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May 03, 2008

Have A Little Faith In The Power Of Your Own Voice

I love the way our words connect.

From a post Brad Shorr wrote on powerful writing, to a post here sharing a clip of Thunder Road.  The power of the song prompted Wendi Kelly to leave this comment:

Sometimes we have to have a little faith in our own voice, in our own authenticity. We have to have faith that what we need to say just might need to be heard somewhere

And then to write this post: Having Faith

Somebody is listening somewhere. Somebody needs to hear what you have already figured out. Somebody needs a hand up, a little help along the way. Or they need to know that you are struggling too, that they are not alone. They need to know that they are not a lone tree falling in the forest. That you are there and will catch them when they fall, that your words will hold them up-because you have been there first. Maybe all you have to say today is great job or I love you, but these can be powerful words too. Don’t underestimate what you have to say. Someone needs to hear it.

This is what powerful writing means to me.  The decision to write, to leave a mark, to make a difference.  To release, to realize the power of our own words.

Thank you Wendi for writing such a beautiful piece, and inspiring people to have faith in the power of their own voice, the power of their own words.

Joanna Young, The Confident Writing Coach
Because our words count

May 02, 2008

Powerful Writing in 30 Words Or Less: My Contribution

It's not easy, is it?  This is mine, for now.

Powerful writing flies through the air, hitting its target.

I guess for me powerful writing is lean, shorn of excess words, getting straight to the point.  Flies like an arrow through the air.

And although at first I said to Robert Hruzek I didn't think of targets in relation to writing, but focus on purpose and intention instead, the more I think about it the more I realise that I do: think about what point I want to make, what feeling I want to evoke, what mark I want to leave.  That might be in me, or in someone else. 

I know it's worked when I feel it, when they feel it, when you notice the impact. 

When the words leave their mark.


I'm still gathering together your e-mails, blog posts and comment contributions on what does powerful writing mean to you (in <30 words).  Keep them coming - or write something on your own blog and send me the link. Final round up when I come back from Chicago.

Joanna Young, The Confident Writing Coach
Because our words count

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