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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Hey Writing Friends, A Song for You!

Writers who are serious about writing, understand the seasons of struggle.

Writers also may become discouraged. It is hard to explain to people who do not write, the energy needed to write.

I stumbled on this song today, and I thought this may possibly, encourage you to keep on trying. Keep on writing even if you fear failure.

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

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.

Resources for Writers

Check this post out for one of my favorite resources.

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One of my favorite resources. Simply subscribe with your email address. I always do a quick scan of the resources I receive. It is a valuable tool for finding connections to submit your writing.

Writing Resource for Writers

 

 

Nancy’s Memoir, A Story of Rejection and Opposition as a Woman Leader

At the end of the road, we find joy, love and peace, as we turn and walk away from those who reject us and oppose our call.

The road is tough, rough, bumpy, curvy, and filled with pot holes.

BUT

We grow as we go.

We learn as we go.

We fall to our knees and cry, and get back up and go again.

Others surround us and pick us up and walk along side of us.

Others walk away and shake their head, because we refuse to be molded and shaped to become just like them.

At the end of the road, we find joy, love and peace, as we turn and walk away from those who reject us and oppose our call.

Selah  ~~~~~ Pause ~~~ In peace we walk on.

Nancy J.

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