Philosophy and values

 

the means are the end

 

The Writers Happiness Movement is an ongoing attempt to create a structure that itself promotes and reflects kindness and true happiness while supporting writers of all kinds. What this looks like will constantly evolve, but for now:

 

1. The Writers Happiness Movement will not have social media accounts. This is because, while there are so many amazing ways social media is being used by so many people, I personally tend to find it disheartening, addictive, and an easy place to beat myself up or feel like I’m missing out on life. If I’m going to build a world that is truly based on everyone’s wellness and joy, I can’t use a tool that often makes me feel, quite frankly, like crap. While I love staying in touch with people on social and have my own pesonal accounte (and am happy to connect with you there, if you’d like), I don’t love the pressure to be a constant presence or the implied need to say things just right. It takes far too much of my brain and time, things I’d rather be spending on building more programs for writers and writing my own books. And so, no official social for the Writers Happiness Movement.

This is a huge risk, and I know it. But to be honest, the contrarian in me also wants to prove that social media isn’t always required, that we as writers and humans can be hugely successful without it. Like everything else about the Writers Happiness Movement, it’s a grand experiement!

That said, if you enjoy social media, please feel free to use it to spread the word about the Writers Happiness Movement! Word of mouth is the only way this movement will grow, and so please use any tools you personally enjoy to tell others about this. I only ask that you keep it to tools you enjoy, whether that means social media, a friendly chat with someone, or just mentioning it here and there when it comes up.

 

2. The photos on this website are, all but one, actual writers who have come on the Splendid Mola retreat for writers with me, and have given permission for their images to be used. (While this is a little thing, using images of people who are actually what we say they are is one small way we stay in our own integrity.)

 

3. The Writers Happiness Movement is committed to using only communication that is rooted kindness and inclusion, and that allows for true happiness. In other words, I won’t use standard business techniques such as made-up scarcity or focusing on pain points. Time is not running out; you do not have to act now or miss out. True happiness is abundant and free and is not going anywhere if you simply can’t think about it right now. It doesn’t involve an endless scroll. It doesn’t need you to pay for it. These happiness tools for writers will all be here when and if you want them.

 

4. The end goal of the Writers Happiness Movement is a world with more kindness, more happiness, and more writers able to write what they want to write. All ways and means of running the movement will pass through this filter before being implemented. If there’s something that feels as though it is not inclusive, kind, or in line with these values, please let me know. We grow when we all hold each other up.

 

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