Want To Be A Better Writer? Start By Being Happy
Updated: Jul 18, 2019
My friend Elizabeth is the best artist I know. She can take any idea, whether it came from you or her imagination, and paint a custom piece that's guaranteed to speak to who you are, your style, and what’s important to you. More importantly, her art makes you smile.
Her secret sauce? She starts by being happy.
Yep, I thought it was a little too simple when she told me, too. But it's true.
If she's in a bad mood, like that day she came home to find cat vomit all over her couch (true story, folks), she won't think about picking up a brush. It's the same if she's stressed out, sick, or tired.
Being in a happy place is where all her best "stuff" comes from.
I share this because it's an example of what I strive for at Edit This®. Writers – remember, we are artists in our own right, too – can be even better when we put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard if we focus first on being happy.
Being mentally, physically, and emotionally happy helps writers:
Be better storytellers – Happiness leads to a bottomless pit of creativity and the ability to transform words into emotion. There's passion oozing from what you've written, whether it's a novel, blog post, or compelling ad copy for a client.
Think clearly – This is not only true for helping us choose the right words and avoid writer's block but also when it comes to understanding our clients' needs, being efficient in getting things done, and not feeling rushed. Basically, everything flows.
Feel confident and satisfied – As fun as it is to be a writer, many of us struggle with enjoying what we write. We have self-doubt over what others might think and may second-guess sharing our creation. Choosing to be happy helps you feel more confident and satisfied.
People love a happy writer
I can't tell you how many times I've produced written content for a client or had a feature article published in a magazine or newspaper, and someone will tell me, "What you wrote was fantastic. More importantly, I could tell how much you enjoy what you do."
That means the world to me because not only do I feel like I am connecting with people through my choice of written words, but I know my decision to be happy is working.
Next time you are struggling to make peace with your life, do the following:
* Focus on the positives in your life
* Eliminate negativity where possible
* Use your talents to brighten someone's day
* Take a break from writing and try later
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This is our passion, and it shows in the way we live and breathe our job every day.
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*STEVE GAMEL is the President & Owner of Edit This, a writing and editing services company located in Denton, TX. Steve handles anything involving the written word. Give him a call today to help give your business a clear voice.