I’m participating in a Blog Link-up with Kris (With a K), from www.withakwriting.com, because she wants to hear about the role writing plays in our businesses. She is giving a Writing Workshop for entrepreneurs and bloggers, starting May 25th, and she wants to give away a scholarship to one of the lovely bloggers who participate in this link up. You can participate and get a chance to win too. I left the exciting details at the end of my post!
I was recently asked this question by Kris with a K, “How has writing been beneficial to your business, and what do you want to Craft with your Voice next?” This is a question I’ve never really explored for myself.
I love to write and always have loved to write. At an early age, I used to keep a journal of short stories I made up about life. I was maybe ten years old when I used to write those. They were thrilling! Ha-ha!
Once I got older, I used to listen to the radio and write down the words to songs I enjoyed. Eventually that turned into writing my thoughts and fears in a hidden journal. I was the student in high school and college that LOVED essay questions. All my peers would groan in exasperation when the teacher announced an essay test. I was the nerd secretly hiding my excitement about writing for my teacher.
I’ve been writing for a really long time, but never sat down to examine why I enjoy writing so much.
So I sat myself down, grabbed a cool, colorful pen and began to search my soul to dig deeper as to why I love writing. Why does it feel so therapeutic? Why does it make my heart and soul smile?
I have discovered the following…Why do I Write?
- To feel the scratch of the pen as it moves across the paper.
- To brain dump. If you have not heard of brain dumping before, it’s a great activity in which you dump all your thoughts, ideas, goals, fears, to-do list, etc. onto a piece of paper. You just write freely until you no longer have random thoughts floating around in your brain. You then go back and look over your list to see what tasks are really important. You can set dates or goals to achieve these. You can scratch out all the tasks or ideas that now seem mundane to you. It is the most freeing exercise! The activity reduces overwhelm and brings focus and clarity to your life.
- To effectively communicate feelings. I sometimes struggle to verbally express myself without feeling misunderstood. I feel I often cannot extract the correct words when conversations move quickly.
- To express strong emotions when the words have become tangled on my tongue.
- To reflect.
- To share stories.
- To inspire actions or feelings in others.
- To encourage.
- To build relationships and connect with my readers.
- To be raw and real.
- To empower women to embrace their right now.
So it sounds like I’ve got this writing thing down right? Well, maybe, would be the best answer. I’m still finding my voice.
What does “finding my voice” mean? It’s your special sauce. It’s your uniqueness. It’s how you talk to your best friend. Then you take that big bundle and wrap it into words on paper, or in a journal, or in a blog post, or in a letter to yourself.
When I first started blogging, I didn’t know about my voice yet. I thought I had to write in a “professional” manner, cuz jewelry design is serious my peeps! My posts were “supposed” to sound intellectual; after all I am the pro writing about ‘XYZ’. The result was stiff, boring writing. And I hated it. I dreaded blogging and my posts were sporadic and I felt they weren’t that meaningful. And if I didn’t find them meaningful, then who would? The writing didn’t have emotion because I was stifling my creative side.
I’m a Gemini and only the serious, analytical twin was coming out in my writing. The creative twin loathed it! The creative twin wanted to call my readers “peeps” instead of people. And in real life, I call my friends Chicas (Spanish for girl, even though I don’t speak a lick of Español!) so the creative side is dying to use words like that to express my personality and resonate with women.
Then I stumbled upon some women bloggers that taught and believed that YOU should shine in your writing.
The Serious Twin was still skeptical, while the Creative Twin was jumping up and down to get out onto the paper. And then I met Kris with a K and her goal is for women to find and craft their own voice! I began listening and applying her writing advice on my blog and I cried big happy tears after my first REAL post, the first post that I let the Creative Twin shine. It felt amazing!
Writing for real will transform how I reach women in my jewelry business, how I’ll help them to Embrace Their Right Now!
Until I did this exercise today, I had forgotten about all the childhood short stories I wrote. And I realized I loved to write and I had forgotten about all those happy moments writing high school and college essays. And I want to continue to learn, grow, and stretch my writing skills, both personally and within my jewelry business.
So what do I want to Craft with My Voice next?
I’m currently working on a series called Your Right Now. You can read Part 1 here. I’m currently working on the outline for Part 2. It’s a series discussing how women only have Right Now to take care of themselves along with tips and advice encouraging you to Embrace Your Right Now. You are unique, special, and worthy of self care. Let’s connect and walk the journey together!
I’m so excited to have completed Kris’ free writing class and I can’t wait to participate in her upcoming Craft Your Voice workshop! She is an amazing teacher and you should totally check her out!
I included the “How To and What For” below. You just need an open mind and soul plus a yearning for adventure in writing to join us. I hope to see you there or around in the blogosphere, Chica!
Like I mentioned above, I’m participating in a Blog Link-up with Kris (With a K), from www.withakwriting.com, because she wants to hear about the role writing plays in our businesses.
She is giving a Writing Workshop for entrepreneurs and bloggers, starting May 25th, and she wants to give away a scholarship to one of the lovely bloggers who participate in this link up. You can participate and get a chance to win too.
Just copy and paste this piece of text into the introduction of your blog post answering the question, “How has writing been beneficial to your business, and what do you want to Craft with your Voice next?” Link back to this post, so any of your friends who are entering will be able to find it for more info.
Finally, go back to Kris’s blog on or after May 12th to add your link to the link-up party there, and you could win a scholarship to her new course: Craft Your Voice. She’ll be drawing a name on the 18th of May for a full scholarship to the 6 week writing course, so you can write and link-up your post any time before then.