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April 01, 2008

What Does Powerful Writing Mean To You?

Introducing this month's theme at Confident Writing: power

When I first talked about powerful writing I meant this:

Writing with clear, simple language and powerful words.  Recognising the power of the written word.  Writing that gives power back to your readers.  Trusting your instinct and intuition.  Writing that flows from your own power source - and knowing what and where that is.

But I have come to realise that my definitions, my understanding of these ingredients of confident writing will grow, shift and develop over the course of the month through the ideas, words, posts and comments that we share here.

This month is a special one as the 11th April marks my 1 year anniversary of writing here.  One of the ways I want to celebrate is to highlight and share as much of your writing as possible. 

I'm inviting you to join me in talking about powerful writing this month.  There are three different ways you can take part (as well as commenting, linking, stumbling in your usual lovely way!)  But each one will be in response to the same question:

What does powerful writing mean to you?

The three ways you can answer are to:

1. Write a guest post here
2. Write a piece on your own blog and link back here
3. Send me your one line summary (30 words max)

I would love to get as many one-liners as possible over the course of the month, and I'll be reminding you about the project and inviting submissions as we go along.  You can send them in comments, by e-mail, or by sending me a message on Twitter.  I'm intending to post some as we go along, and then to pull them all together into a celebration of powerful writing at the end of the month.

Don't worry if you're not sure what your answer is yet - I'll keep on reminding you about the contributions as we go through the month.  I'm looking forward to where the conversation takes us - it seems like the perfect follow on to the fire-power of inspiration.

I write to a monthly theme at Confident Writing, based on these ingredients.  This month the focus is on power. 

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Joanna Young, The Confident Writing Coach
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Joanna, you can count on me for a guest post!

An early congratulations on your one-year anniversary, Joanna. Seems like you've been blogging a lot longer than that. You've chosen yet another magnificent theme this month. I'm thinking now about writers who strike me as powerful. Several come to mind, but I can't quite see their common denominators ... hmmm ...

'Power' in writing is something that I wasn't too sure I could define, but then it struck me: to me, a powerful piece of writing is one which makes its readers think 'I wish I’d written that'.
They may admire the use of language or they may admire the actual content, but either way, they're slightly in awe of it. I could probably think of a few examples if I put my mind to it.
Powerful writing should also be inspiring!

Joanna, Happy Early Bloggerversary! I am so excited about this month's theme. Every month has already been a delightful journey. While I hate to see one theme, I always eagerly anticipate the next. I'm looking forward to reading and participating!


How does one inquire at CW about writing a guest post? I am interested in writing one. :) Have a great evening.

Hi everyone

Sorry for the delay in replying, I took a day off to get exceptionally wet in beautiful rain drenched Scotland. And would you believe it the sun is splitting the sky today.

@ Robert - great news! Your first guest post here was a stunner

@ Brad - keep thinking about it then you can let me know when your guest post is cooked up :-)

@ Catherine - the first contribution! Thank you. It's as if there's something in the essence of the writing (as you say language or content) that speaks to us or connects with us on a different level - has a different energy (power!)

@ Karen, don't worry I'll be demanding you congratulate me again when we get to the 11th :-)

I think this theme's going to be fun too

@ Damien, you've just done it. I'll e-mail you.


What a great theme, Joanna! Just what I need after being clobbered with my writing deadline. I need to feel empowered by my words again.
As for a guest post - count me in! I had such a positive experience contributing here before that I would love to do so again. I'll let you know just as soon as I've come up with something!

Amy, that's great news. I look forward to seeing what you come up with.


I love this topic! I'm not sure how I'm going to particpate yet, but I'll get something to you! It's going to be a great month.

I'm pretty new to this. This is inspiring in and of itself. I think I can wrap my mind around this and give it a go.

Debbie, that would be great. I'm so glad you're still blogging after being fooled (momentarily!) by your post yesterday :-)


Nick, it's good to meet you. I'm glad the theme is one that resonates with you. Look forward to reading what you come up with...


Some folks have power diets and power lunches and power cars and trucks. Power writing's a great idea and we'll see what perks in the next little while.

Thanks for the new challenge, Joanna!

Robyn, you've given me some ideas just in those short lines - I love the way we spark off each other!

I'm looking forward to see where you take this in April


Hi Joanna, thanks as always for your writing hints and tips. Here's my response!

Jasmin, thanks for responding to the challenge!

The ingredients you identify are very important to me too, and I particularly liked this summary

"Powerful writing delivers a message, speaks with authority, communicates simply, takes a risk and makes a difference."


Making a difference is an important litmus test for me too.


Dear Joanna, thank you!, my entry is: When you write "with power" you are yourself. The only real influence that makes you powerful by writing is the spiritual force within you, that is your inner self. It is made out of pure wisdom, pure creativity and pure joy. Powerful words are words of integration and compassion, love and generosity. You are identified with that power and you are revealing it by writing. It could be also done by painting, dancing or singing...It is just that you feel much joy by sharing thru writing.

Radha, thanks so much for that contribution.

I like the idea that powerful writing is when we share or reveal our self. Sometimes we need to clear excess words out of the way. Sometimes we need to dip in and find just the right to reflect that inner force.

I'll be sharing these contributions starting from next week I think, if everything goes to plan...


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