“It’s perfect! Thanks Rachael. You are really good at writing!”
The words beamed at me from the screen, warming my chest, creeping into the upturned corners of my mouth and adding extra sparkle to my eyes, where the glow spread and gently nudged my creativity into further action.
Feedback is a gift
I know I’m a good writer. It’s taken me a long time to get to this place but years of writing for a living and repeated feedback, not to mention real cold, hard statistics showing increased audience engagement as a result of my words, have helped me to lose the ‘fraud’ mentality and believe it to be true. Still, it doesn’t hurt to hear a compliment sometimes, does it? And feedback like this reminds me of why I do what I do in the first place. The writing, the coaching, the bespoke poetry.. All of it.
For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by language and the magic words can weave. Even seemingly simple expressions can have such a profound effect on the person receiving those words:
“I love you”
We have all heard these words (I hope!) and they always affect us differently depending on the context and delivery. Add more complex layers and the effect can deepen, or not… “I love you when you…” Depending on what you add, this can make the compliment even more personal as it shows the specifics of that love, or negate it completely by making it conditional.
I couldn’t tell you how old I was when I started writing. But I do remember bits of one of the first poems I wrote; ‘Monday Morning Blues’, about not wanting to go to school. It was not an easy time for me but I didn’t go into that detail, it was a simple rhyming poem (a style I still love) that had been assigned as homework the previous week. I hardly remember the poem but I do remember the reaction when I had to read it out loud to the class… There was recognition. The other kids – for that brief moment – ‘got’ me – we had something in common. I had been in love with rhyming poetry for a while by this stage but this was the first time I had been the one weaving the magic with my words.
Over time, as I studied several languages, learned a little about linguistics and a lot about psychology, my love affair with words deepened. We fought now and then, sometimes losing touch for years, words and I, but now we’re pretty tight. Together, we create poetry with purpose, write copy that resonates with the audiences of businesses and causes we believe in and change the life stories of women who’ve lost their passion for life under layers of all the crappy stories we tell ourselves.
This. This is why words are my ‘Why’.
So, now you know a little more about me, why not share your passions in the comments below? I really want to know.. What’s your why?