Get Over $3,300 Worth Of #Writing Courses For Only $49! Ends 12/1 #Writers

Get Over $3,300 Worth Of #Writing Courses For Only $49! Ends 12/1 #Writers

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Black Friday has come early for writers! You don’t want to miss Writer’s Craft 2.0, an amazing bundle of tools, training and resources that will help you level up your writing. Craft the book of your dreams with this epic collection of 35+ step-by-step ecourses, writing masterclasses, bestselling ebooks, and planning software designed to help you transform your story idea into a page-turner readers will love.

Total retail value: $3,361.77

It’s yours today for only $49!

Just getting started and want to avoid costly mistakes? You’ll find a proven blueprint to turn your ideas into page-turning narrative here.

Been writing for a while, but lost the fire and passion you once had? You’ll find plenty of ways to re-ignite your love of creative writing (and make it more profitable than ever) inside here.

Or maybe you’re just looking to immerse yourself in the writing craft and learn the secrets of editors, instructors, and bestselling authors. 

Below are images showing just a few of the goodies you’ll find inside this bundle.

This deal expires on Tuesday, December 1st at 11:59pm EST. After that, the deal vanishes.

Click here to pick up your copy of Writer’s Craft 2.0 before it’s gone forever.

Please note that I am an affiliate and receive a commission on sales. However, I wouldn’t recommend it if I didn’t think it was a great deal!

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Buy ProWritingAid On Sale And Get My 3 Bonuses! #writingcommunity #writing

Buy ProWritingAid On Sale And Get My 3 Bonuses! #writingcommunity #writing

ProWritingAid Black Friday

I know a lot of you have been hoping ProWritingAid would hold their annual Black Friday sale this year and have been waiting to buy, just in case. I’ve got good news. It’s here, and they’re going big! And there’s more. If you’re a brand new user and purchase by clicking my affiliate link, and then forward me your receipt, I’ve got three bonuses for you.

Here are the details:

The sale is on now through Monday, Nov 30 at 11:59 PM PST. For any purchases made today or tomorrow, (Nov. 23 or 24) ProWritingAid will donate $5 per purchase to the Children’s Literacy Charity. So, if you know you want to take advantage of the sale, buy now and you can give to charity at the same time.

  • Lifetime licenses are 50% off.
  • Annual licenses are 25% off.

My bonuses for new ProWritingAid users who buy through my link and send me the receipt are:

1. My two-page Overused Words Cheat Sheet, a valuable tool otherwise only available to students in my online course Book Editing Blueprint. This resource will help you to find the overused words in your writing as well as the “padding words” that can be easily cut.

2. I’ll also send you a 42-minute tutorial video that teaches you how to use the Overused Words Cheat Sheet and unleash the power of ProWritingAid and Google Docs/Microsoft Word.

3. My ProWritingAid Cheat Sheet – To help you get up and running quickly, I compiled a cheat sheet of helpful links from the ProWritingAid website guiding you through the set-up and how to use my favorite features.

Okay, so those of you who have been waiting for this sale are probably clicking the link right now. If you’ve never heard of ProWritingAid before, or it sounds familiar but you’re not quite sure what it is, here are some FAQs below.


What is ProWritingAid and why is this sale a big deal?

It’s my favorite editing software, and is a grammar checker, style editor, and writing mentor in one package. I’ve used the premium version for years and have corresponded with their support team as a customer and as an affiliate.

I am promoting this tool as ProWritingAid is an excellent supplement to my signature online course Book Editing Blueprint: A Step-By-Step Plan to Making Your Novels Publishable, and it’s a resource that I recommend to my editing clients. It’s also great for college students and businesses. 

The sale is a big deal as they only drop their prices once, maybe twice, a year. As an affiliate, I can normally get you 20 percent off, but that’s obviously not as good as the Black Friday sale deal. 

Will it catch every mistake you make? No. It’s impossible for a software program to catch every error. Some manuscripts will still need a copyeditor and/or proofreader. Sometimes, ProWritingAid will even give you bad advice. It’s important to have basic grammar knowledge so you can make an educated decision whether to follow a recommendation or ignore it.

Despite these drawbacks, I still highly recommend ProWritingAid. It will catch many typos, misspellings, and grammatical errors, identify flabby and overused words, and do so much more. If you’re an author, it will help clean up the manuscript so your editors can do their jobs more efficiently, and it may cut down on your editing expenses.

Which plan should I get, annual or lifetime?

Think about how often you’ll use it. Are you a prolific author who churns out a couple books per year? Do you run a business? Are you a college student? Then maybe the lifetime ProWritingAid license would be a worthwhile investment. I found that paying a one-time fee for a lifetime license was a much cheaper alternative than renewing a subscription on an ongoing basis. Getting it now, for 50 percent off, is a fantastic deal!

I might be interested. What do I do next?

 It’s simple. Order through my link: Then forward your receipt to and I will send you my three bonuses.

Affiliate Disclaimer: If you purchase through my affiliate link, I will earn a commission on sales.

Celebrate Indie Author Day With The Author Encounter (And Me!)

Celebrate Indie Author Day With The Author Encounter (And Me!)

Indie Author Day

I’m excited to be leading a workshop on Nov. 7, 2020 as part of The Author Encounter’s Indie Author Day celebration. If you’re an indie author or industry professional, The Author Encounter has tailored this day to you. Free and open to the public, this event will offer pre-recorded webinars, live panels, and workshops on topics such as the costs of self-publishing, ISBNs for self-publishing, how to get your book in libraries, audiobook production, marketing tips, and Pinterest for authors.

My session is titled Self-Editing Secrets: How to Simplify the Editing Process and Not Break the Bank. Registration is required. You can sign up here.

This event will be part of the fifth annual Indie Author Day event. In the past years, nearly 300 libraries hosted thousands of authors across the United States and Canada. This year, high participation is expected again. This is an opportunity for the indie community to come together to help self-published and independent authors learn and get discovered.

“Publishing your own work is more viable today than ever before and the Independent Book Publishers Association is honored to support those who choose this entrepreneurial path,” said Angela Bole, IBPA CEO. “Indie Author Day will provide a chance to discuss publishing options, learn best practices and celebrate successes with a tribe of forward thinking writers, publishers and librarians.”

In addition to the activities that will be happening nationally, The Author Encounter will enrich its programming with selected workshop videos produced by Indie Author Day sponsors from around the world. A panel will include Shay Baby of the Brown Book Series and DC Gomez of Inside the Minds of Authors. There will also be bonus content from the founders, Bethany Averie, YA author, and Nan Jenkins, virtual assistant.

Beyond this annual event, the Indie Author Day community offers programming on both the and the to help libraries and authors stay connected throughout the year.

The main focus of The Author Encounter is increasing visibility for authors and creating super fans through unique theme events. It’s free for published authors to join. For more information about the event, click here.

To learn more about the national Indie Author Day, visit


Selling Online Courses: 100+ Creators Share Their Sales Secrets  #SalesMasterySummit

Selling Online Courses: 100+ Creators Share Their Sales Secrets #SalesMasterySummit

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Just wanted to share that I am one of the speakers at The Sales Mastery Summit – All About Selling Online Courses, Memberships or Masterminds. I’m delighted to extend limited free passes to you to attend this summit at absolutely no cost. Here is the link to get a free pass. (Please note that this is an affiliate link, so if you purchase any upgrades, I will receive a small commission.) The summit, for women by women, goes live from Sept. 17-19, 2020. I’ll be a panelist on Day 3, Session 50, talking about launching my self-paced editing course for fiction and creative nonfiction writers, Book Editing Blueprint: A Step-By-Step Plan to Making Your Novels Publishable.

My courses are hosted on the Thinkific platform, and branching out from writing and editing books to creating and selling online courses has been quite a journey! During this event, 100+ course creators from all over the world are sharing their sales secrets which allow them to offer courses, masterminds, and memberships to the world, and charge the price for their offers that they deserve.

In the last few months, there are more online courses which have come up than ever. The knowledge industry is aiming to become a billion dollar a day industry. You can increase the sales of your online course, membership, or mastermind up learning the sales secrets from 100+ speakers.

The world needs your wisdom, and I am excited to share my secret sales strategies as a course creator with you during this summit. Purvi Tantia, the host of the summit, helps women of wisdom to create legacy. She is a globally renowned business coach to women in coaching and consulting. She is the founder of “Women of Wisdom Movement” or “WoW Movement” which is a global movement aimed to empower women in coaching and consulting businesses to build purposeful tribes and monetize them using the power of stories.

Named as one of the most sought after story coaches and business coaches in the world, Purvi has travelled to over 30 countries, served clients globally, and given keynote speeches on prestigious stages in five countries. Having been featured on TED, she wrote her secret talk strategies in a book called, STORY: The Hidden Secret of Successful TED talks. Grab a Free Pass for the summit at this link: and you will find the sales secrets to skyrocket your online course/mastermind/membership.

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Come Write With Friends In the Anam Cara Writing Community

Come Write With Friends In the Anam Cara Writing Community

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Affiliate Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.

Are you the type of writer that feels motivated by participating in writing communities? Do you find it helpful to set goals alongside other authors who are on the same journey as you are? Some members might focus on a different genre or be at a different skill level, but they all share a passion for creativity and a love of the written word and they all want one another to succeed.

If this sounds like the type of experience you might be interested in, then I’d like to introduce you to Payam Salehi, the founder of Anam Cara, a vibrant writing community for those who believe writing can be far more joyful and productive when surrounded by community.

Anam Cara offers thoughtfully designed 5-Week Online Writing Quests, which include award-winning authors as guides, accountability buddies, weekly writing lessons, secret rewards, and more. As the founder of Shortcuts for Writers, I’m always on the lookout for opportunities that my Book Editing Blueprint students, editing clients, and Facebook group followers might be interested in.

When I heard about Anam Cara, I thought it sounded really interesting, so I hopped on a Zoom call with Payam, and I later spoke with a member of a previous 5-Week Online Writing Quest to get a better understanding of how it all worked. After learning more about the program, I felt like it was well worth relaying to my followers.

So, first, I want to tell you about the next Writing Quest and offer you a coupon code. Second, you can read my in-depth interview with Payam below, and I’ll share how you can contact him directly if you have further questions.

Check Out The Next 5-Week Online Writing Quest.

July 14-August 18, 2020

Use code “shortcut” for a $20 discount

Our friends at Anam Cara want to welcome you with open arms into their vibrant writing community for their next 5-week Online Writing QuestYou’ll set your own writing goal, be matched with an accountability buddy, unlock secret rewards, learn from an award-winning author and guest speakers, and most importantly, meet others who believe writing can be far more joyful and productive when surrounded by soul friends. Guest speakers include New York Times bestselling author Alka Joshi, author of The Henna Artist, and Irving Ruan, a writer at The New Yorker.

Faith Adiele

                     Faith Adiele

Your guide on this journey will be Faith Adiele, an award-winning author, professor, and speaker. She has been featured in The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine’s 5 Women to Learn From, on NPR, and has written/starred in a documentary on PBS. Educated at Harvard, the Iowa Writers Workshop in Fiction, and the Nonfiction Writing Program at Iowa, Faith Adiele has lived, taught, and presented around the globe. Her memoir about becoming the first black Buddhist nun of Thailand, Meeting Faith (W.W. Norton), received numerous accolades including a PEN Open Book Award for Best Memoir and 16 artists’ residencies. She has also previously founded the nation’s first workshop for travel writers of color through VONA/Voices and wrote/starred in a documentary that’s been featured on PBS titled, “My Journey Home.”

 Reserve your spot and use code “shortcut” for a $20 discount. The last Quest sold out, so sign up soon! Sign up here.

Interview With Founder Payam Salehi

Payam SalehiWriting a book is solitary work. How can doing a Writing Quest help? 

While writing a book—or essays, blog posts, poetry, whatever it may be—is inherently an internal process, we’ve found through doing these Quests that the biggest boost of productivity and fun comes from finding others in the same boat as you. Having a support system can make all the difference in turning writing from a hair-pulling experience into a source of joy. 

In this Quest, you choose your own 5-week writing goal, and we’ll surround you with an expert instructor and an incredibly supportive community to provide you with the motivation and tools to help you hit your goal.

For example, we match everyone with an accountability buddy based on their writing level, genre, and personality fit and place people into teams. In these teams, they give each other constant feedback and help one another reach their goals and unlock secret rewards, which range from silly encouragement videos to private, 30-minute calls with professional editors and authors.

We celebrated so many amazing achievements in the last quest—one person wrote 20,000 words, another launched a new blog—which we think is a testament to how much everyone supported each other in both doing their work and having fun.

Some writers might not have considered seeking accountability partners and other writers to share their work with. Why do you think it’s beneficial to make these connections? 

There’s something really powerful about helping someone else reach their goals and feel proud of their accomplishments. It provides a sense of fulfillment and connection that you might not find as easily in other aspects of life. 

We actually heard from one of the participants in the last Quest that she was initially skeptical about the accountability buddy process, but after it ended, she was a “convert.” She told us that she learned how to ask for feedback, how to be more open, and how to see potential in herself that she hadn’t previously felt. Another has said that she was able to improve her non-fiction writing by being matched with an accountability buddy who was working on short stories, which gave her a fresh perspective she wouldn’t have otherwise.

A number of folks have messaged us in the weeks since the last Quest saying they are still meeting with their buddies weekly—that’s exactly the kind of relationship we’re trying to cultivate!

What does a Writing Quest offer that might be hard to find in a free community? What do you think the role is of a free community vs. a paid one? 

There are definitely great aspects of being part of a free online writing group, but generally, its biggest benefit is also its biggest drawback: flexibility. When something is free, it’s easier to bail or not make it a priority. 

We attract a committed group of people who show up to make progress on their writing goals and to be there for another person—an excellent complement to belonging to free groups. We find that having a financial and time commitment creates skin in the game and keeps the momentum going. And each quest is 5 weeks—long enough to make some significant progress, but not so long that it feels like an overwhelming commitment.

Each week during your Quest, I noticed your instructor provides weekly writing lessons. Can you elaborate on what is covered?

First of all, you’re going to be in good hands — our Instructor or what we like to call “Quest Guide,” Faith Adiele, is an award-winning author, writing professor, and speaker, and she has been featured in The Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine’s 5 Women to Learn From, on NPR, and has written and starred in a documentary on PBS. 

And because of her range of experiences, she’s able to speak on many different aspects of the writing process—there’s something in there for everyone. Participants have mentioned how much they learned about new areas to explore more.

Faith creates short, practical writing lessons that folks can immediately integrate into their work, ranging from craft lessons, like how to use our 11 senses to improve your writing, to strategy lessons, like how to develop strong writing habits and actionable steps to take to get your work published. She often has folks bring their writing to our sessions so they can immediately apply the lessons to their work.

And on top of all she brings to the table, we also feature exciting guest speakers. In the past we brought in Vanessa Hua from the SF Chronicle, and we have even more up our sleeves for the next Quest.

What do you think makes your Writing Quests unique?

There are so many great resources out there, whether you’re watching videos about writing or getting inspired by other writers. But this is a place where you come to write, to show up for yourself and for others. 

There are three key elements to our Writing Quests that make up the support system we’re building: An award-winning author provides weekly lessons to help you fine-tune your craft, accountability buddies encourage you and give you feedback, and weekly secret rewards keep you motivated and add in a dose of joy.

We know that writing is hard work, but you don’t have to do it alone. There’s a community being built for you, a space where people will be every day, writing, sharing, and encouraging. And when you do that with others over and over, you’ll be amazed at how quickly it can send you straight through to a published piece (or whatever your goal may be).

writing communityJoin the next Writing Quest July 14-August 18 

Remember to use the code “shortcut” for a $20 discount. The last Quest sold out, so sign up soon!

Sign up here. Contact Payam if you have any questions:

FREEBIE: Also be sure to check out Anam Cara’s free round-up of 15 Must-Have Writing Resources!

Free Workshop: 13 Steps to Realizing Your Published Author Dream

Free Workshop: 13 Steps to Realizing Your Published Author Dream

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If you could use some motivation to pursue your writing dreams, then you will love the free workshop 13 Steps to Realizing Your Published Author Dream, which will be held June 18 at 1 p.m. EST in the Shortcuts for Writers Facebook group.

I asked one of our longtime group members, Ann C.K. Nickell, to present this workshop as I noticed her inspirational and informative blog posts on social media and knew the group could benefit from her wisdom.

Here is a description of the workshop:

Do you want to become a published author but haven’t yet realized that dream? What’s holding you back? This workshop will inspire you and help you define your “why,” recognize the obstacles in your way, beat writer’s block, and finally claim the title of Published Author! Now is the time to realize your dream!

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More About Ann

Ann is an author, blogger, coach and survivor who founded Wonderfully Worthy to use her stories to help others overcome their obstacles, find their passion and purpose, realize their dreams, and live beautiful lives.

The workshop is pre-recorded and Ann will be available during the premiere to answer questions in the comments. If you can’t attend live, it will be archived in the group’s Units section with other guest workshops.

She is the author of books including the poetry collection Triumph and Tribulation.

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In life, there is tribulation, but there is also triumph, as light always overcomes the darkness. These poems will take you on a journey of love, loss, hope, fear, courage, despair, and faith.

Buy it on Amazon.

You can learn more about Ann at the below links:


Free Workshop: Creating A Map For Your Book

Free Workshop: Creating A Map For Your Book

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We’re hosting another free workshop in the Shortcuts for Writers: Editing Made Simple Facebook Group on June 4 at 7:30 p.m. EST. Creating a map for your book can change your entire writing experience. Breaking down the process into doable segments opens the space for more creativity and flow. So let’s turn the overwhelm of the journey into mini-trips of joy.

Join Willow Green as she shares how to set yourself up for success and feel like your book wrote itself! You will learn how to create a map from idea to manuscript. Once you have your legend and journey all planned out, the words just flow through you easily and effortlessly! If you can’t attend the workshop live, the replay will be archived in the group’s Units section.

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Willow is an author, facilitator and intuitive coach who works with individuals and groups around the world facilitating opportunities to experience true freedom and deeper levels of love. Willow is certified in NLP, has a degree in occupational science and a has lived with and trained with several spiritual guides. She has a very unique and diverse set of gifts that allow her clients to see exactly what they need to empower themselves and thrive. 

Find Willow at the below sites:





Free Workshop – How To Get Free Publicity For Your Book @Mayah_Riaz

Free Workshop – How To Get Free Publicity For Your Book @Mayah_Riaz

How to get free publicity for your book

Join us in the Shortcuts for Writers Facebook group for a live workshop on how to get free publicity for your book. The event will be held May 21 at 11:00 a.m. EST.

The presenter, Mayah Riaz, is a celebrity manager who provides PR-to-the-Stars. She is on speed dial to many household names from the world of business, TV, showbiz and even royalty.

After 14 years of helping the rich and famous become even more famous, she now helps businesses and entrepreneurs to do their own publicity. Mayah teaches entrepreneurs all over the globe how to manage their own publicity without the need of hiring a big, fancy PR agency. Having helped hundreds of business owners with their PR, she finds this much more rewarding than getting a celebrity on the front cover of Vogue!

Mayah teaches businesses all the know-how that a PR agency has, so they can keep their profits in their business. She teaches on all topics of PR from creating relationships with the press, to sharing her top tips to getting a yes from the press.

.ow to get publicity for your book

To participate in the workshop, you must be a member of the Shortcuts for Writers: Editing Made Simple Facebook group. If you’re not a member, you can fill out the membership questions and request approval. If you can’t make it live, the replay will be archived with our other past guest workshops in the Units section.

More About Mayah






Biggest Writing Mistakes & Steps To Publishing A Book – YouTube Interview

Biggest Writing Mistakes & Steps To Publishing A Book – YouTube Interview

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I was honored to be a guest on Willow Green’s YouTube channel. We had a candid discussion about the biggest writing mistakes that beginning authors make; working with different kinds of editors and what to expect; the pros and cons of traditional publishing, indie publishing, and small presses; and the philosophy behind my self-editing course Book Editing Blueprint: A Step-By-Step Plan to Making Your Novels Publishable.

Willow is an author, facilitator, coach, and creator who works with individuals, groups and businesses illuminating their experience, expertise and authenticity to build connection, trust and loyalty. Willow’s background includes an occupational science degree, Shamanic training, NLP and experiential. She owned a fitness club, authored the books I’m Sober, Now What?, Inside the Mind of an Addict, and Rewriting Your Reality, and works with people around the world shifting their energy and perspectives to unlock limitless possibilities.

Find Willow at the below sites:





​For more about my self-paced course for writers, Book Editing Blueprint: A Step-By-Step Plan to Making Your Novels Publishable, visit the course webpage. Be sure to sign up for my free 5-day line editing class and to check out the Shortcuts for Writers Facebook group.

Free Workshop On Copyright For Authors

Free Workshop On Copyright For Authors

copyright for authors

Copyright issues frequently come up for authors. You probably know that copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. But the specifics of copyright can be confusing.

For example, what is copyrightable and what isn’t? Can you copyright your characters? Can you include a snippet of song lyrics in your book? What can you do to avoid infringement?

As an editor, I get asked copyright issues by my clients. Sometimes I know the answer, but often I don’t. That’s why I’m thrilled to have an expert lead a copyright workshop in the Shortcuts for Writers Facebook group.

Law professor Alina Boyte will teach a workshop in the group May 7 at 12:30 p.m. EST. Alina is a graduate of Stanford Law School and attended the University of Cambridge and the University of London in the United Kingdom. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and was awarded a Gerald J. Lieberman Fellowship at Stanford. She also earned a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship, is a fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society, and a member of the Oxford and Cambridge Society. She joined the faculty of the Mississippi College School of Law in 2007.

Alina teaches Property, Intellectual Property, International Intellectual Property, Cyberlaw, and Law and Economics.

If you’re not a member of the Shortcuts for Writers group, be sure to request membership. There will be a replay archived in the group if you can’t attend live.

Alina is also the host of the Heart Centered Life podcast and YouTube broadcast. She recently interviewed me on how to write your first novel and get published. You can watch the interview here.

You can find Alina at the below links:


Faculty page

Facebook group (Heart Centered Living for Busy Professionals, Entrepreneurs, and Educators)

Facebook page



Free Workshop On Tips For Creative Flow @URCreativeChord

Free Workshop On Tips For Creative Flow @URCreativeChord

Composer, poet, writer, and nature photographer Jenny Leigh Hodgins will be offering a free workshop called Tips For Creative Flow in the Shortcuts for Writers: Editing Made Simple Facebook group on Wednesday April 29 at 1:30 p.m. EST. She will do a live walk-through of her Keys For Nurturing Creativity And Creative Exploration Formula.

Jenny Leigh is one of the most creative people I know, so I encourage you to attend this event and learn from her. She will be sharing lots of amazing resources.

You need to be a member of the Shortcuts for Writers Facebook Group to attend the workshop, so feel free to answer the membership questions and request to join the group.

creativity workshopIf you can’t attend Jenny Leigh’s creativity workshop live, no worries. The replay will be available and will be archived in the group’s Units section with our other guest workshops. However, if you attend live, you’ll be able to get some special freebies.

Jenny Leigh is a 50+ new creativeprenuer, author, blogger and podcast host of and caregiver for her 80-year mother. She interviews creative and positivity experts, shares strategies for inspired living, and offers tips for developing self-care and a positive mindset.

With a philosophy sased on Buddhism’s spiritual optimism, she musters hope for transforming challenges and reaching goals through authentic creative expression and informed awareness.

YourCreativeChord offers quality content, a positive community, and support for those interested in nurturing creativity and inspiration. Jenny Leigh’s blogs, podcasts, videos, photos, music, and nature-inspired product designs emphasize the power of nature, positive affirmations, and self-care to rejuvenate, uplift, and heal. Be sure to check out her workshop so you can learn some ways to be more creative.

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Free Workshop On Journaling Benefits & Tips

Free Workshop On Journaling Benefits & Tips

Kat Caldwell, the author of Write Your Life: More Than Just A Journal, will present a short workshop on the benefits of journaling April 2 at 7 p.m. EST in the Shortcuts for Writers Facebook group. She will discuss her path down the road of journaling, why she became so ardent about it, and why she thinks you should journal as well. For those who listen to the video, there are some goodies at the end.

It’s not necessary to attend live as the replay wil be available to group members in Unit 8. If you’d like to chat with Kat in the comments live, she will be there from 7-7:30 p.m. EST to answer questions. You need to be a member of the Shortcuts for Writers Facebook group to attend. If you’re not a member, you can request to join the group here. Be sure to answer the membership questions.

Kat is a writer of historical fiction and fantasy fiction. She is not only passionate about writing the stories that come into her head, but also that other people write the story of their lives. She hosts a podcast for creatives and their businesses called Pencils & Lipstick and hopes to come out with her contemporary novel in the fall of 2020.

You can find her at:

On Kat’s website, there is a Free Quarantine journaling bundle right at the top menu. You can also sign up for her journaling prompt newsletter here. If you are interested in more journaling prompts, be sure to follow her on Instagram as she posts different ones there.


Kat also interviewed me recently on the Pencils & Lipstick podcast. The first 40 minutes discuss the ups and downs of my writing journey and what led me to this point in my career, and then for the rest of the podcast we talk about my online course Book Editing Blueprint and the common mistakes that writers make.

You can listen to our interview here.

Pencils&Lipstick is for anyone who is a writer, reader, or looking for encouragement to develop their creativity. Kat interviews writers, entrepreneurs, artists, and many others. You’ll get audio samples of new books coming out, and she tackles life issues that plague us all. You can also join her Pencils&Lipstick Facebook group, a growing community where creatives come together to encourage and connect.

Journaling Books

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Here are a couple of Kat’s journaling books.

Write Your Life: More Than Just A JournalSometimes we can get into a rut when chronicling our lives. That’s why Kat wanted to make something where you could fill in some fun details about yourself without interrupting your personal journaling flow. This journal contains lined pages with prompts scattered throughout. Prompts like: what are your favorite foods now? What music are you into? Has the genre changed over the years?

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Push a Pencil: 40 Prompts to Further Develop Your Creative Writing – This isn’t just a book of writing prompts; this is a writing journal. With fun, descriptive ideas, space to write, and examples, this is a book you can take and use anywhere. The prompts range from a character waking up in a trench in WWI to a spell causing your character to speak as they write on social media. Cultivate Your Writing Craft is great for any writer, no matter what the experience, to get their creative juices flowing. Cultivate your craft using characters you already created or make up new ones. Use this book in a writing group and compare with your writing friends. Your imagination is endless, but sometimes you need a new idea to grow a story from. Use these prompts as a way to start a new story or add to one you already have.

Remember to check out the Shortcuts for Writers group so you can watch Kat’s workshop on journaling benefits and tips.

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