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Writing With Perspective

My best time of day is early morning as the sun is rising. The air is damp, the birds are beginning to sing, and the clouds have pink edges. Everything is renewed, and I have an optimistic perspective for the day. Today, as usual, I’m having coffee on the patio and contemplating God’s Word when movement among the heather bushes beneath the bottle brush tree attracts my attention. A rabbit!
Cute right? Not!
My husband coos, “We have a new pet.”
I complain, “He will probably eat our flowers.”
Interesting. We each spoke from our personal perspective. Same scene, same bunny, but different responses. It suggests something about our personalities. Maybe, maybe not, but it makes the story more interesting. In writing, your perspective can reveal something of your story or nature or just where you are standing that day. It can powerfully charge your message and challenge your reader to see things differently.

Different views of the same reality
As an art major, I studied perspective. In a drawing or painting, the underlying lines of YourPerspectiveperspective provide the proper shape, proportion, and position to make things appear three dimensional and realistic. Usually one-point perspective is taught first where you are at the center of the picture and the vanishing point is right in front of you. Much more interesting is two-point perspective as seen in the picture at the right. There are two vanishing points one at each  side of the picture revealing more dimension. Imagine yourself standing in different locations in this picture, you’d have an altered view of the very same reality. In writing editorials, offering differing points of view can bring balance and validity to your message. In your stories, providing differing points of view can add interest and dimension to your characters.

How do you see it?
In art, writing, and life, different perspectives can challenge us to see things differently. Where you position yourself affects how you see reality. For example, imagine the perspective picture as a city scene and you are standing in front of a tall building, how do you see it? Is it an obstacle blocking your view of what’s ahead? Or is it an opportunity to go up to the top floor and see much further than you would from the ground? If you feel stuck right now, try looking at your circumstance from a different position.

Version 2Two-point perspective also reminds us that there are two sides to an argument. You don’t have to agree with the other person but viewing things from their position will give you insights into their backstory. Ordinarily, I’m more tenderhearted about bunnies, but my response was provoked by the amount of work I had put into nurturing those flowers and plants and uncharacteristically, I was already planning that rabbit’s demise. It is a reminder that our beliefs, personality, and life experiences are like the hidden perspective guidelines that shape how we respond to what we see. Try tracing these out in your next conversation.

Write what you see
In my first writing workshop, I was told: “Write what you know.” In other words, tell the stories that are from your own experience because they will be credible. I say, don’t stay stuck in your one-point perspective where the world centers on you, but add dimension to your life by standing in different positions and tell what you learn. By the way, the bunny is fine. I decided he could be fun to have around. Keep writing my friend!

Write On!
Kathy

“How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:4-5

Your web presence, does it reflect who you really are?

How does someone learn about your professional services? Authors, service providers, and small business owners know they need a platform to promote their offerings to the public. Most often this is done through internet presence and social media. But does your profile and your brand reflect who you really are?
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I recently contemplated this very thought in seeking to establish a platform for myself as a writer. Yes, yes, I know some of you think of me as a serial entrepreneur. Writing is something I’ve always done, and this is the right career for me since my husband and I moved to Tallahassee a couple of years ago to be with our grandchildren. I’m excited, but I was stressing about having to establish a new identity on social media. I lamented about having to do this all over again. This time, I did something different. Rather than looking at what others were doing out there, I started with soul-searching about my brand.

Where to start
Remember the old Westerns? Cattle were branded with a logo that identified the owner. When launching a business or a web presence, marketing gurus say we must develop a brand. They mean more than a logo, it’s a whole identity. For most of us, our first instincts are to name our book, business, or URL, have a logo designed, get business cards printed, and have a website designed. That would be my first impulse, too, but first I contemplated my new identity. I questioned: “Do I create a brand, or be a brand?” I decided I should be a brand—that my public identity needed to reflect my character and deepest passion, not just a look I create. Does the identity you’re expressing reflect who you really are?

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Consider the verse from 1 Samuel 16:7 when the prophet Samuel was sent to the home of Jesse to anoint a new king of Israel. He did not consider the sons that looked the part—tall and handsome—but rather, God wanted him to select the one that had a heart for the interests of God. Samuel selected the son that was to be the future King David. He was known as “a man after God’s own heart.” Does your brand reflect your heart?

Create a Brand or be a Brand?
Your brand needs to be consistent, recognizable, and most especially, genuine. It should reflect your passion. People can tell if what you are broadcasting is genuine. Your brand is something people can feel. If it isn’t real, they won’t trust you. If they don’t trust you, they won’t purchase what you’re selling. So, what I’m suggesting is that your internet presence needs to have a look and message that genuinely reflects who you are rather than a look you create. To discover my brand, I asked myself some questions.

How to be a brand
I propose that you don’t build a brand, you identify your brand. To begin discerning your brand, identify who you are and what motivates you. Here is a list of the soul-searching questions I asked myself:

  • Who am I? (What would people say about me? How would they identify me? How am I known? Defines my character and characteristics.)
  • What do I stand for? (What is important to me? What guides my life and my responses to my life experiences? Defines my passion.)
  • What do I do? (How do I act on what I stand for? Defines my purpose.)
  • Why do I want to do this? (What motivates me? Defines my mission.)
  • What do I offer? (Products, services, insights. Defines my offering.)
  • What do I want to communicate about me, the product, and the benefit to my customer? (Defines my message.)
  • How do I want people to respond? (Defines my benefit.)
  • What will be my client’s benefit? (Defines their benefit and my impact.)
  • How does this honor God? (Defines how God is glorified.)

Write your answers

After answering these questions, my hesitation turned to enthusiasm as I became eager to set up my blog site and communicate the rediscovered passion that drives me!

Why is this important?
Hopefully, answering these questions for yourself will fire up your enthusiasm for what you do and how you express your brand. Connecting with your passion energizes your message and inspires your audience. It’s contagious! My writing friends, ask yourself these questions in reference to your blogging or book writing. Small business owners, review your current branding to see if it reflects who you genuinely are.

Your turn
Friends, I sincerely hope this exercise has helped you in some way. I’d love you to follow me in my new venture as a writer and share your challenges and what you’ve learned. At the right, click to follow me!

Write On Friends!

Kathy

Power of Your Written Words

What motivates you to go to the keyboard or a notebook to capture your thoughts before they are lost? Do you write for you own personal reflection or are you writing something for someone else to read one day? Don’t underestimate the power of your words!

Even before God put his finger to the stone tablets to write the ten commandments, man was making meaningful marks in the form of cuneiforms. Throughout the ages, we have been compelled to harness ideas, history, laws, advice, and stories through the written word. It gives those concepts permanence and power and makes them available for future generations.

God insured that we would benefit from his written word when he told Moses and his prophets to: “Write this down.” Later, his Holy Spirit inspired the apostles to write the gospels and epistles. God’s word of truth and love has benefitted many generations and will do so for years to come as its timeless truths are relevant for our everyday living. What truths have you discovered in your life experience that are important for you to pass down?

I have witnessed power in my own writing. Since my passion is for God’s Word, I write to help people apply scripture to their personal and professional lives. Some years ago, I self-published a strategic planning manual applying biblical principles to business and ministry planning. In delivering workshops using the book as our reference, I noticed a remarkable thing. In class, participants when reiterating a point would often say, “The book says….” The book I had written had more power and credibility than my spoken word! No doubt that even though the author was standing there before them, the power of the Holy Spirit and the biblical principles in the writing most influenced them.

What does your book need to say? What powerful life lessons do you need to share? Yes, even the hard ones as they are most impactful. You are the knowledgeable authority on your own life. Who needs to benefit from your experiences? Children? Grandchildren? Future generations? Write for them!

Thanks for joining me. Please respond to this post and tell me who needs to read your life lessons.
Blessings on your day!
Write On!
Kathy

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrew 4:12 NIV

The Story Begins

Every story has a beginning. Your story and my story didn’t begin at birth but are seeded in Adam and Eve’s story at the beginning of creation. I like to read the Bible from beginning to end because understanding how it all fits together gives me insight into my own story and my relationship with God. Like the characters in the Bible, maybe you too can identify with their weaknesses and their deep need for a holy, loving, and merciful God.

The first man and woman recorded in the Holy Bible were hiding from God in the garden because of their sin and shame. Maybe like them, in spite of God’s provision and protection, you have hidden your shortcomings and shame or covered them over with culturally appropriate behavior. The good news is that God sees you in your less than perfect state and wants more for you. As God’s Word penetrates deep into my soul, it gently reveals where I am resisting his power, correction, and healing. It offers hope that what I cannot cover, he can with his forgiveness. God called out to Adam, “Where are you?” Even though God knew where he was, Adam needed to know God was looking for him. God is looking for you and me waiting to have fellowship with us. Are you available?

MorningonthepatiojpgThe best time for me to be available is in the early morning. I love to start the day on the patio with my cup of coffee and daily devotions. As I watch the rising sun shimmering through the leaves of the trees, smell the dew drenched earth, and delight in the songs of the birds, I imagine I’m in my own Garden of Eden expecting to hear the voice of God. I believe God wants to speak to us through his Word. He wants to tell you who you really are—that you are valuable, accepted, and with his help becoming complete. May you find your place in God’s grand story.

From Genesis to Revelation, God’s Word is full of principles and practices that are wise and relevant for a fulfilling life. Experience the life God intended for you through the power of the one who loves you, follow our blogsite, join in, and interact with the truth!

Write On!
Kathy
“The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? The Lord is with me; he is my helper…” —Psalm 118:6, 7 NIV

 

Your life from beginning to end is a journey. Where will your story take you?

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