Be on the lookout for stories!

Analogies and allegories are great tools to help bring nonfiction your work to life. Too often, however, the same stories are repeated from book to book.

Break the trend by thinking beyond what you’ve read in a book or heard in a speech from others, and share what you have personally seen, felt or experienced.

Make note of everyday and unusual situations that could serve as illustrations for your message. The highlights and low points of your day can provide you with unique content to help make your book meaningful and original.

Take a moment right now to jot down something that’s happened to you recently and how it might relate to learning a lesson you want to share with others. Don’t have anything to write on? Get the Evernote app for your phone (I use the free version), and it will be waiting for you on your computer when you’re ready to turn those thoughts into a blog post or book chapter.

What did you do or see or hear this weekend that could inspire a story?

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