Hey, New Yorkers! Kim Schneiderman will be doing an author talk and signing copies of her new book,"Step Out of Your Story: Writing Exercises to Reframe and Transform Your Life" today, June 30, from 7 p.m. at Book Culture, 450 Columbus Ave.
If you’re stuck in a loop, ask yourself these questions, starting with, “If I were a character in a novel or movie…”
• What do I hope the hero would do in this situation?
• What outcomes would I root for as the viewer of this story?
• What might this situation be teaching the hero?
• How might he or she make the most of this situation to become a better version of him or herself?
• If you’re a spiritual person, examine why a benevolent author would place the hero in this particular situation.
We’re all the stars of our own story, but that’s not the only role we play.
Every life is an unfolding story: dynamic, unique, purposeful and potentially heroic. But it’s also open to interpretation, especially our own. From the day we’re born, we become the spin doctor of our own work in progress, with the power to tell our story as a triumph, tragedy or something in between.
Our story has supporting characters who provide love and assistance, and antagonists who cause us to realize what we’re made of and what’s really important. Like stories, our lives are filled with suspense. The decisions we make, both big and small, affect our storyline — the relationships we choose, how we spend our days and how we nourish ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
In fact, creating one’s personal myth is a fundamental way in which we find meaning in life. This is not necessarily the stuff of narcissism or navel-gazing. Rather, the more intimate we become with our story, the more we realize that everyone has their own equally valid and important narrative, of which they, too, are the central character. And the more we identify with each other’s stories, the more we realize how connected we all are.
What if we could transform our character arcs into something worthy of the Hollywood treatment? That’s the goal of my new book, “Step Out of Your Story: Writing Exercises to Reframe and Transform Your Life." Thinking of yourself as a character in your life can help you get a novel perspective on situations, and even take your story in exciting new directions.