Write Drunk. Edit Sober.

“Write drunk, edit sober,” is a famous quote (mis)attributed to Hemingway.
 
What does this actually mean? How can this wisdom contribute to you in your writing and creating?
Here’s how I see it…
 
WRITE DRUNK: especially in a first draft, let yourself off the leash, remove the filters, be willing to express yourself onto the page in a real, messy, surprise yourself kind of way.
 
When we’re drunk we tend to be uninhibited. We’re willing to choose things, say things, do things, be things, that we wouldn’t (necessarily) do if we weren’t under the influence.
 
What would it be like to WRITE from this uninhibited place?
 
I just read an article by a famous writer who talks about how this is an awful quote because it takes away from the work of the writer and feeds into the myths of the writing life as well as it condones addiction. I’m not condoning addiction, nor am I suggesting you...
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The Power of Writing Prompts

Natalie Goldberg. Know her? Love her like I do?

I read her book, “Writing Down the Bones,” in my 20’s and it contributed so much to my writing. She provided writing prompts followed by the instructions: “Pen to page. No stopping. Go. Ten minutes.”

Every morning this month I’ve been enjoying re-reading a few pages from her book, “Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir,” and using her prompts to inspire and guide my writing.

What I love about writing prompts is that they serve as doorways into your depths… with pen to page and the editor in the backseat, your inner wisdom, hidden secrets, and other surprises are given a chance to pour forth onto the page and be revealed for what they are: gold.

Here’s a writing prompt from my morning reading: “List 30 ways you felt different from others as a child.”

>> Share below: what's 1 way you felt different from others as a child.

What would it...

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#konmari this...

I admit, I haven’t watched the Netflix series yet...

Nor have I read her #1 NY Times bestselling book...

But I’m definitely aware of the latest craze of “tidying up” with Marie Kondo’s KonMari Method™ of keeping only that which sparks joy in your home.

Kondo’s philosophy is similar to my “Live Your Yes” approach to life and business...

What lights you up, sparks joy and tickles your pleasure?

What inspires your heart to beat with a big ol’ YES?

When you keep choosing that and moving towards that and inviting that energy to be your compass and guide, magic unfolds.

But be aware: One of the biggest obstacles to having all the success and magic you know is possible doesn’t live in a cluttered pile in your closet; it lives inside of you.

What is it?

Self-doubt.

So whether or not you #konmari your home and office this month, #konmari any self-doubt that is holding you back from living,...

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Choice: It's What's For Breakfast

You know what’s been turning me on a lot lately?

Making different choices. Letting go of old patterns. Embodying new energies. Adding things to my life.

Over the past month, I’ve...

  • Booked a trip to Paris in the spring of 2019 (I finally said no more waiting! Time to turn my dream of going into a reality!)
  • Started learning French (So far I’ve been learning through Duolingo yet today I have my first lesson with an actual tutor!)
  • Been published in an online journal three times (Combined, all the pieces have received over 13K views so far.)
  • Turned a moment of triggered mess into published success
  • Watched familiar family drama unfold and chose not to engage
  • Joined the gym (I even choose to work out on the stairmaster even though it’s my least fav cardio machine!)
  • Purchased some silky pajamas :)
  • Been participating in not just one, but two, online programs; one that’s devoted to the exploration of my sexuality and turn on and another that’s about...
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My vegan Thanksgiving + failed pumpkin pie

In my late 20’s I decided to become a vegan. I’d already been a vegetarian for a few years so it wasn’t a huge stretch... for me.

But try visiting family for the Thanksgiving holiday when your dad and brother are hunters and pride themselves on having shot the bird that’s put on display for the big turkey dinner.

“What d’ya mean you’re not going to eat any turkey?”

“You’ll eat the mashed potatoes, right? There's just milk and butter in them. That doesn’t count.”

In a good-hearted attempt to share with them the joys of veganism, I made a pumpkin pie for dessert. Only it wasn’t just any kind of vegan pumpkin pie: it was a TOFU pumpkin pie. (I don’t know what I was thinking!)

... I followed a recipe.

... Made sure I was the only one in the kitchen while I made it. (I didn’t want them to know it was tofu until after they fell in love with it.)

... And then wondered why, even after an hour in...

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All You Desire? It’s on the Other Side of this… (The “R” Word)

I’ve been discovering a ton about “resistance” lately, about its many different disguises and how it shows up right when I’m on the edge of another evolutionary leap.

Like last week it showed up as heaviness and grumpiness.

It’s also shown up as tightening my grip on the wheel, wanting to feel more in control as I feel more out of control with the changes I’m choosing.

And then (thank heavens for awareness)... I catch myself and SEE the RESISTANCE for what it is: the bouncers at the edge of my comfort zone.

“You sure you want to go beyond this familiar territory? We don’t think you want to do that. No. We’re going to remind you of how scary it is out there, in the unknown. It’s way better to stay in here where we can be in charge, and keep you tame and limited.”

Living with resistance is like driving with one foot on the gas and one foot on the brake. YOU NEVER GET WHERE YOU DESIRE TO GO!...

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|Part 1| Attracting More Clients (The Energetics)

It’s a seductive downward spiral to focus on what we’re against and what we don’t want. So instead, I encourage you to tap into the energies of what you’re a stand FOR. 

WHAT ARE YOU A STAND FOR -- FOR YOUR IDEAL CLIENTS?

I’m a stand for women knowing their value, sharing their gifts and using their voice to catalyze change.

What about you?

Take a moment to tap in and tune into this… the ENERGY of what you know is possible for your ideal clients… and your PASSION for showing them how to create this in their life, business, career, relationships, body and beyond.

BREATHE into this and EXHALE this into the world.

As you tap into the energy of all that you are a stand for, for your ideal clients, you begin to broadcast this energy into the world… you BE the invitation you’re offering to them through your services and programs.

Turn up the energetic radio volume on your energy and passion and see for yourself how this...

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|Part 2| Attracting More Clients (The pragmatics + Marie Forleo)

In case you missed Part 1 of my series re. attracting more clients, no worries. Let me sum it up for you:

When you turn up the energetic radio volume on your energy and passion for what you’re a stand for, for your ideal clients, you attract more clients.

BAM.

HOWEVER… if you JUST focus on the energetics you miss out on so many opportunities for serving more clients and making more money.

(It’s like the “OM Method” of getting clients - you sit on your couch all day, ommmmm-ing, waiting for your ideal clients to knock on your door and wondering why more aren’t showing up!)

That’s why you gotta partner your ENERGETICS with the PRAGMATICS to attract more clients. Specifically, I’m talking about the WORDS YOU USE to describe what you do. They’re super important!

Check out what Marie Forleo has to say about the power of our words as entrepreneurs:

“I've spent years watching brilliant entrepreneurs start and grow their...

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|Part 3| Attracting More Clients (The pragmatics + Clint Eastwood)

If you’re just tuning into this series, let me sum it up for you quick-like:

Part 1: The Energetics: You being the ENERGY of the INVITATION to your ideal clients is magnetic!

Part 2: The Pragmatics: Partnering the ENERGY with the WORDS that connect with your ideal clients is KEY to your success as an entrepreneur.

In Part 3 I answer the question: what words do you use to connect with your ideal clients?

You can use words that inspire and empower, yes. And while that may feel good to you and your ideal clients, those same words may not move your ideal clients to take ACTION.

As an entrepreneur, you’re looking to do more than inspire: your business success depends on your ability to use words to sell your services and programs. (This is COPYWRITING.)

One of the big mistakes I see entrepreneurs making is they use words that sound good to THEM in their sales pages and websites. Examples:

  • The nutritionist who talks about balancing hormones and estrogen levels.
  • The...
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|Part 4| Attracting More Clients (Sales Pages + Free PDF)

In case you missed Part 3 of this series on how to attract more clients, Clint Eastwood made an appearance! (Say what?!)

Sexy Clint, who played the photographer in the movie, “Bridges of Madison County,” served to remind you that you’ve got to BRIDGE the gap between you and your ideal clients by SPEAKING THEIR LANGUAGE. I call this Client Speak.

When you use the words in your marketing that your ideal clients use to describe their challenges and desires, they see that you GET them and can HELP them get what they’re looking for. (This is ESSENTIAL to attracting more clients!)

You know what else bridges the gap between you and your ideal clients?

SALES PAGES.

Sales pages are one of the best ways to let your ideal clients know you can serve them! People are on the internet, RIGHT NOW, seeking the kind of support you offer. Can they find you?

Have you built bridges to connect your services to their searches?

There are too many gifted coaches and...

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