What’s Your Word of the Year?

What’s Your Word of the Year?
January 13, 2011 3 Comments Author Inspiration Lynneklippel

For the past five years, I’ve selected a Word of the Year- a single word that becomes my theme for the year. One year it was enough, another it was shine, and last year’s word was miracle. Some years it can be a challenge to pick just one word. There are so many wonderful words in this world!

However, this year it was easy. I spoke with many authors in 2010 that were feeling alone, scared, and disconnected. I heard stories of writers battling flack from their family, overwhelming schedules, and deep doubts regarding the validity of their writing dreams.

My 2011 Word of the Year is…..drum roll please…..


When I was in high school I read a book called Encourage Me by Charles Swindoll. That book is still on my shelf after more than 30 years because when I read it, I knew, deep in my soul, that book held the purpose of my life.

So, this year, I pledge to give you more encouragement. The world needs your books, filled with your wisdom and positive message.

To that end, all the writing, teaching, classes, and activities I do this year will be to encourage you so that you don’t have to feel alone and doubtful any more. You’ll see more encouragement from me this year in the form of regular blogging, inspiring interviews, and practical solutions that you can use to write your book and build your business around it. I’m so excited to be able to give you more support than ever before!

Your dream of becoming a successful author matters. What if a teenage girl somewhere is waiting to read your book and keep it for the rest of her life as a reminder of what she is here to do in this world?

So today, on this time of possibilities and fresh starts, spend a few moments and select your word of the year. Post it below in the comments section and we’ll all hold the space for that word to guide you and your writing all year.

I encourage you to do this right now!

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    Jennifer Manlowe, Your Memoir Mentor

    My word for both my work, family, leisure and love life is INTIMACY… In relation to my work as a book writing and publishing coach, I want to actually meet the people (and would-be clients) in my world rather than just PITCH my offerings to the ether. So, this year, I’m focused on knowing others better through being curious about them, a good listener as to what’s important to them AND more authentic (i.e., relaxed at being myself) with them. Sound good?

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    Bryna Blum

    Closure was the original word of choice. That said, with the format of “Widow’s Journal” and the fact it will be e-published it is a book that will continue to evolve based on who’s reading and who’s contributing.
    Let’s go with “nourished.”

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      I like nourished a lot!


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