Misused Words: Forward vs Foreword

From what I’ve seen, the mistakes between forward and foreword is more of a problem of spelling more than understanding but it doesn’t hurt to remind ourselves, right? {smile}

Misused Words: Forward vs Foreword

Simply put, forward means going toward, ahead, or advancing in some way.

For example: Going forward, we will have to work better as a team.

For example: I hope the Post Office will forward the mail to my new address.

Foreword is an introductory note or statement. This is often seen at the beginning of a book where someone writes something about the author and/or the book she is writing.

For example: I would love to have one of my favorite authors to write the foreword of my new soon-to-be-released book!

For example: Have you read the foreword to Jeff Goin’s latest book?

What is most tricky about the two words is the spelling because forward has no “e” and has an “a,” whereas foreword adds an “e” and has an “o.”  There is no real trick to remember the spellings for each, but for some reason, when I see or write the word “foreword” I picture a golfer calling out “fore!” LOL! It may be goofy but it helps me and maybe it will help you too. 🙂

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Why Do You Write?

Why Do You Write?Recently, my son was standing over my shoulder as I was doing some writing. All of a sudden he asks, “Mom, why do you write so much? You are always writing something.” I giggled a little at the question but the only answer that immediately came to mind was, “Because I have to. It’s in my blood.”

That answer seems a little silly but the more I think about the conversation the more I realize that it is true. I just can’t NOT write. I am most “me” when I write. No matter what happens: whether I get published or not, whether I ever become “famous” or not, or even whether or not I get paid for my writing (which I certainly want to!), I still need to write.

For a long time, I suppressed that need to write. I was busy with the many responsibilities of “real life” and writing seemed more like a luxury than anything else. Sure I would journal semi-regularly, or write a blog post occasionally, but it wasn’t a regular part of my life. Writing wasn’t a consistent activity for me. But I missed it, terribly. And yes, I know it sounds trite or dumb but I felt “empty” in a way when I didn’t write for so long.

Now, for the last several months (even before resurrecting this website), I have been writing every day, almost without fail. And it feels good. It feels natural. It is one of the things I was definitely born to do. To mimic Jeff Goins, I am a writer. Now, I just need to take the next step and start sharing that writing a little more. 🙂

What about you? Why do you write? What is your why? If you couldn’t make money or be successful or become “famous” with your writing, what would be your driving force to write?

You don’t have to tell me. I just encourage you to think about your motivation so that when writing becomes hard – and it DOES become hard at times – you will keep going. Let’s face it. There are so many things that can pull us from writing from work, family, responsibilities to our (often irrational) fears and excuses. Thus, knowing your why can help you stay the course. Because, the secret to improving your writing, or for getting published, or for anything, really, is consistency. Would you agree?

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Awesome Bloggers: Jeff Goins

*This post is part of the Write 31 Days challenge. (Post contains affiliate links, please see my disclosure policy.)

I found Jeff Goins’ blog through Crystal. 🙂 At the time, he was offering one of his books, You are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One), for free in the Kindle Version (no longer free, but on .99 cents). The book made a strong impact on me and so I started subscribing to his blog on my RSS feeder.

The Art of Work by Jeff Goins

Flash forward to June, and I had the opportunity to read and review Jeff’s latest book, The Art of Work. The book is fabulous. I rarely give five (5) star reviews but I did so for this book. If you are struggling to find your passion or what you “want to do when you grow up,” this book can help. If you have found your passion, this book will confirm your choice and give you encouragement and support in your choice. This is the kind of book that you can read over and over again and still glean new and deeper insights.

As for the blog, Jeff shares some great content on writing and should be on the RSS reader (or email) for anyone looking to make a career out of writing. But, he doesn’t stop there. He also offers a podcast with some fantastic guest interviews. Therefore, you should really take a peek at Jeff Goins’ blog, if you havent done so already. 🙂

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