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My Life in Paragraphs: Find and Tell Your Stories

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Book Synopsis:

My Life In Paragraphs is for the “reluctant storyteller,” the person who doubts anybody cares to know the details of their lives, worries their personal stories don’t deserve to take up time, and yet, has gained invaluable insights whenever they’ve taken a moment to reflect.

This Book Can Help You:

  • Communicate what you’ve held dear over the years—your most cherished values
  • See what losses and gains shaped your life in meaningful ways
  • Gain the skills and confidence to effectively share the stories you unearth
  • Positively impact the lives of loved ones and strangers alike

What’s in This Book?

My Life In Paragraphs is centered on fifty-two thought-provoking story prompts. They’re arranged into four themes.

    • Earth: Grounding and Values
    • Air: Hopes and Dreams
    • Fire: Passions and Motivations
    • Water: Emotions

April guides you by the hand through these questions, and her one-paragraph-at-a-time method of storytelling that gathers momentum with each gentle step, no writing skills required.

For inspiration, you can read essays about the journey of others who overcame reluctance, dug into their stories, and found clarity they didn’t even know was missing.

The process will guide you to “your story.” You’ll arrive there with more ease than you ever imagined, and be amazed by its richness.

The second half of the book includes tips for crafting and sharing your story—so whether you “publish” in a conversation with a loved one, a handwritten note, or an iPhone app for capturing and sharing videos, you’ll know exactly what to do.

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Book Details:

Title: My Life in Paragraphs: Find and Tell Your Stories
ISBN: 979-8-9886276-0-9 (paperback)
Publisher: Tree of Life Productions
Published: August 3, 2023
Language: English
Pages: 202 (paperback)
Weight: 10.4 ounces (paperback)
Dimensions: 5.25 x 0.51 x 8 inches
Available in: Paperback, Hardcover, and Kindle
For Purchase: Amazon (paperback, hardback, kindle)

Jon Soto

Emmy Winning Creative Director

"As a creative director, I learned early on that brands that allow their audiences to feel safe, heard, intelligent and worthy are the ones people love most. April’s approach does all of this and her book is a great starting point for people to tell their stories with pride and grace."

“What a gift this beautiful book will be to the people lucky enough to read and act on it.” 

Bernadette Jiwa, bestselling author of Story Driven

“What April crafted guides you deeper and deeper and deeper into the story until you’re face to face with the actual values you hold most dear. And that’s the moment when you realize, ‘Oh, I see why this works.’”

Dan Senter, spiritual leader

“The story prompts look deceptively simple, but are truly thought-provoking. April’s ‘My Life in Paragraphs’ framework is comprehensive, leaving you feeling like you’ve done a deep dive into the meaning and impact of your life and story. As a scientist, I’ve spent my life seeing stories in data; this process has taught me to recognize the power in each individual human story.”

Dr. Ann Blake, environmental scientist, changemaker, memoirist

“As a creative director, I learned early on that brands that allow their audiences to feel safe, heard, intelligent and worthy are the ones people love most. April’s approach does all of this and her book is a great starting point for people to tell their stories with pride and grace.”

Jon Soto, creative director

“You know how sometimes what happens in your life, you never really look at what you learned from it? The questions prompted me to really see what I learned, what my values were, and how I grew.”

Carolyn Goto, workshop participant

“Hearing story examples of what’s been important to other people helped me go further in my own thinking about what I want to pass on.”

Steve Alparone, workshop participant

“Wow! What a beautiful and practically useful book. It is written in such a clear and accessible way, I can imagine using the prompts and process and came away with motivation to explore my personal stories and those of others too.”

Laurie Senter, educator

“I bought this book for myself but enjoyed it so much ended up giving my copy to my dad for his birthday. What a great gift for a loved one. In my dad’s case, I suggested he use the audio notes function on his phone to record his answers to the prompts and then we can transcribe later into a little book! I found the book overall very inspirational and loved the opening chapters where the author shares about how reluctant story tellers can engage with the process… and learn to love it! Well done!.”

Sandra Harris, author of Say Goodbye to Plastic: A Survival Guide to Plastic-Free Living

“A perfect book for a lot of different situations: Whether you’re a memoirist, journaler, a fiction writer or someone wanting to explore and make sense of your own life, this book will help. April’s introductory stories are engaging, compelling and heart warming. They reveal her expertise and her open hearted humanity. (We all would enjoy being interviewed by her.) The questions she offers are rich [story] prompts. The book is beautiful as an object. Money well spent. A great gift for a loved one or yourself.”

Michelle Spencer, writer/storyteller 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
April Bell
hello@aprilbell.com
(925) 465-1118

Your Story Matters More Than You Know

Your wisdom lives inside your stories. Delight in discovering them: the fifty-two prompts in this thoughtful book will shine a light and show the way.

“What a gift this beautiful book will be to the people lucky enough to read and act on it.”—Bernadette Jiwa, bestselling author of Story Driven

My Life In Paragraphs is for the “reluctant storyteller,” the person who doubts anybody cares to know the details of their lives, worries their personal stories don’t deserve to take up time, and yet, has gained invaluable insights whenever they’ve taken a moment to reflect.

This Book Can Help You:

    • Communicate what you’ve held dear over the years—your most cherished values
    • See what losses and gains shaped your life in meaningful ways
    • Gain the skills and confidence to effectively share the stories you unearth
    • Positively impact the lives of loved ones and strangers alike

Why Tell Stories?

Because telling each other stories reveals what made us who we are. It allows us to witness one another; we learn who we’ve shown up for and who showed up for us.

Our stories create meaning, connection, direction, and a sense of awe and gratitude. Stories matter.

This is the discovery author April Bell, a former reluctant storyteller, made when she took the questions she poses to her legacy video clients—and turned them on herself.

What’s in This Book?

My Life In Paragraphs is centered on fifty-two thought-provoking story prompts. They’re arranged into four themes

Earth: Grounding and Values
Air: Hopes and Dreams
Fire: Passions and Motivations
Water: Emotions

April guides you by the hand through these questions, and her one-paragraph-at-a-time method of storytelling that gathers momentum with each gentle step, no writing skills required.

For inspiration, you can read essays about the journey of others who overcame reluctance, dug into their stories, and found clarity they didn’t even know was missing.

The process will guide you to “your story.” You’ll arrive there with more ease than you ever imagined, and be amazed by its richness.
The second half of the book includes tips for crafting and sharing your story—so whether you “publish” in a conversation with a loved one, a handwritten note, or an iPhone app for capturing and sharing videos, you’ll know exactly what to do.

Why Give the My Life In Paragraphs Process a Try:

“As a scientist, I’ve spent my life seeing stories in data; this process has taught me to recognize the power in each individual human story.”—Dr. Ann Blake, environmental scientist and change-maker, memoirist

“What April crafted guides you deeper and deeper into the story until you’re face to face with the actual values that you hold most dear. And that’s the moment when you realize, ‘Oh, I see why this works.’”—Dan Senter, spiritual leader

“As a creative director, I learned early on that brands that allow their audiences to feel safe, heard, intelligent and worthy are the ones people love most. April’s approach does all of this and her book is a great starting point for people to tell their stories with pride and grace.”—Jon Soto, creative director

“Wow! What a beautiful and practically useful book. It is written in such a clear and accessible way, I can imagine using the prompts and process and came away with motivation to explore my personal stories and those of others too.”—Laurie Senter, educator

Open this book and enjoy the fun, discovery, and magic that transpire when you let go of being a “reluctant storyteller” and bring your stories to life, one paragraph at a time.

Available on Amazon.com

About the Author:
April Bell is the founder at Tree of Life Legacies, a storytelling and wisdom-keeping project based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2008 she’s been helping individuals, organizations, and leaders find and tell their stories, often on video. As her storytelling focus lends toward the spoken word, people daunted by writing love her “My Life in Paragraphs” process. She is co-creator of StoryCatcher® for iPhone, a simple and fun tool for creating and sharing video stories. What’s your story?

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Interview Prompts for Journalists and Podcast Hosts:

Connecting with Readers

How do you believe people will connect with the concept of telling their stories one paragraph at a time, and what impact do you hope your book will have on them?

Storytelling Techniques

Can you share some specific storytelling techniques or strategies you believe can help others in finding and telling their own stories?

Audience Engagement

What do you think is the key to engaging a listener when sharing personal stories, whether in one-on-one situation or when telling in a group or video?

Lessons Learned

Can you share any specific lessons you learned about yourself or life in general through the process of finding and telling your stories?

Embracing Authenticity in Storytelling

Your book encourages readers to find and tell their stories authentically. Embracing authenticity can sometimes be challenging, especially when sharing personal stories. What were some of the challenges you faced, and how did you overcome them?

How do you think people can encourage authenticity in others, both in their personal stories and in everyday life?

Many individuals hesitate to share their authentic stories due to fear of judgment. How did you personally overcome any fears or concerns about how your stories might be received?

Embracing Vulnerability

Sharing personal stories can be a vulnerable experience. How do you navigate the emotions and vulnerability that come with sharing your own personal stories?

How do you believe embracing vulnerability in personal storytelling leads to more meaningful and genuine connections?

Creative Process

Are there any creative challenges you face while working on a story, and how do you overcome them to bring your stories to life?

Personal Impact

How has the process of exploring your own life in paragraphs impacted your understanding of your experiences?

Advice for Aspiring Storytellers

For individuals who are inspired by your book and want to embark on their own journey of storytelling, what advice would you give them?

Balancing Transparency

When sharing personal stories, there’s a fine line between being open and maintaining privacy. How did you find the balance between transparency and personal boundaries in storytelling?

Empathy in Connection

Empathy often plays a crucial role in connecting with others. How can individuals cultivate empathy, and how has it shaped your ability to connect with people on a deeper level?

People come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. How can individuals navigate and embrace differences to foster stronger connections with those who may have different perspectives?

Digital Connection vs. In-Person Connection

In today’s digital age, we often connect with others online. How do you see the dynamics of connecting digitally versus connecting in person, and are there unique challenges or advantages to each?

Cultivating Connection in Communities

Stories have a unique way of fostering connection. How do you believe the act of sharing personal stories can deepen connections between individuals? Between communities?

Meaningful Conversations

Meaningful conversations are often at the heart of deep connections. How do you approach and initiate conversations that lead to a genuine connection with others?

Integration of Personal Stories in Business

Your book explores personal storytelling. How do you see the integration of personal narratives in a business context, and what benefits can it bring to organizations?

Personal stories can be powerful tools for communicating company values. How can businesses effectively use personal storytelling to convey their mission and values to their teams and customers?

Leaders often share their personal stories to connect with their teams. In your opinion, how can leaders use personal narratives to inspire and lead their teams effectively?

How can personal storytelling be leveraged to promote diversity and inclusion within organizations?

Questions on StoryCatcher for iPhone

StoryCatcher for iOS is a fun and simple tool to create and share video stories with. Developed by April Bell and Urs Brauchli; available on The Apple App Store since 2013—learn more: StoryCatcher.app

How do you see StoryCatcher fitting into the broader landscape of your My Life in Paragraphs process and framework? In what ways do you believe StoryCatcher can benefit storytellers?

What inspired you to create StoryCatcher for iPhone? Was there a specific need or gap in the market that you wanted to address?

Can you provide an overview of the key features of StoryCatcher and how it sets itself apart from other similar apps in the market?

Data collection is a big concern for many users. How does StoryCatcher approach user privacy concerns?

How do you envision the future evolution of StoryCatcher, and are there any upcoming features or updates that users can look forward to?

– StoryCatcher® In The News –

StoryCatcher

Author Bio:

April Bell is the founder at Tree of Life Legacies, a storytelling and wisdom-keeping project based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2008 she’s been helping individuals and organizations find and tell their stories, often on video. As her storytelling focus lends toward the spoken word, people daunted by writing love her “My Life in Paragraphs” process. She is co-creator of StoryCatcher® for iPhone, a simple and fun tool for creating and sharing video stories. April has a bachelors degree in psychology and has worked in media since 1990. She is available to travel nationally and globally to lead her My Life in Paragraphs retreat-like workshop. What’s your story?

Contact Information:

Email: hello@aprilbell.com
Phone: (925) 465-1118

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April Bell, author of My Life in Paragraphs: Find and Tell Your Stories

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