Have you ever noticed how some of the greatest, world-first inventions stem from finding a solution to the greatest frustrations?
That’s what happened when one of my clients, an Aussie inventor on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast discovered a solution to a problem that marine industry giants worldwide had been trying to fix (without luck) for decades.
Steve Jobs had super powers. Now, I’m not talking leaping small buildings in a single bound but he had super powers nonetheless.
He had the ability to shatter people’s beliefs of what was possible.
This ability was SO powerful people consistently produced miracles, while under his spell.
His spell was called his ‘Reality Distortion Field’.
Apple employee, Bud Trimble first started using the term in 1981 as a way of describing Steve Jobs’ over-the-top sense of belief in what was possible.
It came from an episode of Star Trek, where aliens produced an alternative reality through the force of their will.
So what was it?
As the famous saying goes, “Great leaders are made, not born.”
Likewise, brilliant writers do not necessarily possess above average intelligence or unique creative powers. Even the most regular person can produce fresh, interesting, and quality content in no time at all. Yes, even a little creativity goes a long way.
But why is creativity so hard to find?
Sometimes, even for seasoned writers, bad habits lurk under their desks, putting their creative juices down the drain; thus, less productivity.
Maybe you are wondering if there are things that are holding yourself back as a writer. Learn the worst mistakes you should avoid so you can unleash your potentials. Ask yourself the following questions:
Your writing voice is a reflection of your writer’s personality, your unique flair, and how you view life. It is the distinct element that separates you from other writers.
You can write about the same subject that another writer has in mind – it may even have the same general idea or number of points but in the end, it will still not be the same article. You have both gone through different experiences and have unique ways of bringing imagination to life, so your own “voice” defines you and sets you apart.
If you want to develop your unique voice, here are some essentials to keep in mind:
1. It’s all about passion.
How can you write about something you don’t even like at all and then expect people to read it? For some people, writing may be a swift way to earn big bucks but you cannot sustain your interest in producing good content if you don’t care about that genre. Inside your soul lies the unique voice that wants to be freed and be heard. Make every word count and soon you’ll draw readers to your own passion.
2. Honesty is the key to continuity.
Readers will find it hard to resist your charms when they feel that you have opened up your heart to them. When you strip all the lies and just express yourself, your true writing voice stands out. You become a breath of fresh air in the online atmosphere of deceiving facades, quick-rich scams, and mediocrity.
3. Visualize your audience.
You have to know who your readers are so you can write accordingly. Be simple but entertaining, interesting yet clear. It is much more appreciated when you write as if you are talking directly to them than just impressing them with your eloquence.
4. Love to read.
Unless you read a lot, it would be difficult to find your inner voice. Read anything and everything, even if it is not in the genre you love. Do not underestimate the valuable lessons or redeeming qualities that any article may possess. It is by reading that you will determine what works for you, how successful books fare against sloppy ones, and which specific stories feeds your passion.
5. Leave your comfort zone.
Your writing voice may be automatically set on specific themes or subjects, but it doesn’t mean you cannot venture out to the unknown and take risks. Your goal is not to switch your base audience, but to have fun and enhance your resourcefulness and flexibility.
6. Utilize your natural strengths.
If you do not want to be lost in unfamiliar niches, just continue writing the way you want it to be. If your readers can relate to what you are saying, you can maintain your credibility and they will express their loyalty. Your weaknesses and limitations should not stop you from polishing your writing strategies. Now, you are ready to flaunt your style and let your unique voice resound in the literary world.
Since moving to the Sunshine Coast (and even more so now that my office looks directly out to the ocean) I’ve noticed a major shift in my creativity. The view, the energy of the ocean, the breeze … for me that’s breathtaking. Blissful. Awe inspiring. It activates the right hemisphere of my brain and gets the creative juices flowing.
For many entrepreneurs and writers creativity is essential to the success of your business so it’s vital that your work environment fosters creativity.
Imagine what would happen if you were surrounded by inspiration all day long.