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I’m ecstatic to share that amid writing my next book and launching my eCourse, I’m also available for one-on-one coaching sessions for writing! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My 2018 schedule, times, and rates are now online. I’m happy to work with anyone who is seeking to find her/his voice and take your story book or script to the next level. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ See you soon! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Please comment on one aspect of writing you’d love for me to post about here. XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ https://gayvinpowers.com/work-with-me/⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #writingcoach #writingteacher #howtowriteabook #howtowriteastory #howtowriteascript #everyonehasastory #writenow #writingadvice #howtowriteabook #womenwhocreate #womenartists #womenempowerment #womenwhowrite #femaleauthors #unitedwestand #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #womensupportingwomen #sisterssupportingsisters
On of my favorite photos from #bravemagic with Elizabeth Gilbert, author or Eat Pray Love, and Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild. This quote means so much to me on so many levels and can be applied to so many situations. I love it and my heart sings every time I read it. What piece of writing makes your heart sing? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #1440multiversity #elizabeth_gilbert_author #cherylstrayed #truelove #beloved #authorquote #wordstoliveby #writingcommunity #soulsisters #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #vibeattractstribe #write_on #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #writenow
This face. This kid. This heart. He’s the one who makes all the late nights, early mornings, zombie writing sessions worth it! He listened to me read the first book the Adventures of Iona Fay series two times out loud while editing and still hung around. I love it when he tells me that something happened in his day and he says, “It was something that Iona (or Flynn) would do.” He has a million questions and is better at guessing a plot twist or who-dunnit than most grown ups in my grad school. Of course, I’d expect nothing less from a time lord, he assures me that he’s 503-years-old. How did I get so lucky to have a great child, reader, and time lord? A mother wonders! XO⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #drwho #timelord #momlife #timelordmother #lovemyson #imomsohard #findyourinspiration #hemakesitallworthit #inspirational #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #inspiring #writingadvice #writingtips #womenwhowrite
When you know the answer to this question, you’ll have one more key to motivating yourself while writing. For me, I love the process of writing. I love discovering new details about my characters, story, and myself. It becomes a great big adventure full of discovery. Hardly a day goes by where I’m not amazed, and writing makes me aware of that. Once I move past the personal motivation of writing, I LOVE seeing the look on my son’s and readers’ faces after they’ve read. That is really the cherry on top. What makes all of the late nights, early mornings, tears, and sweat worth if for you? XO⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #writingadvice #motivation #motivationadvice #authoradvice #discovery #writing #exploration #powerthroughuntiltheend #theend #howtowriteabook #womenwhocreate #womenartists #womenempowerment #womenwhowrite #femaleauthors #unitedwestand #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #womensupportingwomen #sisterssupportingsisters
Alright, alright. I admit it, we did treat ourselves a few times. Here is another photo of something that was a treat. A friend in our group ordered this Ghirardelli sunday, while we had sea salt caramel hot chocolates. We usually eat healthy. Massages and chocolate, yeah, treat yourself was feeling pretty good right about now! What is your favorite treat? XO *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #ghirardelli #ghirardellichocolate #treatyourself #parksandrec #yum #getinmybelly #rewardafterhardwork #cherryontop #howtowriteabook #tellyourstory #everyonehasastory #howtowritefiction #howtowriteanovel #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #womenwhowritefiction #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife
Have you watched, Parks & Rec? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My son and I love watching movie and tv marathons together, and "Treat Yourself," was one of our favorite take aways. In the episode, three of the characters treat themselves to what they want. I have to admit, we've been doing a few "Treat Yourself" moments lately, and do you know what? It feels amazing. Sometimes, you simply have to treat yourself. All work and no play makes for a very dull life. After writing 5,000 words, Jack and I treated ourselves to foot massages. After all the hard work that you do, what are you going to do to treat yourself? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #writingrewards #writingtreat #treatyourself #parksandrec #ghirardelli #ghirardellichocolate #goals #rewardyourself #selfcare #writingretreats #writingtip #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #howtowriteachapter #howtowritecharacter #howtowriteplot #howtowritestory #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite
This was one of the big rewards after powering through two heavy days of testing at UCSF. Some of you know that my son has learning differences. One of the big actions to take is to get a neurological scan of the brain. These scans and the doctor cadre are amazing and tell you very specifically what is going on in the brain, the strengths and weaknesses, along with how they all work together. Furthermore, it can help with diagnosis, medication (or none), treatments, recommendations, and more. After two long days and really kind staff at UCSF, we figured a treat was in order. Ghirardelli chocolate was on the menu!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I asked the question earlier today about why you're writing your story. This child of mine. He's my motivation. He's my joy. I do all of this for him. I write for him -- to give him a new perspective in life, to see the world differently, to show him how to have a voice. The good, the tough, the long days. I'd take them all over again to have the same child. And dessert. I do it all for him -- and dessert.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Why do you do write? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #momlife #authorlife #learningdifferences #UCSF #brainstudy #dyslexia #dyslexiadoesntstopus #doingitwithwhatwevegot #lemonsintolemonade #whywrite #writenow #momwriters #momauthors momsofig #authorsofig #novelist #writersociety #fortheloveofreading #fortheloveofwriting #tellyourstory #everyonehasastory #writingtips #writingtricks #authorsofig #amwriting #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #momlife #jointhejourney
Why does your story matter to you? When you know the answer to that, you'll know the driving force behind getting you to keep writing those pages into the wee hours of the morning, you'll make finishing your manuscript a priority, and you'll know just how important sharing your story with others is to you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For me, there is a different driving force behind every story that I write. When I wrote The Adventure of Iona Fay series for middle grade readers to teach girls to believe in themselves, it was a love letter to my mom and many of the things she taught me while growing up. For this last book, it's been about my son and the challenges he's faced with learning differences and being his mom, fighting for him every step of the way. It matters to me that my son, children like him, and their parents have a voice. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Why does your story matter to you? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #definingstory #storydevelopment #writingtips #authoradvice #getspecific #heartstrings #writeoutofpain #transformyourlife #makesomethingbeautiful #awaken #enlighten #yourstorymatters #storiesheal #artheals #overcomewritesblock #howtowriteabook #developstory #developcharacters #writingisfun #freeyourself #noregrets #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #femaleauthors #gayvinpowersauthor #expertadvice #authorlife #momlife #soulsisterswrite #soulsisters
I signed up for this incredible event in December with Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love, and Lisa Congdon, artist, in SF! Of course, I found some really incredible artwork by Lisa in the meantime, and I bought this beauty to go in my writer's room. Stories matter. Stories heal! See you in December! XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #elizabeth_gilber_writer #lisacongdon #hereIcome #sacredspace #writing #inspirationisallaround #makemagic #writingtips #womenwriters #gayvinpowersauthor #authorlife #soulsisterswrite #yourstorymatters #artheals #storiesheal #artsaveslives #storiesbringuscloser
Writing Exercise #1 : In one word describe "Bliss." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For me, bliss is "family." It's about all of us being together. Laughing. Just enjoying our time with each other. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Boiling down your story to one word is important. With all the many messages you can say in a book, you must carry this one word on every page throughout the entire story. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ By boiling down what something means to you in one word, is a great way to practice doing it in your story. XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #writingexercise #booktheme #howtowritetheme #storytips #storyadvice #writinghelp #authorofig #writequote #bliss #oneword #motivationalquotes #authorquotes #inspirational #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #quotes #writingquotes #inspiring #successquotes #writingadvice #writingtips #womenwhowrite
Happy Halloween! These are the characters who make my life joyful! Our lives are full of tricks and a lot of treats -- just ask Bear, our dog. He was sleeping quite nicely on the lounge until Jack and Bob pig-piled with him. Jack's face says it all. Who in your family would be a great inspiration for a character? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #characters #familycharacters #familyinspiration #bear #dogslife #boyslife #momslife #family #boyandhisdog #laughingfordays #warmsmyheart #theymakemelaugh #novelist #writersociety #fortheloveofreading #fortheloveofwriting #tellyourstory #everyonehasastory #writingtips #writingtricks #authorsofig #amwriting #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #momlife #jointhejourney
Do you have questions about writing a book? If so, my free writing videos will share some of my favorite insider tips for you! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Is writing a book taking too long?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Did you write a book and then wonder what the heck you just wrote about?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Is writing a book not fun for you?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you answered "Yes" to any of those questions, I can help! Sign up to receive the 3 free writing videos (coming soon), and discover how much fun writing a focused book in less time can be for you! XO⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ SIGN UP HERE @ www.soulsisterswrite.com ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ XO⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #freewritingvidoes #freevideo #writingvideo #writefast #funwriting #focusedwriting #createyourstory #howtowrite #writingadvice #howtowriteabook #womenwhocreate #womenartists #womenempowerment #womenwhowrite #femaleauthors #unitedwestand #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #womensupportingwomen #sisterssupportingsisters
Are you not sure what to do? Are you stuck? Reach out. Connect with those you know. Be brave. Ask those tough questions. Worst thing is someone says, "No." Best thing is someone gives you the correct answer and/or opens up a whole new perspective you may have missed. Who is your favorite go-to person for answers? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #connect #community #soulsistercommunity #sisterconnection #askquestions #nodumbquestions #authoradvice #howtowriteabook #tellyourstory #everyonehasastory #howtowritefiction #howtowriteanovel #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #womenwhowritefiction #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife
Hi Friends! After two weeks of being away from social media while we took care of a family emergency, I'm posting "Seek Truth Within." Sometimes when we go through difficult moments, instead of seeking answers outside, it's best to quiet down and look inward. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The same is true when I get stuck while writing. At times, I can find answers outside, and when it's really personal or emotional, I tend to get quiet and see what resonates within me. When I get quiet and take the time to listen within, I find the answers come. When do you find answers come to you most often? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #writinglife #momlife #answerswithin #seekthetruth #seektruthwithin #authoradvice #writingadvice #authorquote #authoroffig #writerquote #momquote #writinganovel #writingabook #bookwriter #storywriter #howtowriteabook #unforgettablecharacters #storyteller #adventuresofionafay #authormama #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterslife #soulsisterswrite
Soul Sisters Write: Book Formula is Coming Soon!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ * SIGN UP to get on the list for 3 FREE WRITING VIDEOS at soulsisterswrite.com! *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In the photo, I just got done giving an hour interview and presentation (Visual Writing) on how to write to your target friend/client on eCourse Launch Formula with Kathryn Hocking--who taught me how to set up my writing ecourse. It was awesome giving back to friends!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sharing IS Caring!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ TIP FROM THE VIDEO: When writing, flow is more important than perfection.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Yep, that's me after the live stream! Do I look like my connection decided to go wonky the moment I hit the Zoom button or that I ran in flip flops to give the interview from the dirtiest bench on the planet with birds chirping, airplanes flying overhead and children playing up and down the street next to me?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ LOVE to SEE you on my 3 FREE WRITING VIDEOS! Sign up at SoulSistersWrite.com⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Yep, that’s my son’s enormous alligator 🐊 under my neck. I’m too tired to move it. This is real life, friends! 😂*⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #soulsisterswrite #freevideo #writingvideo #writingcourse #writingclass #writingtips #expertadvice #sharingiscaring #writinghelp #authorplatform #getpublished #finishwriting #manuscript #howtowrite #doit #howtowriteabookfast #characterarc #writingtips #womenwhowrite #ecourselaunchformula #kathrynhocking #gayvinpowersauthor #authorlife #authoradvice #howtowriteabook #howtowriteanovel
Who knew that one author's imagination would create a generation of children who love to read, get lost in their imaginations filled with magic and inspire street art in her town of Edinburgh. If you think you're only a wife, a mother, a waiter, a (fill in the blank), know that I believe in you. You are filled with infinite possibilities. Just like this street performer who (when the act begins) defies gravity for hours on end, as if floating in air, you can defy the limits you've created for yourself. You only need yourself to move them. Step into who you want to be. Be brave. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Remember, a single mother, living on public assistance, overcame depression and inspired a generation of readers. Not because that was her goal, it was because she loved writing. What do you love as if it were air itself? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #jkrowling #harrypotter #inspringreaders #inspiringwriters #writingadvice #believe #believeinyourself #youhavethepower #youhavetheanswers #beginnow #writingdreams #liveyourdreams #writeryourstory #livingthedream #writinggroup #writingclub #publishing #howtowriteabook #authorproblems #writingissues #writingtips #womenwriters #gayvinpowersauthor #authorlife #soulsisterswrite
Sometimes all that we need to hear are those little words, "I believe in you." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sometimes those words can be the most powerful words you can say to another human. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As a mom, I think those are some of the most important words that I can say to my son. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As a writer, I think those are some of the most important words I can say to myself and others.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When was one time that it really mattered to you that someone said, "I believe in you?" XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #inspirationalquotes #inspirationalquote #writingtip #cheerleader #selfconfidence #writingsociety #believeinyou #believeinyourstory #writingdreams #liveyourdreams #writeryourstory #livingthedream #writinggroup #writingclub #publishing #howtowriteabook #authorproblems #writingissues #writingtips #womenwriters #gayvinpowersauthor #authorlife #soulsisterswrite
Ever heard of the monkey mind? It's this chattering that fills our brains with noise. It's the critical editor, the to-do list-, the ego trying to protect. The monkey mind can keep us from our best laid plans, including our writing -- see the monkey holding a book with empty pages? I've found the best way to stop the monkey mind is to do a physical meditation and it will stop. What do you do to stop the monkey mind? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #foucs #howtostopmonkeymind #monkeymind #monkeychatter #getfocused #stopthechitchat #howtowritecharacterarcs #howtowriteabook #authorlife #writingtip #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #writingmama #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite
Speaking of going with the flow, I'm walking along the beach and getting my creativity energy refilled. Whenever I'm stuck on a piece of writing, I move, I exercise, go for a walk, go somewhere beautiful, seek out nature and water. For me, it's the best restorer of creative energy. Where do you like to go to restore your creative energy and work out story issues? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #oceanheals #waterrestores #creativeideas #nomorewritersblock #writinganovel #writingabook #bookwriter #storywriter #buildplot #howtowriteabook #unforgettablecharacters #bookpublishing #storyteller #adventuresofionafay #authormama #gayvinpowersauthor #authorlife #momlife #soulsisterswrite
Ever heard of the phrase, "Go with the flow?" There is a reason it's been around for so long. Water easily flows through rocks, barriers, obstacles that block it's way. Water is a vibrant life force that is always seeking to move forward. It cleanses us, takes us to depths of our emotions, and moves us along in life. It's the renewer of life, creation, and restores us. Water is creation. It's life. It restores and rejuvenates when writers are feeling stagnant. If you're feeling the need to restore energy and creativity to your life or writing, be like water and tap into the flow. When is one time that going with the flow could have helped you? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #gowiththeflow #waterheals #creativity #creativesource #creationenergy #artistsway #connectwithwater #novelist #writersociety #fortheloveofreading #fortheloveofwriting #tellyourstory #everyonehasastory #writingtips #writingtricks #authorsofig #amwriting #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #momlife #jointhejourney
Are you a writer? Claim it! I love that while at Brave Magic that Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, mentioned if you sit down to write, no matter your frequency, you are a writer. No one decides what you are or aren't but you. If you want to be a writer. Claim it. It's yours for the taking. How does it feel when you say to yourself, "I am a writer?" (I don't know about you, but it feels brilliant to me!) XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #wrtierspath #ownyourwriting #claimit #ownit #walkyourpath #youareawriter #livenow #writeyourlife #bravemagic #writingdreams #liveyourdreams #writeryourstory #livingthedream #writinggroup #howtowriteabook #writingtips #womenwriters #gayvinpowersauthor #authorlife #soulsisterswrite #womensupportingwomen
I can still smell the redwoods and hear the rushing water over the rocks. What a serene and peaceful place. I had two people in less than one hour both tell me that 1440 Multiversity in Scotts Valley was one of the best examples of a retreat laid out among nature. The moment I entered the grounds, every tension and stress from the outside world fell away. I found that my next book kept writing itself in my head while I was going from qi gong, to meditation, to meals, to the talk with Liz and Cheryl. I'm excited to go back. Where is one place that makes you feel like this? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #1440 #1440multiversity #bravemagic #writingcommunity #soulsisters #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #vibeattractstribe #writingchallenges #writingquestions #writinganswers #write_on #serenity #peace #blissliving #writingretreat #momentsofbliss #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #writenow
I see the divine spark of creation burning in you, knowing that you have gifts waiting to be shared. Never doubt your brilliance, your a part of something greater. All you need to do is listen and believe. If you knew you could create anything and it would happen, what would it be? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #bravesouls #writersunite #beliveinyourself #authorquote #inspirationalquote #ibelieveinyou #itstartswithyou #motivateyourself #motivateyourmind #writemind #writenow #youhavetheanswers #writingtipsandtricks #writingtips #writingadvice #womenwriters #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite
Yes! I'm talking to you! You beautiful, brave soul, who is writing your book. Writing a book is an act of courage and overcoming fears. You are doing it! It will change you in ways that you never imagined. And it looks beautiful on you! How does writing a book/or the goal of writing a book make you feel? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #overcomefears #youarebeautiful #braveactions #writingisbrave #writeyourvoice #liveyourdream #bebrave #havecourage #beautiful #bravemagic #authoradvice #motivateyourself #motivateyourmind #writemind #writenow #youhavetheanswers #writingtipsandtricks #writingtips #writingadvice #womenwriters #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite
It's true. Writing is rewriting. When I first started writing, my favorite part was just getting out the first draft. I was terrified to rewrite. Now, the first draft feels like a catharis, and I try to get it out as fast as possible. The fun for me is in the rewriting; I get to play, shape, and form the story, like a scuplter, into the work I want it to be. What is your most feared part of rewriting? XO⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #authoradvice #findinganswers #writingsolutions #overcomingfear #rewriting #writingisrewriting #writershavepower #createtheworldyouwant #itcomesfromyou #answerswithin #writingsociety #empoweryourself #overcomewritesblock #howtowriteabook #developstory #developcharacters #writingisfun #freeyourself #noregrets #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #femaleauthors #gayvinpowersauthor #expertadvice #authorlife #momlife #soulsisterswrite #soulsisters
I fell in love with this fence: the stone foundation, vines entwining from years of seeking the sun, and the green leaves blossoming. For me visually, it's also something about the shapes: from the rectangle stones, uneven vines like linear trees reaching for the sky, and the soft, rounded leaves overflowing at the top. It reminds me that everything, like a book, is built on a foundation, and as writers, we come back in, find the light and openings in the story, and to it, eventually making a complete picture or book by the time we're done. Do you have a solid foundation when you start writing a book? XO *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #founationofwriting #writingfoundation #writinginnature #lifeimitatesart #writingthebones #startwithasolidfoundation #howtostartwriting #authoradvice #writingadvice #writingdreams #liveyourdreams #writeryourstory #livingthedream #writinggroup #writingclub #publishing #howtowriteabook #authorproblems #writingissues #writingtips #womenwriters #gayvinpowersauthor #authorlife #soulsisterswrite
Yes! It's true. You have all the answers already within you. Only you know how your story ends, only you know the right amount of pressure to put on your character to drive her to achieve her goal, only you know what will drive your main character crazy. When you write a book, you get to control the entire world of your characters. What is the journey you want to take them on? What is the message your want to share with your reader? Only you know the answers. You have them within you! XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #authoradvice #findinganswers #writingsolutions #writershavepower #createtheworldyouwant #itcomesfromyou #answerswithin #writingsociety #empoweryourself #overcomewritesblock #howtowriteabook #developstory #developcharacters #writingisfun #freeyourself #noregrets #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #femaleauthors #gayvinpowersauthor #expertadvice #authorlife #momlife #soulsisterswrite #soulsisters
Here is my best writing partner, making sure that I take a break to recharge my energy at the ocean. He really is the best. Thanks to him, I ensure that I take time away from writing. I can write like a fiend and well beyond it's time for a break. In taking care of him, I ensure I'm also taking care of myself. Do you have a writing partner or accountability partner who helps you? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #bestwritingpartner #dogsbestfriend #Ipayhimindogbiscuits #writersbestfriend #accountabilitypartner #accountabilitybuddy #writingpartner #howtokeepwriting #balanceisamindset #practicebalanceeachday #walkthedog #motivationalquotes #authoradvice #inspirationaladvice #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #writingquotes #inspiring #successquotes #writingadvice #writingtips #womenwhowrite
A friend texted me that her energy was low, she was frustrated that she was unable to tap into her creativity, and this quote was my response to her. I know sometimes it's hard to be human, especially when we're so excited about our writing and other artistic creations. Sometimes I find that my mind is still excited to work, and the body simply needs to rest. When this happens, I've learned to not push the creativity and instead honor the body. Rest is an important part of the creation process, it allows for the creative flow to build back up and restore yourself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Avoid rowing in a dry riverbed. Rest and when you wake, the water will be there, ready for you to row and flow. Do you take time to sleep when you need to restore your creative energy? Y/N. XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #creativityquote #authorquote #authoradvice #waterrestores #rechargeenergy #rechargebatteries #creativeenergy #creativeflow #gowiththeflow #restandbestored #thepowerofsleep #restispower #creativeprocess #overcomewritersblock #writersblock #honoryourself #careforyourself #writingadvice #howtowriteabook #womenwhocreate #womenartists #womenempowerment #womenwhowrite #femaleauthors #unitedwestand #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #sisterssupportingsisters
The act of letting my mind travel and wander and play in the clouds activates my imagination, which is such a fun, inspirational place to hang out. If often catch my mind wandering and discover that I have another book or short story ready to be written. I don't pressure myself to find it, I play with the possibilities. Do you let your mind travel? Y/N. XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #bookquote #travelquote #mindtravel #authorquote #writinganovel #writingabook #bookwriter #storywriter #buildplot #howtowriteabook #unforgettablecharacters #bookpublishing #storyteller #adventuresofionafay #authormama #gayvinpowersauthor #authorlife #momlife #soulsisterswrite #travelmama
Welcome aboard the Howart's train! This is where they filmed shots of the children traveling to their magical school. "Anything from the trolly, dear? Anything from the trolly?" ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you could have anything from the Harry Potter trolly, what would it be? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #harrypottertrain #harrypotter #hogwardstrain #chocolatefrogs #butterbeer #bertiesbottseveryflavorbeans #candy magicaljourney #tohogwartswego #lifeimitatesart #authorsworld #worldofjkrowling #writinganovel #writingabook #bookwriter #storywriter #storydetails #howtowriteabook #storyteller #authormama #gayvinpowersauthor #authorlife #momlife #soulsisterswrite
My imagination likes to grow wings, and I find it forming in real life...like in one of my books, a trip, a conversation with someone unexpected. Some of the most fun I've had has been thanks to my imagination taking me places and writing about it. All last summer was a dream as we spent time researching my next three Iona Fay books and took a magical adventure for my son exploring the world of Dr. Who and Harry Potter. (In full transparency, it was WAY fun for me too.) My imagination took me to Ireland, Scotland, England, and Wales. Sometimes it also takes me to my backyard. If your imagination could kidnap you, where would it take you? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #imagination #imagine #imaginationquestion #authorlife #writingdreams #liveyourdreams #writeryourstory #harrypotter #magic #maigclife #drwho #livingthedream #writinggroup #writingclub #howtowriteabook #writingtips #womenwriters #gayvinpowersauthor #authorlife #soulsisterswrite
What's with this elephant hanging from a sign? Anyone know where it's located or why it's important? (Hint: It has to do with a writing space.) XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #writingcommunity #soulsisters #writingadvice #edinburg #scotland #hewhoshallnotbenamed #magicwritingplaces #womenwhowrite #vibeattractstribe #writingchallenges #writingquestions #writinganswers #write_on #writerstruggles #writersblock #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #writenow
While traveling, I always find a favorite nook to write. When I'm in Aoife the Airstream, I've made myself a cozy lounge space out of the couch. It's filled with pillows, a blanket, a view of the ocean, and it makes me happy just being there. I find that having a great place to write helps me get into the writing mood. Where is your favorite place to write? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #writingnook #writingspace #sacredspace #roomofonesown #roomwithaview #virginiawolf #motivateyourself #motivateyourmind #writemind #writenow #howtowriteabook #youhavetheanswers #writingtipsandtricks #writingtips #writingadvice #womenwriters #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite
Speaking of sharing your message, JK Rowling's Harry Potter books sent a message of love and family, and look at the outpouring of love that came back to her. This is only one corner of one bathroom at The Elephant Cafe in Edinburgh where she wrote her books. The heartfelt messages of gratitude and positivity were overwhelming. It was one place covered in graffiti that I wanted to spend hours reading. Her stories have gone beyond Harry's story and have become personal for millions. What is your favorite Harry Potter book and why? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #makeadifference #jkrowling #harrypotter #storymessage #loveisstrongerthanhate #storiesoflove #family #familystories #elephantcafe #writersjourney #writerlife #authorlife #travelmama #writingadvice #howtowriteabook #womenwhocreate #womenartists #womenempowerment #womenwhowrite #femaleauthors #unitedwestand #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #womensupportingwomen #sisterssupportingsisters
Stories are always about something. If you're the writer, you get to say what they're about. So what messages are you sharing with your readers? The message needs to run from page 1 until the last page. What is your favorite message that you've written in a story? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #bookmessage #bookstory #messages #authortips #authorquote #youhavethepower #shareyourmessage #shareyourstory #writingdreams #liveyourdreams #writeryourstory #livingthedream #writinggroup #writingclub #publishing #howtowriteabook #authorproblems #writingissues #writingtips #womenwriters #gayvinpowersauthor #authorlife #soulsisterswrite
Before you start writing, find one detail that excited you about your story. Is it an image, a moment, a memory, a saying, a poem, a person. Write it down. Keep it close and reference it often. You may consciously realize how important this inspiration to you, however, it will reveal itself in many more ways as you write your story. Many times I start with one detail, and that detail expands, grows, branches, and layers in ways that I was never consciously aware of when I started writing. What is one detail that excites you about your story? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #inspiration #inspirationquote #authorquote #writingtip #writeinlayers #subconsciouswriting #overcomewritesblock #howtowriteabook #developstory #developcharacters #writingisfun #freeyourself #noregrets #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #femaleauthors #gayvinpowersauthor #expertadvice #authorlife #momlife #soulsisterswrite #soulsisters
Does this look familiar? For those of you Harry Potter fans, you're RIGHT! It's the Hogwarts train. We took it across Scotland last summer. This was one of our adventures that we couldn't wait to experience. For an authentic Hogwarts experience, Jack insisted on sharing his Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans with everyone in our compartment. It's true to his precocious nature. How would your main character behave in a room full of strangers and a box of questionable candy? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #buyerbeware #candycrusader #bertiesbottseveryflavorbeans #harrypotter #hogwartstrain #hogwartsexpress #howtowritecharacter #characterchoices #mischievouschild #alwayslaughing #howtowriteabook #tellyourstory #everyonehasastory #howtowritefiction #howtowriteanovel #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #womenwhowritefiction #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife
Life really started to get fun when I let go of what I thought I was "supposed to do," and I embraced finding a way to integrate writing into various forms of my every day life. Sure, it's challenging. Sure, sometimes it's hard. However, the pay offs and gems life brings are worth the stars in the heavens to me. It means I get to find creative solutions to bring my writing to life with my family and share what I love with them. The last time we did this in a big way was going overseas last summer while I did research on my Adventures of Iona Fay books (3, 4, & 5), Jack experienced Dr. Who and Harry Potter and hubby had fun checking out megalithic tombs. Without a plan, we went where the fairy winds took us, and it was brilliant! What is the best thing you've let go of that has allowed you to write? XO⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #letgo #travelauthor #travelmama #travelwithateen #authoradvice #freedom #livinglifedifferent #familytravel #embracelife #adventuresofionafay #drwho #harrypotter #megalithictombs #lifeisfullofmagic #lifeisfullofwonder #familytime #motivateyourself #motivateyourmind #writemind #writenow #youhavetheanswers #writingtipsandtricks #writingtips #writingadvice #womenwriters #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite
"Hogwarts, here I come!" ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Going on the Harry Potter train across Scotland. The interior shots in the compartment with Harry, Ron, and Hermionie were shot on this train. I stuck with chocolate frogs and butterbeer hot chocolate while Jack insisted on sharing his Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans. Have you ever made up food for a book? XO⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #madeupfood #authorchef #chocolatefrogs #bertiesbottseveryflavorbeans #butterbeer #harrypotter #hogwartstrain #authorresearch #stayawayfromthepinkbeans #explore #writingontheroad #scotland #trains #writeryourstory #writinggroup #writingclub #publishing #howtowriteabook #authorproblems #writingissues #writingtips #womenwriters #gayvinpowersauthor #authorlife #soulsisterswrite
I wrote this as a comment the other day on Instagram, and I realized that it was also helpful when it comes to writing and living one's dream. When you set your intention for living your best life, you're telling the Universe that this is what you want in return, and you'll start seeking it out. You'll seek it out for your characters, story lines, plot choices -- it will resonate with your intentions. What is the best thing that has come out of your writing? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #bestlife #authorquote #motivationquote #lifeyourdream #yourbestlife #motivateyourself #motivateyourmind #writemind #writenow #youhavetheanswers #writingtipsandtricks #writingtips #writingadvice #womenwriters #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite
This is my other reason that I write! I love reading my stories with him, and he's my biggest supporter. I read the first book in The Adventure of Iona Fay series out loud to him twice before it was published. He'd curl up in my large writing chair and fall asleep to the sound of my voice. We used to listen to the Harry Potter stories while traveling. Here we're visiting Diagon Alley in Scotland. We can barely eat our lunch because we're so excited to see it in person. Who inspires you to write? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #howtowriteabook #tellyourstory #everyonehasastory #authormotivation #motivation #diagonalley #harrypotter #edinburgh #scotland #magic #howtowritefiction #howtowriteanovel #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #womenwhowritefiction #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #travelmom #travelwithateen #zara #zaratops
When you know what motivates you to write, you'll understand a key part of what makes you tick. It's this motivation that will help you when hit a lull in the story. For me, writing is like air; I write and I breathe. Why do you write? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #motivation #motivationquote #howtowriteabook #howtowritestory #whywrite #writingislikeair #writingthebones #blankpages #writingstructure #writingoutline #howtowriteabook #writingcoach #mystory #writingworkshops #adventuresofionafay #momadventures #writingtips #gayvinpowersauthor #authorlife #writingworkshop #writingretreat #soulsisterswrite #advancedwriting #advancedediting
This shop window on Diagon Alley (Victoria Street) in Edinburgh, Scotland just makes me happy. I want to step into the window: from the salmon window frame to the whimsical brooms, potions, books and spells, to the reflection of the colorful street and houses across from it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What a treat to walk down a street of your own imagination. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When I've written scripts, I've geeked out when the crew transformed the space into another world! I wonder what JK Rowling thought when she first walked down Victoria Street and witnessed the transformation into Diagon Alley. If you were JK Rowling, what would you think about walking through a street that once lived in your imagination? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #harrypotter #jkrowling #lifeimitatingart #artcomestolife #diagonalley #victoriastreet #edinburgh #scotland #howtowritesetting #creatingaworld #scripttobook #booktoscript #adaptation #adaptbooktofilm #adaptfilmtobook #writingtips #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #authorlife #writingmama #soulsisterswrite #xoxo
On the Harry Potter train across Scotland, we were overjoyed to see the inspiration for Dumbledore's final resting place. In the story, it appears that all hope was lost. Really it was a set back for Harry. Just like in life, mentors and loved ones move on, and it gives strength to those who were touched by them. Everything was up to Harry to either give up or move forward against incredible opposition. We honor others when we stand up and chose love and compassion over hate. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Who has your character lost? What can your character take from that relationship and draw strength in order to achieve her goal? XO⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #harrypotter #dumbledore #jkrowling #inspiration #mentorsrock #usetheforce #overcomeadversity #findthestrengthwithin #characterdetails #howtowritecharacter #writingadvice #howtowriteabook #womenwhocreate #womenartists #womenempowerment #womenwhowrite #femaleauthors #unitedwestand #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #harrypottertrain
Sometimes life is beautiful and other times it stinks. To get through the lows, seek out joy like your life depends on it. Some day it may. By continually looking for joy you're setting yourself up to find it. What brings you joy about writing? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #joy #findjoy #seekjoy #joyofwriting #whatbringsyoujoy #novelist #writersociety #fortheloveofreading #fortheloveofwriting #tellyourstory #everyonehasastory #writingtips #writingtricks #authorsofig #amwriting #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #momlife #jointhejourney
Here we are, little newbies awaiting our souls to be cracked open and our emotions flooding all over the page and throughout the hall at Brave Magic. After the first exercise, my perfect stranger and I were bawling. Through her tears, she said, "WTF, this is the first exercise. We're totally screwed." Then we started laughing hysterically. Because that's all you can do when your soul is sitting on the floor and you know you have two more days like this ahead of you. How does your main character respond when her soul is ripped wide open and there is more to come? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #writinganovel #writingabook #bookwriter #storywriter #characterchallenges #howtowriteabook #laughingwithastranger #unforgettablecharacters #mamabear #soulwork #heartwork #storyteller #adventuresofionafay #authormama #gayvinpowersauthor #authorlife #momlife #soulsisterswrite
Who doesn't remember the KISS method? It sounds a lot sweeter than it is. I prefer, "Keep it Simple, Sister!" Although Cheryl Strayed may prefer "Keep it Simple, Sugar." Either way is light years ahead of the original saying, "Keep it Simple, Stupid." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Did you see or feel that? Did you feel the difference inside your body when I said the original saying? (I'm not going to say it again because it feels bad to me.) Something as simple as changing one word can affect how your main character feels and/or interacts with another character. If your antagonist walked into a room, how would she says this phrase to your main character? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #KISS #keepitsimple #dialogue #onewordchangeseverything #howtowriteabook #howtowritedialogue #seehowitfeelsinsideofyou #wordhurt #transformthroughwords #writingthebones #writingcoach #mystory #writingworkshops #adventuresofionafay #momadventures #writingtips #gayvinpowersauthor #authorlife #writingtip #soulsisterswrite #advancedwriting
This is me writing right before leaving for #BraveMagic with Cheryl Strayed and Liz Gilbert at #1440multiversity . I knew it would be awesome. I wasn't prepared for it to exceed expectations. 600+ people felt like 40, and every soul I encountered was kind, compassionate, and inspirational. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is my tribe. I love you all. I'm so excited to celebrate in your joys, success, books, creative endeavors, and friendship while we navigate this "crazy thing called life." Rock on, #BraveMagic2018 ! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #letsgetcrazy #letsgetnuts #sliponapurlplebananatilltheyputusinthetruck #letsgo #cherylstrayed #lizgilbert #womenwhocreate #womenartists #womenempowerment #bravemagicmenrockthecasbar #womenwhowrite #femaleauthors #beautifulsouls #unitedwestand #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #womensupportingwomen #sisterssupportingsisters #mensupportingwomen #womensupportingmen #itsbeyondgender #peoplesupportingpeople #magichappens #believeinmagic
I went to #BraveMagic , an inspiring 4-day event, with Liz Gilbert, Author of Eat Pray Love, and Cheryl Strayed, Author of Wild. After the first exercise 600+ of us were properly gutted with soul work. One of my takeaways is that I'm a Mama Bear. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I've sacrificed and stole hours of much needed sleep, dinners with friends, and work lunches when I was a single mom finishing my books. I'd feel guilty for putting my son next to me and letting him fall asleep while I typed -- even if we spent all day together. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The guilt that comes with being a mother can be tremendous, and it can be heightened when a mother has a son with learning differences. He struggled his whole life with learning differences, and I turned from a kitten into a Mama Bear, taking on principals, teachers, doctors, "friends," and more. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Over the course of the weekend, I realized that even though I'd felt guilty for writing, it saved me, gave me solace, connection to life, and inspiration to continue. I hadn't realized that until now that I'd put him first time and again, even packing our lives and dog into an Airstream for a new life in California, starting over so that he could get what he needed in a special school. Thankfully, that long journey, where intuition was the only guiding light, finally has a new chapter. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What I didn't know is that all this time I've been a Mama Bear. A Mama Bear to my child. A Mama Bear to my writing. Thank you to Cheryl and Liz for helping me realize my power! XO⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What have done that saved your life? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #BraveMagic #lizgilbert #cherylstrayed #1440multiversity #magichappens #youcanchangeyourworld #mamabear #mamabearsunite #learningdifferences #youmakeadifference #singlemoms #thestruggleisreal #momwriters #momauthor #livelifenow #learnwriting #writingtips #authoradvice #howtowriteabook #adventuresofionafay #soulsisterswrite #womenwhowrite #authorlife #adventureawaits #momlife #gayvinpowersauthor
I love this sweet cherub sitting in the window of McCloud Castle on the Isle of Skye. It's a little lookout watching everyone arrive at the gate. All of these details reveal insight about your character. Is your character someone who watches the street and knows everyone who passes or is your character oblivious as to what happens on her street? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #characterdetails #cherub #storydetails #howtowriteabook #writertips #finishyoubook #writeabooknow #novelist #bookcoach #writersociety #fortheloveofreading #fortheloveofwriting #tellyourstory #everyonehasastory #writingtips #writingtricks #authorsofig #amwriting #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #momlife #jointhejourney
I love taking my family on day outings to discover and learn more about my writing topics. I find that the cliche of "killing two birds with one stone," really helps my writing process and it's a great way to bond with my son, giving us common interests and experiences. What is one thing you love to do with your family that helps your write? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #inspirefamily #inspirewriters #inspirationquote #writingquote #momadvice #mom #lovemyson #momquote #writingdreams #liveyourdreams #writeryourstory #livingthedream #writinggroup #writingclub #publishing #howtowriteabook #authorproblems #writingissues #writingtips #womenwriters #gayvinpowersauthor #authorlife #soulsisterswrite
Just when you think that you've got details in your story, you may find there are more details to mine in it. Just like this photo, from far away, you only see color and shading. Up close, you can see the tiles and how the colors fluctuate. What are the important details that your story builds upon to create a clear picture for the reader? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #writingdetails #writingadvice #howtowrite #storydetails #howtowritestory #authortips #motivateyourself #motivateyourmind #writemind #writenow #youhavetheanswers #writingtipsandtricks #writingtips #writingadvice #womenwriters #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite
Inverted Triangle? Have I lost my mind? Maybe. Turn it upside! Just like an inverted triangle, start big and broad, and as you write get smaller with more details. Are you someone who gravitates toward the big picture or small details? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #writingmethod #finishthatbook #finishyourbook #startnow #writingquote #authorquote #writingmethod #writingcoach #overcomewritesblock #howtowriteabook #developstory #developcharacters #writingisfun #freeyourself #noregrets #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #femaleauthors #gayvinpowersauthor #expertadvice #authorlife #momlife #soulsisterswrite #soulsisters
I was inspired by Jane Austen having Elizabeth Bennett travel through the Lake district with her aunt and uncle in Pride and Prejudice. We found all sorts of fun, inspirational distractions while getting to this amazing location. Reviews of Castlerigg said that it was more beautiful and untouched that the famed Stonehenge. I was only one of many people reading, sleeping, writing, meditating, and playing among the stones. I could have spent more time there. Where is one place where you find inspiration every time? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #inspiration #castlerigg #stonecircle #meditation #findpeace #grounding #groundbeforewriting #writingtips #authoradvice #confidence #gainconfidence #confidencewriting #readytowrite #justwrite #howtowriteabook #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #adventuresofionafay #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #momlife #gayvinpowersauthor
Does your character live in an ornate palace or a simple, one-room shack by the sea shore? I love this room in Cardiff Castle. There are so many details that reveal what was important to the people who lived there. Where a character lives says a lot about the character. What is your favorite place where one of your character lives? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #characterlives #characterhome #femalewriters #detailsrevealcharacter #bookadvice #writingadvice #howtowriteabook #tellyourstory #everyonehasastory #howtowritefiction #howtowriteanovel #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #womenwhowritefiction #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife
In order to create drama, your main character has to have other characters that stress her out. It helps to create the roller coaster and keep the reader engaged. For example, Lady Anne had the King of England and her husband trying to keep her from owning her land. Do you have an antagonist who is up to challenging your main character? Y or N? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #characterwriting #howtowriteantagonist #writingquote #authorquote #inspirationalquote #howtowritecharacters #rollercoasterstory #writeradvice #howtowriteabook #engagereader #excitereader #novelist #writersociety #fortheloveofreading #fortheloveofwriting #tellyourstory #everyonehasastory #writingtips #writingtricks #authorsofig #amwriting #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #momlife #jointhejourney
Where is the strangest place you were inspired to write a story? I'm unable to go somewhere without coming up with a new storyline. So far, I have 27 stories waiting to be written. Fortunately, only some of them have characters developed -- once the characters get involved it's nothing but harassment until I write the book. I've come up with stories from having dreams, hearing a person make an off-handed comment, getting hit on the head by a tailgate, walking past a donut shop, swimming in the lake, hearing birds chirp, and more. Where is the strangest place you were inspired to write a story? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #inspiration #storyinspiration #bookinspiration #inspirationquote #authorquote #writingadvice #novelist #writersociety #fortheloveofreading #fortheloveofwriting #tellyourstory #everyonehasastory #writingtips #writingtricks #authorsofig #amwriting #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #momlife #jointhejourney
I love this image of the Appleby Castle crest and lion on the steps that lead up to the main room. In the day, Queen Elizabeth may have entertained here. It's said that Lady Anne carried a large set of keys that jangled while she walked the halls. I didn't hear the keys before bed. However, I did hear children running in the halls in the middle of the night only to find out in the morning that there weren't any children staying there. I think there is more than one story that could be told at Appleby Castle. What is the one place you visited where you felt the same way? OX ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #mystery #hauntedhouse #hauntedcastle #appleby_castle #everyonehasastory #hauntedmystery #ghostsamongus #livinghistory #imaginationgonewild #awritersparadise #novelist #writersociety #fortheloveofreading #fortheloveofwriting #tellyourstory #everyonehasastory #writingtips #writingtricks #authorsofig #amwriting #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #momlife #jointhejourney
Being authentic is paramount when writing a story. The writer will quickly pick up if the author is simply making the character act for the sake of the plot, instead of the plot coming out of authentic character choices. There is always a way to amp up the plot points while still allowing the character to make authentic choices. Did you ever put down a book back on the shelf or leave a film because the main character didn't seem authentic? Y or N? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #characterchoices #authenticstory #authenticcharacter #listentocharacters #ampupstory #makethestrongestchoice #howtowriteabook #tellyourstory #everyonehasastory #howtowritefiction #howtowriteanovel #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #womenwhowritefiction #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife
I love the watchful eye of Lady Anne in the background. At barely 5 feet tall, she was a force to be reckoned with at the time. She took on Oliver Cromwell and he left her ALONE! He didn't even leave Ireland alone. It would take quite a women to do that 500 years ago. What would your main character do in order to protect what belonged to her? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #strongwomen #femalefighters #historicwomen #appleby_castle #aforcetoreckon #powerhouse #smallandmighty #amightygirl #fearlesswomen #motivateyourself #motivateyourmind #writemind #writenow #youhavetheanswers #writingtipsandtricks #writingtips #writingadvice #womenwriters #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite
Speaking of "Letting Confidence Guide You," the trip to Appleby Castle was completely on an intuitive feeling. While looking for different castle stays, this one popped up to book (as if I'd clicked on it--which I hadn't). We ended up getting the last room, and had one of the best meals EVER! There is a strong history and presence when staying at Appleby Castle, and the story of Lady Anne is one to inspire the ages. What is one time where serendipity worked surprisingly in your favor? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #serendipity #appleby_castle #englishcastle #inspiredplaces #authorlife #writeradvice #spiritsamongus #hauntedcastle #amazingplaces #motivationalquotes #authorquotes #inspirational #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #quotes #writingquotes #inspiring #successquotes #writingadvice #writingtips #womenwhowrite
Confidence is key when you're writing. Everyone has an internal critic that will kill any creative inspiration that burns within if it's allowed to take a hold of us. Trust that you already have all the answers within you and once you get the tools to tell your story, you'll know how to express it. When I was in graduate school, I constantly doubted my skills, and I kept telling myself that I'd surrounded myself with people, who were smarter than me. If I listened enough and practiced, I would be able to absorb the wisdom that they were teaching. One day, I went up to Allen Estrin, of my teachers, and said, "I imagine once I write more, Act 2 won't be so overwhelming and instead it'll be a lot of fun." "Yes," he said, "it IS a lot of fun." Ever since then, I kept visualizing myself having a blast while writing Act 2. Now, I LOVE writing Act 2. Sometimes having confidence involves visualizing the outcome until it's a reality. What is the one time you believed you could do something before you had the skill to do it? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #confidence #believeinyourself #thepowerofwriting #mindovermatter #mindsetiseverything #ifyoubelieveityoucanachieveit #authorquote #writeradvice #writerquote #writingretreats #writingtip #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #howtowriteachapter #howtowritecharacter #howtowriteplot #howtowritestory #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite
In many cultures, it's thought that water is connected with emotion. It ebbs, flows, cleanses, and makes us whole. When you connect with the authentic emotion of your character and her journey, you make the story believable for the reader and audience. What is your favorite story that had characters and story that authentically connected with you? XO⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #authenticcharacters #authenticstory #followthewater #waterheals #wateristheway #wateristheanswer #emotionalarcs #characterarcs #howtowritecharacterarcs #howtowriteabook #authorlife #writingtip #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #writingmama #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite
What are you doing that helps clear your mind? Sometimes writer's block happens when we need a break from our creative process. I picked up knitting for the first time in decades, and we filled with joy and memories at remembering my grandmother teaching me how to knit. The little break I took to knit gave me a needed boost of creative energy and helped me refocus when I was done. What is one thing you can do that will clear your mind when your mental energy is low? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #overcomewritesblock #howtowriteabook #developstory #knittingistheanswer #grandmarocks #grandmaknewbest #developcharacters #writingisfun #freeyourself #noregrets #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #femaleauthors #gayvinpowersauthor #expertadvice #authorlife #momlife #soulsisterswrite #soulsisters
Before I write each day, I have to get my mind set. It can be as simple as playing music, meditation, going for a walk, a quick 5-in-5 or something else. Getting a quick sense of calm and centering helps me transition to writing and give it my all when I'm doing it. What do you do to get yourself in the mood to write? XO⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #inthemood #inthemoodtowrite #fiveinfive #danapreshous #peacein #peaceout #feelthelove #getinthemindset #headspace #clearyourmind #freedom #freeyourmind #freeyourself #writingdreams #liveyourdreams #writeryourstory #livingthedream #writinggroup #writingclub #publishing #howtowriteabook #authorproblems #writingissues #writingtips #womenwriters #gayvinpowersauthor #authorlife #soulsisterswrite
I always feel like I'm home when I'm by the water. Last year was such a whirl wind! This was taken last summer after the long journey across the country for my book tour. Such gratitude for having a child who is flexible and likes to travel. As long as we have our dog with us, he'll go anywhere. Since the family was with me, I was able to do more research while traveling. It's not easy. However, it's completely worth it. Another adventure for the books! What is one thing you can share or do with your family (large or small) that will help you along on writing your book? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #familiyfun #momadventures #authorlife #travelingwithateen #writingcommunity #soulsisters #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #vibeattractstribe #writingchallenges #writingquestions #writinganswers #write_on #writerstruggles #writersblock #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #crosscountrytravel #makeithappen #writenow
For some people, going home is heartwarming, for others they avoid it at all costs, and for others its mixed. Whichever camp you fall into, going home and writing a book are the same in that sometimes you know what to expect and other times you're pleasantly (or not so pleasantly) surprised. Regardless of how going home is for you, use the people, interactions, and situations as inspiration and research for your stories. It's amazing how life will present solutions and inspiration to your story when you start seeking answers. What is your favorite moment about going home? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #goinghome #hometown #everythingiscopy #noraephron #howtowriteabook #inspirationathome #lakeoswego #novelist #writersociety #fortheloveofreading #fortheloveofwriting #tellyourstory #everyonehasastory #writingtips #writingtricks #authorsofig #amwriting #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #momlife #jointhejourney
It's funny how we look at our hometown. I've looked at it through children and as an adult who moved away. It wasn't until I had a child that I realized the many blessings of growing up near my grandparents and spending summers on the lake with friends. What an ideal childhood! When you think about where you grew up, are there details you would keep or change for the story you're writing about now? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #useyourpasttowrite #lakelife #blessedchildhood #lakeoswego #writingcommunity #soulsisters #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #vibeattractstribe #writingchallenges #writingquestions #writinganswers #write_on #writerstruggles #writersblock #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #writenow
Living in the past is a terrible idea. However, mining past gems for your story is a brilliant way to create authenticity in your characters, plot line, and emotional arcs. What is one experience in your past worthy of writing about? XO⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #usethepast #powerofthepast #powerfulpasts #useyourexperiences #yourpastisgold #miningyourpast #memories #thepasthelpsthefuture #writingadvice #howtowriteabook #womenwhocreate #womenartists #womenempowerment #womenwhowrite #femaleauthors #unitedwestand #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #womensupportingwomen #sisterssupportingsisters ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sent via @planoly #planoly
It's easy to get caught up in a daily routine and forget the inspiration and adventure that is right by us each day. When I set my mind to gratitude and appreciating what I have, I notice it more for my characters too. I could be walking to take out the trash, and I'll see a neighbor whose quirky personality or catch phrase is the perfect ingredient to completing my character. You never know what is possible until you leave yourself open; when you're open opportunity and possibilities come to you. XO⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #dailygrind #overcomedailygrind #findinspiration #positivemindset #seeopportunities #adventureawaits #howtowriteabook #tellyourstory #everyonehasastory #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sent via @planoly #planoly
I love this quote by Nora Ephron. She had to tell all of her friends and family this throughout her life. It’s a good quote, and I find myself using it too. This weekend at my high school reunion, I found so many funny times to use Nora’s phrase. You’ve been warned. 😂 XO #writerquotes #authorquotes #writerinspriation #copy #highschoolreunion #findinpsiration #howtowriteabook #howtowritecharacters #inspirationiaround #soulsisterswrite #gayvinpowersauthor
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