Rebecca Jantz Johnson
Hello, I'm Rebecca—the creative spark behind Story Solutions. I help speakers, leaders, and organizations extend their influence through writing that informs and inspires people every day. Because, as Maya Angelou said, "when you know better, you do better."
- Over 25 years as a writer and go-to person for thoughtful ideas and solutions
- Executive writer for nonprofit CEOs and pastors
- Ghostwriter, coach, and collaborator for 8 books and e-books
- Managing editor of several magazines and anthologies from inception to publication
- Interviewer, author, and editor for hundreds of brand-building stories and articles
- Published author of 3 collections of scripts and liturgical readings
- Former church communications director and creative agency vice president
I love city neighborhoods, quiet mornings, strong coffee, good data, wicked humor, amazing grace, and life with my husband Nathan. We live in Denver, Colorado.
May I share some of my experience with you? Here's a free guide:
From Speaker to Author:
11 Ways to Transform Your Spoken Message into Published Content
You're welcome to read my professional backstory to learn how I got the knack for capturing an individual's voice in writing.
The benefit to you is simply this: I know exactly what to listen for, so you can just talk like you always do.
Your message already informs and inspires the way people live every day, for the better. That’s why it’s worth transforming your spoken words into published content for greater reach and influence.
But perhaps you’re saying to yourself:
- Somebody else already wrote about this.
- People don’t seem to understand the good work my organization is doing.
- I’m not a good writer—or not as good as I want to be.
- I don’t have time for a writing project.
- My last book half killed me. I can’t do that again.
These may be true statements, but they are false stories.
The true story is, your message matters. Together we’ll make it clear and compelling in writing.
a failed first chapter
When two pastors hatched the idea of publishing a book together, their first writer delivered a disappointing draft of the first chapter. I accepted the challenge of starting over.
My immediate goal? A clear structure to bring out both voices. I developed a coauthored approach to the book's central theme based on the content of sixteen sermons, light research, and interview notes.
With a weekly schedule for writing and feedback, I kept the project in line with the authors' expectations during the next four months. The resulting 47,000-word manuscript included an introduction and eight chapters. It combined their biblical teaching with pop culture anecdotes and memoir passages.
After I completed my confidential work, the authors submitted their manuscript for editing, proofreading, and production. Six months later, they celebrated the release of their book.
Expressing brand values
in unique voices
The tenth anniversary marked more than a milestone. For a college preparatory school, the occasion also provided an opportunity to begin telling stories of lasting influence.
The school was already publishing news about current students. New stories would highlight alumni advancement and 'pioneer' family perspectives from the school's early years.
The assignment came with a list of objectives. Develop story leads. Capture unique voices. Create stories quickly. Show Christian faith lived out. Align with brand values. Demonstrate distinctive programs in academics, arts, athletics, and international discovery. And establish a storytelling framework to continue beyond the anniversary.
After meeting with the many of the school's cabinet leaders, teachers, and staff, I developed a framework to encompass the objectives. Then I conducted interviews and wrote the first stories to support a running start for the in-house communications team.