When I started my first blog, http://FlaAuthor.wordpress.com, I started with research on what to do, how to do it, and whom to trust. That means who are the most experienced, most skilled and most ‘giving’ bloggers out there in cyberspace? I found many ‘Giants’ in the blogging world. I hope to feature many of them on this blog, in the coming time.
The first ‘Giant’ is Joanna Penn, the creator of The Creative Penn. This British lady, recently returned from Australia has now returned to her native London. Her work blends creative excellence, with her understated (almost shy) manner, to achieve rich content delivered in an easy, non-threatening, never patronizing way. As it turns out, Joanna is also a Computer Consultant by training and (former) profession.
Joanna helped me to form my ‘writer’ persona. As a ‘Type A’ Computer Professional, and with my work with several magazines, including Computer Graphics World and CIO, I developed a love of writing. My core expertise, as can be seen on my professional website http://cfeightner.com, was highly technical. Nevertheless, it was an ability to take complex technical subjects and break them down to simple concepts and benefits that helped me succeed in my career at Goodyear.
So, how do you develop a ‘writer persona”? Joanna recently posted an excellent post called “I am Creative. I Am an Author: From Affirmation to Reality. ”As she states in her post, “The problem with changing your life is often knowing what you want instead of the status quo. When I looked at what I had always wanted, it was only ever to be a writer. At the time, I was not creative and I was not an author. Sure, I wrote diaries and letters but I couldn’t ever associate the word creative with me. I couldn’t even say this phrase out loud at first. I wrote it down and then started whispering it on the commute home (when no one was around!)”
I also knew this instinctively as early as age 8. I am an inveterate reader; in former years averaging a book a week. This subconsciously allowed me
to study style, structure, theme, and the skillful use of words to subliminally allow the reader to visualize the printed word. For as we all know, words are but spacial synapses connecting the mind of the reader to the mind of the writer.
Here Joann and I diverge; I am a creative person and was recognized as such my Goodyear Management, as they asked me to start the Innovation Center, in Goodyear’s Corporate Engineering division. Creativity in thought, and creativity in authorship, is not really very different. You
brainstorm, you reject, you tweak, and you run a pilot.
Lynn and my first book, “Lynn’s Story” started the juices flowing as I was not focused in writing; I was focused in reducing her pain and getting
her well. On that website, then to a book, we just opened our hearts and let it flow.
Aspiring authors, future bloggers, or just anyone that wishes to sharpen their writing can greatly benefit from Joanna’s post, her story of discovery, and her success. In a MUCH smaller part, my previous blog and this blog, document my journey, and from the 60+ comments that I receive on my blog http://ViewsfromSandhausen.com every day, aspiring bloggers can follow two paths to success. I receive the question most often, “how do I start?” The answer can be found by following our examples.
Be sure to read my answers to comments received on this blog. I answer every positive (99.9%) comment with an honest and informative answer.
Content and Photo Credits: The Creative Penn