You Are Amazing – Don’t let the trolls in your head make you think anything else!

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We live on a blue planet floating in space that circles around a ball of fire next to the moon that moves the sea. Let that sink in. Today be present to the incredible fact that you are alive and you’re still here! Despite what life has thrown at you, despite the heart ache and troubles, you’re still here. Life is beautiful and magic. It is intense and complicated and difficult. Life gives us things we don’t think we can handle & yet surprises us with wonder beyond our wildest dreams. If these are the only words you see today know that you are wonderful & valuable and you matter. Don’t let the trolls in your head make you think anything else. You have a story that’s worth telling & a life worth living. You, beautiful you. Write On!

10 Reasons Why You Should Write A Book (As If You Needed Convincing!)

If you’ve been umming and aaahing about joining our Introductory Course, Writing Scared which starts on Monday night, that’s normal and okay. On average, most people who do our courses did too. There’s a part of you that’s hesitating for a reason.The number one reason why? Fear. That’s your inner critic talking. The voice in your head that always stops you when it comes to following your heart or dreams. The voice that gives you a variety of creative excuses and reasons NOT to. The voice that shuts you down creatively, that causes ‘writer’s block’, that makes you feel like you can’t write or have nothing good or original to say, the part of you that stops you from even starting or makes you hate anything you write. What if for just 6 Mondays, you were able to learn how to make that voice become still so that you could give yourself some breathing space to explore? That’s where Writing Scared comes in. It’s an Introductory course designed to help you stop making excuses and figure out what you want to write about in a supportive and exciting way. There are still some places left but you have to act fast as our bookings close TODAY!

But on to the reason why you opened this started reading this post in the first place…
10 Reasons Why You Should Write A Book

1. You get to be immortal and in the loveliest form possible – in a BOOK! One day, years from now someone will find your words and be utterly transformed, inspired or comforted. Writing a book or just writing is a permanent way of recording your conscious/subconscious thoughts and capturing a moment in time. You get to have a permanent record forever of your thoughts, feelings and creations.

2. It will make other goals or dreams seem so much easier. People spend their lives talking and dreaming and thinking about the book that they will one day write but guess what? Did you know that statistically 90% of people never end up writing one? Why? Because they were too busy thinking,dreaming, talking and not actually writing. Don’t become part of that statistic.

3. It’s possible. No one said it would be easy but it’s possible. If you wrote just one paragraph a day for 100 days, you would have over 25 pages worth of material. You don’t have to be writing thousands of words a day or bother with a word count. Start small.

4. It will make you an expert. You need to do a lot of research to know enough about your subject to write a book about it. That subject might be your life story but who doesn’t want to be an expert in their own life?

5. Imagine this, you walk into your favourite book store and staring straight at you is YOUR BOOK. Not only will you be a writer, you’ll be a published author.
Next time that someone asks you what you do at a party, you can nonchalantly say, “Oh, I’m an author.”

6. You’ll be helping save the world by saving someone through your words. People we have never met have changed our lives by the books they have written. You could help educate, motivate or support someone with the words that they have been searching for. Everyone has a story to tell including you.

7. You’ll have something to work towards. If you want to write a book, you have to write every day. You can’t wait until inspiration strikes. And, next time someone asks you what you are up to, you can say that you are writing a book and actually mean it!

8. It will make you a better reader. You will learn first hand how hard it is to share your words with other people especially when you are still in the process of editing. You will appreciate great pieces of writing more than ever.

9. Your communication skills will improve tenfold. You will be able to express yourself clearly. To write a book, you need to be able to engage with your audience on both a mental and emotional level. You need to be concise with your words in order to get your ideas across in a way that makes an impact.

10. You will be creating one of the most satisfying life long habits. Once you are writing regularly, you won’t know how you managed not to write. Writing is a free form of therapy and will help you understand yourself and the world better.

If that list made you even the slightest bit excited or intrigued about writing, get in touch and book your place for Writing Scared which starts on Monday 23rd February for 6 weeks. (6 Consecutive Monday evenings). All bookings must be made by today and are made on a first come, first served basis.

Don’t just take our word for it. Find out what our students have thought of Writing Scared.
https://tellyourstorywithwriteon.wordpress.com/testimonials-2/

For more course information, go to https://tellyourstorywithwriteon.wordpress.com/courses-and-workshops/tell-your-story-find-your-voice-an-introductory-writing-course/ and book directly via our contact form.

Our Advanced Course, Writing To Heal starts on Wednesday February 25th 2015. This is exclusively available to students who have already completed the Introductory Course, Writing Scared. We only run this a few times a year so book now to avoid disappointment. There are only 2 places left. For more information, contact us directly via our contact form.

Don’t become one of the 90% of people that only ever talks about writing. Let us deal with your reluctant and cynical inner critic. Tell your story. The world is waiting to hear what you have to say.

*This post was originally written as part of the 35th edition of the Write On! newsletter. Signing up is free and subscribers get exclusive discounts & event invites. To sign up, send us your details via our contact form.*

 

The 5 Reasons Why You Should Write

It seems like only yesterday we were celebrating the start of 2015. We started out the new year with one of our popular introductory courses which sold out and have some great things lined up for 2015.

If you’ve been thinking about taking a Write On! course, here are 5 reasons why writing has numerous benefits.

1. Some of the most important people throughout history kept journals with intricate details of their lives. These journals served as a permanent record of all their accomplishments and creative thought processes and served as a free cathartic and therapeutic release.

2. When you die, your story dies with you. If you don’t tell your story, who will? We’re in an era where more than ever we are documenting our lives through the use of social media whether it’s Instagramming our meals or updating our Facebook statuses. Often, we tend to use social media in superficial/negative ways such as bitching about the government or taking your umpteenth selfie. If your social media history was the only way people were to remember you, would you change the way you’ve been sharing?

3. Writing does wonders for your mental and emotional health. Regular writing is a free, safe and cathartic way to release the daily stresses in your life. By putting your thoughts down on paper, you can let go of negative emotions and process events without fear or stress.

4. Regular writing can help you to to process and communicate complex ideas more effectively. It can help you brainstorm new ideas and break down complicated information.

5. By writing your story, you can remind yourself of personal accomplishments. You can keep track of proud personal moments in your life that you can refer back to you when you’re feeling down and of course, it’s a great way to note the beauty of every day.

Our next introductory course, Writing Scared is a course designed to help you create a writing process and get you unstuck from any fears your have around telling your story to expressing yourself creatively. Writing Scared is designed to not only help you figure out who you are and what you want to write about but it helps you see yourself from a new perspective which in turn will help you change your personal narrative. We all have an inner critic that tells us negative and critical stories about ourselves. It’s the voice that keeps makes excuses every time you think about signing up. It’s the voice that says, “You’ll embarrass yourself” or “You’re not creative enough” or “You’re not a writer.” Writing Scared helps you get yourself out of your own way and creates a safe space for creative recovery.

For more course information, go to https://tellyourstorywithwriteon.wordpress.com/courses-and-workshops/tell-your-story-find-your-voice-an-introductory-writing-course/
Bookings can be made directly via this website.

We also are going to be running our Advanced Course, Writing To Heal starting on Wednesday February 25th 2015.  This is only available to students who have already completed the Introductory Course. We only run this a few times a year so book now to avoid disappointment. There are only 3 places left. For more information, contact us directly via email.

We love to hear news about our Write On! students and what they have been up to. This week we would like to highlight Zuleigha Dhansay, who first read out her delightful stories at our Write On Readings Volume 1 which was held for our first group of advanced students at The Fugard Theatre and she also took our fiction course.

Zuleigha has an incredible way of combining fantasy with non-fiction. One minute, she’ll be recalling a memory of a typical Cape Town day on the beach with her family and then a mermaid will appear. She weaves the two genres together so effortlessly that it’s difficult to tell which memories are real and which are made up.

Check out her incredible writing on Facebook (And don’t forget to ‘like’ the page as a way of showing your support) https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zuleigha-Dhansey-Stories/745642208858816 or go to her personal blog: http://Pinkmermaids.blogspot.com/

*This blog post was originally written for the Write On! newsletter on February 13th 2015. It’s free and subscribers get exclusive discounts on all our courses, workshops and events. If you would like to become a subscriber, please contact us with your email address on the contact form below: