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Your Best Writing Year Yet! - Getting Started and Staying Motivated

Your Best Writing Year Yet! - Getting Started and Staying Motivated

THIS IS THE THIRD of a series on achieving your writing and productivity goals. In Part 2, you created an action plan for your Big Rock goal. (If you haven’t been following along, I suggest you start with Part 1 and read forward.) Today, I want to talk about how to get started and stay motivated.   Getting Started For most people, once you’ve defined your first step, getting started is the easy part. That is, if you’ve broken your first step down into small enough tasks to feel easy. And that’s the key — not only to getting started but to staying started —[...]
Transform Your Life: Journaling Through Relationships - Introduction

Transform Your Life: Journaling Through Relationships - Introduction

WELCOME TO A NEW WritingThroughLife SERIES about journaling into and through relationships! From the beginning of our lives, relationships form and inform us. From our parents or caregivers, to siblings, extended family, friends, teachers, and lovers, every interaction leaves its mark on our development as human beings. Whether we were nurtured as children or left to our own devices, popular or bullied, we carry the affects of all those relationships — healing or wounding — with us as we grow. And how we perceive these relationships, our reactions and responses, determine how we relate to ourselves and everyone we meet. And they[...]
Martin Luther King’s Words: Inspiration to Live and Write By

Martin Luther King’s Words: Inspiration to Live and Write By

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. (MLK) was one of the most famous civil rights activists in the history of the United States, winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent efforts to end racial inequality. His life was tragically cut short at age 39 by an assassin’s bullet, but his contributions to this world have not been forgotten, and we remember his work and his words each year, on the anniversary of his birth. In this age of unrestrained hate speech and social media "trolls," his powerful speeches of inspiration, his belief in  human dignity and compassion, along with his commitment to nonviolent[...]
What's New for WritingThroughLife in 2018

What's New for WritingThroughLife in 2018

WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW what’s in store for WritingThroughLife in 2018? Based on your emails and 2017 reader survey results, I’ve planned several exciting new series and initiatives, some of which have already started. You told me you wanted help with your biggest challenge — to write consistently and complete a memoir or other life-writing project. So I created the new Your Best Writing Year Yet! series focusing on writing productivity and achieving your goals. Within this series, we will also take a look at various organizational and writing tools and applications. Next week, I’ll introduce a new journaling series I’m tentatively[...]
Your Best Writing Year Yet! - The Action Plan

Your Best Writing Year Yet! - The Action Plan

THIS IS THE SECOND of a new series designed to help you create and achieve your writing productivity goals. In last week’s article, Part 1, I showed you how to set your one-word intentional focus for the year and create your “big-rock” writing goal. Part 2 builds on the first, so if you haven’t read it yet, please do so now. Then come back and continue with Part 2.   First, A Word to Non-Goal Setters I’d like to take a moment to address those of you who feel an aversion to setting goals. (If you're already on board, skip to the “Moving On”[...]