I was writing a book about Bad Relationships.
Then I was taking a class about writing a book about Bad Relationships. Somebody in the class told me I should do a blog and then create a page on Facebook and pay for ads. So I did all that, and I ended up with over 300 “likes” from the Philippines. User error, I’m sure.
But the point is, I was doing all that in order to get a book deal. My heart was not really in it. And honestly, I didn’t think it was very good. I think it was just too contrived to be any good. The book might be good if I ever finish it.
But where my inspiration is today is here: Podcasting! I have a new podcast called Bad Relationships. I’m working on episode #2 right now. It’s hard! I’m interviewing people about their bad relationships. I have three AMAZING stories so far. Everybody interviewed stays anonymous, and all names in the stories are changed. And mostly I’m letting people tell their stories.
People tend to tell their stories in reverse order, with the end, or punchline first, so I have to edit the heck out of it so that there’s some drama to it. If you want to tell a story you should keep this structure in mind:
beginning * middle * end
It’s pretty simple. But you might also add a prelude, or introduction, to let people know what was going on for you or who you were right before the story started. And then you might want to think about an epilogue: what happened after the end? What lessons did you learn? What are your regrets? What would you do differently if you could do it all over again.
Okay, so that’s what’s going on. Now I have to figure out how to publish this podcast.
If YOU have a Bad Relationship story you would like to share with us in a Skype or in-person interview, please email us at badrelationpod at gmail dot com