(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)


The American writer Flannery O’Connor once said that every story has “a beginning, a middle, and an end, though not necessarily in that order.”

Life can be like that. Just because time seems to unfold in a linear line your story may seem to also. It doesn’t.

Your past can intrude on your present and even influence your future. You are rarely only in the ‘middle’ of your story.

What if you viewed your story as an evolving series of movie clips? The middle (now) has a back story (the beginning) and an ending (uncertain as yet, since you’re reading this).

Trying to force the future while pulling the past sure can make for an effort-filled now.

Instead, use some of your middle to clean up the past and some to vision the future.

The rest, to write right now.


Coaching Point: How’s the middle of your story so far?


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