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Inspiration for Writers Speaking

For a Happier New Year: Replace Your Resolutions with Attainable Goals

Resolutions or Attainable Goals?
Resolutions or Attainable Goals?

“Nutty with a Dash of Meat” Jeanette Levellie here.

I never make New Year’s resolutions. I’m too hard on myself when I break them–which I always do. Then I end up feeling guilty, and that’s a waste of time. So to make each New Year a happy one, I set attainable goals instead. I post them on my bedroom wall, where I review them every few weeks to remind myself of what I’m shooting for. I have six month goals, one year goals, five- year goals, even lifetime goals. But I have noticed something about them over the years. They change.

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Marketing

Be Quotable

Do you highlight quotes as you read a book? Do you copy down favorite sayings on to sticky notes and post on your mirror or computer? Do you share graphics of favorite quotes on facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest? Yep, me too!

And that is the goal of a writer or speaker—to be quotable. To share nuggets of wisdom people can easily grab and grow with.

In your books and speeches, be sure to place short and simple quotes under the 100 characters (#plusyourname #your website). Be “tweetable!”

Tweet this: When VERTICAL relationship with God is healthy, your HORIZONTAL relationships with people are healthier @pamfarrel #7simpleskills

As you travel, look for photos you can take, so you own the image and can turn it into a beautiful memorable graphic. (Or if you see a great snapshot on facebook page of a friend, ask for permission to use and give them credit (like this awesome photo of a tree taken by my friend Abby) to which I added the most quoted phrase from my book, Woman of Influence.

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In my more recent books, I asked the publisher to have pull out quotes, already in a graphic so people couple even Xerox and place on their mirror, or bedside or in the Bible to give them strength for life’s journey. In Brave New Woman these are called “Winning Wisdom” and in my newest book, 7 Simple Skills for Every Woman: Success for Keeping it All Together, they are “simple sayings 4 success”. My friend, Christin Ditchfield (also an author) created a simple branding graphic template I can place any quote on for social media and instantly people can recognize the source of the quote. (You can create images free on places like www.picmonkey.com  or www.canva.com)

 

While I look for quotes to use as I write a book, I also enjoy that first read through of my own book before my first interview as I take a highlighter to mark off quotes to share verbally in the interview but also to use on my various social media platforms. And I usually run a contest on my social media with my friends, or my launch group and I ask them to place their favorite quotes on images I can use on social media too. It is nice to see what others deem quotable.

Lastly, google your own name or your own book, or search through Amazon or Good Reads, chances are others have quoted you in places all over the web—and rejoice if you see your quotes captured on an image, or selected to share in reader groups or other platforms.

 

Two of my happiest days as a writer were when I was given a calendar of quotes of Inspiring Women of God—and I turned to find several by me! The second was when a woman in one of my audiences asked if she could quote from my books for her daily text message devotional and I replied, “Yes, but only if you sign me up for them too!” then one day, when I was really struggling with a spiritual attack on the future of my ministry, at 6 am my cell phone text beeped and one of my own quotes from 10 Best Decisions a Woman Can Make was exactly what I needed to read to give me to courage to face my day!

 

May your quotes bless others—and may they boomerang back to bless you too!

Pam Farrel
Pam Farrel

Pam Farrel is an international speaker, author of 40 books and she prays she will be quoted long after she is dead, gone and in heaven with Jesus! www.Love-wise.com

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Marketing

Meeting Planners Are People Too

Pam Farrel
Pam Farrel

Greetings from Pam Farrel  of Love-Wise:

In our Simple Skills for Success books (for men and women) we share a quote we have said hundreds of times to our own children as well as everyone we have lead or mentored:

Quality attracts quality. Be a quality person and you will  attract quality people.

This principle is also true in relationships between author and audience, and speaker and meeting planner. I have sat on both sides of an event desk: 1) as the Pastor’s wife and Director of Women’s Ministry hosting an event and 2) as the Guest Communicator speaking at an event. One of the items authors sometimes forget is that meeting planners are people too.

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Speaking

WRITERS WHO SPEAK – QUOTING FEES

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It’s football season in Texas — Friday Nights Lights for real! And here in Waco, the big news has been Baylor University’s new McLane Stadium, and the nationally ranked Baylor Bears. As Baylor alumnae, my husband and I are enthusiastically following our beloved Bears, even though the first game saw temperatures of over 100 degrees. But then the next Saturday we shivered in a brisk wind on a 58 degree Saturday morning watching our great-grandson make a touchdown in Little League Football. The result of hard workouts and practices.

It’s also the season for booking retreats and speaking engagements, and the sticky issue of quoting fees for your speaking engagements. How do you make a touchdown, so to speak, in negotiating a fee for your speaking engagement?

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Speaking Writing Business

WRITERS WHO SPEAK – WHAT SHALL I SAY?

"GoldenKeyesParsons"Golden Keyes Parsons here in Central Texas wondering if the cold weather of this winter will end anytime soon. We have had several cycles of freezing degree nights swinging to 80's during the day. I don't ever remember the weather fluctuations being this varied and long lasting before.

However, spring seems to have arrived in our yard, so perhaps warmer days are here "SPRING now.

 

 

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Encouragement Speaking

WRITERS WHO SPEAK – SPEAKER DO’S & DON’TS

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Greetings from Golden Keyes Parsons here in East Texas on a drizzly, cold January day. I am always delighted and excited when I am on my way to a speaking engagement, but with the weather we’ve had the past few weeks, along with the rest of the country, I’m rather relieved I don’t have to travel anytime soon.

So let’s continue with the last of our Speaker Don’t’s:

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Speaking

WRITERS WHO SPEAK: CHOOSING A TOPIC

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Encouragement Speaking

ANYTHING BUT THAT, LORD—By Christine Lindsay

Joshua 1:9 “Have I not
commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be
discouraged, for the
Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”


"Christine
FACT
—According to The Book of Lists, the
fear of public speaking ranks number one in the minds of the majority of
people. Far above the fear of death and disease, comes the fear of standing in
front of a crowd.

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Ministry Speaking

Only for a Moment

"Author,

A knock at my hotel room startled me.

"Room service," a voice said. I hurried to let her in. “Only need fresh towels,” I said. “I’ll be fine.”

She brought them in and I smiled at her. “Thank you. What’s your name?”

“Rachel.”

We chatted about mundane stuff. But when I told her why I had visited her city, she was open to hear about my ministry.

I reached for my suitcase. “Got something for you,” I said. I put a CD in her hands.

“This is for me?” she asked, her voice gasping a bit.

“Sure it is,” I said. “Hope you like it and it inspires you.”

Two days passed, and I delivered a message to 500 women on three different occasions during the weekend. On the last day, as I entered my room, a voice got closer. “This is Rachel. I want to tell you that I heard your CD. It was so wonderful. And I gave it to my friend who really needed to be encouraged. She loved it too. Thank you.”

Her words filled with emotion made my heart leap with gratitude. I had traveled to address an audience, but the Lord had me minister to her. What a sweet thing. Every opportunity, every moment, every person we meet on the way is planted by the Lord.

I had developed a sort of crazy habit. Before I leave hotel rooms, I take the already used soap, place it in a plastic bag and bring it home. I place it on my soap dish in my bathroom. Each time I use it, I say a prayer for the person I met who touched my heart.

This time it’s Rachel, the housekeeping lady who changed my view of why the Lord sends us speakers to faraway places. It’s not always for the crowd, but for the person who knocks at our heart unexpectedly, deliberately and at the perfect time.

Heavenly Father, keep me humble, keep me open to the people You put before me. Keep me mindful of Your lead and Your prompting to reach those who brush our lives even for a moment.

Janet

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Cheering you on to experience life, harvest its lessons and share their outcome.

www.janetperezeckles.com

Author #1 bestselling book, Simply Salsa: Dancing Without Fear at God’s Fiesta

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Writing craft

Finding and Writing a Character’s Voice: Lessons from Playwriting

Pic for website 2012     Hello, again! Maureen Pratt here with my monthly blogpost about the craft of writing. Today, I'm going to focus on techniques to employ to find and write distinctive voices for each of your characters or individuals in fiction or non-fiction.

    I began my professional writing career as a playwright, earning my Master of Fine Arts in Theater Arts with a concentration in playwriting from UCLA and later having a number of plays produced. Unlike writing for the movies, playwriting "runs" on dialogue. A professional script for live theater contains very little, if any, description except to set the scene, and actor's notes should be non-existent. (Once a play has been published, which assumes it's been produced, these notes are usually inserted as guidelines for subsequent productions, however, original scripts do not include them.) So, it's vital that a playwright master the art of dialogue, crafting lines that contain meaning, emphasis, and character without "indicating" these in the script.

Example: "Mary: He did what? How? I don't believe it" instead of: "Mary (raising her voice and her eyebrows): He did what? (She sits down on the sofa) How? (She sighs) I don't believe it."