Enthusiasm is the nutrient that feeds a successful writer's life. Writing for the joy of getting our words and ideas, our histories and stories on the page. If you don't get satisfaction from writing I recommend you give yourself permission to let the idea of finishing or getting published go. More likely you do get some satisfaction from writing (or you wouldn't likely be reading this blog).
What gets you enthused? Jazzed? When you consider working on your writing, do ideas flow to you as if the GO light was switched on?
Do you know where the switch is?
You can make a living from writing. You can live an abundant writer's life. Now, I didn't say from your books or poetry, self-published or not. Even those who have best sellers have other avenues of income and vocation. You need to as well. This is where the Tree of Life comes in. Instead of thinking in terms of creating something markable or checking your Amazon numbers -- focus on what brings you joy. What do you enjoy doing? What do you want to write about? How do you want to engage with your readers? What else do you enjoy doing besides writing? What gets your attention as a reader?
How do we live an abundant's writer's life?
The question we start with here is this: What is the theme of your life (or core themes)? This is your tree's trunk. Just as we identify the core theme(s) in our writing, we can do so in our life as well. Once we identify our book's (or blogs or essay's) theme -- Everything that goes into the piece must be thematic. Everything branches out from our theme(s).
And money can be made, and that's a good thing.
True in the writer's life too. If you want to make a living from your writing you need to identify your theme(s) and design your Tree of Life, your abundant writer's life, from that theme. Our theme is rich with history, passion, stories, pivotal moments, knowledge, and readers. The enthusiasm will be feeding and nurturing you all along as you explore and discover your theme(s) and your avenues of making a living as a writer.
I am offering a one day session for 10 writers on Living the Abundant Writer's Life. I use The Tree of Life as a template to help you explore and identify your unique ways to generate income, get readers, and to live successful and plentiful as a writer. The template is universal but your Tree of Life will be unique and generate tangible ways to make your writer's life abundant. Date: Thursday February 27th, 2020 at Healing Services on the River in Prairie du Sac. 9:00 till 4:00 You will leave enthused, with helpful handouts, and real-life ways to abundance. Lunch on our your own. Drinks and treats included. $85. Dear Writer, I won't turn anyone away from this opportunity. So, if you lack the funds at this time -- no worries, let me know what donation you can give and let's get you signed up!) Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Julie lives in Mount Horeb WI where she walks her dogs through Stewart Park, gardens her corner lot, attends yoga at Perennial Yoga in Fitchburg and waits for spring 11 months of the year. She is author of The Zero Point Agreement & ten other books. She also writes for the local Mount Horeb paper and in her free time listens in on others' conversations at Sjolinds.