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Write Your Way to Change [Day 14 – 30 Days to Changing Your Game]

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This is Day 14 of 30 Days to Changing Your Game. Yesterday Andrew Weaver got out there actually trying new things (as opposed to talking about it, right?!), and today Sophfronia Scott is going to dig in deep on a subject we’ve touched on-WRITING as a game-changing tool. You’ll love it!

By Sophfronia Scott (@Sophfronia)

Yes, I’ve written books and yes, I help people to write books, but you know what? Books can give writing a bad rap. The idea of creating a book makes writing intimidating—it makes you think that unless you’re writing the equivalent of War and Peace, why write at all?

However, our goal here in this series is change, and you don’t have to write 300 pages to create change in your life. In fact, it can happen in as little as 20 lines. I say this from experience: I am a writer because every time I write something, MAGIC happens. This goes back to my childhood. I wrote a poem and made a friend. I wrote a note for a teacher and made a roomful of people cry. I wrote a story and learned to understand my father.

It’s probably been the same for you. You just never recognized it before. Think about it. What happened when you wrote…

  • a note to a friend
  • a birthday card
  • a thank you note
  • an “I love you” note in a lunch bag
  • a page in your journal?

If you can make something happen by writing these brief items, it stands to reason that you can make change happen by writing other things as well. And size doesn’t matter!

Words have power and energy. The word “yes” feels differently from the word “no”. It feels better to write the word “love” that to write the word “hate”. I think we lose touch with that power and energy when we whip words around in speedy text messages and emails. It’s difficult to honor the power of words when they’re coming at you like darts!

But I encourage you to slow down and harness the power and energy of words through writing. Once you harness it, you can focus it on what you want to change in your life and start that magical process to help the change happen. Here’s how to get started.

A Reason to Write

Start with a clear intention. What do you want to write about? What do you want to accomplish? Perhaps you want to…

  • strengthen a relationship
  • work out a problem
  • clear your mind of clutter
  • honor a memory
  • get clarity on a decision
  • figure out what you really want

What to Write

When you write, you can sit in front of your computer or use a pad of paper, whatever is most comfortable for you. Then write whatever you want. Maybe it will take the form of a story, maybe you will “talk to yourself” on paper. Just let the words come.

Listen

Here’s a little secret: they are already there. Words are going through your head all the time. They can soothe you or scare you, motivate you or frustrate you.

But if you listen to the words, you can reach out and take them and put them down on paper. Once you do so you can, to some extent, control them. You can decide what action you’ll take from there. And when you take action, you begin to make change. See how that works? Magic!

Sophfronia Scott has over twenty years of experience as a professional writer, most of it spent at Time and People magazines.

When she published her first novel, “All I Need to Get By” with St. Martin’s Press in 2004, one prominent reviewer referred to her as potentially “one of the best writers of her generation.” Sophfronia holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard. As executive editor of The Done For You Writing & Publishing Company, she helps entrepreneurs and speakers to write and publish books to market their businesses. Her latest work is the award-winning bestseller, Doing Business By the Book: How to Craft a Crowd-Pleasing Book and Attract More Clients and Speaking Engagements Than You Ever Thought Possible. Sophfronia can be reached via her website, http://www.doneforyouwriting.com

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