The Lessons are In Your Story

When I decided to study women’s leadership, I needed to interview women leaders. I needed to design a way to determine what gives a woman her unique leadership ability.

When I contacted women leaders and asked them about their leadership skills, many couldn’t find a way to identify exactly what it was that gave her the ability to be a leader.

So I decided to take a different approach. I decided to ask the women to tell me their stories.

Having the chance to talk about leadership stories was the key to finding the lessons from women leaders.

The lessons were in the story.

One story was about how a woman had decided to lead the fight for quality education in her community. With a group of other parents, she went to the City Hall to talk to the councilperson.  When the group got there, everyone turned to her to be the spokesperson. That was her moment of becoming a leader. 

Another professional woman related how her workplace needed some innovative ideas to market educational products to an adult population. She knew how to work with this target group because she had taught adult education for years in a past job. Her ideas resulted in a significant increase in sales for the company. This led to her being the leader of a new division in her workplace.

Sometimes it is not easy to describe certain behaviors, such as leadership. But when you hear the stories behind the situation or event, you can find the lessons. Finding lessons in stories can provide a way to mentor others. You can share the steps you took, the insights you’ve gained, and the wisdom that you now put into action.

Women are great storytellers. Have you thought about how you can use your storytelling ability to share leadership lessons with others? Think of how effective you could be when you learn how to find the lesson in the story.

The first step to take is to actually find your story.  Women have a particularly difficult time talking about the things they’ve done and achieved in life.  It seems like bragging to say you’ve done something good.  But learning to identify those good times do several things.

  1. It lets you build your confidence because you see what you’ve accomplished in life.
  1. You become bolder to know that you can share what you’ve accomplished to encourage someone else.
  1. It makes you want to try something else and you move to higher steps.

After speaking to one woman about their leadership story, she said that actually hearing the words come out of her mouth gave her a new perspective on her life.  She felt proud in a positive way.

But what about when telling a story brings up a painful remembrance?  It might seem that you want to hide situations that show the imperfections, pains of set backs that happened in life.  But this can be some of the more powerful lesson you could share.

The Emotions of Memoirs

A hard part about writing memoirs is when you have an emotional reaction to what comes up in the writing. You might want to run away from the memory.  But you can also use this type of writing to help heal old wounds or to find a deeper meaning in what has happened. If the writing is painful, you can stop wring on that topic.  Switch to something more enjoyable.

What about “secrets”

Writing is therapeutic. Some of what you write in an autobiography or memories will be keep confidential for you and you alone. You will even have to decide if what you write should in fact see that light of day. Will you want you favorite aunt to know that you hated her perfume that seemed to cling to you when you gave her a hug? Do you want to put in writing the actions you did when you were a teenagers that until now, no one else knows about but you? Do you really want to share dark family secrets, about yourself or others?  Writings can be seen. Be careful what you put on paper.

You Can’t Write it All

My biggest worry when writing memoirs was that I wouldn’t be able to remember things in order that they happened. But that’s the beauty of the memoir. You do’t have to remember things as they happened. You don’t even have to remember exact dates and time. You record incidences or situations that you remember.

As you write, new thoughts will come up. You can also remember things as you find memories of your life.

When I cleaned my old room in my parents home, I found old writings from diaries and scrapbooks. I found the yearbooks from my high school that prompted many memories. The picture of me and my best friend that was stuck in the bottom of my old dresser drawer.  That drawer was a mess when I was young because I had so many activities going at once. These became the prompts for my stories.

You might find that you are writing short essays sprinkled with poetry. You will have pages with just a “saying” on it. You might want to put down the wisdom that know one else knows you adapted.

Don’t worry about forgetting or not remembering enough.  Just get started. You’ll find you have a lot to write about.  And you can’t write everything about your life. If you recorded every single thing that ever happened in your life you would never finish writing. You want highlights.

With the leaders, some pulled out of feeling like their “time had passed” and started getting involved in their community again.  What happened was that after doing a great feat, many were worn out but didn’t recognize this as a natural reaction to doing something powerful.

Now, by seeing how a leadership event requires a time of healing and rest, these women can empower others to know this truth too.

It takes confidence to tell your story:

  1. Turn Life’s Problems into Inspirational Lessons. Almost any woman at a professional or executive level has endured many hard situations in life.  These situations come from the natural flow of life, caring for others with problems, making decision that bring bad consequences, natural disasters, abuses or other situations. Some problems place a heavy load on your emotions and spirit and keep you from feeling the joy of living.  Making bad mistakes that result in heavy costs sometimes strip a woman of joy.  To live life fully, you have to change your perspective on past emotional and spiritual burdens. Learn to see these events as lessons that can inspire you and others to be more emotionally and spiritually in tune with God and the universe. People are seeking an understanding of how to lift their emotional and spiritual burdens. These people seek understand from others who have experienced similar things. When you realize that your life’s problems have gifted you with the ability to provide inspiration to help others in the world it changes how you perceive your life’s problems. The development of your skills, knowledge, abilities and experiences come from your unique life’s lessons.  Break emotional and spiritual ceilings by coming to terms with your life problems and see how you have been strengthened to benefit others as a result of what you’ve experienced.
  1. Identify Your Value Systems. Values are those life characteristics that really matter to you. They are the deep seated ideas and beliefs that cause you to act as you do and to pursue the goals that you pursue, consciously or unconsciously.  The secret to working consciously is to be able to identify your true values.  The core values of your life will direct how you respond to what life brings. Your mind is at ease when you function within your value system. Say for example one of your values if being with family, but your job requires that you are away from family most of the time. Instead of being peaceful in your mind that what you’re doing is valuable and worth it, you will constantly be questioning yourself and your work. You might not even know why you’re not happy and satisfied.  Knowing your value systems lets you get your life in order so you your mind is at ease. You break the barriers to what keeps you from becoming more productive, happy and successful.  Take time to identify your values on a personal and professional basis.  Then you will be able to use this knowledge to put several area of your life in order.  For instance, you can even manage your time and increase your productivity by working within your values systems. These are incredibly important strategic success secrets that will help you break heavy burdens that impede your rise to success.  Learn to identify you value systems and you will break loads of ceilings at once.

Learn the Process of Forgiveness. The only way to get fully uncluttered in your body, mind, soul, and physical areas is to get rid of what no longer benefits you. That includes not only getting rid of physical and material things that are no longer useful but being able to let go of emotional remembrances, hurts and pain too. That means deciding to forgive, let go and move on. It helps to know that forgiveness is an often misunderstood process. Instead of being something that you have to do immediately, the act of forgiveness is actually a process that can take place over time. When you commit to take the steps to forgive, you gain back parts of your life that you’ve put on hold indefinitely.  Unforgiveness keeps you trapped in the past of an ugly situation that rots away at your very core. Forgiving others as well as yourself, could be the most difficult thing you achieve in your life. But being able to forgive and let go will also be the most powerful move you can make to save your life and become a whole person in the process. Be determined to let go of your deepest hurts, clutter, secrets, hatreds, thoughts, pains, and other hard situations, in any and all forms.  Do this to move fully into your present and future instead of staying in the past. You will break some of the heaviest weights that hang over your head that keep you shadowed under rotting and nasty ceilings. Instead, break free into the sunshine of a new future and glorious possibilities.

Why put it in writing.  People are looking for human relationship.  They want to work with people they know. They are no longer looking for the person who makes them fel that they have been surprised to work with them.

John Nasbitt – Megatrends.  High-touch; High Tech issues.  People are looking for high touch relationships.  Touch people form the heart. Let them know you are a person that has been through situations too; you’ve taken the lessons of life and learned how to overcome. They want to relate t the heart of the person instead of the words only. Everyone has words, but what about sharing who you are, the hurts and troubles.

It takes commitment to put it in writing:

  • Creates a permanent records
  • Makes you vulnerable by revealing your inner thoughts to the world.
  • Clarifies your thoughts and gets them in order

It takes a strategy to make it real.   

  1. Know What’s Going On Around You. Starting a business with long term success potential means knowing what’s going on around you in the world. While you have no control over most of these strategic factors, they will affect your business success. This includes in society, education, politics, economy, financial situation, the competition, worker base and some other areas. You need to recognize how these areas will affect you even before you file a business license to start your business!

Does that surprise you that this is the number one thing you needs do as a strategy for success online?  Well, not only do you need to do this to start an online business, you should do this no matter what type of business you want to start; and the majority of people who start their own business fail to take this strategic step. Unfortunately, this is one reason why so many businesses either fail to get started or fail shortly after starting.

The step is important because these areas can mean having the consumer base necessary to run a successful business. Situations change.  People are still buying things but the economy is tough right now.  Perhaps that great business idea you had last month will no longer be relevant if the consumer group has had a negative impact because of the situation.

In order to be sure your business idea is relevant to the marketplace, keep up with what’s going on around you.  You can’t run a business in isolation. Read newspapers, news magazines, learn about relevant sites on the Internet to tell you what’s going on. This primary strategic step will let you know what type of products and services are needed in the marketplace as well as important emerging trends.

Be ready be flexible. You may have to make some changes to your idea or be more creative about what you want to offer. You might even come up with a new idea or innovation to bring that has never been done before.

Throughout history, tough economic times are when many savvy and creative business people have become millionaires by meeting the needs of society. When you learn to understand what’s going on around you, you will position yourself for success as an online business owner.

  1. Get a Focus. I can hear the moans from all of your with a dozen different idea you want to start in you “online store.” It can be very difficult to hear that you have to get a focus to be a success on the Internet but that’s how it is. Just think of the multiple online stores that exist where you can find any product or service you want. It’s like competing with a Wal-Mart online. It takes a lot of money and marketing power to become a full online store.

Being a success online means finding a focus for your business. The hard part about this is letting go of the idea that everything you want to do would be a success online anyway.  Something’s wouldn’t be.  Taking a strategic view of your business idea helps because you will see how your idea fits into the marketplace. You have to find a business idea that gives something others need, want or desire.

  1. Select a Relevant Product or Service. After you take a look at the situation around you, it’s time to consider what you have to add to the marketplace. Take an assessment of your background and see where you can shine in a business. What could add to a marketplace that either doesn’t exist, does exist but you could do differently or that you can present as a new idea to the marketplace, or that the market really needs at this time?  Look at emerging trends and see where your product or service idea fits in?  Do you have something that is in demand or that will fit the needs of a new trend that will soon hit the market?

 One way to start taking a critical and strategic look at what you have to offer is to study the competition. Find and analyze businesses that are similar to what you want to present. What you are looking for is what the competition is already presenting and how you can distinguish yourself in the marketplace. You don’t have to throw your idea out if you find a lot of competition.  What you need to do is learn how to brand yourself to create a strong brand in the marketplace to set yourself apart.

Take time to work on presenting yourself in a new and unique manner that will let you stick out from the crowd.  Don’t worry if you’re not totally sure about your brand as you start.  A false start is better than no start at all.

  1. Understand Marketing Strategy. Marketing in general fits into either a business online or offline. Marketing is the business activity that puts your product or service in the face of your potential target market group. You determine the exact product or service, your position or brand, how you’re going to present yourself and your pricing structures.  All of these tactics have to be relevant to the target market.

With Internet marketing you will need to develop some basic things to get going which you’ll discover next.  But with internet marketing, remember you can do a lot of marketing for free or for a very low fee.  Before spending a lot of money on Internet marketing study free Internet marketing concepts such as submitting articles to article directories or using some of the business social networking sites such as Squidoo to create a web presence.

  1. Write Your Business Plan. Would you try to go on a business trip without knowing how to get from your home to where you were going? Would you go without even knowing where the meeting was located? Well, that’s what it’s like trying to run your business without a business plan. Business plans give you the directions on how to focus your business. You do have to think things through. It makes you look at your target market, marketing plans, operational concepts, even your finances.

A business plan doesn’t have to be lengthy; it just has to have information that is important for you to have to know how to operate your business.  If you want to develop business that will eventually need financing, a business plan will be a necessity for that.  But for you, just develop the basics of the plan so you will know how to structure and operate your business.

  1. Get Help. You won’t be able to do everything yourself. Even if you enjoy doing it all, eventually it will keep you from getting a lot done. Eventually you will need to start building your online business team. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to do this. There are multiple freelance sites online where you can put out a n announcement of your business needs and let professional bid got help you.  One of these is elance.com.  another is guru.com.

Another great resource online is a virtual assistant.  This new type of business is s a person who does the type of things and administrative assistant would do for you in the workplace.  You can find va who knowhow to create websites, maintain your mailing list, even do regular contacts with your customers’.

Another resource person will be a good graphics designers.  You will need graphics for your ebooks, and other situations online. Start checking out the work of graphic  artists and other so you will be able to find your teams.

  1. Keep Learning. The internet is ever changing. So will your business. AS the world continues to change you will find that what you learn today will not be a relevant tomorrow.  Everything is going faster.  People now read ebooks on kindles instead of printing them out.  You will need to develop a mindset of a life long learner.  Without that you will soon be out of business as new technologies come in.  Being a life long learning on the web means selecting a professional mentor to help you move you business along.  Even if you feel that you have a handle on how to run your business, trying to do it in isolation will soon grow discouraging.  Hire a coach to keep you online and to make you accountable for your success.  Get involved with a group coaching for a more cost effective alternative.  Another alternative is a mastermind group.  These usually are smaller and a bit more expensive because you will get more personal assistance. Whatever you did, budget learning and coaching into your business in order to stay in business and grow your business.

First I help you clarify your dream or your vision. What exactly do you want in

this area? If you are unsure, as many people are, I have a process to help you

figure it out.

Next we uncover what is holding you back from having what you really want.

We identify any fears, concerns or obstacles that may be in your way and devise

strategies to overcome them.

Then we break your vision into six to eight bite-size manageable chunks called

“Keys to Success.” When you focus on your Keys to Success you will quickly

begin moving towards your dream.

From there, we create specific, measurable, goals and an action plan to achieve

them.

Through our weekly calls, I help keep you accountable, focused and inspired to

execute your plan. The difference between those who “have” and those who

“have not” is the execution of a plan. Many people have great ideas. For success,

you must ACT on them. I help you do that!

And

Take time to find the lessons in your story.  Write out what you’ve accomplished or find something to talk to about it. You will find a power that you may have failed to recognize before when you acknowledge the lessons in your story.

 

Academic Writing Frustrations

I help people write academic papers including dissertations.  While it can be thrilling to see these types of masterpieces take shape, it can also be extremely frustrating.  The Internet has become the new sweetheart to online writers providing just enough information and support research for web based articles and other online writing.   But when it comes to writing academic articles or doing scientific based research, Internet sources are not your friend.  I try to get this across to students all the time, but we live in an internet world.  Young kids are trained to go online to find their resources instead of searching through books.  I’m not saying books are not used, they are uploaded to the web, that’s true.  But I’ve seen citations from EzineArticles.com and even other articles based sites.  Some of these I write for so I know they’re not academically accurate on everything but use other web sties are sources.

So what’s a teacher to do?  Just keep pushing the understanding of when to use what resources and how.   Now there’s always the “deep web” that many are not familiar with.  That’s the part of the web that the average web browser wouldn’t look for that houses information from various university libraries or scholarly journals.  that’s where I want my academic students to dwell.  Get into those journals tha tsound like gobbly goop to others.  Learn to read them and understand how real research is done. That’s your task.

Today,  a student called, being frustrated at a meeting where another person was using Google to locate sources for a dissertation; straight off the web.  How that could even happen I’m not sure but I urged her not to let herself get confused.  Just stick to knowing that real sources for academic writing come from journals and other academic sources.  I know, many out there will begin to ask  about articles and more.  Sure, that’s great.  Ask away. I’d love the discussions. But let me know what type of writing you’re doing so we can look at it honestly. Meanwhile, I’ll finish my rant and move on.  The main thing I know is that it comes from not understanding the differences in sourcing information which comes with time, patience, learning and practice.

Chase Away Procrastination: 8 Top Tips

I call myself a “closer” in that I need to finish stuff I start.  But that doesn’t mean it won’t take a long to to achieve this goal.  Somethings I want to finish have been hanging in there waiting on me to come back to them for almost five years.  That’s embarrassing but true.  Getting finished is often difficult for creative types such as writers.  Putting things off is much easier.  Sometimes at night I go through what I’ve accomplished in my head.  Be careful with this; it can keep you up for a long time.  But what I’m looking for is to identify what got finished for the day.

  • Maybe I finished a class I was teaching and got the papers graded and recorded.  That’s a finish
  • Maybe I needed to listen to an audio and do a handout in a course I purchased and I got through it. That’s a finish
  • It could be starting a new writing project, maybe just creating the outline. That’s the first step and that’s a finish.
  • It might be writing up an audio script for a client and getting it back to them for the first draft.  That’s a finish.
  • In fact, I just took a quick detour to respond to a graphic artist I’m having layout the new brochure I just created for the local free clinic.  That’s a finish.

Finishing is precious.  Creatives, that is, writers and similar artists need to stay focused to get finished.  Finishing is how we advance in our art.  But finishing can also be a problem because of the big “P” factor, that being procrastination.  Procrastinating or putting things off is common when you don’t like what you do.  Who wants to stay involved with what doesn’t make them happy.  But what about doing something you really enjoy?  That’s when procrastinating to the point of never finishing becomes a mystery.

I have to ask that because I really love writing.  When people ask that question “If you had all the money you needed to live the lifestyle you wanted, what would you do?”  My response is always “write.”  Yet, that doesn’t mean it’s the easiest thing to do.  Why do we put off what we love?

I’ve found a few things that happen with that for me.  For one, my brain is all over the place.  I remember reading about the concept of “monkey mind” in my all time favorite writing book “Writing Down the Bones” by Natalie Goldberg.  That Monkey mind for me is probably a bit of the ADHD I’ve never had formally evaluated but know is there.  My mind is always running.  I think of 20 different things at once.  Sticking with one project can be close to impossible and doing what’s necessary but boring is actually physically painful, but I do it because I have too and that’s a part of life.

So on some days, I procrastinate.  I’ve gotten so much better over the years but it’s definitely better.  You too might go through the ups and downs of getting to the finish and having procrastination days that can be difficult to conquer.

For days when you need to overcome a procrastinating mindset here are a few ideas.

1. Make small steps work for you.  When you’re putting off starting a large project it may be because it seems like a huge task that will eat up all of your time.  Instead of expecting yourself to work for hours on end, try starting with 10 minutes. This will get you going on it and then it will be easier to continue.

2. Take breaks.  This is something I have to practice.  Once I get going it’s difficult to remember to get up and take a break.  But sitting for long hours is more tiring than stopping periodically for a breather.  Try dividing the time into small steps and take a break when you complete each step.  Another method is to just get up every hour for a 10 minute break every hour.  That’s what I teach at my More & Eat sit for people who sit too much and move too little.

3. Take a walk.  That is, get out and get some fresh air to give your brain a break.  Fresh air and exercise can stimulate creativity by letting you stimulate the mind.  Plus getting outside lets you connect with nature so you can start thinking up new ideas.  Go for a walk so you can get back to your project with renewed energy.

4. Make a plan. It’s easy to continue on the path of procrastination when your goals remain unclear. Give yourself a strict deadline if necessary. Write down the tasks you need to complete and the details of those tasks. It’s a way of holding yourself accountable for what is or isn’t done at the end of the day.

5. Get to the root of the problem. Sometimes there’s an underlying reason why you’ve been procrastinating on one specific issue. You might not be able to identify this reason until you really think about it. If you can identify the reason, you might solve your procrastination problem for that specific issue.

6. Reward yourself. While a break might seem like a reward, you can promise yourself other types of rewards for completing tough tasks. Decide on something you want to have or want to do. Allow yourself this luxury once you’ve completed the task at hand.

7. Believe in yourself. When you believe in yourself, you gain a passion for life and an enthusiasm that will help you get through the day. Once you believe in yourself, you have the power to get over procrastination and reach your ultimate goals in life.

8. Do the least-liked task first. When your day consists of many tasks you need to complete, start with the one that’s hanging over your head. While you might be procrastinating against all of them, once the bad ones are out of the way, your day will improve.

9. Schedule fun tasks, too! I know, I said eight tips and here’s nine.  I went for a walk, that’s why and got a creative idea.   So I still wanted to share it with you without making a lot of changes.  Just like what I did, take time for yourself by making enjoyable tasks a part of your day. Since your to-do list is usually packed with undesirable tasks, you should include enjoyable activities as well.

Don’t let procrastination be a regular part of your life.  You don’t have to let it be a member of the family who you don’t enjoy but tolerate.  Un -invite the little bugger from your life.  That doesn’t mean procrastination won’t drop in for a visit once in a while; that’s just a normal part of life.  So when it comes in, say hello, maybe offer a cup of tea, then let it go.  It will get the point after a while and you’ll get to “finish” faster and quicker as time moves on.

Business Leaders Have Stories to Tell

You might take the experiences of your business life for granted and not recognize the value of what you’ve been through.But here are seven reasons why it is important that business leaders take time to share their stories in writing or other ways.

Reason 1: You are a Part of History

Business leaders become a part of history by influencing their own part of society and the economy. You have lived through your own dynamic era in history and have a unique perspective on how the economy affects businesses in general and how society has changed for the business world over time. History is a story told from the perspective of a writer. Pick an event in your business history and write about your perspective on the event.

Reason 2: Business Leaders are a Demographic Group

You have a lot of colleagues who could relate to your story. Business leaders have a worldview that comes from getting up everyday thinking about how to influence the life of customers either directly or indirectly. You influence the world through the use of technology and belong to a group that takes risks others don’t. Write about what has inspired you to keep going everyday.

Reason 3: A Unique Cultural Understanding

Business leaders come in all demographic categories, and ethnic and cultural groups. If you are a Baby Boomer, you belong to the most diverse age category alive. Being a part of this rich diversity means having unique insights on cultural and ethnic history, traditions, and events. Boomers lived through the dynamics of changing the national policies towards segregation and integration. People were learning to live together for the first time during your lifetime. What was it like to be the first woman, person of your ethnicity or cultural group in your business or company? How was it for you to encounter a person of a different background for the first time?

Reason 4: Business Leaders Grow Wiser Instead of Older

Business leaders do age, but aging brings about wisdom. Many events you have encountered are experiences others would benefit by knowing. How did you get through the latest economic downturn?What did you do to change your business when the going got rough? You have more wisdom than you probably even realize and until you put it in writing others won’t realize it either.

Reason 5: You Live Life-Long Learning

To grow a successful business you have to continue to learn. The idea of life-long learning probably never crossed your mind because learning is just something you do on a regular basis. List lessons you have learned by operating a business over the years. Talk about the lessons of raising a family while growing a company. Tell how you got through conflicts in the marketplace. Talk about starting the company with little to no money. People need the insights of leaders who have made a difference in the world. You are in that category.

Reason 6: Your Stories Are Unsurpassed

There’s nothing like a good story to catch the attention of others; and business leaders have a lot of stories to tell. Your stories are the legacy you have to share and leave with the world. Record a documentary of your business from start to finish.The breadth of your experiences gives you unlimited amounts of materials to choose from in order to write stories of how your business functioned over the years, what people did in the workplace, and interactions you encountered over time. .

Reason 7: You Created What Others Only Imagine

Thousands of people each day are studying concepts of organizational behavior and change management. Many want to know how to work with teams. With your personal experiences these are topics you can write about with ease and give the practical side of the story. It’s necessary to know the theory but hearing how to live out the steps is equally or even more valuable. You have created ideas that others only imagine. Tell that story and inspire the creativity of others.

Writing business memoirs will never grow old. You could start today thinking of your business history and end up with a list of wonderful remembrances that help business owners stay inspired.

What? I’m having a little brother??

Okay, is this cute enough? I was looking through Flickr and just had to share this adorable little one with you. Not only is she precious, she makes me think of the five grandkids we have that are waiting on the arrival of their triplet brothers in a few months.

Yes, you heard correctly. My step-son and his wife already have five children and they are expecting triplets! That’s enough to get anyone practicing their writing.

When have you had a look like this on your face? What were you told or what did you find out that made you just drop your mouth, open you’re eyes and shout “WHAT?” Bet writing for 20 minutes on that one will be easy!

Trying a New Thing

How Spiffy Can I Get?

I want to experiment today with doing an HTML post on my blog. I’m doing this for a class that I’m taking on blogs and how to make them look spiffy. If you want, you can visit the blog of my dynamic instructor by clicking this link http://julieanne.powerfulintentions.com.

Do you still take classes to learn how to do things you love to do in a better way? I continually take classes to upgrade my skills and to stay up with the latest, especially when it comes to technology. Today, write about your attitude towards life-long learning.

  • Do you continue to take classes to upgrade you skills?
  • If not, why not?
  • Are you tired of studying because you’ve done it for so many years?
  • Did you just not think about it or do you think you don’t have enough time?

Meanwhile, I’m making this post extra spiffy with my HTML converter stuff. What do you think?

Writing Practice Prompt

Write to this prompt:

“The smell made me remember …” Write for 20 minutes.

Want to share? Post and comment on what it was like to write to this prompt.

Write with a Purpose

Practice can make perfect but practice should also lead to progress. If not, it doesn’t “make perfect.” Too many times, you want the writing to be perfect but forget that writing must also lead to something. It must also have a purpose in order to make you a writer.

It is great to know that you can quickly whip out many words. You can let the muse flow and fill page after page with words that can be eliminated or not go anywhere except into writing practice. But never forget to also have a project going that also has a purpose.

If you don’t have a writing project, select something today that you can write with a purpose; something that has an ending to it. Write with a purpose and a focus so you know that your writing matters, that it has a reason to exist. What writing project will harbor your writing purpose? When will it start, where will it end?