March 26, 2006

Writing–Ugh! 10 Reasons to Get Jazzed about Writing

published this at 12:26 pm

Writing Is Easy When It’s Over

Writing is easy. All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.

Gene Fowler, Screenwriter, Director, Author
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Let’s face it. Everyone can think of things we’d rather do than write. Writing is work, even when it comes easily. We have to get the words down in the right order. We have to check that they’re all there and spelled correctly. We have to make sure that they make sense to people who aren’t us. Those are a lot of things to do when we might be doing something more fun, such as having a life.

Why do I write?

I just can’t let opportunities fly right by me.

10 Reasons to Get Jazzed about Writing

Why do folks write? They know that words have power. That a word well-placed and well-written can bring visibility and attention to them, their business and their brand. They know that writing is an incredible tool that reaches farther than other forms of conversation do. Even video, well-done, is written first.

We write because writing is power. Here are 10 reasons to get jazzed about writing.

I can think of so many reasons to write, and I get jazzed about the doors that each piece I write might be opening. Now as I finish this post, I have one more page in my archives. It’s like one more dollar in my promotional bank account. I can repurpose it and use it again and again. People can read it whenever they want to find out more about who I am.

Funny . . . . I’m even more jazzed about writing now, than I was when I started this post.

–ME “Liz” Strauss

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27 Comments to “Writing–Ugh! 10 Reasons to Get Jazzed about Writing”

  1. March 26th, 2006 at 8:35 pm
    Martin said

    Yeah, got to agree with you there – “writing is your voice”

    For me, writing is in my blood (always has been) – be it trying to write the great American Australian novel, to writing fairly stale business articles (for money) to the pure freedom of blogging.

    btw Liz, I’m ramping up my re-entry back into blogging – check the link. My aim: own the term “Small Office …”

  2. March 26th, 2006 at 8:38 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey, Martin,
    Welcome this Sunday evening to my humble little blog.

    What’s this? You’re coming back to blogging? I need details, details, man. Use that voice of yours. :)

    Liz

  3. March 26th, 2006 at 8:52 pm
    Martin said

    ehhh … must have been out of it too long :-)

    forgot to change the website link.

    The re-entry: SmallOfficeBlog.com

    It’s slow and steady as she goes (still pulling all-nighters at my consulting gig – never had so much chinese food and booze in yonks) so I won’t taste total freedom for at least 4 weeks.

    I gotta tell you two things: 1) Getting away from blogging for a while does one wonders.

    2) setting up a silly blog – GonzoBlog for me – where you’re not trying to impress anyone or write for a niche audience also does one wonders. think: absolute freedom to experiment with your writing style without being judged.

  4. March 26th, 2006 at 8:57 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hey, I love the new link. It’s very elegant, Martin. I think it’s got your brain all over it. The breath of fresh air seem sto have done you good. Where’d you go? To Montana? :)

    I’ve got a new link for your two. it’s got the cartwheel nebula on it. There’s only one of them. Liz Strauss.com

    Liz

  5. March 26th, 2006 at 9:20 pm
    Martin said

    don’t you know, Liz … elegant is my middle name – but then I’m only elegant beacuse I came across this free theme and hacked it to bits.

    Where’d I go? Montana – how’d you know :-)

    LilzStrauss.com – Nice one! I think you are starting to Brand You(rself) :-)

  6. March 26th, 2006 at 9:23 pm
    ME Strauss said

    I wondered what the E. stood for–Elegant I should have known. I thought it might be that, but then there was always extraordinary to consider.

    You could just click the link and go see how far I’ve gotten on the whole deal.

    I’m branding myself as the only Liz Strauss I’ve got.

    Liz

  7. March 26th, 2006 at 9:48 pm
    Martin said

    erratic. eccentric. exemplar. but I like egghead.

    Liz Strauss. Liz Strauss. Liz Strauss … Brand it. Sear it into people’s minds. One thing I noticed though – what do you want people to think off when they think/see “Liz Strauss”.

    Big mistake I’ve learned is trying to do too many thing. People get confused who/what you are. A tight niche – = less confusion = more success.

    Go hard for one niche say: Blog Consulting. Be an expert in it – the “go to” person. Then when people think/see “Liz Strauss” they know: “Blog Consultant”.

    Okay, that’s it for todays session – you can pay me in nachos. :-)

    gotta go – lunch break almost over and the wifi here is playing up.

  8. March 26th, 2006 at 10:14 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Thank you for the consultation. Even those of us who write about it need those of you who read to remind us of what we’re always spouting about. :)

    You’re right about making a tighter niche–You should have seen how wide it WAS.

    Thank you Elegant, Extraordinary, Erratic, Egghead.

    Nachos, as always,are on the house.

    Liz

  9. March 27th, 2006 at 8:49 am
    chartreuse said

    I really liked this post. Thanks! You are already ‘the’ blogging expert to us in the know.

  10. March 27th, 2006 at 8:51 am
    ME Strauss said

    Hi Chartreuse,
    I don’t know much about the “expert” part, but I do a LOT of blogging these days. :)

    Thanks for your support.

    I’ll try to keep in the jazz and not get to the blues.

    Liz

  11. March 27th, 2006 at 10:35 am
    Mark Wade said

    You guys (Liz and Martin) are just keepin’ way too many secrets from us common folk – ya’ know? LOL…
    :-)

  12. March 27th, 2006 at 10:37 am
    ME Strauss said

    Why Mark!
    Great to see you!
    It wouldn’t be a secret, if you joined in, you know! ;)

    Hard to keep secrets when the whole Internet is reading over your shoulder.

    Liz

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  14. April 2nd, 2006 at 8:12 am
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  16. April 25th, 2006 at 2:16 pm
    Financial Reflections said

    Liz,

    That was a great post. I didn’t really “discover” writing until I was about 35 years old. I’ve already discovered what a powerful tool writing is for organizing my thoughts and communicating them with the world. I’m now learning how that affects brand ME and how I can help others. Thanks for a push in the right direction!

  17. April 25th, 2006 at 3:38 pm
    ME Strauss said

    Hi FR,
    Thanks for letting me know. Your experience not uncommon, but I think you’re ahead of the game in knowing the value writing can play in helping all of us have a place in society. It’s so much of what people know of us in this world of computers–it’s more our voice that the words we speak to many people.
    Liz

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  22. April 29th, 2007 at 6:23 am
    writer4web said

    Really helpful article for writers.
    Good Work!

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  24. April 24th, 2008 at 12:33 pm
    SilverDK said

    Now i don’t really see myself as a writer because i never really found any great ideas to write about (really).. But still, i really liked the above article, because it opened my eyes and reconfirmed (is that even a word) my interest in writing..

    Now i am not really very good at writing but i try my best anyways and like many other things, practice makes perfect. *chuckles*

    Thanks for the article it was really fun to read and quite enjoyable.

  25. April 25th, 2008 at 8:23 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Thanks Silver DK!
    Practice makes writing get to be more and more . . . natural. I think you might find that you’re already good. :)

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