Archive for November, 2012

My storytelling workshop in the Washington Post!

Posted on November 16, 2012. Filed under: storytelling | Tags: , , |

Washington Post reporter, Moira E. McLaughlin, wrote an article in today’s Washington Post about my storytelling company Better Said Than Done’s storytelling workshop, “Spotlight on You.” Read the article here.

Yay! 🙂

To read more or register for upcoming storytelling workshops, “Your Business Story” on December 1st or “Spotlight on You” on December 8th, click here.

As always, Better Said Than Done teachers can facilitate on site workshops for your company or non profit. To find out more, email Jessica.

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A Publisher Published Me!

Posted on November 8, 2012. Filed under: writing | Tags: , , |

Kinda, anyway. I wrote a blog post about “why I write” for an online publishing company – so I can kind of say I’ve been published online, right?

Read it and see what you think:

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Motivate to Write

Posted on November 3, 2012. Filed under: writing | Tags: , , , , |

A friend of mine wrote and said she was having a hard time getting moving on her screenplay.  She had the ideas, just not the motivation to write.  She asked for advice on how to keep or get going.

I can’t claim to always be motivated, or to never have a problem forcing myself to write when I really don’t feel like it, but I have been writing for many years and have learned a few tricks for pushing myself when I am not in the mood.

1. Take a class or a workshop. This might not work on a daily basis, for those momentary lapses, but it is fantastic if you are stuck in a funk.  Even if you know everything you could possibly know about writing, hearing someone talk about it or having your own writing critiqued is highly motivating.  And sometimes it’s exactly what you need to break up that block. (See below for some local resources)

2. Get a coach or mentor.  This does not have to be a writer, but it should be someone you know you can depend on to tell it like it is.  Like hiring a personal trainer for your career.  You can hire an actual coach, if you have that kind of money, or you can ask a friend to do it – if you have the kind of friend who would be willing to call, email, text, or Skype you on a regular basis to make sure you are staying on track, meeting your goals, and generally not slacking.  Guilt can be highly motivating, especially if there is someone looking over your shoulder to hold you accountable. (See below for some professional coach references)

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Storytelling Workshop Details

Posted on November 2, 2012. Filed under: storytelling | Tags: |

Here’s a blog post from Better Said Than Done with details of what goes on in our storytelling workshop, “Spotlight on You.”

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Will Write for Money, Maybe

Posted on November 1, 2012. Filed under: writing | Tags: , , |

I occasionally get paid to write – which is awesome, right?  In a way, that’s my dream come true. Doing what I love for a living. But, unfortunately, I don’t mean that I get paid to write fiction. Instead, I get paid by corporate clients to write for them.

Now, I admit, I enjoy the work. I am a writer because I like to write, so doing that as part of my day job can be a lot of fun, and gratifying. However, writing, for myself or for a client,  is exhausting! I said that to my husband once and he said “Why? You are just sitting at a computer all day. That’s what we all do.” And I had to admit, he had me there. But I ran the same thought past a friend of mine and she said “writing is exhausting because it requires constant decision making. Every word you put down, or don’t put down, is a choice. And making choices is hard work!”

So then, what happens to my ability to churn out a new chapter or story after a day or several days of writing for money?  I have often thought about making more of a business career out of my writing. Blogging for others, for example, or doing more marketing writing – which is where my occasional work comes from. I would like to think that it would have no impact, or at least no negative impact, on my personal writing career, but the fact of the matter is, the last thing I really want to do after a day of writing is write.

It’s taking me long enough already to finish my novel. If I never felt like writing it, it would never get done.  I don’t know if everyone feels this way, or if it’s just my quirky artistic genius side acting up.  I guess it doesn’t matter what works for other people. For me, I think, I am going to have to try to keep the paid writing to a minimum, until, of course, that fateful day when my agent tells me they want the sequel, stat!  I am sure that will be exhausting as well, but probably a bit more gratifying when it’s your own work you’re getting paid to work on.

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