Category Archives: Writing

Can you give an hour a day?

Having been challenged to write a book, I know the journey is not as simple as telling the story. It is significantly more complex and demanding than I could ever have imagined!  But the process reminds of the old joke: ‘How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time…’

I heard a radio interview with an author where he was asked how he found the time to create his work? After all, he was dad to two small children, had a demanding full-time job that often took him away from home, and had all the usual day-to-day responsibilities associated with running his household.  Anticipating his answer would be the revolutionary key I needed, I eagerly awaited his response…

One hour a day.

That was the revelation. One hour a day. One bite at a time.

He explained that after his daughters went to bed he committed himself to writing one hour every night. And over the course of many years, his novel slowly took shape, until the day when he invited his eldest daughter into his office to type those incredible words “The End”.

One hour a day.

If we think we’ve over committed, it could be that we’re trying to consume the entire project. Perhaps, we need to break it down into manageable portions spread over a longer period.

One hour a day. Is your dream worth this investment?

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Your, you’re…their, there… what’s the fuss??

In the overall scheme of life using incorrect grammar on your Facebook status update is not overly significant. When you are writing for a specific audience, though, (for example, as a blogger, or compiling a report for your boss, or even putting together your resume), then grammar becomes critical. It could mean the difference between being shortlisted for the job and missing the cut, positively engaging your audience or losing readership.

Most grammar mistakes are not that complex. Most are simply using an incorrect version of a word or the misplacing of an apostrophe. A little time and little education can bring about super results! The following infographic (shared by Copyblogger) shows some of the grammar goofs that can make us look silly… enjoy (and learn!).

15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly

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Are you what you say you’re not?

For many years I did not see myself as ‘creative’. I was a logical, sequential thinker; certainly not one of those ‘creative types’. And when it came to the supposedly creative pursuit of writing, well, it was just something I did.

I think many of us convince ourselves that we are NOT something, when in fact we are. Contemplating on the concept of being creative, I realised that writing had been a common theme for me over the past 20 years and not just rehashing documents, but actually creating business plans, marketing copy, corporate bios, CVs and the like. Creating!

Acknowledging this empowered me. No longer was I constrained by the thought that I was not creative. However, this also challenged me. By removing what I believed was a relevant roadblock, I was now committed to action!

Ken Robinson, in his New York Times bestseller “The Element”, suggests “…being creative is about making fresh connections so that we see things in new ways and from different perspectives“. This is something, with practice, we can all harness, and most probably already do. Examine how you solve problems or tackle a new venture – fresh connections is key.

So if we adamantly contest that we are not something, it could very well be this is what we are!

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I’ve moved house!

Let Hope Rise has a new look and a new home thanks to securing its own domain! It’s super easy to find, no Sat Nav required – in fact, you’re probably already there. My original wordpress.com site redirects all traffic to my self-hosted site.

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Those who previously subscribed via email to LetHopeRise.wordpress.com have been successfully transferred to this new site so things should remain pretty much to which you’re accustomed. If, however, you were a fellow wordpress.com user who followed Let Hope Rise so that new posts appeared in your wordpress reader, you’ll need to subscribe again (this time via email).

I’m looking forward to the greater flexibility and customisation this new site will provide which will hopefully enhance your reading experience. One thing that certainly hasn’t changed is my enthusiasm for your thoughts and opinions so please continue to comment on posts! You’ll also notice it’s a tad easier to share posts via whatever social media tickles your fancy…

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Frustrated? Are you expecting the unexpectable??

As we step into the rain, we expect to get wet. As we head out onto the freeway, we expect traffic. When I took an opportunity for leave from my “job” I expected to write my book.

Two of the above examples are reasonable. The other is not. The other is a case of expecting the unexpectable!

Intentions and hopes usually do not equate to desired outcomes. We can often be so excited by an opportunity for something different, something away from the mundane, that we expect what really can’t be delivered. At least not in the present environment. Now I’m not saying my book or any other dreams I hold will not come to pass, however I have realised that given my current knowledge and other resources, to expect them now is to expect the unexpectable.

Don’t get wrong – I am a HUGE fan of dreaming! I see myself enjoying a lifestyle of a writer, even indulging in a long-held dream of living in New York, but to make this a reality I need to acquire more skills, I need to more effectively plan, I need to prioritize, I need to MOVE!

What in your world do you presently classify as a disappointment? What is currently a cause of frustration? A lost opportunity, perhaps? Could it be you may need to enhance your skills, become better connected, develop the plan or even lessen the pressure a little on yourself?

The opportunity may not be lost, it may simply be parked awaiting a more appropriate framework or season.

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More stories from the front office…

Blogging, or writing in general, is an interesting beast. I aim to be “productive”, to regularly produce pieces that stimulate discussion, that inspire, that challenge – both the reader and myself!

The idea of productivity is a curious one. To some, it means having the suitable environment where the work can be done. For others, it may stem from systems and processes. Still, for others, it’s the routine or habit around the work. I think all of these are true. Productivity is focused on the outcomes, the fruit, and there is no one fruitfulness formula that works for us all. For me, though, being productive in any area of my world starts with a decision: I must decide to be productive.

I can have the most efficient systems and the most conducive environment but if I do not DECIDE to write, then nothing will be written. The most productive time for me as a writer is when I make the decision “today, I will write”. This starting points enables my environment and my processes to kick-in to further stimulate activity.

Many of us can be waiting for the ideal time to do something special. The ideal time probably starts when we decide it’s time.

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