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Sometimes a Reset is Welcomed for Writers & Creatives

Happy Wednesday Writers! 

How are you doing? I'm doing amazing and guess what? I have NO INTERNET THIS WEEK and it feels great. 

At first I was like, "omg, what will I do without internet?" and then, I decided to embrace it. I still have my smart phone after all! LOL 

This got me to thinking about how good it feels to disconnect sometimes. When I was traveling once a month to writing conferences I always loved the time up in the air away from all the noise of real life, thousands of emails coming in, social media (which I love but can also be emotionally draining), and life all around me. It's nearly impossible to not check emails or social media when on the computer. When I'm on a plane I never use the WiFi and I just relax---yup, even when it's bumpy!! 

These days we can't travel, or at least we shouldn't until this virus is under control so there is no way to escape except just doing it for ourselves. 

Let me tell you, it feels great. I have no idea what...

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Writing Goals for the New Year-How To Make Them Realistic

Hello Dear Writers! 

It's Wednesday of the new year. It's 2021 and a lot of things are changing this month, especially if you life in the USA. (and I am happy about that myself). 

The last year has been a hard one and many people found themselves in two camps, the ones getting tons of creative things done and the ones who stopped doing much since March hit. 

It is what it is and you can't change what happened last year so if you stopped working on your creative projects, that's okay, but this year, it's time to make some new habits so you can finish and reach your writing dreams sooner! 

Here are some tips for you on doing just that. 

1. Always write down your goals. Writing them down helps you flesh them out but also enforces a reality that may only be in your head. 

2. Post them up where you can see them. You can use a journal or what I do is hang them on the wall in front of my desk. 

3. Share with others. You can share in a social media group....

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Even Your Villains Need A Reason

It's Writer Wednesday and today I'm talking about writing the perfect VILLAIN! 

Snidely Whiplash, an archetypical sinister cartoon villain

I love me some villains, well the good ones, the well written, well thought out villains who are bad for a reason. Now, that reason probably doesn't make much sense to you and me because we are not villains but to them it is their WHY! 

In Lisa Cron's craft book on writing, WIRED FOR STORY, she talks about your character's misbelief and how this shapes everything they do in the story. This is NOT the same as the flaw they have. 

For example a flaw may be that they gossip, or talk too much, or are self-centered, or argue about every little thing, or they bite their nails, or they are defensive---etc--these are character flaws but they aren't WHO the character is, just what they do. 

WHO the character is goes way back to when something happened that created a misbelief for them. That misbelief is holding them back in...

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Happy Holidays & Storytelling in Holiday Flicks, why I love them!!

Hello dear Writers!! 

It's the day before the day before Christmas!! 

Wishing you a very happy holiday!

I love the holiday season and I love the shops, the music, the movies, the gift-giving & receiving, I love everything about it. 

I do miss snow though--here in SoCal we don't get snow and this east coast girl misses it! 

Today's blog is about storytelling in HOLIDAY FILMS. 

I love holiday films even the ones on TV such as Hallmark and Lifetime. 

The plots are usually predictable but they work and they bring me joy! 

Recently someone I have been connected to on FB has been posting the titles of ones she's watched and then listing all the reasons she hates them. That's fine, we all have our opinions. I hated the first Wonder Woman ---I could write a dissertation on why the storytelling is so bad but millions loved it. It's okay to not love everything but for me, the Hallmark channel & Lifetime holiday films are a great example of pretty...

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Change the "Starving Artist/Writer/Actress/Etc" Mantra-You Can Make Money As A Creative

Hello Writers! It's Wednesday and today I am writing about this notion that we creatives group up with. 

"I'm BROKE" we repeat it so much that it becomes our reality and everyone expects it to be true so there is no shame because we are "creatives" right? 

No, that is bullshit! 

Seriously, you can be a creative who isn't broke and I don't mean by being famous. 

Trust me on that one. 

I am a creative person. I started my life wanting to be an actress and I did it for many years. Am I famous? No, but I did it and I worked ALL THE TIME but because I haven't stared aside Meryl or Tom Cruise or Al Pacino or anyone super famous people look in and assume I'm a nobody. It's ridiculous. 

If you are an actor/actress go look at the IMDB for any of your favorite sidekicks and see how they have been in hundreds of things. Now if someone works on stage they don't always even have that huge IMBD. 

That doesn't mean they don't have money. 

As a writer? It's...

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Mindset for Money & Happiness for Writers & Creatives

Happy Wednesday Writers!! 

Last week I talked about being and staying healthy as writers who sit all day and as promised this week is all about changing your mindset to one of success & happiness. 

Mindset is so important for success and happiness that you hear about it all the time. It's everywhere and that's because experts in mindset coaching know its powerful abilities to change anything. 

Ever get up in the morning and stub your toe? The whole day goes downhill from there. You started off in a bad mood and thus the rest of the day sucks. 

Alternatively, ever get up to an amazing piece of news, or something just goes well first thing? Your entire day is a success and you are happy. 

This is because your MIND believes one of two things, the day is great or the day is sucky. 

It's true! 

There are many ways to start your days with the right mindset regardless of how you have woken up. 

Here are a few that I love! 

1. Writing...

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How to Stay Healthy As A Creative (who sits all day)

Happy Wednesday !! 

I hope your week is going spectacular! Due to Coronavirus, there are many new restrictions sweeping the globe and that means that once again we are spending more time at home. 

It's a great time to finish that novel or get that screenplay finally written but it can come at a price. 

Do you know what that is? 

Well, to put it frankly--it's becoming unhealthy and hurting our bodies by being less active. 

Even if you don't realize it, this past year has caused you to become less active. Walking around malls, and going to concerts, parties, dinners, are all things we do without even thinking about it, but those things keep us moving. Walking around a museum on a Saturday afternoon is still moving. 

Now, this whole year, for the most part, we are at home. 

Many of us also lost the gym, or our hiking or running friends as well. 

I personally am a gym rat! I LOVE being in a gym. I love group fitness classes and I love working out...

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You've Finished NaNoWriMo-Now What?

Good morning dear writers! 

You have finished the new novel that you wrote in November for National Novel Writing Month--AKA: NaNoWriMo and now what? 

Many new writers go immediately to submitting query letters to agents and or tossing it up on Amazon via self-publishing. Here is why I STRONGLY suggest that you don't do that. 

The biggest reason NOT to go ahead and do either of these is that your first draft of your book is not ready to be seen. Writing a novel in a month is fun and a great way to get some great writing habits established but it's not how you write a perfect draft. It just isn't. 

Most first drafts are horrible, even the ones that take a year. So, if you didn't do NaNoWriMo this year but you have completed the first draft, this is also for you. As well, you screenwriters and TV writers out there with the first pass on your manuscript, the advice is the same. 

You NEED to revise! 

It's IMPORTANT. 

The other reason that you don't...

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Tale From An Online Entrepreneur and My PROMISE to You!

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT BEIND SOLD VIA FB MESSENGER?
 
This is really hard for me to write but I pride myself on being authentic and that means the good and the bad. 
 
This is what happened! 
 
I asked an online marketer to NOT sell to me on FB, she makes MILLIONS btw, and she was selling to me via messenger which I don't do or like, so three times in two weeks I said, "please take me off this marketing list" and you know what she did?
 
She made a 20-minute video and posted it on her page saying that I hate women, that I am the scum of the earth and will never have a successful business, (which I already do) and she lied and said I treated someone like shit when literally all I did was ask to "please take me off this marketing list", then she went on to say that I think I'm better than waiters and treat them like shit too (NEVER I was a waiter for like 8 years), and she spent a good 40 minutes yesterday bitching me out via messenger. I of...
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Have A Great Holiday & Believe You Are Successful

Hello, amazing writers!! 

This week I'm skipping the blog because it's a shorter week here in the states and that means that I'm going to be busier than normal. 

I will be back NEXT week with more tips for being a successful badass writer!! 

Meanwhile, I have a BLACK FRIDAY special for my one-on-one coaching package that you won't want to miss out on. CLICK HERE to find out more and sign up.

You can use the package ALL year but you have to purchase it this weekend to get the special pricing. 

Now, I don't believe that all writers are broke and I hate the term "starving artist" that is a belief system that I don't subscribe to but I also know the realities of living a creative life and sometimes we simply don't have as much money as we want for all the things we need, but there is always a way to find success. I created this special because I know that I can help you like I've helped many other writers. 

I will cover ways to beat those limiting beliefs more...

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