We’ve passed the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere. Things are getting brighter, so the writing challenge this month is simply this:
What does it mean to lighten up your writing? Try to have fun with it.
Add a humorous aside to an email.
Slip in unexpected, playful words like nincompoop or hijinks.
If your subject is too serious for hijinks, try visually lightening up the text: break up long paragraphs and sentences. Add white space.
If you want to take this challenge seriously, try putting yourself in a positive, playful mood before writing. Research shows that positive emotions enhance creativity. Listen to fun music, do a little dance, make it a game, whatever works for you.
Try it all month. Everyday as you write anything — blog post, email, book chapter — remind yourself to lighten up.
Then, please let me know how it works for you by the end of the month!