Theme For Next Month: What Do You Think?

by Joanna on February 23, 2008

I’m so enjoying leaps and bounds as a theme I don’t really want to move on… but the monthly theme format has worked well so far, keeping things fresh and (vaguely) focused, so my thoughts are starting to turn to next month’s theme.

For those of you who are new to the blog, I follow a monthly theme based on the ingredients of Confident Writing - namely:

We’ve worked through the first five on the list already, followed by the detour I took this month for leaps and bounds. Next on the list would be integrity:

Integrity: Writing with honesty, sincerity and authenticity. Being there, being real, being present. Writing that is true to your values. Following through on your words. Writing with
positive intention: to inform, to clarify, to share, to learn, to create, to inspire, to expand possibilities.

But I just had a moment of wondering if this was the right place to go… How the energy would feel after the playfulness of this month.

So I’ve got another couple of possibilities in mind and wanted to know what you thought:

Intention: Writing with positive intention. Focusing on your intention to trust that the words will flow, and to get past the inner critic. Taking care with and responsibility for your words. Knowing your intention - for each piece of writing, and your bigger sense of purpose. Knowing what’s important, to you, in the words that you write.

Inspiration: Writing that’s inspired, that inspires you, and inspires others. Knowing what inspires you - and what to do when it seems out of reach. Finding inspiration in the every day. Writing with the breath of life; writing that’s come from the source.

Do you have any leanings, inclinations, preferences for any one of these over the others?

Thanks, Joanna

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Nick Cernis 02.23.08 at 10:56 am

I think all three topics would make great reads, but personally, I’d love to have a month of inspiration, Joanna!

John 02.23.08 at 11:19 am

Inspiration sounds good to me.

Regards, John

G 02.23.08 at 12:51 pm

My vote would be for inspiration as well — I jumped on board a bit late this month, but I really enjoyed the energy of ‘leaps and bounds,’ and would really love to see that trend continue.

Jim Murdoch 02.23.08 at 12:53 pm

I’d go with ‘intention’. Personally I’m a bit bored with stuff about ‘inspiration’. Intentions are like plans and we all know what Burns said about Man and his plans.

CatherineL 02.23.08 at 2:13 pm

I vote power Joanna. It sprang out from the list straight away.

bo 02.23.08 at 2:20 pm

Inspiration is a rather common writing topic. Intention, though, that could get the words rolling.

Brad Shorr 02.23.08 at 2:37 pm

All good, Joanna. You need a year with more months. However, March is the beginning of spring. A new start. Beginnings. Rebirth. Sounds like the month of inspiration to me!

Joanna Young 02.23.08 at 3:17 pm

Thanks for all the comments guys - and keep them coming!

Whatever happens I’ll find a way to keep the energy high, I promise (better for me too that way)

@ Catherine, power is a good one isn’t it, but the choice is only between the three Is just now… I’ll get to power when I move on through the alphabet/months…

@ Brad yes, I need more days in each week, more weeks in each month, and more months in each year!


Laura 02.23.08 at 5:31 pm

I guess that I’m the odd man out here. I would have voted for integrity.

Alina Popescu 02.23.08 at 5:38 pm

Some posts on integrity are really needed in the blogosphere. However, I must agree inspiration would be the best topic for the beginning of spring. Besides, something to inspire us is always welcome :)

Joanna Young 02.23.08 at 9:37 pm

@ Laura well it’s never too late to cast your vote! And your not the only one to express a preference for integrity - others have whispered it too me in other ways…

@ Alina I think I’ll need to find a way of working integrity in whatever I do, now I’ve started all of you (and me) thinking about what it means and why we value it.

I hear what you’re saying about the inspiration though - but I’d need to find a way that wasn’t boring (because of course that wouldn’t be inspiring at all).

Maybe I can think of a creative way to get all of you to inspire me!


Karen Swim 02.24.08 at 1:30 am

Joanna, I have loved leaps and bounds! Integrity is a great one but inspiration seems a good follow-up and perfect for the Spring season. Spring is always a time of new beginnings so inspiration does seem appropriate. I will be reading, digging, stumbling and growing. ;-)


Joanna Young 02.24.08 at 9:30 am

Karen, your words conjure up a wonderful image of spring - like a young lamb gambolling about, stumbling, picking itself up, and getting back to the serious business of playing!


amypalko 02.24.08 at 10:48 am

I personally never grow tired of inspiration, Joanna! Whatever you choose though, I know I am sure to be inspired in one way or another :-)

Joanna Young 02.24.08 at 2:02 pm

Thank you Amy :-)

Looks like inspiration is the favourite just now…


Kris Cahill 02.24.08 at 10:09 pm

Hi Joanna,
This is my first time here, and I found you by way of Chris O’Byrne’s Online Arts Marketing blog.

I’m with Intention right now, as to me in encompasses many others. Spirit is a great one too, as well as Integrity.

Great post, and very interesting site! I’ll come back.

Joanna Young 02.25.08 at 12:17 am

Hi Kris, thanks for calling by and taking the time to leave a comment.

Intention does encompass many others - I’d say it runs through all my writing, so it could work as a theme, or maybe just something I need to try and express within everything I write here…

Spirit is deliberately the last of this year of writing, rounding things up and then taking me who knows where…

It’s great to get all this feedback, whateve I go with the topics will write themselves better as a result


Karen 02.25.08 at 4:51 am

Joanna, I read this post in my reader and came over here to give you my own humble opinion, then was awed by the conversation already happening here! I’d like to put my vote in for Inspiration… as something that sang to me immediately I read your list.

The other two options are fantastic, and inspiring in their own way, but right now (as I head into Autumn!!) “writing with the breath of life, writing that’s come from the source” … oooh ahhh…

Joanna Young 02.25.08 at 8:26 am

Karen, interesting that inspiration speaks to you at the start of autumn as well as the start of spring.

I’ve been thinking a lot about breath and source too - part of the reason for getting away this week, and a large part of what learning and writing with aloha means to me.

There’s a big connection there to integrity and intention and I think one solution will be to explore some of themes either in a post or a mini conversation, or to explore the connections between them.

Setting an intention for the month will also make a difference - I set the intention to stretch and play this month and that is probably what’s given my writing more energy, not the subject…


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