In previous posts, I might have danced around the topic of what I’m currently working on, regarding the specific products I’m creating. But, I decided to come on out and confirm that I’m actually working on two separate ebooks at the same time and both will go hand-and-hand.
While they both work in conjunction with one another, they’re still stand-alone books and can be utilized individually. But, I think their complementary effect would be the most beneficial way to get the most out of them.
I split them up because I’m of the perspective that I can deliver the most value by providing shorter, more easily-consumable books that can say what they need to say in the most efficient number of words possible. After all, I don’t want to wear out my welcome with the reading audience. I am known to be wordy in my communications at times.
So, for me, creating shorter books seems to be the best way to communicate in book format. As I’ve just stated, I tend to be wordy in my writing and I don’t know necessarily why that’s the case. I’m not knocking it though. That’s part of my writing style and I’ll outright own up to it as long as my long fingers are able to type and handwrite.
I love writing and I love writing what’s on my mind, so some of that wordiness may come from my natural thought process. I tend to have a lot to say. Sometimes, it pours out so quickly. And, I want to tell it all, behaving as if I was having a regular conversation with someone standing right in front of me. And here’s how that translates: I write like I talk. (Well, somewhat like I talk.) I definitely have some unique quirks that are specific to my writing style ONLY — quirks that don’t surface in how I talk to others face-to-face.
But, the philosophy I use in writing and talking is the same. Although I’m alone when I write, I don’t feel alone. I write like I have someone around that genuinely wants to hear (or read) what I have to say, and that’s how I always want to come across. I’m not a “write at you” type of writer, I’m more of a “write to you” type of writer. And if you respond back, that makes our interaction a true conversation.
Okay, I apologize if I just lost you there, but let me explain. While I may come from a place of trying to deliver information to you that you can use in your own lives, I’m not a subject matter expert in any one thing. I know a little about a lot of things; and while I definitely have formal education in specific areas of learning, I consider myself to be a true student of experience at the top of it all. I simply share a lot of my personal life experiences in this blog. And my middle-aged thought process clearly tells me that I’m probably not the only one in this world who’s experienced similar (not exact, but similar) situations to my own.
Because of relatability, my writing is not exclusive to me, myself, and I. Others can benefit from it. The content in this blog or the books I write are not research papers that are going to regurgitate the information that I read from others’ books, periodicals, articles, and other publications. NO, not at all. And there’s nothing wrong with those types of writings, because I’ve gained a lot of applicable knowledge through academic writing styles. And from time to time, my blog posts or books will reflect the knowledge of others. But, my personal style of writing is different.
I write about life. And sure, I could write about other peoples’ lives, but why would I want to do that? Their stories are meant to be told by them. And since I’m the only one who can truthfully tell my story, then I think it best if I stay in my lane and write about life as I personally know it. Don’t you think?
I truly believe that’s what makes blogs and books truly interesting: the idea of people writing their own, unique stories in their own, unique writing styles (while bringing value to others in what they write). Everyone has a story to tell that’s never been told from their perspective before. And, I’m here for it.
Another thing I’ve learned about writing is the fact that I’m not a hard-nose when it comes to every writing rule of the written language being in its perfect place. I’ve learned that I don’t talk perfectly in my speaking, so why would I write perfectly? Now, I understand that admitting my unwillingness to conform to perfect sentence structure all of the time (with perfect grammar, spelling, and punctuation) will probably exclude me from any types of scholarly publishing opportunities.
And, that’s okay. I already know the audience I’m searching for: regular, everyday people who are more concerned with the meaning of the message than the way it looks in black and white. So, I might as well be “real” in my writing and true to my natural tendencies. I think I come across better that way. And no, I don’t mean to say that I’m intending to butcher the writing rules of the English language. Not at all. As a matter of fact, I was the kid in school that loved all her Language Arts classes and all the rules associated with them, for the most part. So, I’m not knocking the knowledge of learning the mechanics of writing. They’re important, they bring a layer to your writing that’s necessary, and they can’t be ignored.
What I am saying is that the two books that I’m currently working on will not be the exception to my writing style. The writing mechanics will be there, of course; but, I’m hoping that the true connection we’ll have is through the meaning of the words on the page, the way in which I choose to deliver them, and the applied benefit they bring to your life. And while I might drop a few nuggets that I’ve learned from others and their writings, there’s going to be a whole lot of my own experience shared with you. And while I’m sharing my own experiences with you, my hope is that YOU will feel like the guest of honor in the books. These works-in-progress are written with you in mind. They’re being created for your use for your own purposes (and those of your children, of course).
Now that that’s settled, I want to conclude this post by reiterating the importance of allowing your personality to come forth in your writing. To me, bringing out the “real” you is the true meaning of someone’s writing style (not crossing all of your “Ts” and dotting all of your “Is”). You can be taught to improve the mechanics of writing, sure. But only you can instruct yourself on how to let your personality shine through in your writing. Maybe you should just try it (if you haven’t already) and see what happens.