This week, things are a little different.
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.
“How has writing been beneficial to your business?”
More than being beneficial for my business, writing has been the reason for my existence.
Writing has been my friend all of my life.
Sometimes, it’s been the invisible friend only I can see. The one only I believe in.
Other times, it has been the therapist I’ve never had… the only one that understands what I feel when I tap into that deep, unquenchable desire to make a difference in the world— knowing that writing will be the medium through which I achieve it.
But most of the time, Writing has been the persistent, cheerleading friend who has encouraged me all along my life. “You can do it!” it says. “See? People DO like your writing,” it continues.
As a blogger and writer, my GREATEST moments in life (other than becoming a mother and being in love) have been moments when writing was not only present, but celebrated.
Growing up, I’ve won essay contests, poetry contests, play contests and have been invited to celebrate anywhere from school cafeterias and university auditoriums to 5-star resort ballrooms.
However, for me, the most meaningful connections to writing have been in private. I have a personal connection to writing that I can’t shake off… and that gets stronger, more beautiful and more inspirational as the years go on.
Wanna know what I mean? Let me show you.
To me writing is:
- the pillow that I hold on to when I’m afraid
- the lifesaving device that I cling to when I think I’m gonna drown
- my canvas where I capture of my thoughts, my ideas, my frustrations, my wisdom, my knowledge and my inspiration
- the cleaner that I use when shiz hits the fan and I need to get myself out of that negative mentality
- my solace when the world rejects me
- my peace and comfort when a job doesn’t work out
- my way of being of service to the world
- my tractor that picks me up when I fall down
- my greatest rebellion, revolution and involution
- my most welcome and convincing invitation to show up in the world
- my favorite snapshots of love… where emotion is frozen in written form to evoke the sensations of a near or distant past
- my Woody, always running after me (like it did Andy from the movie Toy Story). The only difference is I want writing to remain forever in my life.
- my way of connecting with those that I most admire in the world
- my way of showing my son how essential it is to pursue his dreams
- my way of connecting with the divine
- my way of solving problems and my way of offering solutions
- my way of showing my love
- my way of processing life
- my super-power
- my treasure
- what allows me to be vulnerable while at the same time being safe
- what has opened great doors for me
- what has yielded the best suprises
- my Yellow Brick Road and my Toto (which means “everything”): the road that directs me where to go and the dog that never leaves my side
- the meadow in which I run
- the kite that I fly for others to see
- the clouds in which I jump
- the substance of my dreams
- the greatest entity that has respected my personal reality, nature and soul
- the net that appears when I am led by my intuition to jump
- my greatest legacy now that I’m alive and when I’m no longer here
- my greatest gift
- writing is my everything
Without writing in the world, life would not be the same. It would almost not have a purpose. How could we journal, write our birth plan, write letters to our loved ones, write recipes, write music, write movie scripts, write books, record knowledge? Writing is the air I breathe.
“What Do I Want To Craft With My Voice Next?”
Epic Content, Epic Services and Epic Products for me and courage for others.
The more I get to know people like Mayi Carles, and April Bowles-Olin, the more I KNOW that I want to create useful solutions for people who need inspiration.
And I’d like improve the way that I effectively connect with others through my writing so that my content is shiny in epic.
Everywhere from my:
- Treasurables (The quotations I create for sharing on social media)
- my upcoming book
- my upcoming courses
- my support of other writers, entrepreneurs and creators
- my online presence
- and most importantly, my interaction with my readers
I want to create the book that I’d like to read and am proud to call mine.
I want to create the product and the service that go straight from my heart to the hearts of my readers and make a compelling difference in their lives.
I love writing so much that I would also like to help others with their writing. I have a knack for finding typos in practically every book, or blog I visit (yes, even my own, embarrassingly enough). So, I am thinking about ways in which I can potentially offer that type of service to them. And what better way to “sell” writing, than through my writing itself?
Everybody’s Writing Ability Has Room For Improvement
Writing is like your favorite jewelry. It’s beautiful and all and you like to use it… but every so often you notice that it needs additional sparkle, shine and polish.
Taking Kris Windley’s Craft Your Voice course would be that jewelry polish rag that could leave my writing much more luminous.
Not just for my sake, but in order to better connect with you, my reader. Kris’s course starts on May 25th, 2015 and I would be so honored to win this scholarship because one of my goals for 2015 is to improve my copywriting. And it excites me a great deal to meet someone like Kris who is so well endorsed by people that I admire and that I’m taking a mini-course from, which you can sign up for as well.
Why Do I Want to Win a Craft Your Voice Scholarship?
I have many reasons why I’d love to win this scholarship, but my main one is that
- I want to eliminate the social conditioning that comes with being prudent, professional, cautious and playing it safe.
I KNOW that epic content is not created like that. And I would love to learn an improved way.
If I really wanted to write just for me, I would get a diary and call it a day. Yet, I stretch myself to write to you because I want to connect with you. And for that, I’m willing to put in the work. Because you deserve it, my writing could use some polish and because simply put, writing makes me happy.
Do You Want to Win A Scholarship?
If writing makes you happy too, or you’re starting to realize that writing is just something that moves our life forward, learn from Kris, or someone whose copywriting inspires you to reach greater heights.
Most importantly, realize that it’s all a process in which 3 things matter greatly, you as a writer, your audience and your intention. And the best that you can do is to be gentle with yourself while holding high expectations for yourself. After all, what you think of your writing ability is a self-fulfilling prophecy and it greatly dictates your results.
Now It’s Your Turn
In the comments below, I would love to hear from you. Share with me your answer to either or both of these questions:
- What does writing mean to you?
- What have your best experiences with writing been?
Finally, let me just say this: your voice whether it’s in verbal form or written form is worthy of being heard, simply because you are worthy and your voice matters to someone. Somewhere. Somehow.
Lovely post, Haydee.
I think that writing is definitely the best way to connect with your audience, and that YES we can all improve. I am always reading and working through different aspects of my own writing Voice, and I’m always happy to hear from others who feel the same way about the craft.
Good luck in the draw! I hope to see you in Craft Your Voice, regardless. I know you’d be a great addition to the class 🙂
Thank you for your compliment, Kris. 🙂
Thanks for wishing me luck. I was really looking forward to winning. Maybe next time. 🙂
Of all the writing traits, Voice is my favorite. And in this type of platform, it really does make a difference.
Have a lovely weekend.