There’s a Book Inside You

See the source imageI once saw a comic that tickled my funny bone. A man went to the doctor and had x-rays. The doctor points to one of the x-rays and says, “Good news! You have a book in you, just waiting to come out.”

I meet people all the time who ask, “How do you know what to write about?”

I always tell them that I write about real life. People’s stories are fascinating. Your story is fascinating.

As a child, I remember devouring the Little House series. I was a reluctant reader, but when my grandmother introduced me to Laura Ingalls Wilder, I was hooked on books. Her stories were written about everyday pioneer life and are a timeless collection, still recommended by elementary educators today.

I’m sure when Laura was a little girl she never dreamed she would grow up and write a story about her life. For those of us mesmerized by her storytelling, aren’t we glad she did?

I’ve always loved the elderly. I guess it was a gift my mother gave me. She was a geriatric nurse and would allow me to make “short and sweet” visits to some of her patients. Mom would introduce me and usually give me a brief history of their life. She had a way of making each feel loved and extremely important. She still has this gift today.

After I married and became a mother, I began to realize I how much I wanted to preserve the history of my grandmother’s story. I purchased a Memory Book for her. The book was filled with questions.

What was life like when you were growing up?

Where did your parents buy their groceries?

What did you pay for a dozen eggs?

What was your greatest disappointment?

What was your greatest joy?

Who were your parents?

When were the born?

Grandma filled in the questions a little bit at a time. When she passed away, this book became one of my most treasured possessions.

I encourage you to write some stories about your life for your loved ones. Share them now if you can, and be sure to tuck them in a hope chest or somewhere safe. Your family will be glad you did. So what are you waiting for? Get writing. There’s a book inside of you, just waiting to come out.



by Dixie Phillips, CES Editor, Writing Coach, Award-Winning Children’s Author and Songwriter


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