What stories opened your heart wider—so it will never close as tightly again? Which characters opened your eyes to see the human experience from a different perspective?
Transformational stories are an adventure. They shake us to the core. They transport us to a new place. And the journey to make them takes us into some challenging places as well.
Have you noticed that to create something extraordinary you have to be extraordinary? The good news is that when we give our story as a gift to the world, it gives us the gift of transforming us. Here’s how that can work.
A polished manuscript had generated a five-figure offer but it was clear to Lydia that money was being left on the table. The book was very well written and the subject was compelling. The author was already a recognized authority with an established following to drive sales and media attention. But as good as it was, Lydia was clear that the book could be better.
Lydia supported the author so that she felt safe to take risks and go deeper. Together, they explored ways to enhance the storytelling by adding more personal transformation to the book. This immediately triggered the author, who needed to overcome patterns of suppressing her full voice and power.
The healing process that followed generated a book that resonated profoundly with readers. The selling price was four times the original offer and the book was a critical success and a New York Times bestseller. The project succeeded because Lydia took a stand for fulfilling its highest vision and because the author learned that her personal healing would mean greater impact in healing others.
That’s how it works at the deepest level—every time. We make it and it makes us.
If it’s something you’ve never been done before, and you have no idea how to do it there’s nothing to do but dive in. A renowned spiritual teacher invited Lydia to climb large boulders in a canyon to get to know each other before beginning the ghostwriting process for his new book.
His broken English was difficult for her to understand and she didn’t read or speak a word of his native language. At a precarious moment, he offered his hand to steady her (although he wasn’t steady himself) and asked if she was nervous about the project. Of course she was, so was he, and they had a good laugh about their predicament—a tight deadline, his upcoming world travels, and his lack of interest in the writing process.
Like so many others focused on world-changing work he didn’t want to be distracted from his calling. He wanted his book to appear as if by magic without having to do a great deal of work to get it done.
Lydia only had one recorded interview with him and a file of his current speeches and some rough notes as source material from which to generate the manuscript.
Just months later, as she wrote the final chapter, it was clear that key ideas were missing and he was unavailable to fill in the details. What now? Lydia had to envision what this teacher wanted to share with readers and generate the missing content by writing intuitively and inventing teachings in his voice hoping she was in alignment with him.
He loved the entire manuscript—and especially the final chapter. There are many times during the life of a project when courage is required by everyone involved to create the next big leap.