Recently I’ve been a little stressed about writing new blogs and social media copy. I must admit I have a thing about writing. I love it, but I’m always stressed about putting pen to paper – whether it’s going to be good enough. An additional complicating factor is that I’m dyslexic. This is something I’ve known since I was a child but only got tested for as an adult.
So, I’m always feeling like I’m going to misspell something, miss a word or write incomplete or nonsense sentences. All of which I do on occasion. And I know what you’re thinking. But no matter how many times I check my writing, my brain doesn’t see it. It reads what it knows should be there and not what’s actually there.
This image may be a bit of fun, but you’d soon get annoyed if most of this post was written like that, wouldn’t you? Yes, me too.
Well, suffice to say, as much as I love writing it can be a challenge. And to add a little more pressure, I had a deadline fast approaching to launch my new website (yes, this one). There was lots of space for blogs and other promotional information so that when people come to the site, there’d be something there to read.
A friend of mine was telling me about wanting to sort out her social media posts. It turned out that she was having similar stress about writing copy for her social media streams as I was. So, we decided to get together for some mutual support and agreed on a date and time.
What I hadn’t realised would happen was that as I got to thinking about how I would help Clare, the information and materials I would share with her, ideas for my own copy began to come to me.
It was amazing. By the morning of our meeting, I had written fifteen quotes and three short blogs. Thinking about helping someone else released my pressure and unlocked my creativity. It was a great reminder of how Coaching works and why I usually give my clients activities to do outside of our sessions together. It’s not the activities themselves, it’s the power doing them has to move you forward.
Our meeting turned out to be a bonus for us both. We ended up scheduling a months’ worth of social media copy, several blogs, and a list of titles and ideas.
Isn’t great what a little help from your friends can do, plus the willingness to set a time frame and accountability outside yourself.