In yesterday’s blog post, The Origin Story, the Power of Reflection, I made a commitment to write my own Origin Story. But I also made the commitment that I’d share that process with you. This is part one of creating my origin story.
Whether it’s a single sheet of real paper, or a blinking cursor on a screen – starting with nothing can be frightening. It stops us in our writing tracks. It’s especially true when we’re taking on the challenge of writing our own origin story. Where do you start? Sure, ‘the beginning’ is the obvious answer, but it’s wrong. The best place to start is by investing the time to create a solid Outline for your story.
Your outline can start out like the headings from your own CV if that helps. This is about capturing the set-piece moments of your story. Each bullet-point is a sub-heading. A stop on the road to your completed origin story. Here is the outline I created.
I’ll treat each of those bullets as sub-headings. They’re separate stories really. I’ll write each one independently. Once I’ve written them all, I’ll go back and look for themes. Is there a pattern in those stories? What do I learn as a result?
Then my job is to blend those stories together to create a more rounded story. The final part of the story ‘I have a dream’ will act as the conclusion and will share my vision for what my business might look like in a few years time.
If you want to follow along with me, your task today is simple. Go and create your outline. Think about the different places where you’ve worked or the different roles you’ve had. Create a simple bullet point list initially that captures those set-piece moments.
Think about the different places where you’ve worked or the different roles you’ve had. Create a simple bullet point list initially that captures those set-piece moments.
Once you’ve created your first outline, spend a bit of time editing the basic bullets into more relevant sub-headings. So for example – for my first bullet ‘A girl called…’ I initially had ‘Work Experience’ written down. I changed it to something more meaningful. Something that represents the story I’m going to tell in that specific chapter.
If you’re feeling in a sharing sort of mood, feel free to drop your outline into the comments.
I’ll be back again soon with part 2 of creating my origin story.
PS – yes I am aware coconut was spelled incorrectly. 😉
I'm a storyteller, case study specialist and the founder of The Story Edge. I want more people to tell more stories. I write stories, teach people to do the same and generally encourage people to use storytelling in their business.