A Writing Challenge May Be Just The Ticket.

How does writing every day (or intending to), affect your sense of your creative self, your communication skills, your sense of motivation?

Simply Effective, Small Business Coach, Leona Rehm’s post on December 7th STILL causes a warm electric shiver in me from head to toe! It captured the foundational themes, issues and beliefs that so many reticent writers have.

It is also why the weekly Writers Circle exists: as a face to face meeting for those who can, as the Community Blog space to share and overcome these themes, as a proactive solution for the individual (who may also be a business owner) who wants to enjoy and embrace and excel at writing for themselves confidently!

My mentors include both well-known and not so well known people. Long before I knew of  Julia Cameron or Natalie Goldberg or Brenda Euland and many others I have discovered as an adult, my Writing Self was caused by a contemplative little girl that “had to write to work out concerns” who lived in me.

Then came my 9th grade English Teacher, John Calvin Dotson. He took an interest in me that has never waned. He is a masterful writer of many forms: essays, poems, plays, memoir, biographies of his mentors and more. He is a life time student of langauge itself and storytelling and painting pictures. Best of all he believed in me 100% and told me so, often. Through the years I had him for English, Creative Writing and Speech. After high school he and I stayed in touch and he continued to encourage me.

Who has supported, inspired and encouraged you? (…besides me…that is part of this community?)

The Contributors/Authors of this blog are exquisite in my eyes for a multitude of reasons. I watched and read as “fear and hesitation” left and “creativity and the spirit of spontaneity” entered. I watched writers emerge from cocoons. I heard that writing daily improved moods and Google rankings! I experienced people developing their tone and style and sharing not only who they are and what they did for a livelihood but who they authentically are.

The experiment was about developing the stamina and drive and genuine enthusiasm to write frequently as whole selves: 100 plus words at least five times weekly.

In November 240 posts were published.
WELL over 100,000 words collectively!
And the themes numbered 33 +.
And there was “dialogue” through comments as well as post ideas created from what was published.

In December 153 posts were published.
Again the way we write, 100K words easily.
We stretched ourselves to do a little more than we had the previous month.
We would talk about what was working for us and why.

We are now into January and the posts keep coming. And the writing…well, check it out for yourself.

Creativity CONTINUES to spark creativity. Activity CONTINUES to spark activity. Dialogue CONTINUES to spark deeper dialogue. We think we are on to something. And it is best of all:

Organic.Personal. Authentic. Fun. Playful. Pertinent. Honest. Timely. Golden. Heartfelt. Wisdom. Packaged in Storytelling.

Our (growing) community of writers as a whole stretches YET AGAIN and takes more risks as they feel encouraged and supported.

I keep asking each Tuesday in one form or another, “What exactly are you able to say is different for you now?”

As a writer, I invite you to PAUSE and take inventory about the writing you do:

WHAT specifically is happening for you?
WHAT specifically  is making the difference?
WHAT is your new story about how enjoyable or useful blogging can be?
WHAT lessons have you learned from others?

I look forward to reading each and every comment and response you “choose” to publish for it just may inspire others who find this space and place of a blog!

Write On!

Deborah Drake – Catalyst and Enthusiastic Facilitator
Authentic Writing Provokes 

P.S. Care to join us as we write in community, challenging ourselves? Join us. To RSVP visit Biznik.com or contact me directly if you are not yet a member of Biznik (an awesome community to be a part of) at deb@deborahdrake.com or call me at 425-223-5335.

Cultivating your self-expression in authentic ways is my dharma. I never tire of catalyzing that part of you!

 

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About Deborah Drake

Deborah Drake is the founder of Authentic Writing Provokes, a full-time wordsmith, a publishing specialist, and an avid competitive storyteller. She champions the power of storytelling, good grammar, and on occasion--breaking the rules in the name of innovation. She has helped over a hundred clients develop, write, edit, and self-publish their website content, blogs, and books---Above all, she is an advocate for authentic writing, heart-based marketing, and bold self-promotion--that authentically reflects essence, vision, and mission. “What we can relate to personally, we can understand better, sooner, and more quickly. Authentic self-expression ALWAYS provokes." **Co-author of two non-fiction/self-help books, Burn Your Resume. You Need a Professional Profile and Message in a Bottle.** Deborah appreciates the stunning Pacific Northwest for its greenness even though she misses the salt air and sandy beaches of her native Monterey Peninsula--happily lives in Bellevue with her family, where she starts most days with an early morning walk to fuel her focus and creativity.

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