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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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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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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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If You Put Your Mind To It...

 

Hello Dear Writers! 

It's Wednesday and this week I'm focusing on mindset--in fact--I'm working on something pretty amazing for this spring to help you get into the mindset that IF YOU PUT YOUR MIND TO IT YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH ANYTHING! 

But let's back up. 

When I was 16 I saw Back to the Future. It was in the middle of the night as I worked in the movie theater and we watched the films before Friday to make sure the reels were spliced together properly--this was long before digital and theaters still had projectionists. 

I went only because I was in love with this boy, Chris, with who I worked at the movie theater with. He was my everything and he wanted to go watch it so I went. I had no idea the impact it would have on my life. 

In fact, it CHANGED MY LIFE forever. 

Why? 

Because as a creative we ALL have the thoughts that both Marty and his father shared---WHAT IF THE TELL ME I'M NO GOOD? 

This is normal and sadly is why so many people...

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How to Keep Going When Things Are Falling Down Around Us

Hello, Writers! 

It's writer Wednesday and I want to know how you are doing? I really do, so please message me on social media or email me and let me know how I can support you. 

I feel like this is going to be a bumpy, bumpy, week. 

I kept saying all week---thus far---it's like being on the airplane, once they close that door there is nothing you can do, so there is no use worrying about it----but there is and it's IMPOSSIBLE not to. 

I honestly didn't write this blog ahead of time because I wasn't sure how I would feel today or how you would feel, or what would be the state of the world, but I do know this...being CREATIVE has saved my life many times over. 

A personal story, I lived alone when I was 13-almost 16. ALONE--my mother left me and so it was me and my Pomeranian--by ourselves for almost 3 years. I was afraid to go into the system and I thought something was wrong with me or why would she do this? Right? 

She paid the rent so luckily I...

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How to Use A Beat Sheet

Even for your novel!

and finish that work in progress. 

 

In film and especially television writing the "beat sheet" is something that is needed to show your showrunner or director the beats of the script so they can approve the story before you spend hours and hours writing it. 

It helps them "see" it. It also helps you see the big picture. 

The beat sheet is an outline of your story in beats. What happens in the story beat by beat.

You open your notebook, notecards, or even Word/Scrivener (I like to use Scrivener for this) and literally write out the beats like this. 

Scene 1--this happens

Scene 2--this happens

etc.

Now, you may not know what happens in perfect order--so then just write what you want to happen out. This is why I love using post-its and or notecards and the stickies in Scrivener 

Scene-character finds out....

Scene--character makes this decision 

Scene-resolution 

If you are doing it...

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New Membership for Women Writers

Happy Wednesday Dear Writers, 

today, I'm talking about something new that I am creating for all the women writers out there who want a special place to go talk about writing, career, characters, movies, books, share some wine or coffee, and hang-out with other female writers. 

A new membership just for US! 

In May I launched a membership for writers and it's really been great but we aren't connecting as I had hoped and I realized that it was the model of the membership which is focused on craft masterminds and not as much as the social aspect. 

AND

I went back to the 10 years that I have been coaching writers and more than 90% have been women, and as a woman writer, it's important to me that WE HAVE A SAFE FUN SPACE to connect, share, support, and grow together-no matter what stage of our writing career we are in. 

I love men, some of my closest friends are men but I think for this we need our own Ya-Ya-Sisterhood so to speak. 

This is the official...

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