Have you ever wondered how courage and toughness can help you to live the life you have always wanted to lead? Mastering the techniques of mental power and self-love will help you find the passion, motivation, power and drive to complete your goals and achieve the success you are seeking in life. Learn how to live a positive life, full of light, here by reading my guest post on Frederic Bye’s website, Creative Magic Unchained.
I frequently speak about the importance of self-love for finding happiness in my conversations with radio hosts and in my most recent book, Exuberant Women Don’t Age – No Time To Waste. Self-love is something that can seem elusive, but you know it when you feel it. It’s a deep appreciation for the unique quirks that make you, you. It’s the lack of doubt you feel when moving forward with your convictions. It’s knowing when to say no, and knowing when to say yes. Self-love is found first by fostering courage and toughness from within.
Find Your Mental Power
Finding inner strength begins with mental power. To achieve this, you must be consistently clear about your desires with others, but most importantly, with yourself. If you feel uncomfortable in any given situation, it’s important you recognize this sign from your mind and listen to it. When you trust your brain and its ability to make decisions for the good of yourself, you will find that it is your closest friend who can reassure you, comfort you, and give you the strength needed to enter the world like a force of nature. I like to call this inner power, “I Can Do It” power.
I recently appeared on Frederic Bye’s Creative Magic Unchained radio show, formerly The Book Geek. The conversation I had with Frederic was thoughtful and exciting. I shared my experiences about why I became a nun in the first place, what life was like in and out of the convent and how I found meaning and happiness with my life after I left the church. Listen here to my conversation with Frederic and learn how letting go of self-doubt can help you find boundless happiness!
I recently appeared on Transform U! Radio Show’s ‘Free Yourself Friday!’ The conversation I had with Minister Dr. Marcus Hart was exciting and full of good energy. I shared my experiences about why I became a nun in the first place, what my life was like once I joined the convent, my reasons for leaving and how I found freedom and happiness once I left. We understand the world gradually as we live, and suffering brings us deeper into the present moment. Learn about this sacred process here in my interview on Transform U!
Surely you know the plot, direction and content of your book, but do you know what genre it falls under? There are hundreds of categories and subcategories that books can be labeled as; just imagine yourself standing amongst the shelves of a library. To best determine what genres you want to read and write, it’s important to first know the difference between fiction and non-fiction.
Fiction vs. Non-Fiction
Fiction is literature that is purely fantasy, created from the imagination of the writer. Although fiction books can be based on facts, they often embellish details and use creative license to change past events as the author sees fit. Non-fiction, however, must be factual and not based on fantasy. Non-fiction writing is very broad, with many subcategories; read on for a guide to the most popular non-fiction book genres.
I believe it’s a joyful experience to free yourself from judgment; have you ever tried to relate to others first as a human before thinking of them as a member of a race, creed or religion? I recently discussed self-love and love for others with Robbie Cornelius on NSOL Radio and the experience was both emotional and incredibly inspirational. Listen to the interview below to learn how managing your fear, removing prejudice and avoiding negative stimulation in your life can free your spirit and help you to be truly happy with who you are.
Forgiveness: it’s a lifelong process. I had not given forgiveness much of a thought before I left life as a nun in a protective religious community; a life I had been living for more than two decades. I only began to think about the difficulty of forgiveness when I returned home to a family that I thought would respect me and welcome me back with open arms. Instead, they disowned me after a short time back, for reasons too troubling to put down into print. I became instead what felt like an orphan, someone who was shunned from family events for years.
I struggled to overcome my resentment and anger. I sought in vain for ways to embrace forgiveness and find happiness, without success. I prayed. I paid visit to counselors and spiritual advisors. I did not realize that my efforts to release my anger made a significant impact in my emotional and spiritual healing. I did not accept the fact that forgiveness is a lifelong process that cannot be hurried.
Where do you turn for writing help? If you’re like me, I enjoy making the most of available resources and using them to get inspired for my novels. There are countless ways writers can learn to hone their craft, including websites, meetup groups, workbooks, writing prompts and more. Read on for the definitive guide to the best resources for writers.
Great Resources for Writers
Websites are great, free resources for budding authors. Here are some of the best.
- National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) Reference Desk: A forum for writers, and by writers. Topics range from penning fantasy genres to crafting a plot map. Check it out here.
- Daily Writing Tips: With a new tip each day, you’ll never run out of new advice to incorporate into your next novel. Learn more here.
- Copyblogger: Not sure how to create engaging content? Copyblogger is a site that can help writers learn about marketing, Search Engine Optimization, blogging and more. Click here for more info.
- Reference for Writers: An engaging Tumblr account for authors, Reference for Writers helps with character development, tense, editing and more. Check it out here.
“Names have power.” ― Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief
How do you decide what your characters will be called when writing a new novel? Although Shakespeare may have suggested names don’t make the person or object what it is, the names of people acting in your novel do make a difference and you should focus on giving them good ones. However, naming fiction characters doesn’t have to be hard; read on for three tips to help with your selection.
3 Tips for Naming Fiction Characters
- Make Sure it Matches the Era
Naming fiction characters may be pressure-filled, but making sure the name matches the era or time period your novel is set in can help simplify the decision. If your novel takes place in the past, it won’t make sense to have a character with a unique or highly modern name, or the book won’t feel authentic. Browse through your public library or other famous novels from the era to get some ideas.
I am so happy to have participated in the 3rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards with my submission, Secrets of a Nun: My Own Story! Although I did not win the award, I am thrilled to share the book received outstanding, 5 out of 5 ratings in every category! Please read on to see the full review from a judge at the 3rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards.
Entry Title: Secrets of a Nun: My Own Story
Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding”.
Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5
Production Quality and Cover Design: 5
Plot and Story Appeal: 5
Character Appeal and Development: 5
Voice and Writing Style: 5
The author has a beautiful writing voice, extremely engaging and friendly, a contrast to what some readers may hold as their personal experience with nuns. The author sounds more like a learned friend whose visits you always look forward to.
Stories are shared with excellent detail and well-rounded illustrations, containing multi-faceted action and emotion, and sensory details that bring scenes to life. It’s a beautiful thing when an author writes with apparent ease and talent, cloaking the tremendous work that went into such a story. Well done.
We’re invited into a world usually described as hidden in secrecy, and it’s eye-opening to see the kinds of personal politics and vendettas usually seen in sorority houses. The author has welcomed us into fascinating corners of this realm, creating a memorable story. Scenes of sexual attraction, especially Jonathan’s coming on to her, are written beautifully, again surprising us with the details.
Beautiful descriptions of settings, especially the ‘jewel like chapel’ that is given such detail in such a short phrase. Author masters a lovely economy of words, presenting us with nice imagery. Roseann keeps hitting up against her boundaries, creating a nice sense of tension in the beginning, and we observe and feel her growth throughout. Very well done. A beautiful read.
– Judge, 3rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards