Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Contribute a Story to "Chicken Soup for the Stepfamily Soul"

I know many of you are getting here by searching terms that are far from being considered an entry to any Chicken Soup for the Soul type book, but I thought I'd throw this out there just in case you have something you'd like to contribute.

You just never know when your life may be inspiring to others - even when it seems like it's falling apart to you. Right now I don't even feel inspirational enough to mix up a cup of instant tea - let alone chicken soup - but you might!

Here are a few details:

A Chicken Soup for the Soul® story is an inspirational, true story about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. It is a story that opens the heart and rekindles the spirit. It is a simple, inter-denominational, living art piece that touches the soul of the readers and helps them discover basic principles they can use in their own lives. They are personal and often filled with emotion and drama. They are filled with vivid images created by using the five senses. In some stories, the readers feel that they are actually in the scene with the people.

Chicken Soup stories have a beginning, middle and an ending that often closes with a punch, creating emotion rather than simply talking about it. Chicken Soup for the Soul® stories have heart, but also something extra…an element that makes us all feel more hopeful, more connected, more thankful, more passionate and better about life in general. A story that causes tears, laughter, goosebumps or any combination of these. A good story covers the range of human emotions.

The most powerful stories are about people extending themselves, or performing an act of love, service or courage for another person.

Click here to find full details on how to submit your own entry. If you end up being mentioned in the book, be sure to let me know. I want to get the first autographed copy :)