Turning Point Stories Project
Have a turning point story to tell? I’d love to hear from you. Please send me an email with your name, the city and state where you live (I conduct interviews in person whenever possible), and a brief description of your story at firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to connecting with you.
If you have volunteered to be interviewed, thank you! The questions below are meant to help you get started. It’s not necessary to answer them all. Just choose one or two. It doesn’t matter where you begin; there can be many different entry points to your story. Take a question, any question, and run with it.
The first few questions are lighthearted, but don’t be fooled. They’re tougher to answer than they look.
— If your turning point story became a book, a play, or a song, what would the title be? Who would play you in the movie version of your story?
— Describe yourself before, during and after your turning point, using only one syllable words.
— What kept you going in your most difficult moments? Who or what inspired you? Who or what motivated you?
— What is different in your life now as a result of this turning point?
— Did you understand the significance of what was happening at the time?
— At what point did you realize you had been changed by the experience?
— What do you think others could learn from your story? Is there a lesson in it that is universal?
— What do you wish you had known going into your turning point experience?
— If you could go back to a particular moment and observe yourself from a distance, which scene would you choose, and why? What do you think you would see?
— If you had the option to deliver a message to your past self in that moment, would you?
What would you say?
— If you could “undo” one component of your turning point, would you? If so, which one, and why?
This is not an exhaustive list, but rather a starting point. If you have suggestions — e.g. additional questions you’d like to see on this list, tweaks to current questions — please let me know.
*Change is at the heart of most turning point stories, which tend to transform us in ways we do not expect.