© 2018 Stay Brave. We are a charity registered with Charity Commission (1176963), and a charitable company (no. 11034856) registered with Companies House, working in England and Wales.

Registered Address:  Stay Brave, 3rd Floor, 86-90 Paul Street, London EC2A 4NE

Sharing your Blog

Here is our quick guide to what we're looking for when you share your blog with us.

Before we start...

Are you feeling okay? 

These guidelines are for people who are feeling well enough to tell their story. If you’re not sure you feel up to it yet, or need to talk to someone right now, please visit our helplines page.

 

We do get a lot of submissions so please bear with us and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

Step One: Read these lists... 

It's important that your blog fits with the format of what we already have. Make sure you follow these dos and don'ts, or we might not be able to publish your story:

Blogs We Do Publish

  • Keep it below 800 words
     

  • Talk as if you're speaking to a friend. Avoid complicated jargon
     

  • Speak about how you felt, people tell us that's the part that helps the most!
     

  • Most importantly - just be you! We're a community project made of everyday people just like yourself
     

  • If you include images - make sure you have the right permissions

We Don't Publish

Opinion pieces:

We don't often publish opinion pieces from guest bloggers, e.g. views on
types of treatments or political opinions, because we find these are best covered by our campaigns team.

 

Triggering descriptions of attacks and self-harm:
 

  • Avoid giving detailed descriptions that others may find triggering
     

  • Focus more on your feelings, not behaviours and actions

Unfortunately we cannot publish poetry or creative writing pieces.

Step Two: Plan what you'd like to say... 

Before you submit your story, take some time to think about what you want to share, what might be the best way to engage people and how you can get your point across.

 

  1. Keep it personal and focused on events in your life – our supporters tend to prefer blogs or vlogs that describe real-life events rather than abstract ideas.
     

  2. Resist the temptation to cover your whole life story. This will be far too much for one blog. It’s usually much more effective to focus on a shorter, defined period. What period in your life would you like to focus on? Describe particular moments or events and how they made you feel. Sometimes little moments can help readers to understand your point and how things were/are for you. Tim, for example, describes what it felt to tell his family, which gives a powerful insight into how afraid he was in the situation. 
     

  3. Try not to shy away from the difficult bits – these are the experiences that make your story real and interesting. Without them, there is no story! How did you get through these moments or cope with these feelings? Just be wary about triggering detail which can be uncomfortable for others to read. 

    (If you find these bits too painful to write about, perhaps you should put the blog/vlog to one side until you feel abler to work on it – put your well-being first.)

     

  4. Do you feel you have changed at all, because of what happened? Have you come on a journey? How were things for you at the start of your story, compared to how they are now? 
     

  5. What would you say to someone going through a similar experience? Do you have any tips or advice you’d like to share? 

Step Three: Writing your blog!

Style

We find that blogs work best when the style is informal and conversational. Here are some tips:

  • Write as if you were talking. Picture someone you’d like to tell your story to and imagine telling it to them in person as you write.

  • Be yourself. Don’t feel you need to be ‘a writer’– just be you! Let your personality come through in your writing (writing as if you were talking will help with this).

  • Use short words instead of long words where possible, for example ‘try’ instead of ‘endeavour’.

  • Use short sentences and short paragraphs.


Structure

Think about your opening sentence. What can you say that will have an impact on your readers and get them interested straight away? This doesn’t mean you need to say something shocking, it could be something simple and honest.

 

Think about the events in your story and build your story around these. Stay focused and keep it simple – make it easy for your reader to understand what’s going on. Avoid repeating yourself.

 

Once you’ve finished, try to read through your blog/story from the perspective of one of your readers. Will it make sense to them? Is it focused? Edit it to make any changes/improvements you think are needed. Most writers say that editing their story down to size is most difficult – but also the most useful – part of the process.

 

Aim for your blog to be between 600 and 1,000 words in length.

Step Four: Send us your Blog and we'll do the rest!

Wait! Have you double checked your blog passes our Do's and Don'ts?

 

Now that you've got it down in writing it's time to send it over to us.  

 

You can then send it to us at stories@staybrave.org.uk

 

Soon as we have received your blog we'll take a look, tidy it up if we need to and add anything that'll make it stand out more, and we'll let you know when it'll be available. 

If at any time you'd like us to take it down we will. However, with the way the internet works, remember as soon as it is uploaded we will not be able to guarantee it is completely gone.