Just Write Already!

As a ghostwriter, I often hear people tell me how scared they are of sharing their story. They’ve been holding on to thoughts and scraps of paper for as long as they can remember but fear putting it all into the computer, getting it edited, and publishing it. I hear excuses that run the gamut:

  • I don’t know how to write.
  • I’m not qualified to write anything about this subject.
  • No one wants to hear from me.
  • I don’t know how to put a book together.
  • I’m no educated enough to do this.

It’s time to stop lying to yourself and start writing the book that is within you. If the title of this post made you stop and read, you have a story within in whether you realize it or not. Maybe it’s in the form of a poem, graphic novel, or a medium you haven’t explored yet. Maybe it’s jumbled up and doesn’t make sense at the moment, but it’s there and it’s time to pull it out.

Maybe you know that you want to write your story but keep putting it off, like I have. In working with authors over the years, I’ve written, assisted in writing, and helped publish hundreds of books yet I’ve seldom shared my own works outside the blogs, anthologies, and contests. I have books half-written sitting on my shelves and computer archives. So this year I told myself it was time to stop “somedaying” myself and set a goal. I said I would publish my first book of my own by 12/31. I may make this goal – I have it almost complete and am learning the final pieces of the self-publishing process, as I’ve always worked with other publishers to do that piece. It’s been quite an experience and has helped me appreciate more deeply what my authors have experienced throughout the years.

This post wasn’t meant to be deep or share a lot of information. It was just a kick in the pants to say:

You have a story and it’s time to let it out, one word at a time. Don’t worry about what it sounds like or whether the writing is correct. Don’t worry about how it flows or what the structure is like. Just let it flow. And when you can’t flow any further, then reach out to a good editor or ghostwriter and they can help you complete it by sharing ideas, thoughts, and revisions.

Don’t hold yourself back any longer. Don’t let excuses stop you. It’s time to stop reading everyone else’s work and start writing your own! Coming in 2019, I will be sharing weekly writing prompts and ideas, highlights of publishing companies and individuals who can help you, and other helpful information. As I’ve prepared this year for how to best use this space in a way to help others, I realize you need to see what is out there to help you become a stronger writer and a published author. Let’s work on that together in 2019.


Creative Gifts Series – Have You Seen It?

If you don’t follow my lifestyle blog, you may be unaware of the Creative Gift Series I have been sharing over there. As such, I am posting the links below to the current posts. If you’re looking for creative, and most of the time inexpensive, gifts that come from the heart for those family and friends who are hard to by for, you may find some inspiration here.

Creative Gifts

Creative Gift Idea #1: Mixed Media Painting

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Creative Gifts Idea #2: “Let Me Count the Ways” Photo Frame & Mat

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Creative Gift Idea #3: Blessing Book

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Creative Gift Idea #4: Mixed-Media Journal

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Creative Gift Idea #5: “Let Me Count the Ways” Mason Jar

There will be a few more posted each Monday and Thursday through Christmas.

Inexpensive Gifts

For those who wanted something both creative and inexpensive, try this list.


7 Books for Readers on Your Christmas List


Looking for an engaging book for readers on your list? Here are some of my favorites that I’ve read over the years. I left out my own commentary on them since this isn’t a review and since I included the link with reviews and the summaries.

I don’t get compensated for any of these suggestions despite the Amazon links, which I included only because I know many people shop there for books. These are books I enjoyed reading and took something away from personally. You may be able to find the book at your favorite book seller or the authors’ websites for less. 

The Go-Giver Influencer

Buy it here.

Left Turn to the Promised Land

Buy it here

Keys to Becoming a Victorious Woman

Buy it here

Her Cry ~ Her Prayer ~ Her Praise

Buy it here.

Declutter Your Way To Success

Buy it here.

The New Normal Formula

Buy it here

The Mill River Recluse

Buy it here.

Having Trouble Thinking of What to Blog About? Try This…

Thinking of writing a blog but aren’t sure of what you would blog about? Brainstorming is a huge help for most people when they know they want to blog but can’t figure out which topic would be best. Try this simple worksheet to get your mind thinking.

Copyright 2018 Shell Vera

By filling out the above sheet, you start thinking about what you know and you’ll have approximately two to three blog posts worth of content when you finish it. If you have more than six elements, use the back of the sheet and keep going and then use those elements to construct your first few blogs! 

If you’re still having trouble after filling out the sheet, a Blog Strategy Call may be just the solution for you! In this 45-minute call, we will talk about your ideas, audience, and some strategies for moving forward with engaging content and thought-provoking social media posts folks will want to read.

Starting a blog can be easy once you jog your mind and think about the topics you are most passionate about and would have the most to write about at least once a week. Maintaining the blog is where most people have trouble, but creating a routine for writing and posting will help you ensure you never leave your audience waiting! I’ll share tips about that in my next post at the end of the week. 

(Note: If you prefer a PDF, please contact me and I am happy to share the file with you.)

Black Friday Preview for Young Living! — The Essential Creative

In addition to writing and coaching folks through the book writing and blog writing process, I am an Independent Distributor for Young Living. I’ve been using essential oils for more than a decade aromatically but started using them topically five years ago and started cooking with them on occasion (and carefully) two years ago.

I love showing folks how to use essential oils as part of a daily routine that enhances creativity and deepens faith. This year, I started The Essential Creative, my first lifestyle blog. I share about incorporating oils into my everyday life, including faith, creativity, parenting, etc. I am just getting it up and running and have some great ideas planned for 2019.

BUT TODAY – I shared a sneak peek to our Black Friday sale! Check out the great deals and prepare for Friday morning at 8 am MOUNTAIN Time (10 am Eastern)! In the mean time, head over after family leaves tomorrow for some of my thoughts on the items I am most excited about seeing on sale!

Black Friday preview for Young Living! Get started today with the oily lifestyle!

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Staying Healthy During the Holidays — Phoebe, MD: Poetry & Medicine

This post from Phoebe, MD: Poetry & Medicine has some great tips for staying healthy this holiday season. I know it’s starting early this year but the truth is, people are ready for this year to end so I want to be sure to talk to you about that. Let’s get through this season with smiles, love, and honor for one another. The healthier we are, the more creative we can be! And for many of us, this is our most creative season due to all that we take in during this time of year from our surroundings.

 

Holidays should be times of fun and enjoyment. For most people, these special days—whether it’s Christmas, Independence Day, or Thanksgiving—can seem like a perfect time to let go in order to indulge in rich foods and alcoholic drinks. But did you know that this can be harmful to your health…and possibly even life-threatening? In this post, I will discuss why and provide an overview on what you can do during these times to maintain your best health and prevent holiday illness, so that you can spend your day focusing on enjoying the occasion.

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7 Words Every Author Should Spell Correctly

I know social media is a beast we all play with because we have to. I also understand that many authors would rather be writing than making posts or engaging with an audience. However, if you are going to post on social media you have to ensure you are using correctly grammar and spelling if you want your readers to believe you write your own books. One of the quickest giveaways that an author relies too heavily on a ghostwriter or an editor is that your social media posts are riddled with spelling and grammatical errors despite your books being perfectly presented. STOP THIS MADNESS TODAY!

 

There are too many sites out there available to help you understand proper use of commonly confused words. Some examples include:

 

Since I know many authors – and that includes you – are too busy to actually go read the sites I just listed, I have shared the most bothersome misused words in an easy-to-reference infographic below. I hope you will take time to read it, remember the correct use of each word, and start applying this learning today.

 

 

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As a bonus, folks who charge for editing by the hour versus the project will now cost less because they are spending that much less time editing your books if you also apply this to the writing in your books. Since these are not changes one can trust the spell check to pick up, editors must correct these mistakes as they see them in your book (though many editors will do a search and find at least once in the editing process to ensure all uses are correct).

7 Essential Oils to Get Through “Those” Days

The Essential Creative

Do you sometimes wonder how you are going to make it through the day? You’ve got the kids screaming, dinner burning, spouse about to get home from work, and STILL there are baths, homework, and bedtime routines. Maybe for you it’s colleagues or demanding clients, the stress of not being able to find work, or just waking up on the wrong side of the bed and wondering if sleeping all day is an acceptable option past the age of 30. Whatever your situation, when you have these days you wonder: HOW DOES ANYONE DO THIS?!

We’ve all been there. We have had those days where we want to get into the car, drive sixty five exits past where we live, change our name, and make a new life for ourselves where we live out our passions and smile every day. Just me? But we also all know that this is…

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Pictures & Prose: Dead End

Shell Vera: Poetry & Fiction

Sometimes I like to look a picture and then let my fingers run all over the keyboard. No edits – just free writing for 15 to 30 minutes without really thinking so much as letting my Spirit take charge and do its thing. Today was one of those days but I used two photos… one had to begin the story and one had to end it without losing flow. ~Shell

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I’d driven down this road before, knowing it led nowhere, yet I kept coming back to it. The sign staring me down each time I approached. “DEAD END” it shouted at me, challenging me like a “Wet Paint” sign not to let my curiosity win and instead just turn my truck around and go another way. I stopped momentarily, as I did each time I came upon the sign, and contemplated turning…

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Rachel Hollis’ #Last90Days Challenge & “Girl, Wash Your Face” Book – Join Me!

This is posted and ready for you to read over on my blog The Essential Creative.

It’s time to ensure we wrap up this year with a powerful book that will help you break bad habits by starting new ones and a challenge designed to help you end the year strong. Let’s make this the best fourth quarter yet!

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