Writing is hard. But you don’t have to go it alone.

Sometimes we love it, and sometimes we hate it. (Or as several famous writers have been quoted as saying, we love having written.)

A lot of us believe that we need to wait for inspiration to strike.

The problem is that this belief goes against what we know is true: that consistent practice makes us better writers.

I have personally grappled with this for years. I would sit down to write, feel uninspired, and get up to do something else. Or worse, I would never sit down in the first place. Over my years of experience as a teacher and writing coach, I’ve heard many would-be writers say the same thing, so I know I’m not alone here. 

What brought you here today? Is it that…

  • you haven’t been able to find the time to write?
  • you start first drafts but don’t finish them?
  • you are doubting yourself, wondering What if no one likes it? What if it turns out I’m a terrible writer?
  • you have trouble just making yourself sit down and write already?

Or perhaps you see yourself in what other writers have told me:

“I find myself getting distracted and wasting time instead of writing.”

“I’m a perfectionist and feel like I’m not doing it right. Am I going to run out of things to say? Also, I have so many ideas that I’m not sure which one to do and then I don’t write any of them.”

“[The hardest part is] getting a routine down around it, staying organized and being consistent about how, when, and why.”

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    Hi, I'm Stephanie.

    I am a writer, a storyteller, a teacher, and a story coach. I am passionate about both finding my own voice and holding space in which others can find their own.

    I work with writers and storytellers to begin a story with intention and focus.  Using an individualized approach and your unique message, I guide you to create a road map for your story that will guarantee its impact.

    Because no matter who is doing the telling and how big or small the events may seem…

    our stories are important.

    Do you have time for a story? I’d love to tell you one. 

    When I was 8, I wrote a story for my grandfather’s birthday titled Why Grandpas Are Special.

    In the story, a little girl’s grandfather bought her a pony (and kept it in his yard, of course, since hers was too small) and she loved him SO MUCH. He laughed and wiped away tears.

    While the story itself was self-serving in an entirely obvious way, the feeling I got from having my story received by a reader is one that has never left me.

    I decided then that I wanted to be A Writer. And I was…until I wasn’t anymore. That happened in college, when I realized that if I was going to be A Grownup I needed to get A Career. And that led me to pursue teaching in public education, which I did for a long time. I loved teaching. I still love teaching. But there was something missing. What was it?

    Oh, right. Being A Writer.

    That 8-year-old’s unfulfilled dream sat heavy in my chest. So I read books about writing. I listened to interviews with writers. I went to writing classes. I did everything I could to be a writer except actually writing.

    Then one day I opened up my laptop and began. And I did it again the next day. And the next. And I found The Writer. She’d been there all along, waiting patiently. Through writing, I’ve found that little girl and invited her to play.

    Hey Stephanie, what’s with the {brackets}?

    The {extra}ordinary stories logo has brackets around the extra. Why? 

    Because our ordinary stories are what make us extraordinary. 

    Because sometimes our stories are extra ordinary…that’s how life is.

    Because ordinary stories are what we all have in common, and therefore they are what connect us as humans.

    Because I believe that everyone’s stories are extraordinary, even the most ordinary ones, and I never want anyone to think that their stories aren’t worth sharing because they are too “ordinary.” 

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