Power, possibility & purpose: what I’ve been writing elsewhere

Writing for other blogs can be scary to begin with but fun once you get into your stride. I write at a number of other sites and enjoy the creative stretch and challenge of adapting my material to the purpose and format of each blog - without losing my own voice.

Here’s a selection of the material that I’ve been writing recently.

Writing on power

Persuasiveness: Maybe this sounds funny coming from a writing coach but I know I can take my writing further - for greater impact, power and persuasion.

Power: I talk about people realising the power of their own words. I need to realise mine too. To learn how to toot, sweetly - and not to be afraid of where that takes me.

All I want for Christmas starts with ‘p’, written for Joyful Jubilant Learning

Writing on possibility

The more we write – expressing our ideas, our thoughts, values, dreams – the more we come to understand ourselves. We learn from what we write. Come to recognise what’s important to us.

And the more we know ourselves, well the more we open up the door to what might and will be possible.

Opportunity: the start of a new page, written for The Calm Space

Writing on purpose

I’m writing once a month for Pelf at The Giving Hands. It’s the one place where you won’t find me (just) writing about writing, but writing about ways that we can learn to live differently, writing to express some of my ideas, opinions and values. This was my most recent piece, on how to buy gifts without wrecking the planet.

If countries in the developed world are already consuming resources at three times the rate that the planet can renew them, how long can this buying frenzy go on for? Are there alternative ways that we can buy gifts without wrecking the planet?

The commitment to writing at The Giving Hands flows from a piece I wrote there in the build up to Blog Action Day last October. It was on ways that our words can make a difference. The last point was perhaps the most important:

Make a choice. At the most basic level you can choose to speak up, to join the debate – or to remain silent. What’s it to be?

It’s a question I need to keep on asking myself, to know, to believe that my words are making a difference. That I’m realizing the power of my own words as well as helping others tap into theirs.

I’m always interested in new writing projects. Do let me know if you’d like me to guest write a piece for you - if your site’s compatible with my overall blogging and writing purpose (and there’s time!) I’ll be happy to do it. I also write for blogs on a freelance basis if you’ve got a more regular writing gig in mind.

Joanna Young, The Confident Writing Coach
Because our words count

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6 Responses to “Power, possibility & purpose: what I’ve been writing elsewhere”

  1. On January 7, 2008 at 12:09 am --Deb responded with... #

    My, you’ve been busy! I have to go and read all of those now…

  2. On January 7, 2008 at 9:21 am pelf responded with... #

    I am truly inspired by your enthusiasm in writing, Joanna, not only on topics that are closest to your heart, but also on topics that aren’t very close but you are willing to give it a try :D

    I am glad I have met you, because I have definitely learned a lot about writing and hopefully I will be able to put these tips into action whenever I write for the national papers :D (I’m a part-time reporter, full-time student)

  3. On January 7, 2008 at 9:47 am Joanna Young
    Twitter: joannapaterson
    responded with... #

    -Deb, yes I have, but I’ve found it interesting how some pieces write themselves very quickly and others seem to take an age (including some I write here!) If only I could work out just what the difference was…


  4. On January 7, 2008 at 9:49 am Joanna Young
    Twitter: joannapaterson
    responded with... #

    Pelf, thanks very much for that feedback. I’m glad to have met you too because you challenge me to think about passion, purpose and intention, what difference we’re making with our words rather than just turning them out because we can.

    I look forward to following your glittering career as a journalist!


  5. On January 8, 2008 at 5:15 am pelf responded with... #

    I will not be embarking on a career as a journalist (I am getting my Master’s soon, and is planning on a Ph.D. at the moment), but that’s what I hope to be able to do a little of in the future :D

  6. On January 8, 2008 at 9:30 am Joanna Young
    Twitter: joannapaterson
    responded with... #

    Okay Pelf, I’ll change that to following your glittering career then :-)



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