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Merry Christmas from Hearst Castle! Before we left California for the east coast, we stopped by one of my favorite architectural marvels in the US, Hearst Castle. Julia Morgan, one of the few female architects of her time, was hired by William Randolph Hearst, to create a little campsite. Over 25 years later, work stopped on this artistic masterpiece. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here is a little peak into the grandeur of their Christmases at the castle. Every writer needs a little inspiration when creating times and places. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ May you have a little grandeur, magic, and enchantment this holiday season! XO⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #insoirationalplaces #hearstcastle #sansimeon #authorquotes #inspirational #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #inspiring #successquotes #womenwhowrite
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! Take time for yourself and enjoy the day. Sending so much love your way this holiday season! XO⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #holidaylove #merrychristmas #happyholidays #womenwhocreate #womenartists #womenempowerment #womenwhowrite #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife
We motored and we arrived in our new surroundings. At the time of this photo, I had no idea that we’d be relocating across the country to a new state with a new home and a new school for our son. Looking back it seems fitting and appropriate. We’d lived in Aoife the Airstream for around 1 1/2 years, hanging our grand adventure and having this white mohair coat felt very decadent indeed, since most of my days were spent wearing a blue puffy jacket. Sometimes it’s the little details that bring us happiness. It was one piece that reminded me of my grandmother’s ivory mohair coat that she wore while I was growing up. Once I saw it, I knew I had to have it — it quickly connected me right back with my grandmother and how much I missed her. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What is one item that pull sat your character’s heart-strings and makes her reconnect with a loved one? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #characterdetails #writeradvice #aotgorsofig #vintagecoat #ilovegrandma #polishandthread #itsallhowyoulookatit #needlepoint #howtowriteabook #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #adventuresofionafay #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #momlife #gayvinpowersauthor
Inspiration comes in all forms and when we’re least expecting it. Stay open and see what catches your eye. In the middle of going Gaga over The French Corner booth at the Fair Grounds, I was surprised and delighted to find Yvette, the owner taking a photo of me taking a photo of his booth. I couldn’t stop laughing and had the most wonderful talk with him about his shop and designs. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Look for the unexpected while writing your story too. Sometimes those unexpected moments and actions will bring utter delight to your characters and readers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What is your favorite unexpected surprise that occurred while writing? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #lookfortheunexpected #reversal #delightreaders #authorsofig #overcomewritesblock #howtowriteabook #developstory #developcharacters #writingisfun #freeyourself #noregrets #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #femaleauthors #gayvinpowersauthor #expertadvice #authorlife #momlife #soulsisterswrite #soulsisters
Are you looking at me looking at you looking at me?! I had the wonderful delight of being surprised by the owner of the #FrenchConnection taking a photo of me taking a photo of his inspiring and gorgeous booth. Originally from France, he has an amazing design aesthetic and transformed a blank space into a warm, welcoming space where I wanted to sit down at look at all of the details.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ People make the story well-rounded. Be sure to add interesting characters that play off your main character, drive her, block her, and come up with unexpected choices based upon their personalities. This designer is a wonderful, bright inspiration for future characters. Just look at his Joie de Vie based upon him taking a photo of me tkaing of photo of him. LOVE IT! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What interesting character are you creating to play off of your main character? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #supportingcharacters #interestingcharacterchoices #characterdevelopment #suprisethereader #authoradvice #writingtip #novelist #writersociety #fortheloveofreading #fortheloveofwriting #tellyourstory #everyonehasastory #writingtips #writingtricks #authorsofig #amwriting #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #momlife #jointhejourney
Living is a great way of gathering research and inspiration for the setting of your story. Being aware and open will be your best friend as you go through life. I find life is so fun when I’m going through mundane tasks and I’m always seeking for the next piece of information or inspiration in my story. Where was one of your favorite places that provided great setting inspiration? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #decor #leaveyourselfopen #inspiration #writertip #writingadvice #howtowriteabook #womenwhocreate #womenartists #womenempowerment #womenwhowrite #femaleauthors #unitedwestand #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #womensupportingwomen #sisterssupportingsisters
Just like you drove your own story in life, characters and authentic actions and emotions drive story. When you read a book and find yourself thinking, “That character would never do that,” a lot of the times the writer has manipulated the character to fit into the story line. There is a way to get your character from A-Z while behaving authentically. Always ask yourself, “Would my character respond this way?” If the answer is “No,” ask yourself, “How would my character respond?” XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #charactermotivation #characterdrivesstory #writeauthentic #authorquotes #inspirational #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #quotes #writingquotes #inspiring #successquotes #writingadvice #writingtips #womenwhowrite
Writing Tip Tuesday-Follow What Lights You Up! Keep your eyes open, your ears listening, and your mind willing to absorb. I started up a chat with this lovely lady at the Fair Grounds, and after gushing over her beautiful French antiques I found out that she leads people to France on antique treasure hunts. Can you say, "Sold?!" ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Keep in mind that when you're looking for story ideas, the first place to look is with you. What lights you up? What do you love doing? Where do you love to visit on your free time? These interests will fuel a love for diving into specific subjects and helping your maintain your excitement when writing about that topic later.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What hobbies or fun adventures do you like to participate in on weekends? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #storyideas #storygenerator #hobbiesintobooks #whatmotivatesyou #whatexcitesyou #excitementintoabook #followyourheart #followwhatlightsyouup #motivationalquotes #authorquotes #inspirational #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #quotes #writingquotes #inspiring #successquotes #writingadvice #writingtips #womenwhowrite
A simple rose embodies so much history, treachery, love, pain, and loss between family. The Tudor and York roses represent 100 years of war. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In The Adventures of Iona Fay series, a crystal necklace represents the symbol of Iona’s journey. It’s charged with emotion, connection, and love to her mom. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What is one symbol that embodies the journey your character is experiencing? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #symbols #symbolisminwriting #authoradvice #adventuresofionafay #howtowriteabook #tellyourstory #everyonehasastory #howtowritefiction #howtowriteanovel #writersofinstagram #authorsofinstagram #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #womenwhowritefiction #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife
We stayed at Langley Castle in England, and look what I found on our door! It's a rose. This isn't just any rose. It's a symbol from the War of the Roses, also known as the Cousins War, where family members fought to take over the rule of England. You were either on the side of the red roses, the Tudors, or the white roses, The Yorks. Families were forced to choose sides and the decision was deadly. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Such a simple, beautiful, seeming innocent symbol. Yet so much history goes into that one little symbol. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What is the one symbol that represents your story or character on her journey? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #waroftheroses #symbol #rosesymbol #symbolism #tudorrose #yorkrose #symbolinwriting #oneimagerepresents #authorsofig #oneimage #powerofarose #onerosetorule #whatsbehindasymbol #whatsbehindarose #writingadvice #howtowriteabook #womenwhocreate #womenartists #womenempowerment #womenwhowrite #femaleauthors #unitedwestand #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #womensupportingwomen #sisterssupportingsisters
What is at the center, the driving force, that makes your main character tick? When you know what motivates your character and what she MUST do, you’ll have a big piece of how you need to write your story? What does your character want? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #whatdrivescharacter #characterwants #writefromcharacter #readytowrite #justwrite #howtowriteabook #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #adventuresofionafay #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #momlife #gayvinpowersauthor
A day at the fair grounds can be a great place to conduct research for your story and characters. When you're writing, you are describing a image of what the character sees. I was captivated by #TheFrenchCorner , this beautiful booth filed with lace linens, antique silver, frames, beads, and more. It creates a specific design asthetic and feel when I saw it. Think about what feel you want to create with your settings and how you can use imagery and props to achieve it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What is the one place that felt like a feast for your eyes and created a vibe because of it? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #description #writesetting #createtone #imagination #inspirationforwriting #authorsofig #makeitcomealive #writinganovel #writingabook #bookwriter #storywriter #howtowriteabook #unforgettablecharacters #bookpublishing #storyteller #adventuresofionafay #authormama #santacruzfairgrounds #frenchdecor #gayvinpowersauthor #authorlife #momlife #soulsisterswrite
Many times I’m inspired to write a story based upon an image or a thought. It usually lingers in my mind for a while, percolating. Sometimes it’s a setting or a place. The image of the lady in the yellow dress (posted earlier this week) just begs for a story to be written about her. I can easily imagine her personality by looking at her choice or clothing, style, and demeanor. It’s such a fun time to play in my mind and let me imagination go wild. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What is one inspiration image that you have/had for a story? XO⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #inspiration #creativeinspiration #creativity #backstory #charactersdriveplot #motivateyourself #motivateyourmind #writemind #writenow #youhavetheanswers #writingtipsandtricks #writingtips #writingadvice #womenwriters #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite
Upclose and personal. What are the traits that a master painter would capture of you as a writer? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Are you someone who like to fade in the background or do you have a panache for style? Can you pull off a chartreuse dress or would you wear black? Stripes? Bright colors? Muted? Plaid? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ How you present yourself to your community is a part of your author brand. This isn't something that women had to think about so much in the past, many women took a name de plume (usually a man's name) and called it good. Today, with social media and platforms, it's important to market and promote your writing. As you're writing your story, be thinking about how you want to be seen by others. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What is one color that reflects you as a writer? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #marketing #bookmarketing #ladyintheyellowdress #writerbrand #brandyourself #whatareyourcolors #bebold #inthespotlight #authorplatform #getpublished #finishwriting #manuscript #howtowrite #doit #howtowriteabookfast #characterarc #writingtips #womenwhowrite #gayvinpowersauthor #authorlife #authoradvice #soulsisterswrite
Thankful Thursday!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I'm thankful for this beautiful flower that my Auntie Susan gave me for Mother's Day, and is still blooming into winter. The weather one of the benefits of living in Monterey, California. A little bit of spring in the middle of winter is always appreciated. The reds and the pinks warm my heart and make me think of when it's sunnier out. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For those of you in cold, snowy weather, here is a little sunshine and some blossoms on your winter day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you're feeling stuck in your writing, remember that everything ebbs and flows like the seasons. Creativity will return and the spark for new writing will come. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What is one thing you can do to remind yourself that creativity is present when you are feeling depleted? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #thankfulthursday #thebrightside #smelltheflowers #writingadvice #howtowriteabook #womenwhocreate #womenartists #womenempowerment #womenwhowrite #femaleauthors #unitedwestand #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #womensupportingwomen #sisterssupportingsisters
Welcome to Wanderlust Wednesday! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Did you know adventure can happen in your backyard? I was at the Fair Grounds and ran into these lovely ladies from Polish & Thread, where they take vintage finds and revamp them into something even more fabulous! Once I saw this white mohair coat, I knew it had to be mine. Sometimes an adventure is making new friends, having a conversation with a creative designer, or even looking at a piece of old clothing and revitalizing it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Everyone is unique. What would your main character define as "Adventure?" OX ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #wanderlustwednesday #adventureawaite #polishandthread #vintagefinds #fairgrounds #lovemycoat #justlikegrandmas #needlepointatitsbest #fashion #upcycle #fashionfriends #vintagecoats #writingcommunity #soulsisters #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #vibeattractstribe #writingchallenges #writingquestions #writinganswers #write_on #writerstruggles #writersblock #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #writenow
Many times people think of adventure as a thrill-seeking experience where someone may be risking her life, like being heli-dropped into a tsunami and trying to surf it. Many people don’t live this extreme way of life. I challenge you as a writer to think of what your main character would see as an adventure. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Adventure means different things to each person who ponders it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What is one word that adventure means to your main character? OX⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #wanderlustwednesday #adventureawaits #jointhejourney #differentadventures #whatadventuremeanstoyou #adventurouspirit #maincharacter #characterdevelopment #writingadvice #howtowriteabook #womenwhocreate #womenartists #womenempowerment #womenwhowrite #femaleauthors #unitedwestand #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #womensupportingwomen #sisterssupportingsisters
It's Tip Tuesday! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When you're writing description, think about everything that the character sees when she walks into the room. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ While at the flea market, my eyes were drawn to a vintage painting of a woman in a yellow dress. In person, the chartreuse dress pops off of the teal canvas, making visitors' eyes instantly captivated by the painting. Everything else in the space provides a supporting role to the painting. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What is your character innately drawn to when she enters the room? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #tiptuesday #description #setting #tone #focalpoint #artwork #charactersmind #colorspop #anatomyofaroom #howtowrite #writinganovel #writingabook #bookwriter #storywriter #buildplot #howtowriteabook #unforgettablecharacters #bookpublishing #storyteller #adventuresofionafay #authormama #gayvinpowersauthor #authorlife #momlife #soulsisterswrite
Welcome to Tip Tuesday! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ An aspiring writer asked me, "Should I write for quantity or quality?" ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Well, dear friend, I'm BIG on quality over quantity in my everyday life; I'd rather have one nice cashmere sweater that lasts for years over four cotton sweaters that are thread bare by the end of the season. The exception to this rule is when I write. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ During the first draft, I'm a firm believer in getting the story out of myself as fast as possible. When I'm writing fast and furious during the first draft, I go for quantity and word count. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ During rewrites, I go back to my tried and true belief of quality. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I find this method helps me get out what I'm writing so I don't get bogged down in the first draft, I write faster, and I'm able to play a lot sooner during my rewrites. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Are you a quantity or quality writer? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #tiptuesday #quantityorquality #firstdraft @authorsofig #writingtip #getitout #novelist #writersociety #fortheloveofreading #fortheloveofwriting #tellyourstory #everyonehasastory #writingtips #writingtricks #authorsofig #amwriting #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #momlife #jointhejourney
I like to go somewhere serene when I'm pondering the next choice in my story. Usually it's somewhere near the water. This is near Lover's Point in Monterey. Just looking at the water crash, flow, ebb, and do it all over again, makes my worries flow away with the tide and fall in love with this spot. Once my body and mind are relaxed, I find that solutions to story and life are easier to access. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What do you do help solve story issues? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #writersacredspace #chasingthewater #adventureawaits #peacewithin #letworriesgo #oceanheals #waterinspires #overcomewritesblock #howtowriteabook #developstory #developcharacters #writingisfun #freeyourself #noregrets #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #femaleauthors #gayvinpowersauthor #expertadvice #authorlife #momlife #soulsisterswrite #soulsisters
Sometimes location can make a huge difference in getting me in the mood to write. This is why I love having a laptop or a pad of paper and pen. If I find that I’m having trouble unwinding or focusing in my current surroundings, I’ll take to nature or a scenic location to help inspire me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Where is your favorite place to start writing your book each day? XO⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #sacredwritingspace #natureistheanswer #followthewater #beinspired #writenow #momtips #writingmom #momlife #authorlife #adventureawaits #motivateyourself #motivateyourmind #writemind #writenow #youhavetheanswers #writingtipsandtricks #writingtips #writingadvice #womenwriters #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite
Welcome to Thankful Thursday! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I took this photo on Halloween night with my son, who was dressed as Dr. Who and excited to go trick-or-treating again. I'm so thankful to live in Monterey, where the people are kind, the ocean is stunning, sunsets look like a master painter waved a brush over them, and my son still enjoys some childhood pleasures. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For me it's the simple pleasures. What is one simple pleasure that makes a busy day worth it for you? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #thankfulthursday #mommoments #writingmom #momadvice #authoradvice #authorlife #momlife #simplepleasures #breathin #lifeisgood #writingcommunity #soulsisters #writingadvice #womenwhowrite #vibeattractstribe #writingchallenges #writingquestions #writinganswers #write_on #writerstruggles #writersblock #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #writenow
Did you know that you are the spark that changes your world? You create adventure in your life the moment you take a leap and decide to write your book or script. It’s these brave steps that will open your world and show you what is possible (for your stories, your family, and your life). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do you remember the moment you decided to write your book or script? XO⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #wanderlustwednesday #authorquote #authorlife #adventureawaits #startnow #beginninghaspower #screenwritersofinstagram #howtowriteascript #howtomakeafilm #afi #usc #adventuresofionafay #afialumni #uscalumni #gayvinpowersauthor #awardwinning #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #filmlife
It's Tip Tuesday!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What is one delicious drink that your main characters loves and why?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ When you know these small details about your character, you'll know more about what makes her tick and drives her smaller decisions or motivations.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For me, it's this scrumdellyicous Ghirardeli hot cocoa with sea salt caramel. The sweet, salty, and bitter flavors take this warm drink to a whole new level. I could only finish half before my son polished off his and came in for more of mine.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If I had said that my drink on a cold winter night is a black coffee, no cream or sugar, or an Irish coffee (that has a good splash of whiskey), you would know something else about me as a character. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What does your character like to drink on a warm winter night? XO ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #tiptuesday #writingtip #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #howtowriteachapter #charactermotivation #chracterdetails #hotcocoa #seasaltcaramelfordays #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite
Welcome to Tip Tuesday!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This question was asked by an aspiring writer, and it’s a question that I hear all the time. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m a firm believer in getting out the first draft — known by many as the “vomit draft.” I know it’s not a pretty description, however, it really sums up what you need to accomplish in the first draft. Just get the words out. Be concerned about grammar, sentence structure and details in later drafts. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “When in doubt, get it out!”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What is one tip you do to help you get out your first draft? XO⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #tiptuesday #whenindoubtgetitout #justwrite #forgetaboutgrammar #firgetaboutediting #authoradvice #writingtips #authorsofinstagram #motivationalquotes #authorquotes #inspirational #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #quotes #writingquotes #inspiring #successquotes #writingadvice #writingtips #womenwhowrite
Pain is a gift. Yes, it totally stinks to go through it. However, pain is brilliant at motivating us to make changes in our lives, and as a writer pain is priceless. It’s the training ground that provides empathy and depth for ourselves and our characters. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Most people start writing because of a painful experience. People don’t start writing usually because life is so good they want to change it. No. People make changes when life is uncomfortable or painful for them. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I started writing out of the pain from my mom passing away. While the grief was unbearable at times, in time I learned there were gifts from that experience that I never would have known had I not experienced such a great loss. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Dear ones, what pain drives you to write? XO⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ *⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #momdaymoments #whywrite #writinggifts #pain #thegiftofpain #healingpain #writingadvice #healthyself #compassiontgroughpain #howtowriteabook #womenwhocreate #womenartists #womenempowerment #womenwhowrite #femaleauthors #unitedwestand #adventuresofionafay #gayvinpowersauthor #soulsisterswrite #authorlife #womensupportingwomen #sisterssupportingsisters
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
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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
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