How to Own Your Story: A Writer’s Toolkit

By Steve Austin | Best of Messy Grace

May 01

What is your story?

Deeper than your name, your hometown, and your favorite color. What’s the story you obsess over at night? The one you struggle with when you’re alone? What’s the story that haunts your prayer time or makes you feel like you shouldn’t pray at all?

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Do you want to tell the story of something really great you accomplished, but fear sounding like a pompous ass? Do you want to tell the story of the hardest lesson you ever learned, but don’t know how to say that the story isn’t over yet? You’re frustrated because you still feel stuck in the middle of learning it and wonder if you really have anything to offer anyone else.

Am I right?

Our stories are all different. The who, what, when, where, why, and how change from person to person. But the one common denominator is that all of our stories have power.

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Let me say it again: Your story is powerful.

Through writing, I have found my voice, connected with others in similar situations, and witnessed the creation of an online community of grace-givers that continues to astound me every single day.

While I thought successful writing was all about page views and building a name for myself, I have found even greater satisfaction in writing through my brokenness and helping others do the same.

I am Steve Austin. I have been blogging my story of messy grace since 2010. Along the way, I’ve found this message resonates deeply. I’ve had work featured on The Huffington Post, Good Men Project, Patheos, & The Mighty. I am a staff writer for Venn Magazine and serve on the Board for Altarwork.

The Writer’s Toolkit: How to Own Your Story

I am thrilled to release my brand new PDF , “The Writer’s Toolkit: How to Own and Craft a Powerful Message”. I am so excited about this easy-to-follow, helpful, and effective resource!

The Writer's Toolkit by Steve Austin, will teach you how to own and craft a powerful message.

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The buzz about the book:

Steve Austin has put together a fantastic resource to help would-be writers, preachers, speakers, and newbie bloggers learn how to tell YOUR story in a way that genuinely connects with people.

He has encouraged me to share the less-than-Pinterest-perfect side of my own story over at Completely Kristie, and this PDF Kit both inspired me and gave me practical tools to tell my story more effectively.

Steve has a talent for developing great storytellers, so if you’ve got a story that needs to be told, I highly encourage you to snag a copy!

-Kristie Burch, completelykristie.com

This is a fantastic resource from Steve Austin. It is a useful tool for writers, story tellers, leaders and those interested in furthering their own healing journey.

-Sean Swaby, Editor at Good Men Project, Writer at SMSWABY

If you’ve ever thought about writing or sharing your life story, you might want to check this out.

Christine Callister Walker, christiwalk.com

I have known Steve Austin for nearly twenty years and if anyone has a story to tell it is him! His message has changed my life in more ways than I can count. You definitely want to read everything he writes.

Also, his downloadable set of worksheets on how to tell your story have inspired me to get to writing! I have a story to tell and can’t wait to use Steve’s “tell your story” formula to craft my message of awesome! Look out world! 🙂

-Amye Still, amyestill.com

I really liked it [the e-book] and found it helpful.  Your list of questions is quite thought-provoking.

I have been working on memoir writing for some time now. (one of these days I REALLY want to be published) I’ve read books, signed up for courses, but your approach is quite different and I really like it. Perhaps it’s better to look at a small chunk of life rather that the whole big picture.
Oh, one of the questions called to mind when I was a little girl and our pastor stopped by. He wrote out John 3:16 and put MY name in it instead of “the world”. I still have that piece of paper. The mere thought of God’s love for ME has gotten me through some pretty hard times and can still bring tears to my eyes. I hadn’t thought of the event in sometime. Thanks for helping me to recall that evening.
Anyway, sorry to ramble on.  Thanks for the book.  Thanks for the inspiration.  I will look forward to your future works.
-Barbara W.

This downloadable set of worksheets will inspire, encourage, and teach you how to tell your story through my proven formula.

It’s your story. It’s time to own it. Let me help.

Download your copy today! Just click here.

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About the Author

Steve Austin is an author, speaker, and life coach who is passionate about helping overwhelmed people learn to catch their breath. He is the author of two Amazon bestsellers, "Catching Your Breath," and "From Pastor to a Psych Ward." Steve lives with his wife and two children in Birmingham, Alabama.

  • Mary says:

    I think this is an amazing accomplishment. Writing our story can be so cathartic. It seems there are things you want to tell and admire about yourself, and others you’re afraid to admit, even to yourself! Can’t wait to start my story!

    • Steve Austin says:

      Thank you, Mary! Writing is almost always cathartic for me. I agree 100%. It pulls out things, pushes us into our pain, and brings us toward a more wholehearted life. Good luck with telling your story! Let me know if I can help.

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