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Online Course: Busting Through Writer’s Block

Here is my newest course Busting Through Writer’s Block. This course is near and dear to my heart because I have spent a large part of the last fourteen years of writing battling with writer’s block, or a lack of motivation to write.

I compiled all that I learned in that time to create this course to help fellow writers battling this same thing.

In this course Busting Through Writer’s Block, I will be talking about the many ways a person can block themselves from writing and some ways to over come them.

The first seven lessons are dedicated to understanding possible blocks. The titles of these lessons are What is Writer’s Block, You Deserve This, Write About What Excites You, Are You Over Thinking It, Skills Practice, Workshops, and Networking, The Five Stages of Writing, and Distractions From Writing.

The last five lessons will talk about some tools that can be used to help move through writer’s block or to keep it from happening. These lesson titles are Using Writing Prompts to Get You Started, The Benefits of Free Writing, Doing Things to Boost Your Creativity, Play, Have Fun, Experiment, and Using Visualization to Get You Writing.

Don’t keep being stalled in your writing. Learn more about what’s blocking you, so you can get back to being the awesome writer that you are!

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Online Course: Journaling Your Way To Success

Here it is! My first online course is available today. I am proud to present Journaling Your Way To Success. I was inspired to write this course because I realized I have done a lot of work on myself, especially through journaling, and felt the need to share my process. A process that has lead me to a significantly better life, and I believe all people deserve a successful and fulfilling life. So I want to share with as many people as possible. Maybe that’s you too.

In Journaling Your Way to Success, you can take the powerful tool of journaling to help create a new and better you. This is a great way to jump start your personal journey in discovering the clarity needed to bring more success and happiness to your life.

This is a dedicated 21-day course, to give you the boost you need to take steps toward your success. Lessons include topics such as Why is Journaling Important, What is Success, Cultivating Awareness Through Journaling, A Daily Routine That Works For You, Using Journaling to Retain the Mind, and more.

Are you ready to journal your way to success? Then do something your future self will thank you for and sign up for this course today!

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Using Body Language to Tell Your Story

I recently took an online class through my friend and fellow writer Michael Knost on body language, and wanted to share some of the highlights that I found helpful. This was a topic I knew some about from other writing sources, but his class really brought everything into prospective for me.

Body language is essential in creating believable characters. It’s the subtle things like a smile in just the right place of a conversation, or a small touch of the hand that can change the whole way a reader perceives a character. When you show a character through their body language, you are allowing the reader to size up the character without spoon feeding information that might push the reader from the story. The reader wants to feel intelligent as he or she comes to their own conclusions. It’s the writer’s job (you) to be invisible enough to help lay out the signs or clues that get the reader to where you want them to go.

Check out some of these statistics…

55% of communication consists of body language
38% is expressed through voice
7% is communicated through words

Yeah, I was kind of shocked by the only 7% is communicated through words. Kind of made me feel small and unimportant with all my writing, which then made me realize that it’s all in how you express those words. That’s the key ingredient to really great writing. So my next thought was… how do my own characters express themselves?

There are 4 major ways for a character to use body language to express themselves…

  • Facial Expressions
  • Gestures
  • Body Posture
  • Space

What are the eyes of your character saying? Is your character fidgeting from boredom or restlessness? Is your character sitting forward to soak up everything another character is telling them? Or is your character in someone’s face for something that made them angry?

Also consider this… does your character’s actions match their words? Readers will believe body language and tone over what someone says. If a character says they’re open to a new idea, but crosses their arms or turns their body away, what the reader really sees is a character who is closed and rejecting the message, but not willing to admit the truth. This sort of “mixed signal” can be used to add to the character, or story. It can also take away from the character and story, if not done correctly.

When using body language it usually helps to build it up to a series of actions, because some body languages (like smiles, fidgeting, or no eye contact) can mean several different things. Writers should give about 5 clues within a scene to show context of an emotion (through body language) without coming out and saying it. This will help lead the reader to make his own conclusion.

Body language is your character. Make sure that that all body language is important, if it isn’t, cut it out. Also get rid of overly used gestures, or body language like… she sighed or he winked. Find new or better ways for your character to express themselves. Remember that too much of a good thing can tip your hand to make the writer visible to the reader. Great writers disappear as their story comes alive.