Welcome to SWS! (aka, Why I’m Here & What I Do)

SWS Business CardTelling stories has long been a part of who I want to be and how I want to give back to this world.  I was first bitten by the writing bug in elementary school, and it’s a condition I’ve never been able to leave behind.  I dabbled with some other ideas for careers in high school but eventually settled on getting my degree in journalism with a minor in public relations.

University-Honed Skills

At university, I learned how to get to the core of a story and make it relatable for a target audience.  I discovered the power going viral when one of my editorials became the talk of the campus one week.  And I learned how to work with people — both my fellow reporters and editors as well as my sources — to craft the best (i.e., the most effective, powerful, informative and engaging) version of a story possible.

I also honed my editing skills.  After having developed a reputation for being a bit of a — how do I put this nicely? — grammar nazi (yes, that was the nice way of putting it), I was asked one question during my interview to be copy editor of the newspaper: “Do you have strong eyes?”  After a few months of editing page after page after page of copy, I became a life-long glasses wearer.  And it was as an editor that I learned how to help people find their own stories and how best to tell them.

Transitioning Into the Real World

After graduation, I began using my writing and editing skills whenever I could, and I’m proud to say my oldest client and I go back seven years.  After several years of inconsistent, one-off projects here and there, in 2012, I had the opportunity to focus on taking my work from hobby to business.  This year, I want to do even more to help both individuals and business owners discover their stories and communicate them to the world.

From Here to Eternity — Or Somewhere Thereabouts

SWS is all about helping you find both your story and the best way to tell it.  If you own a business, that means having an effective blog, an active social media presence, and a rocking (and informative!) website.  If you’re an individual with a story to tell (and who doesn’t?), that means finally getting a grip on what that story is and how to form it into a narrative to share with others.

I’ll be telling you more about how I can help you do that in the coming weeks, but for now, hop over to my Services page to see exactly how I can help you, and if you’re still aching to know more about what drives SWS — and me — then check out my About page, where you can read a little more about me as well as my manifesto for SWS.  Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to getting to know you all in 2013!

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2 comments

  1. cogrick2

    Congratulations for your new venture! I would rather not reveal, or have revealed, my identity – but I would love to read a story about the changes you made in 2011 that included you participating in the multi-sport competition, the Kansas City Corporate Challenge.

    • Sarah Elizabeth

      Hi there! I can’t quite place who you might be, but I’ve got it narrowed down to a certain circle! 🙂 I’ve actually written a bit more about my weight loss journey on my personal/writing blog in this post. I’m sure I’ll be writing more here about my efforts to balance everything, especially as I lose the baby weight come April, but that post will give you a good primer on how I got healthy. Thanks for stopping by! If you do want to reveal your identity in a confidential manner, just shoot me an email via my contact page! 🙂

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