Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Working Through Obstacles

Obstacles can either stop us, slow us down or challenge us.  I suppose there are more options, but those three are my focus today. The bottom line is, obstacles are there. Each and every one of us has a myriad of obstacles in the way of what we want to do.  I have always had obstacles to my writing. When I was a child, writing in my hollow tree, the weather, my dad's violent fits, one of my siblings or even a spider could be an obstacle to my writing.  I was not about to share my space with a spider!

I don't want to allow my obstacles to stop me or slow me down. This week, it's been a real challenge to keep my focus on writing.  There are many reasons why, but if I don't get busy writing, those reasons, as valid as they might be, will quickly turn into excuses.

What about you?  What are your obstacles?  Are they real obstacles or new excuses?

Just sayin'.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Embrace the Power!

The power of the written word.  As writers, we already know the power of the written word, hence, we write. When we write something down, it changes it. The changes are remarkable when you stop to analyze them. My students have already heard this, but perhaps a reader out there hasn't.  Let me tell you a little story.

Picture yourself as a committee member.  You are asked to serve on a committee for something you are very passionate about.  Actually, you might have been asked to serve because of your passion.   So, the committee chairman calls a meeting and in anticipation of that meeting, you write out some ideas you've had for the committee.  As the meeting day approaches, you decide to share those ideas with the other committee members, so you type them up and make copies.

When meeting time comes, you are eager to share your ideas, and other committee members are eager to hear and share ideas, as well.  You will find that if no one else took the time to write their ideas down, your ideas are much more likely to be used and incorporated into the committee.

Because they are written down.
Because, in written form, they become a tangible item in someone's hands.
Because it's harder to argue against a written word than a spoken one.

Writing it down - whatever it is - changes it.

As you write, don't forget the power your words have.  Embrace the power. Use the power wisely.  But, always write from your heart.


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Just Think

Sometimes, I just need to think.  Life is busy, praise God, and time to think is a sweet luxury. This weekend, I am home almost alone....just myself and my 18-year-old daughter.  My hubby took my two teenage sons on a father/son retreat, leaving us girls here alone and I've actually had time to think.

As a writer, especially, I need thinking time.  So far, the results of my thinking are:

1) I thought of a title for an article I've been wanting to write for a while,
2) I thought of an approach to a chapter in a book I'm writing,
3) I thought of a way to approach a rather sensitive subject without tossing blame directly onto certain people by name.
4) I thought of doing this blog post.

So, my thinking has been very productive so far.

Writers, do you take time to think?  I grab every opportunity I have to do some serious thinking about my writing goals.  For me, it's important to keep my goals in front of me as it makes me more likely to work to fulfill them.

Thinking is a huge part of the pre-writing process for me.  I have thought and thought on certain articles for a couple of months. When I finally sit down to write the articles, it takes all of 20 - 30 minutes and I'm done!  And these usually sell.  The thinking did the work for me.

Just think.


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The Best Informative Article I've Read in a While

I"ve been away.  Another of my wonderful sons - I have five altogether - has graduated college and we made the trip to Iowa to attend his graduation.  Kudos to him!  He got engaged the same day!

Forbes Magazine online had published this article last December (2011), but if you have not seen or read this, do so now.  Much of the information I've been teaching in my Community Education Writing Classes is the same as what this article states, and I did not read it ahead of time!  Those of us who study this market, whether we are "small beans" like myself or something as large and influential as Forbes, know this information to be vitally important to our own success as writers and e-publishers.

I suggest you read and study this article - all 4 pages of it - as though you will be tested on it!

My upcoming class, E-Publishing 101, will cover these concepts in more detail.