Writing with a purpose

I’ve written before about the benefits of writing with a purpose.  Being aware of your intention in writing, of the values that are driving your work, can help you overcome blocks and barriers and write with greater confidence.

This principle also applies when you’re writing for yourself or writing at work.  There’s a useful article at Managing with Aloha on the way that managers can and should use writing in their business.  They provide a helpful three-way categorisation between:

  • writing to write - for other people, or to release your own creativity
  • writing to capture - notes on things you need to remember or want to do
  • writing to learn - reflecting on experiences or structured learning like workshops and seminars

There are three different purposes and when you think about it, three different styles and forms of writing.  You’ll probably also be writing with different tools (notebooks, e-mail, blogs, journals, scraps of paper, electronic organisers) and that too will change the way that you write.

The author (Rosa Say) argues that:

Success demands an arsenal of writing habits, and I believe that managers must be writers who understand the differences between writing to write, writing to capture, and writing to learn, and who employ each to their full advantage.

What forms of writing do you use at work - and you are using them all to their full advantage?

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2 Responses to “Writing with a purpose”

  1. On June 9, 2007 at 3:00 am Rosa Say responded with... #

    Thank you for sharing my article with your readers Joanna! You’ve captured what I wanted to say in the perfect way by using the words “purpose” and “intention.”

  2. On June 10, 2007 at 7:08 pm Joanna Young
    Twitter: joannapaterson
    responded with... #

    Thanks Rosa.

    I really like your idea of writing with intention - focusing on that and letting the writing take care of itself…



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