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How To Write A Compelling Story

Recently I was working with a client whose story was just falling flat. It’s not her fault really, there are so many variations of people’s opinions on what makes a compelling story. The thing it was really missing was…heart. More specifically, her heart. There were no personal stories that helped us relate to her. 
A compelling story grips people because it’s relatable even if the person reading it has never experienced anything like it. 
A compelling story has three main elements to it (in my opinion). 
  1. It builds a bridge with the reader in a relatable way. 
  2. It’s emotional and authentic (emotional doesn’t necessarily mean gut wrenching or sad by the way).
  3. It’s vulnerable and bonus points if it’s surprising. 
Building a bridge with the reader happens when you can help them connect with you on an emotional level. For an example of this check this story out.
This story speaks to the second and third point too—being emotional and authentic as well as vulnerable. Even if people have never experienced what I laid out in that story, they can still relate to it and it builds a bridge. When you are vulnerable it translate into trustworthy. 
When you can add a surprise twist or something the reader didn’t see coming, even better! This is how you captivate an audience and keep them reading and coming back for more. You need to share your stories in powerful ways. 
For point number two, what I meant by emotional was that it could also be humorous. Emotional doesn’t need to be sad, it can be a hilarious story that leaves people holding their sides (or bladders). Making the reader feel something is better than a dry story with no emotion. 
Use these tips to make your writing more compelling and if you need additional support, you can grab my free guide right here, and jump into my Facebook community where we did a five day challenge on this exact thing!
Meggan Larson

Meggan Larson

Award Winning & Amazon Best Selling Author, Course Creator, Adoptee, founder of Fly With Me Academy & co-founder of Starfish Stories Publishing Company.

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I published my first book in 2020 and went on to publish several more books within a year. I write fiction and non fiction and love to help others write and publish books as well.

I was adopted as a baby, have gone through stage four metastatic cancer, and nearly lost my life during my last pregnancy due to placenta percreta. I believe that we go through difficult circumstances so that we can reach back into the fire with buckets of water to help others.

My life ambitions include expanding my non profit organization to provide financial relief to families going through an unexpected medical crisis, building safe haven homes for women and their children escaping domestic violence situations, and learning how to homestead in order to become more self sufficient.



I dropped out of high school in the 11th grade, switched to an alternate school and was valedictorian the following year.


I met my husband on a sort of blind date when I was 15 and have been in love with him ever since (married for nearly 15 years now!).


I’ve always homeschooled my three amazing kids because I genuinely love getting to hang out with them every day.