Episode 40: Best Revision Tip… Make the Familiar Strange
When we are writing, we are often sharing things we’ve said before or written before. We are writing things we teach over and over. We write stories and experiences that we’ve shared before.
Then, when we go to revise and edit our words, it can be difficult to really “see” whether our words are landing and coming across as we want.
Why? Because at this point, we’ve read and reread these words so many times that our brains actually fill in any gaps, even see and read things that aren’t actually on the page.
Crazy, right? So, in this week’s episode, I share a little bit about why this happens and how to take an idea from qualitative research methods and data collection to help us make these words that are so close to us seem strange and new. Why? Because it gives us the distance we need to revise like a champ!
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Shana Hartman is a Ph.D. turned embodied writing coach. Her 15+ years of experience as an English professor informs her work now as the CEO of Synergy Wellness, a multifaceted company that serves her local community of Shelby, NC through massage and BodyMind Coaching, and Synergy supports others virtually through coaching programs focused on using the wisdom of the body as a guide for creating an abundant life. Her favorite way to listen and get embodied is through writing! She is most known for supporting heart-centered business owners in getting their amazing messages out into the world in a powerful book. When not coaching and working with her clients, she can be found hanging with her family of five in her 1924 home in Shelby or exploring a new city with her hubby, Jeff. Connect with Shana on Instagram @shanahartman_