All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination. – Earl Nightingale
Every journey needs a road map. I am resuming work on a book (I have several underway), that I began when I received a diagnosis of breast cancer. After an initial burst of content creation and note-making, I laid it down for a season, as I let the medical process run its course. Now that I have received the medical version of “cancer free”, I am ready to share my journey.
However, the sharing of this victory is a journey in itself. When embarking on any journey, a road map is a good thing to have. This is true, especially for trips into the unknown. More especially for those trips you really do not want to take, but must.
I suppose the initial rush of ideas, gave me a sense of direction at the onset of this process. It helped deal with the overwhelming fear of the unknown that lay ahead. In some ways, revisiting this season in the form of writing this book, requires reliving this reluctantly embarked upon trip. Yet, if someone can glean some bit of perspective and wisdom from my experience, it is worth it.
The Journey Road Map
I wish to acknowledge Micheal Hyatt’s Writing A Winning Book Proposal for the How To tips. This road map is largely from that work. My journey milestones are as follows:
- Chapter 1. When You Go To War – Five Attributes Of Engagement
- Chapter 2. Make No Room For The Devil
- Chapter 3. Contend For Your Dreams
- Chapter 4. Say goodbye to the why!
- Chapter 5. Marked Safe – Dealing with the medical community
- Chapter 6. Joy Joy Joy – Doing serious business
- Chapter 7. Choices, Options, And Decisions – Where Is Your Faith?
- Chapter 8. After Action Review
- Chapter 9. What if?
The working title of the book is: Armed By Joy, A Strategy And Story Of Joy, Faith and Overcoming. I already shared the draft introduction here. The Chapters in Bold above are those I plan to share bits of on this platform.
Define Your Journey Road Map
So you have a story to share, right? Start by listing the elements of that story. Think of it as substories inside the overall story. For the first run, don’t think about the order, just write them down. Then begin writing the substory that is the easiest. Many start with the ending, that is what I am doing!
I have put together a workbook to help you. It can be purchased here. Here’s to summer storytelling of the best kind!