Do you struggle with your writing location or writing style? I share a few ideas for writing locations and various styles in this blog.
What works for one writer does not always work for another. It is necessary for each writer to find their best location to write, their style, genre, and their sweet spot.
Photo above- My desk in Tanzania. At this desk, I revised the Relationships of the Heart Conference material to fit the culture of a Tanzanian village.
My writing style changes according to the various genres I am working on. A few examples of my style.
1- In the past I was a guest writer for a newspaper with a focus on a specific topic. The maximum length of the article was a maximum of 250 words and designed to encourage the readers in a specific area. My writing was a combination of fiction and non-fiction.
2- Writing for Global Prayer Digest. 250 words required. I received research material from the Editor In-Chief to organize the writing. Once again the writing required a specific topic.
3- Blog posts- My writing for blog posts is dependant on the blog I am publishing on. My blogs are for Writers, Teachers, Leaders, and Misc.
4- My book, “A Hurting Heart Turned Inside Out,” (available directly from me for a discounted price or on Amazon in paperback or on Kindle) is stories from my life, and questions for the reader to apply to their own life.
5- My most recent book, “Quotes from the Heart for Women Leaders,” (available directly from me or on Amazon in paperback or on Kindle) is quotes from my online writing from my various social media platforms and groups.
6- My social media writing is made up of fiction and non-fiction, dependant on my audience.
7- When I lead a Relationships of the Heart Conference/Workshop, invited as a guest speaker, my podcast show, or anything requiring me to speak this requires me to write copy.
8- I am working on my memoir. A story from a specific area of my life.
9- Future writing, a fiction book. A few pages are already sitting in my files.
My location for writing changes according to my mood, and the focus required.
A few examples of my writing locations.
1- When I am not struggling with my writing in the areas of procrastination and uncontrolled distractions working from my desk in my home office works the best.
2- A local library. The library location changes according to where I am living. I have sat in business sections, open areas, and private meeting rooms when one is available.
3- A local park, when the weather is appropriate. When I write in a park I usually write using a legal pad. I have sat at a picnic table alongside of a river. In a relaxing chair, on the beach. On a blanket on a beach or alongside of a river. My outside writing areas include, a cooler with a lunch or snacks. The key to the above locations is this is a relaxing setting for me.
4- At a ballpark when the gate is open and very few people are around.
5- On a long international flight. I don’t sleep well, when I fly. Writing assists me to pass the time.
6- In a hotel room. In the past I spent 23 days shut away in a hotel, with only a couple of visitors. This is where the book, “Quotes from the Heart, for Women Leaders, ” was written.
7- Riding on a long distance bus ride.
I hope one of my places for writing, gives you a few ideas. For some writers moving around to write maybe distracting, but for me a change of location, spurs me on.
When the lion of opposition roars we must stand our ground.
When I began to wade into the land of being a public person in a new city, it required me to get over insecurities of living life in a city where I had no history.
It is in this place where the war began to tear at my well being.
The jeolousy of others surfaced from hidden places with attacks with words, which added to my insecurity.
The critics and self-proclaimed coaches moved in to speak words of death over my life. The imperfections of my life were shouted from the mountain tops and passed around behind the scenes.
I recall a time when I walked around the corner and overheard a group of men laughing at my beginning efforts to launch into the land of writing, teaching and travel.
This was the most difficult, because I had no idea they felt this way. I considered them to be my friends.
It is years later as I write this, realizing when the lion roars it is the enemy trying to stop us in our tracks.
The words hurt, but they did not stop me from moving forward. I forgot about this incident, until I was scanning through past writing to use in my future leadership book and stumbled on what I share in this post.
Not long ago, I experienced a similiar situation. Only this time it was not a group, it was a phone conversation that I unintentionally overheard.
I was not mistaken that the conversation was about me. It was a lie, but I let it go, because it is important for me to stay focused on what is more important for me to handle in my life today.
Leadership Point- We must choose our battles wisely, and not allow others to distract us from what is more important.