Writing and Walking Through Our Life

I  write, and I write, and I write. I write conference, workshop material, books, marketing copy, and blogs. Yes, I write.

Writing my memoir is a process. It is a process of walking through my life, and at the same time looking at the past, and keeping the past the past.

This morning at 9 a.m. I changed my focus for my memoir one more time. I shall be 60 soon, and I have years of life behind me.

This morning I am settling on my focus. I will be writing with transparency the ups and downs from when God called me to lead, years ago, to today. 

My first book was, “A Hurting Heart Turned Inside Out.” This story will be told by looking on the inside at myself, and sharing with my readers.

It is time. It is a time for honesty and for transparency.

Selah (Pause) Continuing on. I hope you stay on journey with me, as I write and share what is going on with me. 

AND

maybe by telling my story, you will no longer feel as if you are living on an island as a woman who leads.

~Nancy~
Founder and Leader of Relationships of the Heart

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Quotes from the Heart

Quotes from the heart is a small book for women serving in leadership roles in our fast paced, informational saturated world.

Quotes from the heart is a small book for women serving in leadership roles in our fast paced, informational saturated world.

The first volume of the book is finished. It is a great resource for encouragement in the life of a leader or a the general public.

Use to launch topics in small groups, along with assisting to design illustrations to be used in teaching and preaching.

Topics; Relationships, Forgiveness, Boundaries, Perseverance, and more.

Learning from Anne Lamott

As a writer, speaker and teaching I learn about life, God and writing from Anne Lamott. Below is a video I listened to today.

One way I motivate myself, is to listen to successful writers. I especially enjoy listening to writers who share their life and writing in a transparent style. I hope you enjoy listening to Anne too!

Writing – What works best for me?

Do you struggle with your writing location or writing style? I share a few ideas for writing locations and various styles in this blog.

What works for one writer does not always work for another. It is necessary for each writer to find their best location to write, their style, genre, and their sweet spot.

Photo above- My desk in Tanzania. At this desk, I revised the Relationships of the Heart Conference material to fit the culture of a Tanzanian village.

My writing style changes according to the various genres I am working on. A few examples of my style.

1- In the past I was a guest writer for a newspaper with a focus on a specific topic. The maximum length of the article was a maximum of 250 words and designed to encourage the readers in a specific area. My writing was a combination of fiction and non-fiction.

2- Writing for Global Prayer Digest. 250 words required. I received research material from the Editor In-Chief to organize the writing. Once again the writing required a specific topic.

3- Blog posts- My writing for blog posts is dependant on the blog I am publishing on. My blogs are for Writers, Teachers, Leaders, and Misc.

4- My book, “A Hurting Heart Turned Inside Out,” (available directly from me for a discounted price or on Amazon in paperback or on Kindle) is stories from my life, and questions for the reader to apply to their own life.

5- My most recent book, “Quotes from the Heart for Women Leaders,” (available directly from me or on Amazon in paperback or on Kindle) is quotes from my online writing from my various social media platforms and groups.

6- My social media writing is made up of fiction and non-fiction, dependant on my audience.

7- When I lead a Relationships of the Heart Conference/Workshop, invited as a guest speaker, my podcast show, or anything requiring me to speak this requires me to write copy.

8- I am working on my memoir. A story from a specific area of my life.

9- Future writing, a fiction book. A few pages are already sitting in my files.

My location for writing changes according to my mood, and the focus required.  

A few examples of my writing locations.

1- When I am not struggling with my writing in the areas of procrastination and uncontrolled distractions working from my desk in my home office works the best.

2- A local library. The library location changes according to where I am living. I have sat in business sections, open areas, and private meeting rooms when one is available.

3- A local park, when the weather is appropriate. When I write in a park I usually write using a legal pad. I have sat at a picnic table alongside of a river. In a relaxing chair, on the beach. On a blanket on a beach or alongside of a river. My outside writing areas include, a cooler with a lunch or snacks. The key to the above locations is this is a relaxing setting for me.

4- At a ballpark when the gate is open and very few people are around.

5- On a long international flight. I don’t sleep well, when I fly. Writing assists me to pass the time.

6- In a hotel room. In the past I spent 23 days shut away in a hotel, with only a couple of visitors. This is where the book, “Quotes from the Heart, for Women Leaders, ” was written.

7- Riding on a long distance bus ride.

I hope one of my places for writing, gives you a few ideas. For some writers moving around to write maybe distracting, but for me a change of location, spurs me on.

Writing-The Necessity of Being a Little Crazy

Anyone who believes all writers are lazy, only know writers from a distance. Many writers work hard, writing in a style others will desire to read.

I think it is necessary to be a little crazy to continue to write in our saturated informational, social media changing world.

I think it is necessary to be a little crazy to travel to far away lands in our unstable world.

But there is one constant in the middle of it all. Boredom is not part of my vocabulary.

How about your life, is it filled with boredom?

The Writing Continues with Quotes from the Heart

This month I published my 2nd book, “Quotes from the Heart for Women Leaders.” I set this book up as Volume 1, which will force me to continue to write. This book is available on Amazon on Kindle and in Paperback.

The book is also available for purchase directly from me, for a discounted price for a single copy or volume discounts. To purchase email me at- Nancy@Relationshipswithnancy.com mention my blog, Life Time Writer and receive a discount.

A word for my Life Time Writer readers. Never stop writing, when discouraged keep writing. In my next blog post I will be sharing how I encourage myself to keep writing, along with what works best for me.

Share your comments and your thoughts here, or email me.

Gone, Writing with the door shut

Nancy, Facebook Live, Sept, 2018 (2)

A few weeks ago I decided it was time to buckle down, stop procrastinating, sit in the chair and finish this book!  It is Volume 1 of a series.

As writers it is important to check out of a few places, and projects in life to finish the task. Otherwise we will be an author of books, that were never written.

Today my paperback proof copy arrived. It is exciting to hold the first copy in my hands. As writers I am sure you may feel the same.

As soon as I opened up the book, I noticed a couple of errors. This is why it is important if possible, to order a hard copy of our book in our hands.

Quotes from the Heart will be released next week.

AND THEN

I will step into finishing the book on community. The Community book is a 3 year project. The research is finished and a rough outline is in place.

AND AT THE SAME TIMe

I will be working on my memoir. Writing from the depths of my heart.

2019 is my year of completion. I hope you will choose the same.

From my desk to yours, wishing you well.

Nancy

Quotes, Vol 1, review copy

 

Quotes, vol 1, review copy, back