There are weeks when my writing flows incredibly well and fast, and others when I struggle to put my thoughts on paper. That can pose a challenge when you are committed to writing a lot for your business and for others.
This week I sought out helpful tips to smooth out the writing process as well as bump things up a notch. Successful women never stop learning from trusted sources. And frankly, is there a writer out there who doesn’t want to put in his/her two cents on mastering the craft? I think not.
This weekly wrap up was designed to share the blogs, websites and/or businesswomen that I found particularly helpful this week. So without further delay, here are my top picks on the subject of writing. I hope you find them as helpful and interesting as I did.
Top Blog Posts
James Chartrand, founder of Men with Pens, offers 3 simple, yet simply brilliant steps to preparing your mind, heart and soul to write. I love his strategies all the way down to the “pre-shot routine” to get yourself in the right frame of mind to write. I will be making some serious changes to my writing environment before Monday. I think physical clutter where I write is creating some mental clutter. You can find James on Twitter @MenwithPens
Your writing assignments are not always centered around blog posts. There are also case studies, reports, emails and proposals. Using Hemingway as inspiration, Business Development consultant, Ivan Walsh presents 10 tips to enhance your business writing skills, most of which will have you writing less. Does that sound great or what?! Find out more about Ivan on Twitter @IvanWalsh
While tracking down more information on the aforementioned, Ivan Walsh, I stumbled upon his other site and a guest post by Gerry McGovern. He breaks down the professional writing style that successful bloggers use in an easy to follow outline. I think the most important point is his golden rule. If you would like to connect with Gerry you can find him @gerrymcgovern on Twitter
I thought it only appropriate to wrap up my favorites this week with a post from a 17-year-old entrepreneur, who makes some great points about the importance of sharing the love when it comes to successful blogging. “Share your ideas and learn from one another, it’s a win-win situation.”
This week’s shout out goes to Small Business Finance Forum, a website dedicated to teaching you the ins and outs of running a profitable business. Nicole Fende, a former actuary and President of this great company, provides actionable information in an easy to understand format, that even a financial neophyte like me can comprehend. Her latest blog on Geometric Bartering offers some creative suggestions for getting the expertise you need when you are on a tight budget.
If you aren’t sure where your business might be leaking profits you can get your hands on her new report “5 Profit Thieves and How to Stop Them” by joining her Facebook page and selecting the Fan Bonus. You can also follow Nicole’s tweets @BizFinanceForum.
Woman of Excellence Award
I am happy to present this week’s Women of Excellence Award to Kaira Rouda — marketing expert, entrepreneur, consultant, speaker, best-selling author of Real You Incorporated: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, and if that wasn’t enough of an accomplishment, she is also mother of four!
I have been following Kaira’s inspirational tweets — @KairaRouda — for the past several weeks and am jazzed by her zest for empowering women in business and her seemingly unending energy. Her approach parallels my own in that we believe that the best opportunity for a woman’s success in business comes from a platform of authenticity. I look forward to continuing to learn from this amazing trailblazer!
In case you were wondering, I have no affiliate relationship with anyone I call to your attention on this blog. This is simply my way of spreading the news about information and individuals I have found particularly helpful.
That wraps up this post. Until next week, keep reading, keep learning, keep growing!