We’re almost two weeks into the new year and I wanted to take some time today to talk about my 2018 writing resolutions. These are different than my blogging resolutions (I prefer intentions or goals — rather than resolutions). My writing resolutions are based on how writing makes me feel, why I am compelled to put fingers to keyboard and pen to paper and why I will continue to do so.
2018 Writing Resolutions
- I feel happier when I write. A recent study I uncovered found that when people “wrote about what made them feel grateful or if they composed thank-you letters, they felt better about their lives and were more optimistic.” Now those are two great reasons to write — whether you do it for a living or in your gratitude journal or if you’re penning a novel.
- The more I write, the more I write. It’s the same with any habit, the more you do it, the more you want to do it. A writing habit feeds upon itself. I find the more I write, the more ideas I have. My writing routine helps me get more done on a regular basis. Because I write for a living I can’t sit in my office and wait for the muse to arrive and grace me with brilliant ideas. I need to get my butt in the chair and create content; I’m not going to tell my clients, “I simply wasn’t inspired to create content for you this week… maybe next week will be better.” Um, I don’t think that will fly, do you?
- Writing more, makes you a better writer. The adage, “practice makes perfect” applies. Well, not always. There are those writers with whom I interact who can’t tell the difference between a their/they’re/there to save their lives; thankfully they have an editor (me) who reads their work before it goes live. If you want to become a better writer, you certainly can. If you know you need to have writing done, but it’s not in your wheelhouse, then hire someone to create your content.
- I’m a better spur of the moment writer than speaker. I envy those people who can come with zinging one liners without any hesitation. I can come up with those if I have my fingers on a keyboard, but to spit them out in the heat of a conversation, not so much.
- Write down your blessings. At the end of every day I take a few moments to jot down what I was grateful for during the day and what blessings were bestowed upon me. Some days it’s a struggle to find something to be grateful for other than, “I am still alive” and let’s face it, that’s huge! I know that if I put my mind to it I can find items about which and for which I am grateful. Before I start work in the morning, I look back at what I was grateful for the prior day and it starts my day in a better frame of mind.
- Writing helps me be more succinct. I sometimes write flowery prose. I usually always write prose that is littered with the word “that.” I think every person has that one word that shows up in his or her writing all of the time. I recognize that “that” is my word so I go back and edit my writing and chop out that word. I edit my writing so it is succinct before I hit “publish.”
- Writing lets people get to know you. If I didn’t write about my life, my breast cancer fight, my love for my pets, etc. how would people know “the person behind All Words Matter”? Why does that matter? People want to do business with people they “know, like and trust” and sharing your personality through your words helps you build connections.
How often do you write? Do you write for pleasure or business or both? Are you sharing your business story?