The First Lesson From My E-course: ‘Write To Inspire’ – (to register for all 7 weekly issues, emailed to you – click button in left column)

Writing a story gives you an opportunity to raise an issue and provides the characters with a means to demonstrate possible scenarios. Stories enter our mind on a different, more accepting level than instructions, opinions or statements. For this reason, authors or speakers often use a story to convey a powerful truth or principle; even show a controversial viewpoint without causing offence.

Providing certain techniques are used, a story can inspire faith, courage and hope. An inspiring story can cause the reader to evaluate the moral or lesson; it can also motivate the reader to do something and provide the desire to do it. The richer the writer can inspire, the more effective the outcome will be.

So what are the secrets to writing such effective inspiration?  Here’s what I have learned from over 20 years as a writer of inspiring works:

There are 3 vital ingredients necessary to make your writing inspiring and effective:

1. Know and understand the needs of your audience. Your ultimate goal as a writer is to create a good relationship with your reader. Have empathy with your readers by understanding their problems and struggles. You will build mutual trust and respect when you do . Only then will your readers allow you to touch their heart. People can spot a phoney a mile off. Sincerity carries love into your writing.

 2. Show your empathy by honestly sharing your pain and challenges. When you identify who your reader is, you will know what situations or circumstances they are likely to relate to emotionally. Write relatable “pain points” (emotional triggers) into the story.

For example, if your target readers are business people, write about some of the pain business people suffer. These could be cash flow problems, deadline stress, time constraints or long working hours and the toll that takes on family. Explain how you inwardly struggle with this – providing it is true of course. Doing so, will give your reader common ground upon which to build a relationship with you.

If your target readers are working moms, you might mention in your story the daily commitment of dropping-off your child at a child care centre and afternoon pick ups. Or how you suffer the pain of regular traffic hassles, time restraints and constantly juggling your job demands with home and family matters. Everyone has problems, difficulties and issues – discover the ones affecting your readers and identify them.

It comes back to knowing and understanding the problems and needs of the persons reading your work. So firstly, identify who your target audience are. Then ask yourself what pain do we share? When you are clear on these two points, then ask yourself what can I write into my story that would build common ground and inspiration for them?

Asking and answering these questions will not only establish common ground but a sure fire way to inspire them, remember these things are not the focus of your story, but subtle mentions within the story can build empathy and relationship between the writer and the reader. You will show your readers you are just like them and live a similar life to theirs; common ground builds author-writer relationships.

3. Be authentic and sincere; provide hope or a way forward. Whether you are writing a how-to article, an inspiring short story, even a novel; the way to generate inspiration and build relationship is to be sincere. If writing an article and word usage is limited, don’t focus on the problem or the stress. A brief mention could be enough to create empathy. However, write in details on how you felt with a situation.and provide your readers with a possible solution or hope. Authentic inspiring writing will give readers rewards such as:

  • finding a potential solution to a problem
  • insight for understanding another’s point of view
  • inspiration for implementing a positive life change
  • generally feeling good and edified
  • gaining hope for the future
  • learning about the author or story’s main character
  • personal encouragement or insight.

Adding these 3 vital ingredients to your writing will provide your reader with value and benefit. If your reader believes you are sincere and reliable, they will connect with you on an emotional level and give you the opportunity to inspire them. What an honor and a privilege you have. Seize it with passion!

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Would You Love to Write Articles that Inspire Your Readers?

write to inspire jpeg cover2If you are a fledgling author, a new writer, or simply someone with a whole lot of love to share; you are sure to find something of value by taking my new e-course. You will gain a collection of proven techniques, Learned from my 20 years as a writer of inspiring media.

Based on my ebook, Write to Inspire, the e-course is fast, easy and very beneficial. Seize this unique opportunity to learn how to inspire people with your writing. Best of all, it’s FREE.!  – Click the e-course button in the left column and register now!

Looking forward to sharing some great info with you.

Terry

How to Know the Difference Between An Anecdote and a Story – Discover For Certain If Your Story Is A Real Story

Anecdotes are very short explanations of a single incident. Consider this example: I climbed the ladder and stepped onto the roof. Suddenly, the ladder fell over and I was stranded up on the roof of my house. This is not a story, but an anecdote. So what is a story? The following will explain the difference.

An anecdote has no plot; it is little more than an illustration of something, usually summed up in a paragraph or two. A story will deal with how the character responded to the situation. In nonfiction writing, a story is often used to illustrate a lesson or to make a relevant point. However, an anecdote could also be used to effectively illustrate a point.

The difference between both is: A story has depth and detail and is centred on the main character and how he or she coped with the situation. You might create a good short, short story using only a few hundred words or you might write a novel using thousands of words. The point is, a story will involve at least one central character and take the reader on a journey to an outcome.

Stories travel somewhere

If you are stuck on a roof; your story will take the reader on a journey from incident to outcome. The story will explain what you did about the situation. You could have climbed down the drainpipe, or leaped onto the trampoline in the yard next door. Maybe a storm erupted over your head and drenched you with rain, then struck you with a sudden bolt of lightning!

Build emotional tension: your reader would prefer a slightly exaggerated tale than a boring yarn. This is especially true when writing a humorous story. Comedy works best when the facts are greatly exaggerated. Whatever field your story sits in, be sure to write it so that your reader mentally works with it, receives the intended message, and remembers it.

As a writer, if you are not telling your own stories you are ignoring one of the most effective means of communication available to you. Your reader is missing a large part of your authenticity and you are missing a large part of their word-of-mouth recommendations.

Stories work for writers, speakers and teachers. Stories can make us laugh, cry, feel afraid, motivated, inspired, even evaluative and reflective. You have much to benefit from investing time developing some unique stories from your life experiences.  Start now, simply think about an incident in your life and write about it: Be sure your story takes your reader on a journey by making sure you:

  • explain who was involved in the incident and what happened
  • tell the conflict it generated
  • share how you (or your main character) felt at the time
  • say if people were affected along the journey and if so, how they reacted
  • build the story to a climax. IE: A critical point where all is either lost or won.
  • clearly tell the story so it keeps the reader moving along. Then, conclude with an outcome
  • add a moral or lesson by sharing what you (or the main character) learnt from the experience.

When you write a story about something from your life experience, remember and describe your emotional reactions and the personal struggles and conflict you encountered. The treasures hidden within the dark places of your memory can be the diamonds within a story. It’s pain that adds weighty value to your story and the struggle you (or your main character) endured to win over it will generate the story’s inspirational power. Now you understand just what an authentic story is, go write one.

Write to Inspire

Write because you love people

Do you write encouraging messages to people because you want to edify them, inspire their faith, or show them a way forward?

It is your love that can make the changes needed in this world. Life is beautiful and so are people. We are all very fragile, yet we are also strong and resilient, depending on the circumstances we are under at the time.

However, it is the written word that has educated, challenged, inspired, and at times, changed the world. People take notice of what the thinking writer (thought leader) has to say. Written words are powerful.

Love gives

Be a ready-writer and willing to share words full of grace that will help those passing through a tough season. They indeed will thank you for it. Even though you may not hear them do so, you can be sure people will appreciate and remember your inspiring words.

Here are 7 invaluable guiding principles for the Christian writer:

  1. Integrity – consistent honesty, authenticity and transparency in all matters.
  2. Humility – esteeming others with respect, honor and dignity.
  3. Generosity – giving, sharing and investing in the advancement of others.
  4. Faith – believing in the potential capacity of our God given gifts.
  5. Responsibility – we are responsible for the words we write and our actions towards others.
  6. Creativity – as writers, we use our imagination to provide benefit and value to our readers.
  7. Gratitude – we love to write and continually give thanks for our calling.

Will this love-inspired checklist help you to check your attitude and motive when writing to inspire others?

Its purpose is to ensure the ethos of God’s love will permeate your writing and touch the heart of your audience.

Why use the checklist?

If you are writing to tell the world about the love and grace of God, using this checklist will assure your work is uncompromising yet gentle and inspiring. You can make it your benchmark for measuring the attitude and quality of your writing; ensuring sincerity and humility will be read between the lines.

Writers adhering to these guiding principles will build a substantial writing ministry. Indeed, you could align your life and career to this same checklist. Effective writers influence people. Can you imagine how great it would be if all writers adopted this checklist as their guidepost?  Perhaps that’s a dream; however you and I can lead the way.

 “Let your words be full of grace”

(Colossians 4:6)

Want to learn more about inspiring writing?

Here are 2 things you could do:

1. You could do the free e-course – to register watch out for an opt-in box in the left column , should be up before 20 February 2014.

2. You could buy my ebook ‘Write to inspire’ available on Amazon – Kindle: http://www.amazon.com

Encouragement Works

Some of the greatest success stories have happened because a word of encouragement at the right time and place, empowered the person to keep going.

So many people never reach their full potential because of three inner issues:

1. self-doubt or unbelief. 2. fatigue. 3. loss of focus.

I love writing ebooks to inspire my readers – encouragement is a needed commodity these days.

Have you encouraged someone today?

 

 

3 things to know before you begin to write

Do you enjoy writing?
Do you want to write inspiring short stories?
No matter if you are a fledgling author, a novice, or an experienced writer. If you love to write to add value to others, This blog-site is for you.

I hope to regularly add value to you by posting encouraging, educational, and motivational information for writers.
Please feel welcome to comment and ask questions. I will answer you within 24 hours.

A good practice before you write your story

Before creating your inspiring short story, it is important to understand three things:
• why you want to write the story
• who in particular will want to read your story
• what value and benefit your story will give the reader.

As a writer you have the opportunity to make a significant difference in the lives of others.This blog will help you to achieve that purpose.
Here is where you will discover:
1. Insight for developing your writing skills particularly your story-power.
2. Inspiration for achieving your goals and living your dreams.
3. Loads of encouragement and useful information.

Have questions?
Ask me what you would like to know – if it is about writing inspiring short stories, I can help. Call back regularly.

On Course to Destiny

My ebook On Course to Destiny is available on Amazon/kindle and will soon be available across many internet ebook retail sites.

I believe it offers you great value at a very low price. You will follow 5 commitments which are:

1. Know, understand, and commit to what you can become.

2. Believe you can achieve it.

3. Decide to make it happen. Live prepared and expecting change.

4. Do what needs to be done – whatever it takes, just do it!

5. Give generously, love openly as you enjoy the journey.

Just 5 simple commitments that can have a profound affect and transform your life. If you invest a few dollars and own the ebook, let me know your comments. Or, why not review it?

Are you: On Course To Destiny ?