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Pumps and ProseHow To Use Your Womanly Advantage To Advance Your Career
by Jennifer Brown Banks
Women and words go together.
Our wiring makes us natural communicators; which is why some of
the most celebrated authors of our times are from planet Venus.
J.K. Rowlings, the creator of the Harry Potter series, tops Forbes
Magazine’s richest women’s list, while renowned
novelist Terri McMillan captured the hearts of millions with her
“oh no she didn’t! “ style of chronicling the
frustrations of today’s woman in finding a good man. And who
hasn’t been deeply touched by Elizabeth Barrett-Browning’s,
“How do I love thee, let me count the ways?”
Because of this great marriage that exists between women and words,
freelance writing is a popular career choice for females of varying
stages in life—from stay at home moms, to displaced workers,
to retirees, and those of us who are convinced that writing is a
way not only to make a living, but to make a difference.
But too many of us fail to “optimize” our gender related
gifts to get the most out of our careers.
THE GIFT OF GAB—It’s no secret that
women love to talk and share, whether it’s through water-cooler
conversations, girls’ night out, gossip, or weekly phone chats.
Use some aspects of that exchange to chronicle human behavior, parenting
tips, quick recipes, relationship advice, health tips, politics,
etc. Chances are, no matter what the topic, if you and your female
friends found it engaging, so will other women.
GUT FEELINGS—Have you ever just known something
was right, despite any outside validation, simply because it felt
right? Women have that gift. Call it women’s intuition or
skills of discernment… but use it when exploring creative
ideas and determining the appropriate path for you in your writing
MULTITASKING—Hope Clark has a rule of “keeping
13 in play.” Let the average man try to do that while juggling
and balancing the other demands of life. Capitalize on the ability
to handle many things simultaneously. Work on several creative projects
at a time, and submit often.
BEING EMOTIONAL—On a regular gig, being
too emotional can be viewed as a deficit, and a sign of sissies.
Not so with writing! In fact, my ability to tap into what others
have felt through lost love, parenting guilts, griefs, and regrets
has served me well and made me quite profitable as a relationship
columnist for several publications. Don’t be afraid to wear
your heart on your sleeve, if it allows you to share your humanity
and help someone to live better. Show your audience that they are
not alone in their imperfection.
RIGHT BRAIN THINKING—The right side of the
brain is attributed to creativity. Research has shown that different
regions of the brain cause certain behavioral activities, and that
men and women differ in how these characteristics are displayed.
Tap into your powers of creativity and know that your source of
supply is endless.
Of course this is not to suggest that men don’t possess these
divine qualities as well; some do! But by following these five tips
you’ll be able to use your inherent strengths to make you
a stronger and more profitable writer.
© Copyright 2008, Jennifer Brown Banks
Jennifer Brown Banks is the former senior editor of Mahogany Magazine. She holds a B.A. in Business Management and blogs at Penandprosper.blogspot.com
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