There is writing for work and writing for yourself. What to do when both intermingle? You write anyway. But aren’t you going to confuse your customers or prospective customers? No. When you write about yourself and for yourself, you are communicating your values through the words you use. Values deliver products and services, not the other way around. We may think that the features of a product it’s what brings value to others, but it is not as simple as that. A good set os values deliver solutions to more a fundamental quest – the fulfilment of the need to have needs fulfilled.
I just came back from a party. I was going to take the Friday off, leave writing for the weekend or Monday. But I felt an urge to write. A urge to communicate. I believe we all must write. Writing is thinking on paper (or computer). It clear thoughts. Demystify them. But most importantly, it unifies pieces of information previously perceived as separated parts.
Writing freely is one of the ‘strategies’ I use to UNSTUCK myself. I sit down and write. Write to who? “This is a fundamental question, and it has a fundamental answer: you are writing to yourself”, says William Zinsser, author of “On Writing Well: the classic guide to writing nonfiction”. “Don’t try to visualise the great mass audience. There is no such audience – the reader is a different person”, he continues.
Carrying a small notebook with you everywhere you go it’s a great way to get started (see a picture of the one I started on the right). Use it to write any idea that pops into your mind. Don’t worry about quality and, sometimes, don’t even read what you’ve written. Just do it, do it “judge-lessly”.
There is another beautiful thing that happens when we write, we become aware of it. We start seeing people through their writing. We learn to appreciate humane, honest writing. We see people and their values, not just mere products and services, it goes beyond that. We see people, real people, and how they were intended to be. It’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.
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