Value your Creative Work

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Up until recently, I didn’t have any kind of formal childcare arrangement. When I needed to write; or get biz stuff done (filming lesson videos, website work, personal coaching) it was all done either while my daughter napped, while my husband preoccupied her, or at midnight.

Problem is, staying up until 1am every night and never spending any time with my husband was starting to take its toll. In a few months I went from feeling excited, charged and optimistic to anxious, burnt out and old.

Time to rethink things.

I hate asking for help, but I knew if I wanted to get things done, I needed some serious time and space without interruptions, to get my work done quickly and efficiently. There’s something counter-intuitive about trying to write a crucial scene while watching Breaking Bad, responding to a customer’s email, doing the dishes, chatting to my husband and eating chips all at once.

I’m thrilled (and a little scared!) to have organized three days a fortnight to work exclusively on my business and writing goals. Three whole days! Imagine how much I’ll be able to get done. I’ll actually be able to put the laptop far, far away, turn my phone off and reconnect with my gorgeous little family of an evening!

I’m particularly happy that I managed to sort something that really suits both of us and likely won’t have her clinging to me at drop off, begging me to take her with me (though, you never know with kids!).

Indie Masterclass 2014 in Maui

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I am so thrilled to announce this exclusive event!

In June of 2014, we welcome you to participate in a one of a kind, bespoke writing experience set in beautiful Hawaii. This exclusive event caters to one small group of only ten people, providing an invaluable experience where you will learn everything you will ever need to know about novel writing, from plotting out the perfect storyline to the many intricacies involved in self-publishing.

We are delighted to announce our guest speakers are both amazingly talented bestselling authors, Hugh Howey and Tarryn Fisher!

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It’s perfect for beginners and more advanced writers – I for one know I am going to be hanging on Hugh’s every word when it comes to marketing and Tarryn’s writing is just gorgeous.

Plus, we’ve got a massive, gorgeous house with a pool, acres of fruit orchards, bi-coastal views of Maui and an aromatherapy garden!

By day, we’ll do round-table sessions, and when the evening comes we’ll move out onto the deck for a glass of wine and a chance to soak up the amazing surroundings. Meals will be fresh produce from the islands and the Hawaiian coffee we’ve sourced is PHENOMENAL.

There are literally ten spots available and no more will be released after the ten are gone. Check it out and get in quick to secure your spot!
www.indiemastermind.com

 

Want a “How to write a Novel” scholarship?

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I know not everyone has the financial means to purchase my course. I get that.

Which is why, until the weekend, I’ll be accepting applications from potential students who really want to get in on this ride, but who can’t afford it right now for whatever reason. (I don’t need to know the reason – that’s your private stuff – but I DO need to know why you think you’d be a deserving recipient).

Click here for the application form. Don’t worry, it’s very short!

 

 

The recipient will be announced this Sunday, 22nd September.

Whoops!

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How embarrassing!

I’ve been advertising my course with the wrong link!

I had.com when the correct URL is actually www.thecreativeacademy.net !!!

All of my marketing material has now been corrected.

Thanks for your patience!

 

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How to make time for your writing

Screen shot 2013-09-07 at 1.49.54 PMThink you don’t have time for your creative pursuits?

Or is it simply that you’re not prioritizing them?

Yes, I absolutely agree that life is busy. There is a lot of stuff to do. But wait. Hang on. Don’t we have MORE time now as a result of technology advancements? I mean, my grandmother didn’t have a dishwasher. She didn’t have a washing machine or a dryer. She had a sink of soapy water, some strange looking rack that you run clothes up and down (I have no idea why) and a length of rope strung between two trees in the backyard. There was no picking up McDonald’s on the way home, no ordering a pizza for dinner. Life was BUSY.

So, how come, if we have all of these modern conveniences, we’re still all complaining about not having any time? If we have enough time to watch TV in the evening or screw around on Facebook for an hour after the kids have gone to bed, what does that say about us? That yes, we are indeed busy, but that perhaps we’re busy doing the wrong things?

Things that don’t fulfill us. Habits. Trust me, I’ve got my own share of them. TV? I love it. I sit down and get up two hours later, zombified and unsure of what just happened, and how is it ten thirty already? And social media? Don’t even get me started on how much of a time-suck that is.

We might be busy doing different things, but luckily, there are plenty of things we can ditch or decrease to give us more time to spend on things we REALLY want to be doing!

Instead of vegging out on the couch after the kids go to bed, choose a few nights each week to sit quietly and work on a project that has special meaning to you. For me, this would be working on my latest novel, planning the ideas for my writers retreat next year, or speaking with personal coaching clients. For you, it might look similar, or it might look completely different. Maybe you could devote one evening a week to attending an art class, or working on your latest writing idea.

I know what you’re thinking.

But I’m too tiiiiiired. I need to tidy up and I want to catch up on Breaking Bad and I neeeeeeed to get more lives in Candy Crush.

Whatever. That’s cool. As long as you realize that you have the choice. You have the time. It’s up to you what you do with it.

 

 

 

Free writing strategy session

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IS THIS YOU?

You’ve got an idea for a book / novel / short story / novella that won’t leave you alone.

You’re a busy person and writing always seems to fall to the bottom of the priority list.

Perhaps you’re not sure how to schedule your time so that you can finish your novel?

If your passion is writing…

If you’re tired of always putting everything and everyone else first…

If you want to achieve your dreams of writing and publishing your own novel

Why not apply for a free 30-minute strategy session with me?

During our call I’ll help you get clear on your writing goals, find time for your storytelling and get that book finished and out into the world! Your session will give you solid insight into the exact strategies I used to write and publish my own full-length novel in 3 months while taking care of my daughter full-time and running a household at the same time.

No catches, no pressure to buy something at the end, just a great opportunity for you!

Click here to apply

My new novel writing program

I’ve been dropping hints for months now about my latest project, and today I can finally show you what I’ve been working away on all this time!

How to Write a Novel

 

I’m incredibly excited to be offering this course, and to celebrate I’m having a little earlybird special!

Click here for the full course outline and all the discount details.

We’re in the news!

Imagine my delight when I stumbled across this article today and realised I was in it!

 

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The article is written by Laura Vanderkam, a respected author and expert on time management. I’ve re-read her book, 168 Hours:You have more time than you think several times and I get something new out of it each time.

 

Lovely to meet you <3

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Happy birthday baby girl x

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