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.

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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.

Groaning on the Inside, Expanding on the Outside

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Groan, groan, groan…

Have you ever silently groaned on the inside, because you were so, so tired?

For me tonight is a night of I am shouting in the inside, “I am tired!!!”

Yet, it is not a tiredness, because I have not had enough rest.

It is a tiredness, because I worked HARD today. I was productive today!

I am in a season of trying my best to write 1000 plus words for my memoir.

I am making it through, missing a couple of days, but I catch up the next day.

My writing includes hours of writing letters. The old fashion kind, place a stamp on it type of letters. This is good, because our world is now recognizing, the need for online mail, and offline mail.

I am writing a lot of copy these days. Copy for book marketing. Copy for the conference I lead. Copy for raising finances to expand, “The Relationships of the Heart Boot Camp.”

(I will share my copy at the bottom of this post.)

As a writer in today’s world it is important to have an online platform, and connected with people before a book launches and we are running out the gate.

For me I have one book to be published before the end of 2018. 2 more to be published in 2019!

Writing, pounding the keys. and continuing on. For now, I shall shut my eyes, for the keyboard will be at my desk tomorrow, waiting for me.

My latest work below…

Expanding The Relationships of the Heart Boot Camp

Writing with you,

Nancy J.

 

 

 

 

 

When The Writer Disappears

What is going on when the writer disappears.

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Do you ever find it necessary to disappear? The disappearance is not because of stress, anger or emotional pain, instead it is a time to withdraw into productivity.

My writing world requires me to pull back and at the same time stay connected. The pulling back is not easy to do in our social media connected world.

I am not in a season of locking myself away to write my second book. Instead I am working on redesigning a conference I lead to offer an online course on Relationships.

This is a different type of writing in comparison to writing a book.

Writing no longer looks like it did a few years ago. Books, magazines and letters are no longer the only style of writing.

Instead we write short sentences on twitter. We chat on Facebook feeds, private, personal and group pages.

Include blogs, websites, podcast and video and the writing of content is endless.

Will I ever sit down again and work on the book on community? Yes, this will happen soon. I am learning to write with a timer.

I set my app for 2 hours, shut down social media and turn off my phone.

A word to my writing friends– Do not give up. Set up a writing schedule that will work best for  you.

Don’t wait until you have a full day to write. In all I do I find writing, designing and preparation requires discipline.

No one can make another person live a disciplined life. The choice is ours, which will we choose.

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On twitter @njwatta