Writing itself is solitary. Even if we’re working in an office and surrounded by people, we typically tuck ourselves away, apply our headphones and scurry into our documents with the enthusiasm of a meerkat digging a new downstairs.
Let the others collaborate; I have word magic to conjure.
It’s not that we dislike people (generally speaking). It’s that writing happens in our head. But that creates a problem.
Writing is solitary, but humans are social (even introverted ones like me; don’t tell). We fill our creative wells in countless ways, but one of those needs to be socializing despite the inherently solitary nature of our work.
Socializing keeps us:
- in touch with other perspectives
- connected with other ideas
- up-to-date with trends and techniques
It’s important, but it’s counter to what we do. So, what do we do? Continue reading
Hello and welcome back to Writing Prompt Friday! This week I presented a long-time-in-the-making passion project here at work: our brand voice and editorial guide. I’ve been working on it for months and I won’t lie…I was nervous presenting my ‘baby’ to our vice president of marketing and chief marketing officer. I’d put months into this document. By the time I showed them my ‘first’ draft, I’d put it through 13 revisions myself.
But they loved it. It’s out for review and while I await their feedback, I get to bask in the glow of hard job well done. And that’s my win for the week.
That and getting a perfect checkup at the dentist, who gives me a rubber ducky when I’ve been flossing like a good patient.
What’s your big win for the week?
And now, on to this week’s writing prompt. Continue reading
Hello and welcome back to Writing Prompt Friday! Sometimes I wonder if the work I do makes any difference. I’ve never won an a copywriting or advertising award. Most of my efforts support other people’s efforts. So far, I have nothing to do with the fancy ads my company runs; the ones that were recently launched to a resounding round of “oooooohsss” and “aaaahhhhhhs.”
My function is one of service, not glamour. And while I like being of service, everyone needs a cookie now and then. Yup, I’ve been having a right nice little pity party.
But then someone said something that resonated. “While others are off chasing gold stars, you’re helping the business.”
And that gave me a boost. Even more so since it was my boss who said it—during my performance review. (She loves me, by the way; yay!) Because what I do is fundamental work. The necessary work. I create what the business needs to grow. Internal communications, external marketing collateral, branding, standardization, ideation, creativity..bread-and-butter work keeps a business running.
Even when others are chasing glory (and I hope they do well because there’s nothing wrong with that), there are those of us who build foundations. There’s a good amount of pride in that.
So, on to this week’s writing prompt. Continue reading
Welcome back to Writing Prompt Friday! This week’s inspired by the fact that this week’s been so busy I haven’t been eating as much as I should to maintain my good humor or semblance of humanity. Yeah, I’ve gotten hangry a time or two. And I’ve become rather zombie-like upon occasion.
Which leads us to this week’s writing prompt… Continue reading
Welcome back to Writing Prompt Friday! I hope you’re enjoying these as much as I am, because lemme tell ya, it’s a lot of fun to turn the random thoughts in my head into something that’s useful instead of verbalizing them out loud and watching my husband facepalm himself wondering what on earth he got himself into. Although…to be honest…that’s fun too. Kind of a sport, really.
Alrighty, this week’s prompt. Continue reading