This post is part of the 📖 Everybody Writes series.

Today I am reading Chapter 42 of the book Everybody Writes written by Author Ann Handley.

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The goal of this book Everybody Writes is to guide you in creating ridiculously good content by showing how to write better (or how to hate writing less).

Chapter 42

Tell the Story Only You Can Tell

What sets you apart? What’s unique about your story? Don’t tell me who you are—tell me why you matter to me.

“Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that—but you are the only you” — author Neil Gaiman.

Chapter 43

Voice and Tone Don’t Get Hung Up on Whether Something’s Been Said Before—Just Say It Better

In prose, style is a differentiator. Write with clarity and don’t be indulgent.

“Unless you have so-called commodity content—you have to have a unique voice” — Andrew Davis

In other words, consider your voice as a differentiator across all your customer-focused communications—your website, your mobile updates, and your 404 pages, among other things.

But also in your in-store signage, your social presence, and anywhere else you’re communicating with people you’re trying to reach.

Chapter 44

Look to Analogy instead of Example

“Art begins in imitation and ends in innovation” — Professor Mason Cooley

Here author Ann provided a story of Carl Sciortino who contested for Massachusetts Fifth District congressional seat in 2014. Although he lost, his efforts received national attention because of a campaign video which he was about to narrate a compelling story.

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Key Takeaways

  • Don’t tell who you are—tell why you matter.
  • Tell the story that only you can narrate.
  • Hone your own relatively unique perspective and voice.


Storytelling is an important tool in your business. Come up with a message that resonates with your customers, i.e. why you matter not who you are.

Today I finished 50% of the book. It’s a huge book. On this pace, I am going to take another 20 days to finish the book.

If you read and understand the excellent practical and easy implementable material in this book, it will surely transform your writing and business alike.

What are you waiting? Go and buy and transform your writing for good forever.

Everybody Writes

Author(s): Ann Handley

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