Over the years, I've had many people ask me just how I get all that I do done. This came to mind as I received an invitation to join the I C Publishing Summer Blog Tour on navigating the writing path. Writing is a large part of how I bring my work to the world and I thought I would take a little time to share how I fit my writing relationship into helping people build strong relationships with themselves and the other people in their lives.
Thank you, Kelly Pryde for inviting me to join this amazing group of writers sharing their passions in this unique blog experience. Kelly Pryde, Ph.D., is a parent coach, family mediator, and the author of Reinventing Mom. Kelly's new blog, The Patience Project, chronicles the research + writing of her second book as she helps families (including her own!) grow patience, understanding, and stronger relationships. To connect with Kelly and her valuable insights into patience and its power to strengthen your relationships visit her website or find her on Twitter: @DrKellyPryde
How do you start your writing projects?
My writing most often comes to me through inspiration during times of rest, exercise, or during/after a new experience. I am always jotting down ideas for new content. Once I have enough content for a particular project, I sit down at the computer and create an outline. Or, even if I only have a single thought, I may seek additional research to support that thought and turn it into a project.
How do you continue your writing projects?
I say I prayer each time I write. That prayer is to be a clear channel and servant for the divine so that what I write is helpful for others to create a better life. I continue my writing projects by allowing new thoughts to come to me, rather than trying to force them, taking notes, and incorporating them into the project. I frequently search for research to support my thoughts. My thoughts then lend themselves to other creative expression (particularly my video scripts) and my mind then wonders to visual art that supports a piece of writing. I set aside time to write and I create a goal for each time allotted.
How do you finish your project?
I add up a pile of notes that came to me through inspiration scattered all over my house and office, type & organize them and then dress it up, depending upon the project. I believe in creating self-imposed deadlines, which inspires me to work hard and finish my projects.
What is one challenge or additional tip that our collective communities could benefit from?
An additional writing tip: I find that writing, especially larger projects like books, is best done with help and support from others. It’s often too overwhelming to do it alone and having/hiring people who can help you break it down into manageable pieces and support your emotional experience is critical.
Challenge: Many of my thoughts come to me when I am not near paper, a computer, or any kind of recording device, and there’s no guarantee I will remember the thought later. I’d love to know how other writers handle this dilemma. Also, I’m more of an artist when it comes to thought and inspiration than writing, though I consider myself a decent writer. It would be so fun to collaborate with a gifted writer to provide the inspiration and content and word-smithed beautifully and also in collaboration with a visual or graphic artist.
Passing the Pen
I am pleased to introduce you to an inspiring woman who will be sharing her passion and process for navigating the writing path. Be sure to check out her links and keep an eye open for her blog posts on Wednesday, July 9th.
Sara DiVello is the author of "Where in the OM Am I?", selected by Shape Magazine as a "best book of summer," by Working Mother Magazine as a "must-read" book, called a "must-read" by Kirkus Reviews, and featured in Boston Magazine. "Where in the OM Am I?" is the 100% true story of Sara's career transition from financial services to teaching yoga and the many memorable characters in both worlds.
Heather Hans, LCSW, MSW, MBA, CPIC, is a Visionary, Healer & Teacher, and the author of The Heart of Self-Love: How to Radiate with Confidence. It is Heather's firm belief that loving oneself is necessary to have fulfilling relationships and a successful life. Her book is an ingredient list that teaches people the steps to self-love and radiance. The Heart of Self-Love: How to Radiate with Confidence is available through Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and booksellers world-wide.