A couple of weeks ago, my friend and fellow coach, Sue Plumtree invited me to join her in the writers’ blogging tour.
I was intrigued and asked her how it works. She was invited by Beverley Glick, The Story Archaeologist and Beverley summed up the blogging tour like this “The idea is that writers share some reflections on what they’re writing, why, and how they write, then pass on the baton to three other writers/bloggers, thereby creating a virtual chain that keeps growing exponentially.”
I think what is interesting here is that we are interpreting the notion of ‘writer’ pretty broadly so you do not have to be a budding JK Rowling to participate! Writers on the blogging tour come from a wide range of writing perspectives. I hope that by reading our various contributions you will get an idea of what makes writers tick and maybe feel inspired to do some writing yourself!
Here’s what Sue wrote
Here’s what Bev wrote
I have taken up the baton and you can read my thoughts on writing below.
What am I working on?
I am currently working on 2 projects.
My next Kindle book is called Your Career Escape Starts Here: 52 Easy Ways To Kick Start Your Career Change. This is nearing completion – in fact I am in the process of getting the cover designed right now – so I am actually trying to keep my eye on this particular ball till it is complete. I’ll let you know as soon as it is available.
The other project is my 30 Day Career Change Challenge which will be a programme designed specifically to take people through the career change process in 30 steps. I realise that these steps may well not be taken on a daily basis, but using the 30 Day Challenge idea as a catalyst can be a great motivator!
I blog here on How To Change Careers twice a month and also on my other website Career Change Know How. That appears on the alternate 2 weeks each month. I also regularly add additional articles and content to both websites.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I don’t make any claims for amazing originally in style or content, but I obviously write very much from my own personal perspective. I always learn so much from my clients and try to weave some of that learning into what I write. This means that as they learn and I learn - and vice versa - and that can be shared with a much wider audience worldwide. It is that sharing with a worldwide community that really appeals to me!
Why do I write what I do?
It breaks my heart to think that there are so many people around the world who hate their jobs and who just think they are stuck forever. It doesn't have to be that way. There really are ways to escape from work that is making you unhappy. I'm not saying it is easy, but you know what, life really is too short to be spending 5 days a week or more doing something that sucks the life out. My first ebook became a Kindle book - Are You Wearing The Right Suit To Work - and that has helped it reach a wider audience and get people on the road to a career that will be a good match for their personality.
So my website, my ebooks and my blogging are all designed to help people realise there is a way out and to then take the necessary steps to move on to work that they will find fulfilling
How does my writing process work?
Nothing mysterious! Sometimes I just sit down and the idea flows, and on other occasions I need to cast around for some inspiration. It is amazing what can spark off an idea. A casual conversation with a colleague who said her son now describes himself as a ‘Slasher’ is one example! You can read it here!
Now, may I introduce...?
Now let me introduce you to three more inspiring writers. They will be making their own contribution to the writers’ blogging tour in the next couple of weeks, so make sure you follow them.
Lesley Morrissey is a reputation marketer - someone who helps you to plan, protect and promote your reputation so the world hears all the right things in the right places!
Tim Gray has always worked with words, aided by an annoying level of attention to detail. Experience in environmental campaigning and networking led to a particular interest in how information gets across clearly and persuasively, including what goes on in people's heads and the role of presentation and design.
Tim runs Words That Change The World, helping heart-centred entrepreneurs and voluntary organisations to get their messages across. He published The Radio-Controlled Message Bottle: writing to communicate in 2012 in ebook and print.
Tim also writes and self-publishes roleplaying games, an imaginative leisure activity "not the kind involving computers or stockings". These come out in pdf and print under the banner of Silver Branch Games.
Jane helps women find career success and happiness.
Following an international career in sales and marketing and in management consultancy, she found coaching back in the late '90s, which has taken her on a wonderful journey, both physically and mentally.
She now uses her skills and knowledge in coaching, clinical hypnotherapy, NLP and spirituality to help women create real transformation in their careers and so their lives, whether that's finding a direction or a clear voice, a life-purpose or a better balance. Jane understands the power of story to connect with others and to create these transformations. You can read her story on her website The Career Success Doctor
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