Tips for Telling your Story
Here are some suggestions how to tell your story on The Modern Testament and elsewhere!
Questions to answer in your story
1. What was my life like before the revelation/event/conversion?
What were/are my interests? Where was my identity set? What events, people, or places defined my previous personality? What were the most important things/people in my life? How did those things/people influence my decision making?
2. How did I become aware of my need for faith/change?
What did I--or others--notice about myself? Was there a circumstance, event, organization, book, or person that opened my eyes to a bad situation? Who came beside me to help me recognize my issue/weaknesses? Was there a breaking point that my previous life led me to?
3. How did I respond to the revelation?
Did I embrace it? Resist it? What did I need to learn more about myself, others, or faith? How long was I in the gray area of figuring out my life's direction? What convinced me that this is a better path for me? If I am still skeptical, what holds me back? What would it take to convince me this is the correct decision? What makes me think it may be incorrect? Am I still trying to decide now?
4. What has the faith/change done in my life since accepting it?
If I accepted the need for change and the new facet of my life and personality, how has that transformed me? What has the process looked like during my transformation? Where did I screw up? What am I excited about?
5. What have I learned from my journey?
A chapter of my story may end, but the journey never does, so what have I learned? What am I learning now, and what do I still struggle with? If I could help my previous self--or someone currently in my old circumstance--what would I say to prove the result is worth the effort? What do I see in front of me?
Other general suggestions...
Avoid embellishing your past to make it more "dramatic". Authenticity counts more than adventure.
Maintain a positivity about your present and future. Things may seem really dire, but it's always darkest before dawn. Take account of the simple things you have--however many or few--and reflect on how you possessed those things.
Be as detailed as you want, but try to stay in the same thought--jumping around to seemingly unrelated ideas is difficult in spoken word, and even more difficult in written form.