The first step is to just write. Of course that is easier said than done, so don't censor or criticize. Write in stages, don't expect to do it all in one sitting. All you need to accomplish is getting the words down on paper (or up on the screen).
Write from your own perspective, about some experience that seems important to you. If it interests you, it will probably interest others.
At first, it is not important to have a purpose in telling a story, but as you review what you have written a purpose should emerge. Include your emotions, pay attention to details, describe your own and others' reactions.
Try to think of something that you learned from your experience and share that with the reader or listener. What we learn form stories can be divided into 3 broad categories; we learn something:
about the world around us
All of these have the ability to change our actions and to affect our lives.
Paul A. Jargowsky, Ph.D.
We were privileged to have Professor Paul A. Jargowsky, of the Rutgers University Center for Urban Research and Urban Education, as our guest speaker at our 39th Annual Gala on October 19, 2012.
At the age of 15, Paul sustained burns over 70% of his body. At that time, the chances of recovery from such extensive burns were remote, but Paul was fortunate to receive care at the newly opened Crozer-Chester Burn Center. He made an amazing recovery and went on to graduate from Princeton and Harvard (masters and doctoral).
Paul showed tremendous courage through his recovery and has devoted much of his life to serving others. His bravery and inspiration of others are shining examples of the qualities that we are fortunate to see in many of our burn survivors.
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