|Session Days, Dancing Nights|
We enjoyed two days of sessions filled with self discovery, tech advice, branding and publishing expertise. In reflecting over my notes and my time spent one-on-one with many new friends, I kept noticing key words, words that empowered me to become a better writer. I call these motivating terms Write Words.
The words that inspire and motivate me include:
We influence our readers with every word we write. We should be using the power of our words to influence the market place, the social conscious and the younger generations. As someone who is aging actively and positively; I need to view my writing as a message, whether it be the medical, educational, lifestyle or entertainment fields. Society is beginning to realize it's time to drop the "old folks" image and focus on the youthfulness of boomers and beyonders. Authors of any medium should shine a positive light on the strengths, wisdom and power of growing along.
"Great pain can lead to a greater purpose," an author explained as she shared how the loss of her mother led to writing her first book. I too found healing in loss; found my ability to go it alone without my editor husband in the next room. To me the word unearth means always digging deeper, going the extra mile. By continuing to participate in writing communities, attending workshops and conferences and branching into difference genres, I've discovered an inner strength that's reflected in my writing.
Several panelists spoke about the importance of evergreen pieces...those that are usable again and again or can easily be repurposed. I totally had this wrong; believing it was lazy or pushy...sort of like saying "you didn't read it a year ago so I'll try again!" Now I see the benefits of reusing my Mother's Day tributes or my Dad's war story every Veteran's Day. Whether a timely piece or one for the ages; our archives of essays and stories are still empowering and meaningful.
The idea of branding our websites or author pages can be as simple as using a constant theme. Consistently presenting a familiar graphic or photo will draw readers in, remind them this is a credible source and an interesting read. My blog Gramcracker Crumbs started as a grandma with tons of grandchildren pictures and tales to share! I now bring my teaching and reporting background into posts; write about fitness, aging, travel and becoming a widow. It's become a 'lifestyle' blog and I'm free to write about anything. But I keep it consistent via relative content and images...with five grandkids growing along, the possibilities are endless.
|Signed copy from author and new friend|
Excellent post, Joan. I enjoyed meeting you.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Elaine! You're a ball of fire and I enjoyed watching you schmooz and dance and light up the toon!Delete
Joan it was so fabulous to meet you and your daughter. I am so grateful to you for reading Sophie's story. I am already dreaming of BAMC17ReplyDelete
Thank you, Doreen...I'm grateful she thought to take our picture! I am halfway through and will write a review soon!Delete
I picked up on a bunch of the same words and concepts that you did and it makes me smile to know that there is room for all of us midlife bloggers out there. Great to see all of your takeaways and try to focus on my own and decide what the next step is for It's Just Life. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Glad I picked up on the important words! Takeaway is the right term....take and put to work for us! I love the feeling that there's room and support for each of us! Thanks for reading and commenting, BethDelete
Hi Joan! I think I was one of those who said, "you look exactly like I thought you would." It was wonderful to give you a hug, chat a bit (not nearly enough) and dance the night away. I too enjoyed the opportunity to meet so many awesome bloggers like you who I read and follow all the time online. And yes, finding a certain tribe of bloggers who also write and approach the world in a similar way was even more gratifying. There is always so much to learn and certainly ways we can all learn to be better bloggers and writers, but ultimately what makes the journey worthwhile is the deep connections we make. Thanks for being one of my BFFs (blogging friends forever!) ~KathyReplyDelete
Yes you were, and I probably said the same to you! Your smile and enthusiasm are contagious...and your blog posts always pull me in! Thanks for your comments and support, sweet Kathy!Delete
What an interesting and clever way to organize your BAM post. Gave me food for thought as I read through each word you elaborated on.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, ladies! I loved seeing the two if you together at BAM. I organized and elaborated for my own benefit...glad it's helpful to others!Delete
Sounds inspiring. (as was your post about it)ReplyDelete
It really was, Olga; really helping with my writing. Thanks for always commenting and being supportive, dear friend.Delete
I read this before but couldn't comment because I was on my phone. BAM, indeed, was a huge huge giftReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by my blog post, Carla! Yes!...a great gift in so many ways for us all!Delete
Glad to read a recap! I've somehow either missed most recaps or don't know who/where folks wrote them.ReplyDelete
Most are in threads on the BAMC16 page, Kim. There are so many awesome write ups...hope you find them! Thanks for reading mine :)Delete
I enjoyed reading your take on BAM! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
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Thanks for reading and commenting, Sheila...I appreciate it!Delete
Since I wasn't there I am having vicarious visits reading everyone's posts about the event. Thanks for your summary!ReplyDelete
I'm glad it's helpful to you, Haralee! Hopefully our paths will cross at the next blogging conference.Delete
Dear Joan, I'm actually quite grateful for your post. Because I was volunteering, and keeping the time for speakers, I was the distracted attendee. Reading each of your "words" reminded me of things I really HAD heard, but just didn't have time to dwell on, and soak in, which is a huge part of my writing process: the marination. Time for marinating has been scant lately! So, thanks!ReplyDelete
And by the way, the sentence in this post that spoke to me, that moved me the most, was this:
"I've discovered an inner strength that's reflected in my writing."
Yes. Yes, you have.
I'm so glad this was helpful for you to chew on, Susan! And your sweet words give me tears...thank you so very much for observing this and affirming!Delete
Dear Joan, your sweet words really touched me today. Thank you. I had a recent discussion about UNEARTH with a friend, and why unearthing has far greater value. When an archeologist unearths an Egyptian necklace antiquity, that piece of jewelry will be deemed priceless - much more valuable that something we buy from a store and created in mass quantity. Get my point? When we move into something because it was unearth from within us, it is far more valuable and means a great deal to us. Far greater than if we do what everyone else is doing. That's why in branding, it is so important to be unique...priceless. Blessings to you on your journey.ReplyDelete
Someone actually wrote in a condolence card that my "inner strength would be soon be unearthed"....it was true and hearing you use it so beautifully really made the point....we so very much must be ourselves. Our unique and one of a kind selves! Thanks for reading and commenting, Glenda...it means a lot!Delete
I hated that I had to miss it this year! Hopefully next year we will get to finally meet up! If you decide you want to do some changes to your site let me know. Also, if you would like to switch to WordPress I do migrations. I would love to give you a whole new look, very reasonably I might add!ReplyDelete
Me too...another year and our paths haven't crossed! But I've screenshot your message and will keep you in mind absolutely! Thanks, sweet Rena!Delete
Sounds like you had a wonderful time!ReplyDelete
I sure did, Kc. And my daughter participated too...so I was doubly blessed to have three days with her too!Delete
I'm sorry we didn't have an opportunity to get to know one another. I have read Doreen's book, however. What a couple to have given a homeless woman a place to live... and die.ReplyDelete
Me too...being table mates a couple times was not nearly enough! Next time, Brenda! Thanks for reading and commenting!Delete