Authentic writing comes from the heart and mind. What you are thinking affects what and how you write.
Do you ever notice yourself critiquing people as you watch them at the airport, in the grocery store line, or sitting in church? I confess, I find myself looking at their clothes, hair, and facial expression. People watching is a favorite pastime for many, but what you think about people while watching them makes a difference in the way you interact and write about people.
Recently I've been hearing what I am saying through their ears. What if they could hear what I'm thinking? I quickly change to a more positive voice while describing the person to myself.
Some people are born seeing the positive in everyone and some are born very critical. In fact, some people make a living writing very critical and sometimes uncomplimentary articles and reviews. That is not the type of writer I want to be. I want to use my critical mind to make positive change.
How do you use your heart and mind in your writing?
Give me a question or problem related to your business, career, or networking on social media, and I will give you 10-minutes of (phone or Skype) Business/Career Coaching at no cost to you other than a few minutes of your time. This trade is for the purpose of giving you (the client) brief coaching, and myself (the coach) writing ideas. It is not for the purpose of marketing. All coaching requires a formal agreement with no obligation.
Sound like fun? If you are ready to put me to the test and see what I can do for you with 10-minutes of coaching as well as writing an article using your question or problem as the theme? Then send me an email at:
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If you would like to add an additional 10-minutes of coaching for $20, you will also receive the "Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success" eBook (PDF). This is a limited time offer subject to change at the author's discretion. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
Blessings for Health & Prosperity,
Nancy J. Miller
Author of the book, "Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success."
I reinvented my business. Now it's time to re-energize it. I went from a career counselor working with students and people in crisis to a Career Coach working with professionals, creative entrepreneurs, and people in career transitions. As a creative Career Coach, I am an author and publisher. After writing career articles for professional magazines and career sites, I wrote and published my first book, "Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success."
I was so excited about reinventing my business that most of the time I was either working on my business or thinking about what needed to done. Then, I had a spontaneous mental meltdown where I lost my motivation to write or work on my business. I've always been eager to learn more about career directions, the economy, languages, and literature--then I found that I just didn't care anymore.
Have you ever lost your enthusiasm for your work or business? I understand what it is like. I don't like to set a work schedule. I like the flexibility to think and write when ideas come up and take care of business as it needs to be done. This work style was effective in charging in and working until I finished writing my book: learned the publishing business, and started selling books, but now it is time to re-energize myself and take charge of my coaching business rather than letting it take control of me.
My plan to regain enthusiasm for my work:
After all of the hard work, this is the fun part of writing a book--being an author!
When people started buying my book, (some of whom I don't even know thanks to Amazon), I have a feeling of excitement and satisfaction. After all of the work of writing and publishing, I wondered who would actually buy the book. I've made new friends already with readers who feel connected through the book.
Today I am mailing out books to customers who recently bought, Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success. I planned to blog my way through the writing and publishing process, but I got so busy that I hardly wrote while I was editing and publishing.
So, I'm really starting at the end of the process, and I will back track over the next weeks to let you know how I got to the point of being finished! Now I can write, talk to you, and share what I've been doing.
Thank you everyone for buying my book and sharing this journey with me.
I recently read an interesting book by Amy Lorenzo called, "What We Are Made Of." Her story is unique yet I was able to relate to her locations and feelings. Through her story Lorenzo showed me a different view of places I had been and seen. Her observations drew me into her story and kept me thoroughly engaged. Lorenzo's honesty and transparency about her life and her family give us a sense of observing while being there. She puts me in the story through the use of details, descriptions, and feelings.
Amy has a personal story about living in Sacramento, CA. It is a story of culture, diversity, and environment. You can learn more about Amy through her Facebook page: "What We Are Made Of," and you can order her book through Xlibris.com.
Writing a great story is the first step to getting your book published. Many new authors like Amy use a subsidy publisher such as Xlibris. These print-on-demand publishers give you the opportunity to quickly and inexpensively get your book published and out to the public. They offer an amazing opportunity to tell your story. As with any publisher, they do little to market your book.
There are so many ways to publish and market a book with today's publishing options. The biggest challenge is to show your value in a sea of information. A Creativity Coach can help you with inspiration, creative thinking, and marketing. A new author can find many ways to inexpensively market their book. Whether the purpose of your book is to inspire, tell your story, or market your business, social media can get the word out. There are so many ways to use Facebook, Linkedin, and Blogs to let people know who you are, what you do, and why they should buy your book. Share information that will let people know about your successes and how you have overcome challenges. Share experiences and activities that relate to your values. For more information and workshops on how to use Social Media to market your book contact, Nancy Miller, M.S.
In the world of water birds there are dabblers and divers. The Teal is a dabbler. Able to find food in shallow water. They dip their beaks quickly in and out of water to find food. in fact to dabble is to dip lightly, splash or play. Some writers dive in to a subject and become quickly submerged in research and depth while others have fun playing with words and sharing their stories. Like ducks, writers who are divers propel themselves into deep water, therefore take longer to come to the surface and fly. A writer who dives too deep and analyzes too much may have difficulty bringing their product to completion.
I have a tendency to dig too deep. Instead of dabbling, playing, and sharing my stories with others, I get stuck wanting to know more. Some bloggers might be able to just write about dabblers and divers. I felt the need to check several websites to make sure I am accurate. I can easily get too serious at the bottom of the pond by myself. I can learn from the dabblers to flap my wings, hop around, digest and move on.
Some ducks are divers and dabblers. They can dive when they need depth and walk on the surface to see above water. As a coach and writer I need a balance of dabbling and diving.
Are you a dabbler or a diver?
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Nancy Miller, M.S. is a Career Counselor, Life Coach, and writer. Nancy will assist you with story ideas, organizing your book whether fiction or nonfiction, and choosing a method for publishing and printing.
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Nancy J. Miller, M.S. is a respected Life, Writing, and Career Development Coach, Publisher, and author of Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success and Vegetable Kids in the Garden. With a Master's Degree in Career Counseling, she has over 15 years experience coaching entrepreneurs, writers, job seekers, professionals seeking a career change, and students. Contact Nancy at: firstname.lastname@example.org