I’ve been thinking about the ideas of superheroes (or real life people) as role models for us in our lives - role models for how to behave with integrity or courage or how to stand strong in the face of adversity or challenge or as a stepping stone to developing a desired trait.
This isn’t just a cute idea - it’s confirmed by psychologists.
The truth is that we each have more power and ability within us than we employ in our lives. We each have access to a far greater spectrum of feelings and abilities than we allow ourselves access in daily life, because we don’t believe an expanded way of living or being outside our normal lives is possible for us.
This week I have a challenge for you, a free download for you and a couple of stories for you of where real life humans did crazy superhuman style things!
When I ask people why they haven’t written a book before, they usually tell me that they wouldn’t know where to begin.
They say they wouldn't know where to begin with the writing and they wouldn’t know how to get their book out in the world.
Well, these are things that I can help with and I'm going to help with today!
Today's blog explains why now is the perfect time to write your book and includes a FREE "Book Creation Step By Step Strategy" PDF to get you off and moving!
Nothing in life connects like stories.
Your stories are unique to you. Nobody in the world is quite like you and how you have experienced something is unique to you and how you tell it is too. It's also how you welcome people into your world.
It's so important to infuse story in whatever you are creating in the world - a book, a blog, a song, whatever it is. Story is also important in your brand, even more so if your brand is a personal brand.
Today, let's talk about 5 secrets to compelling, attention grabbing stories...
The world is more than just physical. Just because things aren’t visible doesn’t mean they aren’t, in the truest sense, tangible. Yet, this is not common conversation in the world - and so many people feel on the outside, like they don’t fit in.
So, say you "get" this. You’ve observed it. You’ve figured this out. You know who you are. You’ve lived a chunk of your life by now. You’ve had life experiences and adversities that you have lived through and that you have overcome.
You have wisdom to share.
You have wisdom to share with people who are a little behind you in terms of experience or who may be a little lost where they are right now and who could use someone reaching a hand out to them.
You can make a real difference in the world with your writing. Read on for more...
You do not have control over how what you create and share is received in the world.
I know it’s not nice to hear. So many of us – me included - are scared to share fully and openly because we don’t want to be criticized or laughed at or judged.
But acknowledging this lack of control over how people may respond to you is freeing because it allows you, it allows us, to get clear about what really matters and root into that first.
Want to know how to not care what people think of you (or your work)? Read on...
Some of the lessons for good manners we are taught as children are in fact really bad advice for a writer!
What am I talking about?
Read on for your permission to break all the rules of manners and etiquette! (Probably just as a writer, though!)
Social media is a fundamental part of creating an Author platform. If you want to connect with your audience and share your message, it makes sense to be where your audience is and also to communicate in a way they can connect with.
Yet, many authors I work with really struggle with this - and with being visible.
Almost all authors I have worked with identify themselves as sensitive souls, people who feel life deeply, are alert to the intricacies of life and situations, who have a strong intuition and who can pick up on the feelings – including unspoken feelings – of others. Most authors I have worked with identify themselves as introverts and as private people.
So there’s a conflict – what do you do when you feel you have a message to share and it’s important to you to create and to express yourself, yet publicizing yourself feels jarring and you resist it?
Read today's blog to find out!
According to a survey by The New York Times, 81% of Americans feel they have a book in them. Most have not and will never write one.
When you are writing a book it makes sense to publish in the way that is best for you (and for your book).
As a book editor and book coach, I get asked these questions again and again: "Self publishing or traditional publishing? What’s the difference? Which should I do? How do I decide which is best for me?”
I answer these questions and more in this weeks blog (and I've got a FREE PDF for you too!)
You never know when someone is reading what you are writing or checking out you or your work online.
You may never know - but that doesn’t mean it’s not happening - and you don’t know what you could be missing out on by not being prepared. EVEN if you don’t have a finished book yet, EVEN if you are just starting out, EVEN if you have a thriving business and your book is in progress…
Here are 4 simple but crucial tips for being ready when your audience is watching (even if you don't feel like you are ready at all!):
What's holding you back from writing your book?
Maybe you’re thinking “I wouldn’t know where to start” or “who’d want to read what I have to say” or “I don’t have the time to write a book” or “but I’ve never written a book before - I don’t know if I could do it”.
Well, I am going to go through each of these reasons/excuses/fears/statements and show you right now why writing a book is much easier than you think!
Let me guess… Do people keep saying to you “You should write a book!" Guess what? They’re right!
Or maybe now and again the thought pops into your head: “One of these days I should write a book.” (Guess what? You’re right too!)
There are countless ways that writing a book can benefit your audience, your business or creative project, your brand - but did you know that writing a book can benefit you personally? It's true. This is because writing a book is a cathartic and life-changing experience.
Here are 7 awesome reasons to write your book!
At different times in life I’ve had a feeling of being on the outside, of not fitting in.
It’s funny, though. Whenever I admit, out loud, to that feeling of being on the outside, there is always somebody who confesses to me that they feel the same.
For the more creatively oriented of us - truthfully all people are creative, some of us just more so - for those of us who are inspired by adventure or new ideas or by challenges or by challenging ourselves or by growth, it make senses to feel that sometimes we don’t easily fit into the world we live in.
So what has this got to do with writing?
There are writers - including writers I love - who talk about writing as something that is hard and a struggle. Ongoing and forever. Period.
Writing in itself is not a struggle or hard. It’s a writer’s attitude to writing that makes it so (or not)!
When it comes to writing, the struggle idea is really about something else entirely, because creativity is all about flow. Writing – even about difficult things – can flow.
Isn’t it funny how sometimes we will show up for something important for other people but not for ourselves?
We'll be there to support someone we love in something that is important for them, but when it comes to something that is important to us - like our writing - we can often just not show up for ourselves.
I found one awesome and fun way to change this - and to help take your writing to the next level!
Wanna know what it is? Read on...
We’ve all done it, right? We've all tried to force ourselves to write or get something finished.
Creativity - and writing - is about expansion and ideas and inspiration. Forcing is about contraction and tension. So how can we expect one thing - creativity and ease - to come from the other (pressuring and tension)?
But what if you have a deadline? Or need to write consistently without having a long drawn out dance with creativity?
Read on to find out...
Flowers bloom, writers write…
You see the creative process in evidence all around you. Grass doesn't strain to grow, flowers don't bully themselves to bloom. Life unfolds In a flowing way.
Writing is a creative process. Creative processes flow. It's the nature of life and creativity. You can't force or fake this flow but you can encourage it.
You can create the habits that support this flow.
Here's how to find your writing flow…
Life is rich with LIFE! It is abundant with beautiful prompts and inspiration for your writing in every moment - and all you need to do is notice!
Here are 6 ideas to help you notice the multitude of writing prompts and sparks for your creativity available to you every moment: