“If you want to be a writer, you have to write”
That was the frustrating phrase my Great Uncle Les would write to me over and over again as I sought our his writing advice over our 10-year relationship as avid pen pals.
I had met him at a wedding aged 10, he was one of my Nans brothers (there were 18 siblings in total) and soon after I began writing to him. By the time I went off to university 8 years later our writing became more frequent and he was a wonderful mentor, and believer in me.
I wanted to be a writer.
But he would not give me his secrets, nor his contacts…he would simply tell me again and again,
“Julie. If you want to become a writer you have to write. Find something you are passionate about and get writing”
But you know what it’s like telling teenagers anything.
Eventually, I did start writing. I found something I was passionate about. And so, a 10,000 word dissertation on cultural diversity, 1000 or so blog posts and articles on plus size fitness, and 8 books later…I guess you could say I am a writer.
However, I’ve been a bit distracted recently, and my writing has been restricted mainly to long form social media posts, which are OK I guess…but I miss the process of sitting at my desk and letting everything out…I miss the ritual of it…I miss knowing that all around the world my friends, and fans and followers…and occasionally completely new to me folks are reading my stuff.
And so I’m back.
I am committing as we steam towards the end of this decade to write a blog a day. Now I can’t say for sure what the topics will be, but it will most probably be my views on the online world, the things which bug me in business, my thoughts about growing engaged audiences…and anything else which inspires me.
“A blog a day?” my accountability buddy said this morning.
Because yes, it’s quite a commitment. But for me writing is me in flow. Yes I can do social, yes I can make videos, yes I can run webinars (I’m doing one about the value of FREE facebook groups this Wednesday seeing as you asked) but my passion has always been writing and its where I find myself most at home.
And plus I think in blog post titles these days…but just never find the time to make good on them…and there lies the problem. We never find the time, we have to make the time, we literally have to carve it out of our day…it’s about intention, focus and discipline.
What could you commit to for the next 40 days?
Let me know.
Ha ha, this is how accountability works folks….you say you are going to do something to someone, and then you feel like an idiot if you don’t do it, so most of the time you will.
Blogging has literally changed my life, and no not in terms of getting freebies, or having millions of followers…no for me it’s been a vehicle to support me while I work out what I’m supposed to be doing in my life. It has given me the kind of freedom I couldn’t even have dreamed of when I was that 8-year-old girl meeting her great uncle who was a writer…who thought, “that sounds like a cool thing to be”
So join me tomorrow for a blog entitled.
“Rodney and Delboy have a lot to answer for”
Where I give you a bit more insight into my East End childhood, and the importance of good role models.
Hope you’ll join me
My name is Julie Creffield and I am a serial entrepreneur, master tribe builder and business strategist. I am on a mission to help small business owners better understand how to get traction in the online world to grow vibrant and profitable communities around their work.
Join me on the 2nd December for my FREE 10 day challenge Dare to Dream, helping you to get clear on your vision and goals for 2020, including some, never revealed info about how I went from unemployed single mum to 6 figure coach and international speaker in just 4 years…and what my plans for world domination are over the next decade ha ha