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Hooray, September!

I love back-to-school season. It’s my time of year to binge on stationery without putting my retirement on hold.

This year I purchased more than 40 spiral notebooks — no joke. I will give the majority of them to my workshop students, but I’ll keep a treasured few for my own projects.

I’ve always got more than one project going because it keeps me going. When I feel blocked on one project, I simply work on another.

The key, however, is for me to be able to pick up the project where I left off. Having different colored notebooks is helpful, particularly in the mess that is my office. Within each notebook, I keep project notes, snippets of text, to-do’s etc. Very handy and almost makes me feel organized.

So go out and binge, but do it QUICKLY! School supply aisles are giving way to Halloween candy. Hmmm … maybe that’s not too bad a thing.

Your September Newsletter Exclusives:

  • Write Directions Coaching
  • Get into the Writing Zone
  • Are You a Phobic Writer?
  • Blogging Facts and Stats
  • Become a Loopster

Write Directions Launches Coaching Program for Writers

What is coaching?
It’s a respectful one-on-one relationship with a single goal: to complete your writing project, and in a timely manner. As your coach, I provide structured learning, tailored to your needs and personal style. Together we set milestones and work through decision-points (e.g., how best to structure your work, polish your writing, choose the best publishing route, etc.). I am a combo of cheerleader, whip-cracker and mentor.

Is it for me?
The Write Directions coaching program isn’t for hobbyists. You need to be fully committed to your project and to your development as a writer. If you’re not ready to roll, you’re not ready for coaching.

How does it work?
We set up a complimentary 20-minute session to discuss your goals and pinpoint where and how I can help. If we’re a good fit, we’ll determine which coaching package is right for you. Together we’ll identify deliverables, develop a strategic plan and set up meeting times.

Learn more about my coaching packages. 

How do I sign up for my complimentary 20-minute consult?
Just drop me a line and we’ll make arrangements. Let me know your time zone. I’m on the East Coast.
Set up consult!



Photo Credit: Boston – Charles River Waterfront “Evening Jog”, by David Paul Ohmer on Flickr Creative Commons.

Endorphins are naturally occurring substances that function like natural opiates. They produce pleasurable feelings, what some runners call the “runner’s high.” Endorphins kick in after a runner has been running for a certain number of minutes. From there the runner is on autopilot; all he or she has to do is be present.

Same thing with writing. For example, although I write nearly every day, I rarely sit down at my computer and say, “Oh, goody!” Rather, I moan and groan and think about all the other things I’d rather be doing. But if I keep at it, say for 20 minutes, the endorphins kick in. I’m in the Writing Zone and running (typing) on all six cylinders.

You too should determine how long it takes to enter the Writing Zone, and to plan your writing sessions accordingly. If it takes the endorphins 30 minutes to kick in, you will need more than a 30-minute block of time in which to write. Instead, give yourself a minimum of one hour to ensure you get in full 30 minutes of quality time.

Are You a Phobic Writer?

Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Jimee, Jackie, Tom & Asha

I was reading the other day about how 15 to 20 percent of people have a phobia, be it mild or severe. Of the 500-plus identified phobias, the top five, in order of percentages, are public speaking (glossophobia), death (necrophobia), spiders (arachnophobia), darkness (achluophobia, scotophobia or myctophobia) and heights (acrophobia).

And this got me wondering if there were phobias that would be particularly challenging to writers. Here are some:

bibliophobia — fear of books
graphophobia — writing
ideophobia — ideas
papyrophobia — paper
phronemophobia — thinking

Here are some I made up but seem terrifying nonetheless:

blockophobia — fear of writer’s block
nobackupphobia — computer crashes
ouchophobia — paper cuts
plaigerophobia — work being copied
rejectophobia — rejection by agents
Staplesphobia — paying to much for toner cartridges

So, which writer phobia do you suffer from?

Blogging Facts and Stats

  • 53.3% of bloggers are women 21-35
  • Small businesses with blogs generate 126% more leads
  • 14% of bloggers earn a salary through blogging. Average: $24,085
  • Most common ways to generate revenue: (display ads, affiliate marketing links, search ads)
  • 23% of Internet time is spent on blogs and social networks
  • 37% of marketers believe blogs are the most important type of content marketing
  • 61% of U.S. consumers made a purchase based on a blog post
  • 67% of B2B marketers are using blogs to generate 67 percent more leads.
  • 77% of Internet users read blogs
  • 81% of U.S. consumers trust advice and information from blogs

Source: Ignitespot

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