Writing, in any form, is about sharing a part of yourself with the world.
Each word you put on paper is a little piece of your soul released for the world to see. Whether you are writing an article, story, poem, or blog, sharing personal experiences in your writing is a great way to connect with your readers and personalize your post. Through carefully chosen details, your writing should expose your passions and personality allowing your readers to humanize what you are trying to say. This can be especially important for those of you who write blogs, stories, or poetry, and can make a huge difference when writing a book or article for publication.
Writing without personalization can easy become a factual list of information that is dull and uninteresting to read. Sure facts are great, they teach you about the topic you are studying and provide you with the information you require, but they won’t bring readers to your site time and time again, that requires personality. Any topic can become a quest for personal growth and can you can easily incorporate your personal opinion or experiences into your writing without overwhelming your readers and still providing the facts.
As I said earlier; this can be especially important for bloggers, who rely on repeat visitors to raise their stats. Your readers want to know “who” you are, not “what” you do, so share some information about yourself, but avoid long lists of information that only tell part of the story and tend to bore the audience. Instead opt to create post that are deep or witty and give your reader insight in to who you are personally, rather than the things you like or what you do. A great way to do this is by sharing personal stories about your life, family, and accomplishment. You may also choose to answer personal questions, or share deeper emotions that are locked within yourself.
Below are a few questions that can be turned into any form of writing you choose and will help you to open up to your audience and share a part of yourself through your writing.
Choose one or more of these questions and incorporate them into your writing in any form you choose. You may decide to answer them literally, or find that they inspire some other writing form. Don’t worry about wrong or right, and don’t stress if at first you can not find the answers… Our minds are boundless things, and with time you will discover yourself more deeply and thus be able to share more of yourself with others as well… Also remember that we are constantly changing, so how you feel about a question today may differ 3, 6 or 12 months down the road. The process of sharing, and getting to know, yourself is endless and should be allowed to flourish and grow.
Questions to ask yourself in life (and the answers that will help you to open up your soul):
- Who are you? – This is not a ‘Hi, My name is Adam.’ type of question. Dig deeper and find what makes you unique.
- What are you passionate about? – This would be a great start for a story, post, or even poem. Think deeply.
- What are you most proud of? – There is nothing wrong with bragging, it shows confidence and self-respect.
- How would your best friend describe you? – Another good story could come from this.
- Do you love yourself? Why or Why not? – This one can get very deep.
- What is your ideal self? – Think about who your truly want to be, why and how should be answered.
- Are you living your dreams at the moment? – If not what are they, if so how did you get here…
- If you had one year left to live what would you do? What about one month or one day?
- What are the most important lessons you have learned in life thus far?
- What advice would you give yourself 5 years ago?
- Is there something that you are still holding on to? Should you let it go?
- What are you waiting for?
- What would you do if you could not fail?
- Who inspires you? – This could be a great post that would share both information and personal thought.
- What is your top priority in life right now?
- If you were to die tomorrow what would be your biggest regret?
- What would you do with One Million Dollars?
- Are you settling for less than you’re worth?
Take any of the above questions and seek out the answers in which ever form you prefer, or come up with your own personal questions that you wish to answer. The point of this exercise, and Mystery Monday’s, is to look more deeply within yourself and share that part of you with others. The more you grow personally, the more your writing will grow professionally. It is important that we know ourselves and share ourselves if we hope to achieve our goals.
As always feel free to share the results in the comments section or post a link to your blog, especially if your blog is a personal site that teaches us about you and allows us to see who you are inside.
You can also submit questions, posts, or any writing (even anonymously if you prefer) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Until Next Time…
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