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Spring has finally arrived in Minnesota! We had a fabulously warm Easter weekend, the leaves are budding out with new green leaves and the first of the tulips are starting to bloom on the Mayo Clinic campus. It’s about time! I love spring! 💕 . . . #kaiaofthelake #reading #readersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #bookworm #booklove #bookstagram #booknerd #books #bookphotography #writerlife #igauthorlife #goodreads #bookish #karakoeven #thewillowssecret #lifestyle

So this just happened...I filmed my first YouTube video in almost ten years! (Set to air May 7!) I’m so proud of me! What’s something you’re proud of yourself for today?

New journal + new pen = very, very happy Jen. I've journaled on and off (off mostly) since I was 8. Words have always been my solace, therapy, and friends. ⠀ ⠀ I write thousands of words each week for clients' websites, blogs, social media, ebooks—you name it. But somewhere along the way, I lost my own voice. So I'm out to reclaim it. ⠀ ⠀ I'm determined to make journaling a regular practice again. There are so many benefits—emotionally, spiritually, and otherwise. I'd love to hear from others who've done the same. What does journaling look like in your life? ⠀

🇩🇪 Woran erkannt man den Autor am Flughafen? Man ist 3h zu früh da, um noch in Ruhe schreiben zu können. 😂💁🏽‍♀️ 🔹🔸🔹 🇨🇦 How do you know you're a writer at the airport? You're 3h early so you have time to write. 😂💁🏽‍♀️ 🔹 🔸 🔹 #writerlife #autorenleben

I’m back from New Orleans, folks! Did I have a great time? YES! Am I glad to get back into a normal routine? YES AGAIN! I have a lot of work to catch up on for camp nanowrimo and I’m doing that with my write-in I’m doing at 5 AM CST tomorrow morning on my channel to get back in the swing of things. I won’t have a video up this week since I’m getting used to my routine, but at least I’m still doing my livestream tomorrow and hanging out with my writer peeps who yawn with me during the early morning hours haha. Hope to see you bright and early tomorrow! . . #amwriting #writing #writingabook #writinganovel #writergirl #writingdreams #writinginspiration #writingmotivation #writerlife #writelife #writerforlife #igwriters #writergram #nanowrimo #campnanowrimo #womenwhowrite #writingsession #amediting #editing #writingcommunity #writerscommunity #writer #writers #write #5amwritersclub #morningwriter

देख आज मै कहा पहुंच गई, बस एक तेरी कमी है। @raghavbhutani @r.anshuman @5amtales #5amtales #raghavbhutani #writing #writer #write #writerlife #writings #writingskills #poems #poem #poetry #hindi #hindishayari #shayari #dard #sad #emotional #pyar #love #mohabbat #ishq

Platform building tip: track your marketing efforts! ・ One of the biggest advantages of digital media is a wealth of (relatively) accurate analytics. ・ It can be overwhelming so here’s a the short list for authors: ・ 1. Have a website to drive traffic to, have a goal for that website. Some good goals for authors: join my mailing list, click to buy my book, read to the bottom of blogs. ・ 2. Track your marketing efforts. Emails, social media, guest blogs, ads, anything you’re doing can be tracked with campaign tracking. Understand where your website traffic is coming from. ・ 3. Put number one and number two together. Which traffic sources lead to the most conversions? Is Insta where you get the most new enewsletter sign ups? Are most purchases coming from organic search? You need to know these answers so you know where to spend your precious marketing time (and dollars). ・ All of the tracking I mentioned can be done with free tools like Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager. ・ And some of you might be thinking, “I’m not there yet”. That’s fine, but be sure you’re planning for that stage. You’d hate to have a busy website but no idea how to optimize it! ・ Analytics are all about working smarter, not harder. ・ Images: here’s a few screens from my fledgling site that has hardly any traffic. But I’m ready! 📈📊 ・ First is how users reach bexdrate.com, second is which pages they’re viewing, third is cities they live in. Conversions for my site are newsletter sign ups but I don’t have any yet, so I can’t show that screen. (See? You’re probably further along than at least one person!) ・ ・ ・ #authorchallenge #writerchallenge #followauthors #amwriting #writer #author #writersofig #authorsofig #writersnetwork #writerssupportwriters #writing #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #womenwritingfiction #writingfiction #instawrimo #indieauthor #amwritingscifi #authorschallenge2019 #campnanowrimotales #bookstagram #bookseries #books #writinginspiration #writeordie #writerlife #writerssociety #wwfchallenge2019 #writeintoapril

Torap
(@torap_2rap)

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Oggi ho fatto un bel lavoro! Forse....?😁😁😁 Spero che vi è piaciuto! Seguimi! @torap_2rap fotografa l'arte di Catania! #rapculture #rap #raplife #hiphoplife #hiphop #hiphopculture #fatcap #murales #montanacolors #writerstag #writer #writerlife #writers #hiphoplife #graffiti #graffitistyle #graffitiart

In order to truly reach your customer, you have to SPEAK their Language. Sounds like a simple fete, right? Not exactly . . . In order to speak your customer's language, you need to first understand WHO they are. What do they care about? How do they view the world? Who do they listen to? Where do they spend their time? You have to dig deep and do your research. Think of it like dating. When you first start dating someone new, you study everything about them, from learning their favorite foods, what makes them laugh, what makes them cry, to the mundane things like how they prefer to take their coffee. Why? Because we desire to truly know them, to build a genuine connection, and to offer them something of value. If you want to attract the right customers and build relationships that last, it's really pretty simple. Study them. Be genuine. Speak their language.

I had an article accepted for publication yesterday! 🤗 Nothing better than a successful submission to prompt one to write more. #writerlife #javahaute #bujoweeklyspread

#gothiclit101 : Gothic fiction itself has its own set of subgenres, which includes Gothic Romance, Victorian Horror, American Gothic, Southern Gothic, and Modern Horror. 💀⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #tuesdaythoughts #gothicliterature #writers #gothiclit #booklovers #writersofinstagram #bookaddict #gothstagram #writerlife #goths #bookworm #gothique #books #gothgram #sensual #writergram #bookstagram #booknerd #instabook #indiepublishing #darkhourpress

Getting some good hang time at Circus Yoga at @saltaerjax this morning, thank you @flyingcolorsaerialyoga for an awesome (and awesomely FULL! 😃) class today! 🎪🧘‍♀️ #circusyoga #aerialistlife #yoga #tuesdaymorning #selfcare #flyingghostwriter #jaxbeach #floridalife #writerlife #entrepreneurlife #namaste

The only book I have in my house that I haven't read yet is one I picked up from an indie author last fall. I kept putting it down because the first sentence is in passive voice. But then I decided to read it and annotate it as a learning exercise while I'm between projects. I do this sometimes, to note constructions, turns of phrase and techniques that I love and find effective. It's a great way to consciously "study the masters", which is part of how you learn to be a better writer. In this case, I'm seeing more of what-not-to-do, which is also valuable. If I recognize something that I do in my own writing, I can acknowledge it and stop doing it. This one has a decent premise and it isn't a bad story so far--just could have used a much better editor than whatever it got. Do you do this too, other writers? I blurred out the text and I won't share the book or the author, because they didn't ask me to do this and it wouldn't be fair to them. #writer #writelikeaboss #writerlife #author #authorlife #writingspirit #writing #storyteller #writeon #amreading #writertraining #writingpractice #youcanlearnfromanything #learningiseverywhere #keepreading #keepwriting #writingtips

I think this is pretty much me on a daily basis. 🌈🦎

**Save yourself by accepting that No Closure is the only closure you really need... **Sometimes we need to realize that the words left unspoken, the situations left unresolved, the hurt suffered, is the only closure we get. And that should be MORE than enough...♥️

Sucked into the #authorselfie 😘 Here I am in front of our gratitude wall at work. Why? Because I’m grateful for the connections and support from this wonderful #writingcommunity 💕 It’s been a year since I joined IG and I have gained SO much from you all during that time. I’m especially grateful for the words you share in your writing. I’ve been blessed by your books! Again, thank you, friends and writers! . . . #amwriting #amreading #writer #author #indieauthors #indieauthor #writerlife #authorlife #writing #writinganovel #romanceauthor #romancewriter #romancenovels #selfpublished #indieauthorsofinstagram #supportindieauthors #indielover #writingcommunityofig #writingcommunityofinstagram

I know I’m late to posting both honeymoon pictures and wedding pictures—the wedding pictures are coming soon, I promise! Here's some pictures of our absolutely lovely time in North Carolina where we visited The Carl Sandburg House, Chimney Rock, Jump Off Rock, Hendersonville, Flat Rock, and even saw the angel from Thomas Wolfe’s “Look Homeward, Angel.” I’m already saving up to go back. 🌄 . . . #writerlife #latergram #honeymoon #northcarolina #honeymoonpictures #hendersonvillenc #flatrocknc #carlsandburg #chimneyrock #travel #takemebackplease #newlymarried #photography

Tuesday Morning Mood!!! With soooo much to write and so little time⏰... Essays and Applications and Books and Poems and so much more, Oh my!!!😳🙀🙊 What are you writing??👀 #keepcalmandsmile #writeon #writing #bookstuff #writingprompts #bookstowrite #bookstoread #essaywriting #poetrycommunityofig #booklover📚 #deadline #outlines #writerlife #writersofinsta #writersonig #indieauthors #selfpublishing #selfpublish #writerlife #authorlife

Loneliness is an idea that helps you create yourself or destroys you. Just an idea. #picoftheday #workout #gym #chestworkout #puma #writerlife #fit #fitfam #shooting

clyres
(@c.lyres)

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Let's allow this new day to bring something "new"! Give yourself a hug🤗 and wear a big smile😊 and here you go, ready to conquer the world! . . . . . . . . . . . . #poet #poetry #poetryofig #poetslife #poeticsoul #poetsandwriters #life #aspiringpoet #heartofpoet #prosepoetry #writerspocket #writetstag #writerlife #writer #writing #writerofig #writing #lifequotes #inspirational #motivation #instagood #love #selfcarefirst #selfcare #positivity #optimism #words #wordhue #instadaily #youareworthit

Omg! I was wishing since it came out for this book! And today I just got my new copy of @jennaevanswelch Love & Gelato. I am so excited to start reading it. I'm writing my own novel which I just finish but been editing. And this one is going to be my reward for the work done! #indieauthor #writersofinstagram #writer #author #amwriting #authorsofinstagram #writerscommunity #novelist #writerslife #selfpublished #bookworm #writerlife #writersnetwork #bookstagram #writersofig #authors #writergirl #writerscorner #authorsofig #selfpublishedauthor #writers #authorslife #indiewriter #writing #writingcommunity #writersblock #authorsrock #love #book #novelwriting

Fun fact #1: I’m a writer (a real one, published and all, with an MFA to prove it and a much more boring name on the bylines). . Fun fact #2: You have a chance to hear me read summat I wrote at a BRAVE NEW SHOW @sfeagle tomorrow night!!! . Check out BEDTIME STORIES tomorrow night for a sparklier, sexier reading series than you’re used to. Award winning poets, essayists, and novelists taking this opportunity to be a lot less academic and a lot more OURSELVES. Maybe if you’re lucky I’ll drag out something from my unpublished thesis collection of creepy-little-girl stories (pictured, with creepy-little-cat spokesmodel Boo Radley) for your entertainment..... . Event will be held at the Eagle Tavern in #soma, Wednesday 4/24 at 8pm. $5 suggested donation, NOTAFLOF! Produced and hosted by my dear pal and fave writer @realericmueller . Get there early and stay late to mingle and chat with the featured writers! . #bedtimestories #nellapuddin #writerlife #readingseries #sfeagle #bayareaburlesque #readingissexy #livelocalart #emergingwriters #alcoholandliterature #boozeandbooks #booksandbooze

Did you see my news yesterday? Edits are almost done! The Kindle pre-order page is live!! Check out my blog (in profile) for more info! #preorder #newbook #newrelease #shortstories #kindlepreorder #paperback #shortstories #flashfiction #99cents #writersofig #writergram #authorgram #writerlife #enclavesbook #selfpublishing #amediting

Today I want to talk about possibilities. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Recently, I redid my office. I used to have a tiny corner of the guest room, but hubby suggested I finally get the office I've always wanted. Now, the tiny corner is a reading nook, and I have room to spread out physically and creatively. Unfortunately, in the move, I have no idea where I put everything that was on the board before! So, now I have there are infinite possibilities for new inspiration.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm such a visual person, so I would love to hear of some illustrators or artists who sell their work to fill up my board. Let me know in the comments below! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #writersofinstagram #writersofinsta #writersofig #authorsofinstagram #authorlife #writerlife #amwriting #writingcommunity #writerslife #bookish #illustration #illustrations #illustratoroninstagram #illustragram #drawingoftheday #artdiscover #illustrationartists #illustrationartist ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #instaart #instaartist #instart #instartist #instartists #visualartist #creativeart #art_spotlight #artwork #artistoninstagram #art #artstagram

No school this week means driving leisurely past the cows on our way home from running errands. 🐮 . . . . . . . #writersofig #writersofinstagram #writingcommunity #spring #upstateny #amwriting #amediting #inspo #wip #writerlife #authorlife #momlife #momwriter

If you’re reading this, you picked up this entry. You’re finding that despite your best efforts the only thing that remains to lay in front of you is blank white pages. You’ve lost your way, strayed a little too far off the beaten path. Let me reassure you, that isn’t always the worst thing. Sometimes the best path to self discovery is getting completely, undeniably and terrifyingly lost. If you’re still reading this, there’s a reason. No matter the amount of pain, despair and utter anguish you’re feeling. Something beautiful will grow from the blackness. Something will plant its roots deep within the sadness and darkness you are feeling right now. You won’t be able to tell at first because the roots start of so tiny, along the road somewhere you’ll begin to feel it. You’ll feel the life slowly growing within. The roots will slowly begin to become your veins, trees will grow in you brain, sunflowers will grow in your heart and you will slowly come to life again. If you’re still reading this, you’ll bloom again. Maybe not anytime soon. Depression and anxiety are a lot like winter. It may come back but it always passes. Some are just worse than others. And remember, new life doesn’t just show up over night. It’s a long process just like healing. But it’s so beautiful and worth it in the long run. If you’re still reading this, remember that it’s okay. #spencervaloiswriting #writing #poetry #thoughts #words #writingofinstagram #writer #writerlife

Mug of the day. This is already my second cup 😜

~ Mean what you say, and say what you mean. Always. ~ - In a world full of deceit and drama, there isn’t any honesty left. And if there is, it is usually sugar coated and never the complete truth of what we want to hear. But what we don’t realise is that while being diplomatic has it’s perks, telling truth can actually mean helping someone besides yourself. - I hate being lied to. I’m sure everyone must feel the same, but the fact that you can look someone in the eye and say things you don’t mean really gets to me. Speaking to a stranger and talking to someone you personally know is an entirely different experience and one which you should never forget. - Next time your friend or family member asks you for honest feedback, say it. Don’t sugarcoat it, but don’t be malicious. Provide constructive and honest feedback and tell them a way out, or another method they can go by so that they learn something new. Helping your loved one learn and grow is a joy to watch; even if you are in the sidelines. And while some things may cause pain, it shouldn’t hurt to always remember; truth will out.

Quick. Don’t look. Do you have a CD player in your car? Today on the blog, the wonderful David Burnsworth ponders the vagaries of music-and-book providing systems in cars--and we have a copy of his latest, a CAUGHT UP IN IT to award to one lucky commenter! #author #authorsofinstagram #writersofinstagram #bookstagram  #jungleredwriters #rhysbowen #hallieephron #hankphillippiryan #lucyburdette #jennmckinlay #juliaspencerfleming #deborahcrombie #writerlife #authorlife #davidburnsworth #crimefiction #whatimreading #bookgiveaway

📚 🎉 Happy #worldbookday! Happy #readingday! 📚 💕 Thank you William Shakespeare who's forever in our remembrance for lifting the souls up in the comedies and torturing the souls in the tragedies. I dare not wishing to be in love with many like Hermia. But just too vulnerable for only one true heart-clenching love like Juliet. Also, totally frightened by the unbridled power controlling men like Cleopatra. Therefore, I stay being the over-thinking-self, studying, debating & hoping to spare more time for the things I love, especially #reading each day. The most #extraordinary #ordinarylife P/s: #sponsors in search for a debating competition, contact if interested.

Writing is my therapy. Writing is my passion. Some people think I write for the notoriety. Some think I write for the popularity, but I write to survive. Life is about survival, therfore whatever it takes you to survive, be happy, sustain, do it!!! #therealistwriter #poetry #brokenheart# #instapoetry #authorsofinstagram #author #thestruggle #painpoetry #love #writer #writingcommunity #writers #writersblock #unhappilyeverafter #writersblock #writerlife #wordporn #whyidontsmile

Why is it that you always feel so wrecked after a bank holiday?? Is it just that your brain stops long enough to realise that it's freakin' tired?? 🤷‍♀️ ⁣ ⁣ I had a great weekend in Devon, surrounded by wilderness and Granny's coffee cake, but now it's time to buckle down and get back to work. This LADY OF DAEMONS synopsis isn't going to write itself (though I have tried to make that happen).⁣ ⁣ 📚⁣ ⁣ #book #bookstagram #bookish #booklove #bookstagrammer #booksbooksbooks #booknerdigans #amreading #yalit #instareads #yanovel #yafiction #amreadingya #booklion #bookandcandle #bookishcandle #amwritingfantasy #wip #writer #writersofinstagram #write #writerscommunity #amwriting #writerlife #writerscorner #writersofinsta #amediting #amwritingya

Two more CA events before I’ll be a Virginia girl for good. The first is a reading at @kendrascott San Jose to celebrate World Book Day, TODAY! April 23rd at 3:30 p.m. They’re celebrating with a special literacy charm that benefits @firstbookorg , and @hicklebees is donating ten percent of my sales to @firstbookorg. I’ve never done an event in a jewelry store...I’m excited! The second is at @books_inc Mountain View: a fun storytime at noon on Saturday April 27th for #independentbookstoreday!

It's amazing how many talented people there are in the world, yet only a handful of them will be widely recognized and appreciated for what they do. ⠀ •⠀ It bothers me to think about the number of beautiful songs that will go unheard, the brilliant books that won’t get read, and the fantastic art that will go unseen. ⠀ •⠀ I relate to all the people pedaling up the hill, creating despite the struggle of personal responsibilities and lack of free time, the artists that will probably never quit their day job to follow their passions full-time. I'll admit, it's tempting to throw my hands up and throw my bike over a cliff. ⠀ •⠀ Then again, I’m writing my novel because there’s a story in me that I want to tell. It bugs me before I sleep and is waiting for me before I open my eyes. It interrupts me in the shower and talks to me when I'm driving. So, whether or not I ever reach the ”top,” the journey is exciting. Wandering through my imagination, weaving together the words, that’s the best part, and I don't want it to end. ⠀ •⠀ Although I do want to finish my final revision! #canyousaysequel ⠀ •⠀ •⠀ •⠀ #amwriting #ilovewriting #writingcommunity #writersofinstagram #writersofig #writerlife #writerscorner #writersofinsta #writerscommunity #writerscommunityofinstagram #aspiringauthor #success #succeed #positive #positivethinking #positivevibes #writers #writer #motivation #inspiration #getitdone #instagood #photooftheday #photogram #iphoneography #instadaily #igers #viewpoint #scenicview

Do you realize the ability you have to hear your God whispers? #prayer is a conversation with #god, and in all conversations we get to speak and then listen. I find that quiet time near water or nature often helps me to shut out the noise from the world around me and tune into my #godwhispers. Some days they are easier to hear than others. However, I find that the more time I spend in meditation and quiet time, the louder and more clear my “whispers” become. Although it has taken me some time to tune into my soul and tune out the noise from the world around me, I am getting better at it. Every day allows me to deepen my relationship with God and create my own inner sanctuary. This process allows me to appreciate my own #soul and trust my own #intuition. What are some ways that you are able to tune into God and tune out the noise? I would love to read your comments! Igauthors #igauthor #igauthorlife #writelifestyle #writerlife #authorlifestyle #novelist #novelists #instawriter #instawriterscommunity #blogger #bloggerlife #lifeblogger #bloggers #instablog #spiritual #currentread #instabook #read #spiritualawakening #god #prayerbook #lawofattraction

They say travel is one of the best ways to become a better writer . . . 🌎 ✏️ . . It opens you up to new experiences and new worlds. It shows you a different way of life and expands your horizons. . . And more importantly, it helps you to see that there is an endless supply of beautiful stories to be told. You simply have to get out of our comfort zone and open your eyes to see them. . . How has travel impacted your own storytelling? Share below ⬇️

Happy birthday to me - it's a Big One! But... which one is it?? ;) #birthday #birthdayfun #stillyounginside #amnotwriting #amworking #writerlife #teacherlife

Meeeeee! I know my #extrovert writers are out there though. *waves* #thewritinglifechoseme☕️💻 #ifeelseen

The worst thing is when you pretend you don’t care about someone when all you you do is think about them all the time. Therefore the problem is people are being hated when they’re real, and are being loved when their loved. Therefore to all the toxic people in others’ lives, See the thing is how you’re toxic none of you know. I mean neither you nor your counterpart would know if you’re toxic, toxic enough to bring down the other person or your own self respect. Its just that no one knows when they’re getting into a toxic relationship. Therefore always remember if i ever block your number, block you from my social media and remove your existence from my life, it isn’t cause I’m petty, childish or cause “you won”. Its just that i realised we don’t have any future and i wouldn’t want any more toxic relations to grow. Before we move ahead, I have question. It is that for any amount of money would you be willing to touch any other human’s feces? I sincerely hope you do not. The thing is that people now die inhaling toxic fumes from the bullshit of others. They die inside the septic tanks to rescue others, rather than themselves. Therefore this is a write up for them. Would you want to give away what your parents have worked for their entires, for people who wouldn’t matter in a matter of weeks? Don’t ask me what to do, the answer is simple. Maybe just maybe spend your night playing fort nite, pubg or Fifa with the squad. The squad which can never be toxic. Toxic enough bring you down. Never let anyone bring you down. Play with the squad which will always be there for you, even when people leave. You will survive! You will survive, you will learn, you will probably break again but this time, you will realise people weren’t worth you time, aggression or thought. This time you will realise the heartbreak isn’t fucking poetic. Its like the maths lesson. A lesson which has been imposed on the you after the teacher take away your sports period. You will realise it years later that you needed it, but you will thank it for the lessons and memories. So this time let them go and let yourself be you. After all in this age of rebounds and one night stands.

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Need that #coffee to touch my soul and get me pumoed. Lots of errands to run on the last day if spring break. I have a feeling the last few weeks of school are going to fly by and I'm not emotionally ready to say goodbye to my students. #thor #mermaidhair #glasses #pokemontattoo #eeveelutions #triforcetattoo #harrypottertattoo #nosejewel #bluehair #fashioncolors #joicovibrants #indigoshadowroots #gamergirl #momlife #fitlife #gymlife #writerlife #girlsofcosplay #moonprincess #girlswithglasses #girlswithtattoos #girlswholift #outofcosplay #teacherlife #mombod

I had one of those weeks where I thought, man I do I have the perfect job for me. Before I started doing corporate writing work for companies like Gresham Smith and HCA Healthcare my experience with people who worked day jobs was minimal. I had a very unusual upbringing being around all artistic people, and myself have always been a writer or waited tables in between gigs. In the last two years I have interviewed hundreds of people in corporate America which has been one of the most enlightening and transformative experiences of my life - mostly because amongst artists there is a fear of that world. What I have found are some of the most inspiring, talented and smartest people around. In the last week I interviewed a scientist who is literally reshaping the way that companies approach their sustainable practices. I befriended an architect, who is from China, who is now using my book to improve his English skills. (Honor of my life) Then I met a woman who is a leader in her field, which is mostly Male dominated, and is working hard to help her peers feel more comfortable being seen as equals. The commonality is that all of these people were so different than me but by working together and embracing our unique qualities we helped to craft their story. While in the past I may have shied away from those who challenged me I hope to always turn towards them now. That's where the growth is. Portrait by @sebsmithmedia

I wish I could say we all stopped worrying about what people think the moment we graduated High School. Only, we both know, it's not true. There are still moments where the fear of criticism holds us back from saying that one thing, or taking a chance we've been waiting for. We just need to make sure, we aren't being held back, when it counts the most. . Recently, I heard @emilypfreeman talk about the importance of not writing for your critics because then you'll never reach your intended reader. Instead of writing thoughtful, meaningful content, you will always be writing from a defensive position. Or, if your critics are scary, you won't be writing at all. . The same is true in life. If we make decisions based on what we think people will say, we may never do the actual, important work we've been created to do. The stakes, I believe, are higher than we think. . For the past seven years I having been on this journey of writing. When I first began, all I could think about was the critics. When I realized they weren't who I wanted to write for in the first place, it changed everything. . In the same way, in life, we need to ask, who are we living for? Or who do we need to say or do this one thing for? Often, it's not the people who are going to point at us and laugh. So, as Emily said, we need to turn our back to our critic and face the people we want to reach. . . . #whatwillpeoplethink #whatwillpeoplesay #dontcarewhatpeoplethink #dontcarewhatpeoplesay #criticisim #fearoffailure #whatholdsusback #befree #hopewriters #hopewriterlife #hopewriter #writerlife

I'm a few days into my tenth edit of this book after receiving a revise and resubmit from an agent, and it is going very, very slowly. I'm rewriting about six entire chapters, creating new chapters, changing character arcs, adding more mythology, reworking a religion, restructuring battle sequences... and I think that's all?! So yeah, trying to make it not suck 💙 #amwriting #writingcommunity #fantasy #wfgc #amquerying #writerlife #writersofig #writersofinstagram #writer

T H E T U R T L E 🐢 The turtle returned. Where does he go when He’s not here? I searched Day after Day after Day. Did he hibernate For the winter? Did he travel somewhere On a winter vacation? I even thought He might have Died. But yesterday The sun was out And there he was, Sunning himself on a rock. The turtle has returned And I am happy. 🐢 🐢 🐢 #poetrygram #poemsofinstagram #poetrycommunity #igpoem #writerlife #writinglife #writerscorner #yaauthor #indieauthor #summertime #turtle🐢

This one’s a goodie! If you’ve every had a dose of sticker shock after receiving a copywriting proposal, read this! We copywriters do more than simply throw a few words on a page. What? Hint: it’s all about knowing our subject😉 No budget for a CW? That’s why I created my DIY page!! Hop over to my blog to read the latest and check it all out🎉 Link in bio 👉 . . . #copywriting #copywriter #naturalbeautycopywriter #lizwritesbeauty #beauty #naturalbeauty #naturalbeautyproducts #naturalbeautyshoutout #naturalbeautyvibes #naturalbeautybrands #writerslife #writerlife #beautywriter #greenbeauty #freelancecopywriter #copywritingservices #writingcopy

Support group for ‘90s homeschoolers, or a comedy show? I’ve heard it both ways. Not pictured: the moment we sang “Father Abraham” and “I am a C-H-R-I-S-T-I-A-N” with a theatre full of kindred spirits whose mothers probably know my mother. ••• #johncrist #checkyourheart #humanbeingtour #atlanta #comedy #homeschoolers #foxtheatre #churchkids #atlantatheatre #atlantalife #supportthearts #theatre #arts #writerlife #criticlife #theatrecritic #lovetheatre @johnbcrist @thefoxtheatre @bravepratl