Writing Marathon, Head on Desk

Writing can be beautiful, and at the same time challenging.

I am coming out of a 4 day writing marathon. What non writers do not realize is, writing marathons are mentally exhausting. Head on desk. Day off.

Join me here

I include my books too!

Have you experienced a writing marathon?

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When Everything in Life is Not Beautiful

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Scanning through Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and other areas online, we see smiling faces, fun, laughter, and beauty.
We see photos of groups of friends, families, events, filled with smiles.
Wouldn’t it be nice if everyday of life was filled with everyone getting along perfectly in relationships, and no problems exist?
No arguments, no anger, no sad days, and no struggles.
Although I write about joy, encouragement, kindness, and love, I realize days exist, when we experience problems in our relationships.
The smiling faces, fun, laughter and beauty only exist in our photos and words on social media.
Life may be difficult, life may be hard, people we are in relationships with are not always kind, and not always loving.
Yet, this is all part of life. It’s ok to admit, today was a difficult day. Today was a sad day.
Today I am struggling.
As we become honest with our situations, we may see ourselves without our rose colored glasses.
We may begin to admit we are sad, we are struggling and we are not sure what to do.
Yet, it is in this place we may see the solution to a problem. We may see how to build a bridge in a close relationship instead of tearing it apart.
Honesty, helps us to see reality. It is in this place, that beauty may begin to shine through.
We will begin to once again see beauty, experience joy and hear our laughter.
Honesty, is all part of healing.
Love the people God places in your life. Forgive when necessary and build a bridge.

Born Not to Quit, Resilience

My word for Monday was RESILIENCE

Yesterday was a great day. I worked on my Go Fund Campaign. It is moving slow, but I am determined to continue on. I was chatting with a friend Monday evening, and she agreed with me as we chatted, about tough financial times in the past, but as we look back we are reminded that we made it through.

I think back to the time when I became a single mom, and lived on $200 per week. The loss of my job a few years ago, walking in the snow, and in the rain to go to the bank, and pick up my groceries. The loss of my car, because I could not make the payments, and many more struggles, but I made it through.

A constant time of living on the edge of homelessness, and yet staying off the street, and moving forward.

It seems I was born with the buzzword of today. The word is resilience. If you are not familiar with the word resilience it is defined as; the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness, the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.

No matter how hard I fall, or what happens I am able to eventually get back up. I may fall apart in the background, confess my struggle to people close to me, and then get back up and continue on. I may cry and not understand, but I continue on.

During the worst of times, I launched Relationships of the Heart, published 2 books, and I traveled to Tanzania, India, Japan, and Kenya.

AND now, I am stepping back into the public eye once again. This time it will be online and offline. God and I had a short meeting on Sunday during a message from my Pastor. I had one conversation about this with a friend. I am in a season even if I am low on finances, I will not give up, and I will not quit.

I will move ahead with the out of state radio interview, the ad placements for my book in 3 counties, and allowing the radio station to place my live interview on a morning show, and the evening news.

The enemy of my soul, always fights against me in one area of my life when I take a leap of faith. The area is in finances. I will not quit, and I will not back down, even when I receive messages telling me that I should quit.

I did not walk through this fire to quit at the age of 60.

My Grandmother lived to be 101, and she reminded me when she was in her 90’s, “Nancy do not wait to do what you know you are to do. Do it while you are able.”

AND so I continue on in the battle. Cherishing my Grandmother’s words, and my growing up years with my Father, who constantly said, “Don’t quit Nancy. Yes, you can do this.”

Onward I go, even when I do not know how everything will work out. I hope you will do the same, in the middle of your struggles and uncertainties.

If you would like to check out my latest crowdfunding campaign see the previous blog post.

Nancy
Founder and Leader of Relationships of the Heart

Writing and Radio Stations

I am on day 5 of writing copy and crowdfunding. (For details see previous post.) It is Saturday morning, and I am surprised I still have words pouring out of me to write.

On day 5 of my 12 hour days, I am still pushing through with my crowdfunding and all kinds of small snippets of writing.

If you are a writing and you desire to publish, it will be necessary for you to be part of the promotion of your book. It is the world we live in!

Yesterday I wrote the following;

This is an excerpt from my latest community news. When we least expect it the doors swing open, and opportunities arrive.

I smile and I laugh, when I reflect on the photo below. I am the oldest daughter of 5 children. When I think of what I am stepping into today I am amazed.

I had no idea when I was 10 years old, surrounded by my siblings, holding my brother, that someday I would travel outside of the USA equipping and training leaders, write 2 books, and design a conference. BUT God…he knew what was up ahead for me. Sigh…I am thankful.

Today’s surprise is when I connected with an out of state radio station to advertise my book on a website. The reply was more than I requested. Advertisement on their website, all paper copy and radio ads were quoted at an affordable price.

The surprise- At no additional cost I will have the opportunity to be interviewed live by phone for a daily show, along with recorded interviews on 2 additional programs.

Everything I do cost money, including the roof over my head. If you are interested in giving simply go to this link or message me for additional ways to give.

https://www.paypal.me/nwatta

Writing and the Wall, with Nancy

I will push through to the other side, and finish what is before me.

From my desk to yours….

On Tuesday I began to write, write, write. It is Thursday and I am still writing. This week is not a week of working on my book. Instead it is a week of writing copy for promotion. We live in a world that as writers we are required to do much of our own copy and promotion.

I have written to you in the past that my writing consists of blogs, books, conferences, workshops, and social media writing. This week my head is spinning with copy, and it is all necessary. I decided to expanded Relationships of the Heart.

This requires money, so along with my piles of writing requirements is writing copy for crowdfunding. Below I share 2 of my links to check them out. Along with the unfolding of my new website.

As I write this to you, my first thought is I long to set all of what I write above aside, and work on my book. In reality this is not going to happen. Instead I will push through to the other side, and finish what is before me. Then I will jump back into the community book writing.

Keep writing my friends. It is best to remind ourselves even if we are lifetime writers, there is more to life than sitting by ourselves and writing. People are important, it’s a constant challenge to find the balance, but it is important. If you feel like you are hitting a wall, take smaller steps forward and continue on.

Nancy

Founder and Leader of Relationships of the Heart

If you are interested it would be great if you would encourage me, by giving any amount. In fact Crowding funding #2, allows you to give a minimum of $1.00. Drop in the amount that is the price of a coffee, or a fast food lunch. It will encourage this Life Time Writer as she forges ahead.

Crowdfunding 1- Relationships of the Heart. https://gogetfunding.com/relationshipsoftheheartwithnancy/?fbclid=IwAR0y0y60cOJFr1DnRZmos1YcZDKu3wvSAzxKOJY0TSy2fFOADmj_-1lfPvM

Crowdfunding 2- Help me to Grow Relationships of the Heart, https://www.gofundme.com/help-me-to-grow-relationships-of-the-heart

Check out my new website- We still have lots to do, but it is getting closer to being finished. http://relationshipsoftheheart.weebly.com/about-nancy.html

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.

3 Books, 3 Relationships with Nancy

In today’s world, writing can take shape in various forms, and formats. In whatever format you are writing it is still true, to become better at our writing, we must write, write, and write again.

Contact me at Nancy@Relationshipswithnancy.com to receive an email when books are launched, social media locations, conferences/workshop availability offline and online, along with courses.

Join my podcast here, Relationships of the Heart. If you email me at the above address, I will forward the information to you, when we are live or the replay is available. On the most recent episode I talk about Christmas, Books and 2019. A word for you about completion.

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