A couple of friends of mine choose a "word of the year" every January. This word is a theme they follow throughout the year, illuminating truth, guiding decisions, and helping them stay focused. I thought that was nice. And that's about all the thought I gave it. I didn't think it would make that much… Continue reading Be Intentional
We have always loved dogs. Over the course of our lives together we have owned over 27 dogs. It is not surprising that some were our best teachers. Here’s what our four-legged friends have taught us about writing:
1. Sit and Stay. These are the two most important commands for writers! If you don’t sit down and begin, you will never get started. Staying is important, too. No, you don’t need another snack.
2. Dig! Sometimes the facts that we need are buried deep, like a good old bone. The best writing requires some digging–in the library, on the internet, in your heart. Sniff it out. Then dig. If you don’t find it, dig another hole.
3. Know your territory. Writing takes good boundaries and good boundaries mean saying no. One important lesson for both of us was to protect and guard our writing time. We put the…
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Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, ProductivityExpert, Certified Training Facilitator, Communications Specialist, and national speaker. Anita is also the author of, First Hired, Last Fired -- How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market. Now available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, Lifeway, Christianbook.com, select Walmart's, plus many fine stores,… Continue reading Captivating Your Speaking and Writing Audience
Still traveling and speaking -- hope you're still writing and laughing. Just in case, here's another funny to keep your stomach muscles exercised. But a word of warning, if you aren't a writer, you may not get it. This one is literally a few seconds long. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i64ZZ7KkFNs Anita Fresh Faith Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational… Continue reading Traveling, Speaking, and Writing, Oh My
Fear exhausts me, especially when I consider my "to do" list. Honestly, I'm not very good at multi-tasking. And I'm not so sure it works very well for my daughter Tara either. She also seems frustrated at times when I call, as she tries to cook dinner--holding a screaming baby, listening to a whining preschooler, dealing… Continue reading Reflections from a Red Sky
Freeblogging, freewriting, and writing for free. If you're a freelance writer, you may have considered one or more of these words. What thoughts or emotions do these terms stir up for you? Fear, doubt, and unbelief? Or love, joy, and peace? I thought so. Freeblogging. When I first wrote about freeblogging, I thought I had coined a… Continue reading Freeblogging, Freewriting, and Writing for Free
“Why write?” Mary Larmoyeux asked that question to us her post last week. So, I wanted to answer her question with a revised version of my initial post on this topic. Beginnings. My journey to publication started back in the early 1980s, while we were attending seminary. When my friend, Coralie, told me about a writing for publication workshop that… Continue reading Why Do I Write?
Why are we afraid to fail? Often, because we believe rejection exposes a gap in us. It points to something we don't want others to see. It confirms what our suspicions tell us. We aren’t acceptable. As writers, we risk rejection from many different sources. Projects and people alike can make us feel unacceptable, and throw us into… Continue reading Risking Writing Rejection
The scariest moment is always just before you start. (Stephen King, On Writing) I struggled with some critical comments and judgment a few years ago. So, I expressed my frustration to my husband, Dan. I winced at his abrupt and honest response, “Karen, not everyone is going to like you.” Dan’s statement shocked me, as he… Continue reading Fear of judgment, criticism, or shame?
These days, to be taken seriously as a professional writer, and to free yourself to focus on writing and speaking, a literary agent is a must. Publishers great and small are bombarded, and heed the voice of an agent's suggestion over the mountainous slush pile of unsolicited manuscripts cluttering their desks. Without an agent, the odds… Continue reading You Know You Need a Literary Agent When….