Clear what you’re writing on the 15th?

by Joanna on October 2, 2007

Haven’t decided yet what you’re going to write about on the 15th October?

Don’t worry, there’s still time find your focus and get clear on what you say… that’s if you want to be part of a world-wide conversation on the future of the planet, a conversation that’s going to reach an audience of over 4 million people…

Still not sure you’ll be able to find the words?  Well if you want a little bit of free writing coaching here are a couple of suggestions.

Use plain words. Jargon puts people off in all walks of life and too much jargon or science-speak can make people feel as though the environment is an issue that’s not for them, because they don’t understand the lingo or don’t want to have to learn a new language before they join in. Make it easy and simple for others to talk with you.

Make it specific. Link the issues back to your experience, your place, your perspective on the environment. Taking a planet-sized view can make you and your reader feel a little overwhelmed. Making it specific can help you keep it focused, real,
grounded, human-sized.

You can check out some other ideas on 10 ways our words can make a difference, written as a contribution to the month-long campaign that Pelf is running at her Giving Hands site.  (And if you find yourself wondering what to say in one 24 hour period one day bear in mind that she’s focused on this for a month and doesn’t seem to be short of a topic of two to write about.)

Last but not least - if you’re still looking for that hook to get you going, to link your words about the future of the planet back to your blog on… computer support or creativity or storytelling or coaching or your world-wide travels or publishing your first novel or making a mint from working at home…go on, challenge me.

Let me know that you’re stuck and I’ll help clear the way by coming up with a suggestion or two for an on-topic in-niche post that you can pen on the environment. (I’m not actually going to write the post for you mind, just give you a pointer to get started.  Wouldn’t be much of a coach if I did the work myself now, would I!)

If you already know what you’re going to write - great!  I’m looking forward to reading and writing and conversing with you all on the day.

Blog Action Day is on the 15th October - it’s easy to sign up and take part - find out more here.

Pelf is hosting a month-long campaign on environmental issues at her Giving Hands site - you might get some ideas and inspiration there.

I’m offering pointers and suggestions to anyone who wants to write for Blog Action Day but can’t find the hook to start.  Just leave me a comment here or e-mail me at and I’ll get back to you with a couple of suggestions

Joanna Young, The Confident Writing Coach
Because our words count

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

pelf 10.03.07 at 3:15 am

Thanks for the very flattering comment, Joanna :)
And for the very informative tips too :) I’m sure a lot of Blog Action Day participants will benefit from it :)

Joanna Young 10.03.07 at 9:50 am

Hi Pelf, nice to have you here and thanks for the chance to share some of my thoughts with your readers.

I think you’re leading the way in showing what can be done to start talking about the environmental issues that concern us, and I’m sure you’ll inspire others to follow


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