Category Archives: The Power of Writing

The “So What?” Question

As I was working my way through a stack of twenty-six literary analysis papers this weekend (I know – don’t ask. It’s my own fault for letting students in over the enrollment cap.), I spent a lot of time thinking … Continue reading

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Meta-Diction: Find Your Passion?

I called this post meta-diction, because I want to consider the larger conceptual and cultural implications of our word choices. Many voices within the personal development world espouse the notion that a person can create his or her own reality. … Continue reading

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Writing Power’s Writer’s Circle: Goals For March

A couple of weeks ago, I introduced Writing Power’s Writers’ Circle, a way to get motivation, support, and encouragement from other writers. As of today, our merry band has four members. Is it too late to join? Not at all … Continue reading

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Make Your Writing A “Must Read”

I was both delighted and overwhelmed by what stood before me.  This was not unusual.  In fact, the same thoughts go through my mind each time I walk through my local library’s stacks.  So much to read. I wasn’t until … Continue reading

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Join Writing Power’s Writers’ Circle!

Writing, like exercise, is something many of us want to do more regularly. Just as we hope exercising will improve our fitness, we hope writing will improve our communication skills. Exercise also has less tangible benefits like improved mood and … Continue reading

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Building Relationships With Your Readers

I stared out at a wall of glum faces. “What’s going on, you guys? Didn’t you like the reading?” The essay at hand was a masterpiece of nuance, one of the most influential pieces in the modern conservationist movement, and … Continue reading

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Hack Those Unfulfilled Intentions

One thing I like most about personal productivity/personal development/self improvement blogs is that they try to turn wishes and dreams into plans and actions. They work to remove the stumbling blocks that keep “someday I want to” from turning into … Continue reading

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How To Write An Effective Summary

 Writing is not one task with a specific, unchanging set of rules.  Consequently, it’s often counterproductive to classify writing as “Good” or “Bad” because doing so assumes an oversimplified view of what writing is.  Instead of aspiring to the title … Continue reading

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Writing As Personal Development

I have been thinking a lot recently about the intersection between writing and personal development. How does writing influence personal development, and what is there to gain by thinking about them together? What I have concluded so far is that … Continue reading

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Revise Those New Year’s Resolutions

Okay. It has been one month since many of us made New Year’s Resolutions, and it’s time for a reality check. How are they going? If you’re like most people, your answer is somewhere between “they’re going okay” and “ugh.” … Continue reading

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