223 Write a World-Changing Book with Cynthia Morris
Have you ever been told that you have a book inside of you just waiting to get out? Today’s show addresses why that might be true! We’re talking to a dear friend who is making it her mission to bring out the writer in everyone!
Cynthia Morris is a coach to writers, artists, and entrepreneurs to help them bring their ideas into form. For over 20 years, she’s helped thousands get beyond their excuses to create works that matter. She’s written 8 books herself, including a Paris historical novel about Sylvia Beach. You can find her books at www.originalimpulse.com. On today’s show, we’re talking about her latest book, The Busy Woman’s Guide to Writing a World-Changing Book. This is an inspirational book by a woman about our creative process. Cynthia talks about the mindset piece of writing, along with the nuts and bolts of structure, tools, and prompts. She explains how the Renaissance woman of today needs both structure and flexibility and how to write a book on schedule, no matter how busy you are.
Music Credit: My good friend Lindsay Katt – https://lindsaykatt.bandcamp.com/track/stick-by-me
- How Cynthia has been coaching since 1999 and helps people with her communication skills
- Why she wrote the book specifically to help women and bring the world into balance with helping them claim their power and influence
- Why Cynthia writes for the people she knows best and so that busy women feel seen, heard, and understood
- The traps of doubt and insecurity about what we have to say and how Cynthia layers in support and encouragement in her book
- The social scene when art is created in a time of upheaval and uncertainty for women
- Renaissance women are interested and skilled in many things but need structure and flexibility
- Why some women can’t write first thing in the morning but find the timing that works for them
- Focus management vs. time management: use timers and move from one thing to another and be present and focused
- The importance of the insertion point: to drop in easily and shift roles
- The emotional undercurrents in the writing process
- Giving yourself freedom within a framework
- Cynthia’s writing prompts scattered through the book for curiosity and creation
- The hard work of organizing a book and how chaos saps your confidence
- Why writers may need pre-, during, and post-writing self-care
- One of the HW assignments in the book: writing a manifesto
- The discomfort of the writing process
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The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
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