The 2012 Author’s Word of the Year

Each new year I select a word to focus upon, like a touchstone.  This word becomes a guiding force in all my work.  Last year, the word was community and I built new ways for authors to connect with each other into all the programs and services of Business Building Books.

It took me a while to select the 2012 word.  There were many wonderful possibilities.

After much deliberation and searching my thesaurus, my 2012 word of the year is

Significance 

When something has significance, it has quality, importance and worth.  It is distinctive and influential, with the potential to effect a change.

In 2012, I pledge to help you write with significance, whether you are writing a book, an article, or creating an information product.

Your words and ideas matter.  Your positive message is sorely needed in this world full of stress and challenge.

It is time for you to stand up and be counted as an author with significant ideas.

So, how to make your writing significant?

First, write.  Finish your book. Create your blog. Develop your presentation or workshop.  The format in which you deliver your ideas may change, but the process always begins with putting words on paper.

Next, refuse to settle for anything less than your best.  Challenge yourself to write boldly, sharing your most creative ideas and editing out anything tired, trite, or common.

Finally, share.  Commit to sharing your words with your ideal readers and engaging in conversations with them.  In this sharing, you will refine your ideas, sharpen your focus, and witness the impact your brilliance has on others, which will increase your significance.

What about you?  How does this discussion of significance inspire you?  Share your thoughts by leaving a comment here.

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  • LOVE your 2012 word, Lynne! And your continuous encouragement, as well. I’ve turned the corner on this book we’ve been talking about; it’s been incubating for over 2 years (I loved it when you told me that good books are like fine wine: no book before it’s time!) …What turned it for me was realizing the significance of my own journey to my book about Powerful Presence. I had to take the leap to make it really personal…and that’s what has transformed my writing. Yes, I’m still writing – yet I can see the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. Thanks for all the great work you do!

  • With the world as busy with minutiae as it is, significance is a word that separates out what really matters…the important from the unimportant. Great reminder.

  • I enjoyed the article, and I was hoping for more info on how to better assess the significance of writing. What are the questions to ask yourself to see if you are maintaining a high level of significance?

  • Lynne,
    Thank you for sharing your 2012 word of the year. Indeed, it is a perfect word, for the time we are in calls each of us to step into our own path with significance. We cannot afford to delay, procrastinate or excuse; not another day. In fact, everything points to the need for significance in our world, our choices and our intentions.
    May this year be the one in which each of us chooses to step up to our own significance magnificently!

  • […] Lynne Kippel on Book Bites provides a word for 2012 – significance which I plan to use everyday, followed by tips to make your writing significant: First, write. Finish your book. Create your blog. Develop your presentation or workshop. The format in which you deliver your ideas may change, but the process always begins with putting words on paper. Next, refuse to settle for anything less than your best. Challenge yourself to write boldly, sharing your most creative ideas and editing out anything tired, trite, or common. Finally, share. Commit to sharing your words with your ideal readers and engaging in conversations with them. In this sharing, you will refine your ideas, sharpen your focus, and witness the impact your brilliance has on others, which will increase your significance. http://businessbuildingbooks.com/the-2012-author%E2%80%99s-word-of-the-year […]

  • Thank you, Lynne, for this inspiring message for 2012. I especially love your recommendation to “write boldly, editing out anything the tired, trite or common.”

    The world needs fresh, original insight. 2012 is anything but “more of the same.” It’s a fresh start and one that requires the best of our best. Bold declarations of our own truth not only build our confidence, allowing even more truth to be spoken, but it leaves an energetic pattern to which others can more easily map and speak their own truths.

    Thank you for sharing your gifts with the world, Lynne.

  • I love your word! Great choice to underscore the KEY to achieving one’s goals the quickest way possible – transcending the mundane and shooting straight for the top. When we settle for nothing less than the best, the best is all we ever get! May 2012 be your very best!

  • Like your word. In December of last year, I realized that one reason I failed to reach goals was my emphasis on success rather than significance. That shift in mindset has changed my energy and already brought me new opportunities for writing and speaking. My word for 2012 is “Fearless.”

  • I like your word. I will make it my word, right after the other word in your blog –NOW! I pray that I never write anything without significance, but I will never write anything unless I write NOW! Thank you for all the encouragement. I need it.

  • It’s a yummy and inspiring word that calls to me as I move into 2012. Thank you for sharing it. Sharry

  • Perfect word Lynn! I will use it daily. Thanks and all the best in 2012 for you, your family and your community.Darlene

  • Your continuing optimism, enthusiasm, and ever cheerful encouragement have great significance in my life – even when you don’t know it. Thank you and bless you Lynne! May my Timechoicing book come out into the world this year.

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