I used to be a virtual assistant.
And back when I was a virtual assistant, I was under the (misinformed) impression that I needed to be professional. And by professional, I mean serious. My writing had a wee bit of my personality shining through, but not really. Being buttoned up made me feel stifled, and it partially contributed to me bailing from VA work, and diving head first into what’s developed into my current business. So something did come out of that!
But when I switched to creativity coaching, I realized that the dry writing I’d been doing just wasn’t going to cut it. I saw bloggers I adored, like Mayi Carles, and April Bowles-Olin, and I felt life shining from their writing. I wanted so badly to attract readers like they did, but it was crickets in my comment section.
So I started trying to figure out how to find my voice. I devoured everything I could find on the subject…I took classes, read books, read blogs….
Then one day, I was on the phone with my sister, and we were bantering back & forth like we always do. Seriously…we’re a freakin’ hoot when we get together. We play off of each other, and joke, poke, tease, and harass each other to the delight of anyone around us. We’ve said for years we need to do a show together…so I may have to get her in on my podcast after I start it up. 😀
But that’s when I had a thought… *insert sound effect of Gru saying “lightbulb”*
What if, I wrote like I’m talking with my sister? What if I was free to do that? And I joked, and teased, and said the quirky, random things that pop into my head?
So I tried it. I started casually joking around in my blog posts…and telling stories…oh my goodness do I love a good story! Someone told me that I have more stories than anyone else they know, but they’re all so fascinating…(and it’s true…ask me about the time I was felt up by a Korean madam!).
The more I did it, the more people responded in the comments…and I’ve gotta tell ya…comments are like Scooby snacks for me!!! I gobble them up, and they give me super powers…powers to keep doing this!
When writing is done well, you can hear the person in your head, as you read it. Kris is one of the awesome people that’s helped me finesse this talent out (and I’m working with her to hone my skills even more!). So when she asked me to join in on her blog hop, I was all over that…I only promote people who I totally adore, and Kris rocks my socks off. And best of all? She’s doing a giveaway! You can have the chance to win a seat in her new program Craft Your Voice…it starts on the 25th, and I can’t wait!!!
I’m participating in a Blog Link-up with Kris (With a K), from http://www.withakwriting.com, because she wants to hear about the role writing plays in our businesses.
She is giving a Writing Workshop for entrepreneurs and bloggers, starting May 25th, and she wants to give away a scholarship to one of the lovely bloggers who participate in this link up. You can participate and get a chance to win too.
Just copy and paste this piece of text into the introduction of your blog post answering the question, “How has writing been beneficial to your business, and what do you want to Craft with your Voice next?” Link back to this post, so any of your friends who are entering will be able to find it for more info.
Finally, go back to Kris’s blog on or after May 12th to add your link to the link-up party there, and you could win a scholarship to her new course: Craft Your Voice. She’ll be drawing a name on the 18th of May for a full scholarship to the 6 week writing course, so you can write and link-up your post any time before then.
How has writing affected YOUR business? Have you found your voice yet? Hit me up in the comments below (remember they’re like Scooby snacks to me!), and let me know what’s worked best for you. 🙂