Go read Stacey Abrams’ Lead from the Outside.
Stacey Abrams’ Lead from the Outside not only tells the impressive story of one of Abrams’ rise in politics. Stacey Abrams seems to me to be one the most prolific organizers, leaders, and creatives (!) in the US political landscape today. The book is also an interesting case study of how we can simplify the daunting task of writing.
Go read the book for Stacey Abrams’ story, stay for its structure.
The formula proposed by Abrams is
Know what you want, why you want it, and learn how to get it
Turning this formula into a framework, Stacey Abrams develops the entire book.
The strategies that expand on the framework that I noticed are
- Give a brief overview overview of the framework in principle
- Add your origin story that sets the stage for the framework and puts it in your personal context
- Repeat the three steps in detail by making them the anchors for chapters, always linking ideas and insights to personal stories
- The framework is fractal - a little insight off of a larger insight warrants an inserted smaller framework and more personal stories
- Finish strong: End excursions into the various topics with quotable / tweetable sentences that capture the essence of the topic
Only one of us can be Stacey Abrams but we can all learn about what we want, why we want it, and how to learn to get it.