November 4, 2019 - 7:00-8:30 pm To January 6, 2020
Create Writing Magic!
A Look at the Writing Life from the Inside Out
"A Goal is a dream with a finish line" - Duke Ellington
See if this Program is for YOU!
- In your head and heart, you already have something – one aspect of your writing – that if you made real progress on it over the next 8 weeks, you would feel incredible. End 2019 on a high note and start 2020 confident you can achieve your writing dreams.
- Do you have a dream to move hearts and mountains with your words?
- Are you stuck figuring out how to even get started?
- Do you wonder if you have anything to say that hasn’t been said already, and by writers ‘better’ than you?
This course is organized as self-study and live discussion. Each week you’ll receive a video and workshop manual to study on your own. Then we’ll meet up each Monday evening for a live discussion of the concepts presented and to share projects, get questions answered and talk about what’s ahead for the next week in the series.
Everyone who takes the course is asked to write 500 words weekly – can be for a work in progress or something new. The commitment to write at least 500 words each week of the program is part of the transition to getting to the finish line and realizing your writing goals.
If you have listened to all the advice about how to structure your day to be a successful writer but so far none of the advice feels right for you, then find your own formula. There is no one way for everyone. By the end of this program you’ll have a writer’s road map that is uniquely yours, one you can actually do.
In this webinar, you will:
- Identify your motivational patterns and how to work with, not against, them
- Learn strategies for overcoming procrastination and perfectionism
- Discover your own formula for a successful writing life
- Find that working with your dreaming mind can spark inspiration
- Step back into presence and release worry and feelings of overwhelm
What Others Say about this Program:
“This is wonderful, Cathleen! I don't remember when I have gotten so much out of a class. I mean that sincerely. Thank you ever so much. You are a blessing to me, and I'm sure to others as well.” Sharon
“I just wanted to say thank you so much for the wonderful teleseminar you recently gave. Every single minute of it was useful and inspiring. No time was wasted, and it truly was packed with all the information that was promised and more. It was just what I needed to hear, and I will surely listen to it again and again - next time I'm taking notes! I immediately downloaded a copy of the handouts. Thank you again.” Tara L.
Week 1 – Your Writer’s Brain and Your Natural Tendencies
Do you know what neuroscience has to do with your writing? Well you’ll find out in Week 1 – In this first class in the program you’ll get some insight as to how your brain works and how you can harness that understanding for your greatest success. How your brain is organized has a lot to do with how organized you are with your writing projects. Learn what your own model of organization is and what will work most effectively for you. You’ll also take author Gretchen Rubin’s quiz to find out your natural tendency and clues as to your patterns of motivation and how to work with your natural tendencies rather than fight against them.
Week 2 – Intention and Preparation, Leaving the Worry Behind
Everything begins with intention. Setting an intention takes focus, clarity and dedicated energy. But what if you are a worrier and even after you set your clear, crisp intention, worry intervenes? This week is a refresher on setting intentions and then working with author Gaye Hendrick’s suggestions on tackling one of the mind’s big bug-a-boos – worry! This week we create intention and then ground it for your greatest success.
Week 3 – Power Drains
Procrastination and perfectionism drain your creative power. This week the focus is on clearing out the gremlins and cobwebs of the mind and heart so real change can happen. Like last week, this week is also about refinement and getting into a new way of being with yourself and how you move forward in your writing life. At the end of this week you will trust that you have within you and around you all the support you need to be successful at what you have set out to do.
Week 4 – From Distraction to Action
Distraction happens on many levels. The body engages – your eyes wander – your ears perk up at a new sound – a scent wafts by and suddenly you see bacon burning in the pan or want to touch the roses in the vase on the desk. A fly lands on your arm and your little hairs alert you to the event and now you have to hunt down the interloper with all the planning and skill of a SWAT team. And you were working on, what? What was it again?? This week I’ll share some techniques to move from distraction to action and absorb a new way of thinking and acting that will keep you on track with your writing goals.
Week 5 – Manage Energy, Manage Time
Time management can be difficult – balancing a writing life with all the other roles and responsibilities you have isn’t easy. Rather than manage time, this class will shift your approach to one of managing energy. You have a unique energy blueprint that responds to everything from how and when you awaken to your sleep cycles to the use of time throughout your day. You have most likely already noticed when your energy is at its highest and when it starts to flag. Perhaps you already know when your mind seems sharp as a tack and when that blur of a tired mind creeps across your inner vision and mental acuity seems difficult to summon. This week you will be getting to know yourself better and learn how to best work with your energy throughout your day.
Week 6 – The Power of a Time-Out
This week you are going to put someone very special on your priority list – YOU! In your crazy, hectic, always plugged-in world, you may have forgotten how to take a time-out that truly replenishes, rejuvenates and restores. If you have, then you are in for a treat this week. This week you will discover countless ways to use the power of a time-out to not just recharge those batteries but to recover your innate sense of calm, peace and joy. And . . . you'll discover how to work with your dreaming mind to spark inspiration and uncover blocks that keep you from moving forward on your writing goals.
Week 7 – Power Interrupts: Interruption Eruptions
Unlike distractions which grab your precious attention and drag it all over the place, power interrupts grab your precious energy and time and, before you know it, you find yourself part of someone else’s goal instead of your own. Power interrupts result from your inability to CHOOSE your goal as more important than whoever and whatever is demanding your energy and time. How you interrupt yourself is through your inability to use your power of YES and NO. What is it about saying “NO” to the demands and expectations of others that is so difficult? And conversely why is it so often hard to say “YES” to yourself, your priorities and goals? This week is all about finding your voice and creating the personal boundaries that support your writing dreams.
Week 8 – The Molehill not the Mountain
A simple concept – mountains and molehills. One is lofty, grand, visionary, and home to the eagles; the other is small, inelegant, mundane and easily overlooked. One you must climb; the other you find by burrowing in and building up and out. Let others make mountains out of molehills. This week you are going to learn how to make molehills out of mountains. By staying in your creative power, you evolve with your goal and your ownership of that process means you will be that much more committed to your own success.
BONUS CLASS – Daily Presence
Daily Presence is the ability to truly live your life within the boundaries of a day, the secret key to consistent productivity. All the techniques you have been learning over the eight weeks of the class are techniques to bring you into the present – to stay mindful and focused on the task in front of you rather than the effort and time stretching out ahead as you envision all that it will take to complete your writing project. In this bonus class you will learn the importance of techniques such as meditation, creative visualization and affirmations to speed your dreams into reality.
End on a high note that will carry you right into a new year of writing success.
The first week starts on November 4, 2019. Don’t wait.