Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Writing Reveals Truth

As a writer, I'm constantly reading. I just finished reading Alaska Bound, One Man's Dream...One Woman's Nightmare! by Tammy Jones and I wrote a review on Amazon about the book. The title of this book had immediately caught my attention, plus the fact that it was a free Kindle book at the time. It is no longer free, but I was able to nab it when it was.

What struck me about the writer, Tammy Jones, is that she revealed so much truth about her relationship with her husband as she wrote. She did not directly address her marriage, but woven into the adventure were certain phrases and feelings that clearly revealed some major issues in her marriage.

When we write, our words become more powerful than when we speak. I highly doubt she intended to paint her husband in the light she painted him in, but through her writing, truth came out. It always does, especially if we are vulnerable enough to write about intense personal experiences.

What does your writing reveal about you and your relationships? Something, no doubt.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

You Have to Write It

These are wise words: You have to write it. I was recently reading this article by Ellen Rohr about starting a business and her first words of advice are, "You have to write it." She was referring to people who attempt to start a business but have all their plans in their head. She says that writing it down makes it real.

I have been giving this advice to my writing students for years! When you write it down, it changes it.

Writing it down makes it official. Picture yourself being chosen for a committee. You love what the committee is about and you pour your time and energy coming up with a plan for the committee. At your first committee meeting, you pass your plans out to the others...the plans you have written down. Because it's highly unlikely anyone else wrote down a plan, it's equally likely that your plan will be used. Why? Because it was written down. Official looking. Official sounding. Written down.

Writing it down helps you be objective because you can go back and read it later and either see that it was not a good idea, see that it's still a great idea or see that it needs some work but is doable. Writing it down does all that - and more - for you.

So, whatever you're doing, planning, thinking of or striving for, write it down. Make it official. Become objective. Succeed.

This is good advice.