The Gist of a Great Blog Series

The Gist of a Great Blog Series

A sound premise and compelling themes are undoubtedly the hallmarks of great writing. Plus, effective book publicity relies on strong promotional messages, which are extracted from the themes contained in your writing that, collectively, make up the premise of the story.

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What is the Gist of Your Story? #17

What is the Gist of Your Story? #17

Getting out of your comfort zone to a foreign country leads to emotional growth and change. A suburban family discovers that trading materialism for a simple life on a tropical island helps them reconnect in unexpected ways.

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What is the Gist of Your Story? #16

What is the Gist of Your Story? #16

When Ed Gaydos discovered that the website of his old artillery regiment is littered with pleas for information about loved ones who are either dead or frozen in silence about Vietnam, he realized it was time for him “to start talking and to leave something for the next generation beyond dates on a tombstone and an old fatigue shirt.”

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What is the Gist of Your Story? #15

What is the Gist of Your Story? #15

Most memoirists tell their own stories, often because they feel the need to vindicate themselves and other times for catharsis or self-actualization. But there are stories about people and cultures that, if they are not recorded, might be lost to the rest of the world—people who deserve to be remembered, histories that should not be sacrificed in the name of progress.

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What is the Gist of Your Story? #14

What is the Gist of Your Story? #14

My life and experiences of those around me serve as inspiration and are my motivation for the stories I tell. What began as a healing process has turned into so much more. My stories are not your typical ‘love at first sight’ or ‘the rich hero falling in love with the everyday heroine’. 

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What is the Gist of Your Story? #13

What is the Gist of Your Story? #13

My team experiences taught me tolerance as I learned to live with inner city blacks, gays, French and Germans.  As an educator, I applied that understanding and empathy to my teaching and coaching, as well as to my new experience as an expat in a different, more tolerant society.

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What is the Gist of Your Story? #12

What is the Gist of Your Story? #12

Writers block hit me like a ton of bricks. I had nothing to say. My writing group allowed me to wallow for 10 minutes, then said, “Write anything. Write about what you know.” So I looked around panic-stricken and then looked down—there they were. I thought, I know about my breastsSnarky stories came spewing out of my brain.

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What is the Gist of Your Story? #11

What is the Gist of Your Story? #11

My writing is strongly based in the culture and values of the Midwest United States. My memoir—Growing Up Country: Memories of an Iowa Farm Girl—tells the stories of growing up in the middle of the United States in the middle of the 20th Century. A time when a family could make a good living on a 160 acres. A way of live that is rapidly disappearing from the American landscape.

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What is the Gist of Your Story? #10

What is the Gist of Your Story? #10

I joined a writing workshop four months after my son Paul’s suicide death that ended his seven-year struggle with bipolar disorder. Every week for about a year I shared my deep dark prose and poetry about Paul’s life and death and our family’s grief when my instructor and classmates began to tell me I needed to get my writing work out into the world.

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What is the Gist of Your Story? #9

What is the Gist of Your Story? #9

In a September, 11th memoir unlike any, my psychological adventure follows the ups and downs of bipolar, and examines relationships biological and adopted. So, when my beloved uncle died in the Twin Towers and the tension that had been building exploded. While everyone proudly believed I was fulfilling my dream to dance, I insanely thought I was a spy for the evil Illuminati who had unwittingly perpetrated 9/11.

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