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Write from a Place of Balance

Write from a Place of Balance

Balance. Clarity. Giving. These are powerful words that elicit an emotional response. They have power and emotion because in the busy and demanding social world we live in, it is far too easy to be overwhelmed. These words resonate peace and represent an island of calm in a frenetic world.

What does balance look like to you? Are you that rare bird who writes 8, 10, 15 hours a day? That would make you the Dodo bird of writers, if true. Every writer I know of struggles, or at least juggles, to fit writing into a day filled with many other responsibilities. For me, as a writer, coach, and teacher, balance in my life hinges on creating quiet writing time.

How do we find time to write? Simple. Seize the time. Get smart about how we use our time and grab what we need for ourselves. Create writing habits that fit into your life. Get clear about what you want to write and break it down. An entire book is not written in one sitting. Think in terms of 100 words or 1,000 words and you will see clearly that it's easy to steal moments throughout the day. 

Get up early or stay up late. Give yourself fifteen or twenty minutes at the start or end of the day to write. Do you write better with a keyboard? Pen and paper? Keep devices handy that will let you scribble down sentences easily wherever you are. And don't overlook talking. Technology can be your friend when it comes to writing.

Writing is a choice. We choose to cook at  home or eat out. We choose to watch a re-run on TV or go to a newly released film. We choose to walk on the beach or do something productive. Choose to create a writing habit that fits your life. AND make it a priority. The opportunities to write exist--it is up to you to see them and snatch up those precious minutes or hours.

How will you make time for writing in your busy life?


As the Writer Success Coach I bring the team together and transform writers into authors. Have you written a book or are about to? Unsure of where to start or what to do next? Do you have questions about the process of writing and publishing? Then your next step is to talk to me (Book a Free Consultation) or perhaps to join the Book Writer Success Boot Camp and learn everything you need to know to get that book ready to publish.

Today's blog is a combination of Video (Vlog) and written content. I hope you enjoy both! 

Video Blog Transcript

CaZ here, the Writer Success Coach. It’s day 6 of the video challenge and I nearly missed it. Why? Because I chose to take a break. There is really no sense to live at the beach and watch the beautiful days of summer roll by through a window. The next to last item on my list was this video and I chose the pool.

And do you know what? I would do it again. Because balance is important in life. Ying and Yang. Work and Play. Laughter and Tears.

As a writer there’s an additional element that becomes part of the balance mixture. I call it quiet write time. Some call it a muse. Regardless of the name, having it is critical to a writer.

I have always admired journalists because they have a knack for getting the story and writing it fast. For most writers, however, writing the story fast is not the goal. The goal is telling the story with heart and clarity. The goal is to move the reader. To elicit the laughter or the tears. To invoke love or jealousy or angst or any of hundreds of emotions.

Writers write because we have to, yes. It’s something we do and really can’t help ourselves. But what many don’t realize is that most writers write for YOU, not for themselves. It is the reader we have clearly in our minds when we write. It is you whose emotion we want to spark, whose interest we want to pique. It is you whose praise and approval we crave.

What have you done today to find your balance? What will you do? One of the keys to writing a book in 90 days, as I teach in the Writer Success Boot Camp, is adjusting your balance between work and life to include writing. I’ll post a link to the boot camp in the comment.

Let’s talk more about taking the kind of breaks that fill you up with the energy to write! Join me in the Book Writer Success Boot Camp and let’s write a book together!

It Takes A Village… to Publish Your Book

It Takes a Village... to Publish Your Book

Who is on your book success team? Do you have a team? For any writer who has passed the first draft stage, the answer is yes. Bringing a book from concept to print calls upon the writer to develop or hire the skills of an entire team of professionals.

Even for writers who self-publish and use Indie Publishers, it's advisable to hire professionals for some (or all) of these services: 

  • Writing Coach.
  • Ghost Writer.
  • Editors.
  • Book and Cover Designers.
  • Publisher.
  • Public Relations.
  • Book Launch and Marketing Expert. 

It is not uncommon for an author to commission the professional services of a developmental editor, a copy editor, and a production editor before the manuscript reaches the final proofread before submission to the printer. 

So who is on your book success team?  

As the Writer Success Coach I bring the team together and transform writers into authors. Have you written a book or are about to? Unsure of where to start or what to do next? Do you have questions about the process of writing and publishing? Then your next step is to talk to me (Book a Free Consultation) or perhaps to join the Book Writer Success Boot Camp and learn everything you need to know to get that book ready to publish.

Today's blog is a combination of Video (Vlog) and written content. I hope you enjoy both! 

Video Blog Transcript

CaZ here, the Writer Success Coach. From my office, I look out over a lovely lake and can see the ocean a block away and a little parking lot where I get to watch the antics of beach-goers.

Most of the people who head to the beach go in small groups. Yet always mixed in are a few people heading to the water without companions.

Writing a book is like that. It’s a solitary occupation, until it isn’t.

Are you surprised to learn that a book is a team effort? For some writers, it starts with coaching and accountability at the very beginning. And for all writers, there will be a desire and a need to enlist others with specialized skills and knowledge to perfect their manuscript.

As the Writer Success Coach, I become closely involved in every book my authors write. Yet even I am not a solo act. I bring in editors, proofreaders, book and cover designers and even marketing pre-launch readers for promotion.

It takes a village to bring a book to press. As many of you already know.

Have you published a book? I’d love to talk about what the experience was like for you. Would you share a bit of your story in the comments?

Statistics tell us that somewhere above 80% of adults want to write a book. Only a slim margin of that percentage actually do.

Are you one of the 80%? what’s stopping you?

Let’s find out! Come join me in the Book Writer Success Boot Camp! I’ll put the link in the comments with all the details!

Let’s write a book together!

Let’s Have Fun with Writing Prompts

Let's Have Fun with Writing Prompts!

Every writer creates her own writing habits. One part of your habit should include using writing prompts. Why, you ask? You like using prompts about as much as eating spinach? Well, I happen to love spinach, but that's a different topic. Prompts, whether appealing or not, serve a real purpose and have value to you as a writer. 

Here a few good reasons why you should use prompts in your writing.

  • Warm up and stretch are an important part of exercising muscles. Your brain is a muscle. Warm up your creativity with a bit of exercise. 
  • It's an inexplicable fact that, even though most of what you write from a prompt will be discarded, when you reread what you wrote you will discover gems buried in the garble. 
  • Perfection will never be in your writing future, but regular practice will improve your work. Prompts are usually "throw-away" writing. You just tossed words onto the page in a 10 minute exercise. Who cares if you have to rewrite it? Pull the ideas and inspired phrases out and move forward. Train your brain to produce ideas and throw them on the page. The best way to practice is by doing prompts.
  • Do you think out loud sometimes? Then apply the same logic to your writing and use prompts to think on paper. The act of writing, of thinking on paper, engages more senses. You will see the words, feel the action of typing or moving the pen across the page. You will even hear the words in your mind as they are formed. Broadening your sensory input boosts your creativity which in turn boosts your creative output. 

Writing prompts make us look at our writing, our lives, and our world and question what we say, think, and write about. Writing prompts encourage us to look at the why behind those answers. ANd of course, Why? and What If? are two of the most powerful and inspirational questions a writer can ask--and answer. 

As the Writer Success Coach, I transform writers into authors. Have you written a book or are about to? Unsure of where to start or what to do next? Do you have questions about the process of writing and publishing? Then your next step is to talk to me (Book a Free Consultation) or perhaps to join the Book Writer Success Boot Camp and learn everything you need to know to get that book ready to publish. 

Today's blog is a combination of Video (Vlog) and written content. I hope you enjoy both!  

Video Blog Transcript

CaZ here, the Writer Success Coach. Who wants to have some fun? I’d like to share an activity with you that we do in my Free Facebook group, The Writer Exchange. It’s really simple and fun, even if you are not a writer. It fuels your imagination and that’s always a good thing!

It works like this. I have 5 prompts that I’ve prepared. Simple, declarative sentences that you may choose to finish. In any way you want. Be outrageous. Be funny. Be sad. Relax and have fun with your imagination.

Choose one or all. Write your response in the comments if you want to share. Or copy and paste the prompt and write a response for yourself elsewhere.

Ready? Here’s the first one!

    • ​She could smell gas even before she opened the door...
    • The text message simply said, very clever...
    • Half the names on the list had already been crossed off...
    • Amongst her mother's possessions, she found...
    • He was at a crossroads. Whichever path he chose would ruin someone's life...

Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

CaZ, the Writer Success Coach. Keep Writing! 

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