Live it before you write it
Ever had an idea tickle your brain? Is it dying to get out and on paper? How can you get it to come out with power and conviction? If it’s fiction or something you are writing just to amuse, then grab that paper or keyboard and get on it. But if it’s meant to help motivate someone to do something or change something or anything like that, then live it before you write it.
What does that mean? Well, at first, I didn’t know either. I thought a good idea can just be brainstormed and written down. Easy peasy, eggs and cheesy. With bacon. And grits. Mmmm, grits. Sorry, I’m back. Well, now I know that in other to really know what you are talking about, then live the advice before you write about it.
Want to write about a new diet or lifestyle change, then try it out. Live it for a week or two at least, then you can write about it with a strong body of experience behind your words. And you will write them with compassion as well. It is easy to get critical and self-righteous from a body of data that you agree with. But if you had bitten into the burger of experience, then you are far more understanding of the possible difficulties and rewards that subject can give.
You want to get someone to do something new. Anything new. That person is far more likely to follow your footsteps if they realize that you already been down that trail before. Nobody wants to follow a blind guide. They want someone who has experience and can keep them safe from possible pitfalls. While everyone will have their own struggles as they go down their own journey, having a rough idea of what to expect will help your reader trust that you got their backs.
Lastly, living out what you want to advise or write about enriches your own life. Who wants to let life pass by? Who wants to look up from your writing and realize that a would of experience and adventure had just passed you by? Nobody wants to live only in their head. Trust me, I tried. It is not fun. So live a little. Go on adventures. Dare to push your limits a bit. Challenge your fears a bit. Don’t worry, you can write about it later. In fact, your work will thank you for it by being more insightful, varied and verbose than it would have been otherwise.
Now, if you excuse me. I have to go back to practice what I preach.