Monday, July 30, 2007

Workshop #1

Click here to view all Story Starters themes!! Now that you've found the story you're going to share it's time to organize it. If you have your Story Starter you'll want to go through and read the first few pages to help you understand better how to organize your thoughts and get your story on paper. The Notebook in the back of the Story Starter will give you a place to jot down other questions, ideas and memories from answering the questions in the Story Starter. Your Story Starter has TONS of questions, broken down into theme and time lines that will help your story have structure and depth. Handwriting is a personal and important part of who you are. Research has shown that writing by hand also helps to stimulate creativity and evoke memories by actively using both sides of the brain. So don't shy away from the good old pencil....use it! We'll go to the keyboard later.

I'd also like to recommend a Writing and Publishing Guide. This is a great tool for everyone. This guide goes through a "Writer's Checklist", Tips on Interviewing, Determining Purpose and Audience, Developing Characters and Details, and Publishing Introduction. This is a great reference for adults and children and can be used to help with any story, memory book or scrapbook just like the Story Starters.

As you begin to write your story, start with the first section of questions. Read through all the questions and circle the ones that pertain to your story. Once you've decided on your questions, flip to the back of the Story Starter to the Notebook. On the right side of the page where it says "1 Outline" bullet your answers to your questions. Keep it simple and to the point. You can also make image notes in the box on the same page. Use that area to write down ideas for the visual images that go with your story, i.e., marriage certificate, picture of old house, blue ribbon from state fair, tickets from opening night, etc.

Once your bullets have been listed, go to the left side of the page under "2 Write" and start answering your questions using your bullets. At least one sentence for each bullet, but more if you can. Here's where your story starts to take it's form. Write as much or as little, but this is where the bread and butter of your story takes it's course. Don't worry about spelling,'s the "sloppy copy". You'll have time to spell check and type up a final copy later.

Open your Story Starter and get to work!! The size of the Story Starter allows you to take it with you everywhere you a purse, briefcase, suitcase, diaper bag....write your story anytime!! Check back next Monday for the next step in the Online Workshop Series.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Online Workshop Series

Starting next week I'm going to conduct an online workshop series to help you get your first book published. The first step is to Find your story. Start thinking about a story that has been tapping on your shoulder, one that you know needs to be told. Think about this story over the next few days. To help you organize your thoughts and timeline better I have Story Starters that come in a wide range of topics from "Falling In Love" to "When I Was Little" or how about your children's birth stories or your family vacation. Contact me now to order your Story Starter. Your Story Starter has lots of questions that will help you remember details and capture the lost stories and events. You'll be able to organize your story in chronological order and make notes of photos and memorabilia you'd like to add to help enhance your story. So what are you waiting for?? You have stories waiting to be told!

Opportunities and Adventures!

Is your head spinning with ideas for your own personal stories and books? Are you thinking of all the people you know who have a story? Have you considered the lives that would be changed as you help others find, capture, and share their stories? Are you amazed that you can really make money at something you love? If so - you need to join me!

Some of the benefits of becoming a CherishBound consultant are:
• Earn extra income or replace an income.
• Receive discounts on your own products and publishing.
• Spend time doing what you want.
• Create friendships to last a lifetime.
• Own your own business and be your own boss.
• Join a new, fun and exciting opportunity.
• Impact generations.
• Grow with a fresh, innovative company as part of an exciting new industry.
• Earn commissions on your team’s product and publishing sales.
• Receive an immediate income every time you help someone get started in their business. Fast start bonuses are a great way to provide immediate income for yourself as you help others get started quickly in their businesses.

Join NOW and get FREE registration to Convention!
Join all of your Cherish Bound friends for a Rewards Convention at the Four Corners Storytelling Festival in New Mexico filled with inspiring stories by master storytellers like Syd Lieberman, hear motivating speakers, participate in custom built workshops by storytelling and business experts, enjoy networking breakouts, receive training, some well-earned pampering and take home the latest product, news and tools!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Find, Capture and Share Your Stories

Step One, FIND YOUR STORY: Whether you realize it or not, you have 1000's of stories waiting to be told. It may be a little moment or a life-changing experience. Either way, your story needs to be told and I'm here to help you do that. Cherish Bound’s Story Starters and other story products are a perfect way to help you begin or continue a family tradition of finding your stories.

Step Two, CAPTURE YOUR STORY: Once you have found a story that is important to you, you may feel intimidated by writing your story or feel like, “I don’t know what to say.” I can help you write your story, organize your thoughts and pictures as you begin the story writing process. Through online workshops and timelines I'll help you capture your story.

Step Three, SHARE YOUR STORY: When you have the opportunity to share the story you have just found and captured you will fully experience the power of story in your life. The connection and feelings of satisfaction and self-worth that are created when a story is shared cannot be measured. These connections are the building blocks of enduring family traditions.