’s generally a whole lot of extraordinary found in every bite of ordinary.
So, after the article ran, a couple of things happened:
1. A handful of friends, all said the same thing to me: Cara, this is what you’re supposed to write. This is the story you’re supposed to tell. This is what people are eager to hear.
And they were right. You know how you sometimes need someone to point out the Very Obvious Thing to you? Um, you have a chunk of broccoli in your teeth. Uh, your Kleenex missed a spot there, ma’am. Honey, uh …X-Y-Z.
Well, it was the same for me. I needed the voices and perspectives of those whom I trust the most to point out the Very Obvious Thing.
2. After the Very Obvious Thing was pointed out, a good handful of places asked me to come and share my story with them. Like, at their churches on Sunday mornings.
Sometimes, maybe always, I feel wholly inadequate to add my voice to the equation. But then I remember that I’m just telling my story, and all of us have a story we’re supposed to tell.
Wouldn’t you agree?
3. I got an agent! She’s the bee’s knees, and she’s helping me and encouraging me and pushing me (in the very best of ways) to turn this story into a book.
So I am.
I’m only 4,136 words into the manuscript (and estimated final word count is between 60,000 – 70,000 words, in case you’re wondering) – so we still have a way’s to go. But I’m excited.
Also, if you connected with any element of the article, consider sharing your story with me. I’d love to hear about it via e-mail, over Skype or in person.
Do reach out.
Thanks for all of your encouragement …now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some writing to do!
So, what’s the story YOU’RE supposed to tell? And, when it comes to the article, what part of that story resonated with you? I’d be honored to hold your thoughts!0