Writing for Change: From Passion to Publication

The world desperately needs solutions to the problems it faces. If you want to create any kind of change from the personal to the planetary, how can you go from passion to publication? Here’s how:

Feed Your Passion

Writing about change starts with a driving passion for helping people with their personal development or being a catalyst for change in your community or beyond. Your passion and belief in the need for change will enable you to meet whatever challenges you encounter.

Choose Your Goals

Using agents of change who have made a difference, such as Al Gore and Ralph Nader, as models will help you clarify what you want to accomplish and how to do it.

Find Out What You Need to Know

Learn enough about your subject so you can write about what the change is, why it’s needed, its effects, and how to bring it about. Events; organizations; experts on the subject; the communities of people you know online and off; and print, broadcast, and electronic media will help you acquire the knowledge you need.

Develop the Craft of Combining Vision, Passion, and Information

  •  Be active in social media that relate to your subject.
  • Post to blogs on your subject.
  • Start a blog of your own.
  • Write articles, letters to the editor, and fan letters to authors and other authorities on your subject.
  • Review books on your subject.
  • Create videos and podcasts to help spread the word.

Using the Web will also enable you to test-market ideas as you build visibility, credibility, and communities of people to help you.

            The next post will tell you how to tranform your passion into a book.

The Third San Francisco Writing for Change Conference: Writing to Make a Difference / November 13-14, Hilton Financial/Chinatown / www.sfwritingforchange.org / Keynoters: Million-copy selling authors Millman (Way of the Peaceful Warrior) and John Robbins (Diet for a New America)

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