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How to Escape a Boring Life and Write a Brilliant Book

by Margaret Feinberg

Many writers don’t have compelling content because they don’t live compelling lives.

Your writing will never be more interesting than you.

Your writing will never be deeper than you.

Your writing will never be more informed than you.

Your writing will never be more inspiring than you.

This is critical if you want to be a brilliant writer:

If you want to write a better story, you must live a better story.

How do you live a better story? How do you live a story worth writing about?

You must be willing to take wild, wiley risks.

Whenever you say “yes” to adventure, you say “yes” to a better life.

My husband, Leif, is from Alaska. We spent the first five years of marriage living in his hometown of Sitka as well as the capital, Juneau. In each of these towns, cruise ships arrived throughout the summer.

On the busiest days, more than 20,000 people would disembark those ships and fill the tiny towns. The majority of visitors were in their 60s, 70s, and 80s. Many were barely able to walk. Some dragged an oxygen tank behind them.

I found myself welling with admiration for these feisty travelers. They fought hard to realize their lifelong dream of visiting Alaska. Way to be courageous. Way to overcome obstacles.

But the longer we stayed in Alaska, the more I heard these amazing visitors repeat the same story: They had lived their whole lives with a bucket list. Alaska was always in the top five things they wanted to do, but it never reached number one.

By the time they arrived, they physically couldn’t participate in the activities, tours, and hikes that reveal Alaska’s most splendid beauty. They couldn’t hike into the ice caves of Mendenhall glacier to see the mesmerizing sapphires of ancient winters’ beauty. They were unable to kayak along the shore with seals splashing alongside. They couldn’t hike the mountains’ crest to behold Alaska’s rugged coastline while munching on sweet wild salmonberries.

Why do I share that?

Because I bet right now you have destinations that you’ve always dreamed of visiting. You have a million reasons not to go on that big trip. Maybe you’ve got small children. Or a highschooler about to graduate.

Even if the trip is a few years off, it’s time to scrape together frequent flier miles, research the details, and set a goal of making your trip dreams come true.

Set hugamongous goals. Take wild wiley risks.

Go. See. Visit. Do.

Remember your writing will never be more harrowing than the life you lead.

A few years ago, I decided to stop griping about the missed opportunities we were witnessing and start doing something about it. I co-founded the Write Brilliant Academy where we coach big dreamers on how to get from their big idea to a breathtaking book in 16 revolutionary videos. We’re committed to helping people live a life worth writing about.

Your stories and your ideas and your discoveries are too good to keep to yourself. People need to encounter your views on life and God and faith and family and work.

In the last few years, I’ve attained my dream of journeying to special destinations—from the Blue Lagoon of Iceland to the olive fields of Croatia. These days I dream less about places and more about people—that is, people just like you.

God wants you to dream brilliant dreams and unleash brilliant prose into the world. All you have to do is find the courage to turn your yawn into a “yes.”

Margaret Feinberg is author of dozens of books including Fight Back With Joy that have sold more than 1,000,000 copies. She’s co-founder of Write Brilliant Academy, an online course designed to walk you through, step-by-step, the process of writing, getting published, and building your platform so you can move from big idea to book in 16 revolutionary videos.



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