Make your writing dreams a reality: 3 things you need to do on a regular basis

If you have dreams of writing and want to produce something for the world to read it takes passion, dedication and consistency. I am a published author, having contributed to two books. Writing is a daily practice for me. I continue to write for blog posts, personal projects, social media and my next book.

Writing takes consistency

First off, you need to write every day. I suggest putting aside 30 minutes a day for this. Now, when I say write, I mean free-flow writing. This is where you write whatever comes to mind on a topic, theme or subject. This keeps the mind fluid and creative, and not wrapped up in the structure of the writing. We may sometimes put things down in point form, have a list of possible titles and so forth. Anything goes.

Writing takes dedication

Secondly, set aside one hour a week to put toward all the rules of writing; grammar, structure, flow etc. This helps your work take shape and see the direction that you want to take the work you are writing. With this practice, your freestyle writing begins taking form. It also makes the process less daunting in the long run when you are working at it in piecemeal every week during your free-form writing.

Writing takes passion

If you are consistent with writing daily for a minimum of 30 minutes and spending a minimum of an hour each week editing weekly, you will be amazed at how much material you are producing. Not everything you write will make it to the final draft, but each idea that is put onto paper helps the next idea to blossom. But that kind of dedication takes passion.

Creativity needs to be worked on every day. If not, it will slowly disappear. Use your passion for your subject matter and/or dream to be a published author to make the commitment to stick with a daily writing regimen and weekly editing session. Like any new habit, it will feel hard and out of sorts at first. But soon, it becomes a part of your routine that you look forward to. One that feeds your passion and your soul. At all, we were put here to be creative and to express ourselves.

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Overwhelmed by the transition to entrepreneurship?

I’ve been there. When I left the corporate and small business worlds to start my own business, I didn’t know what I was in for. I saw other women living lives that I wanted to be mine, and wondered, “How are they doing it?” Knowing something had to give, I totally changed the way I’m running and building my business.

As a mother, blogger, mentor, speaker and business owner, I am used to balancing the demands of many roles. It is hard to “do it all,” and I have learned how to adjust to those expectations. Stick with me and you’ll be diving into your business with fresh eyes and a growth-centered mindset faster than you ever imagined!

It all came to a head in the Fall of 2015. With my daughter’s autism diagnosis and my postpartum depression following my son’s birth, my Spring/Summer that year had been pretty rough. I was feeling pretty kicked around — to say the least. As I was crawling out of the dark and twisty places life had cornered me in that year, I knew that everything had changed.

For many reasons, I couldn’t go back to my corporate life. One of the biggest reasons was that my perspective on how I was going to live my life had changed. A shift had happened. My time away from my children was going to be spent doing things that I was passionate about. Doing things that got me pumped about life. In May of 2016, I went out on my own and started my business. It was great. I was finally doing things that had me pumped about my time away from my kids. I had the flexibility to spend more time with them. At the end of the day, I had the energy to work in my household and my marriage.

But, while I was living my passion and excited about my life again, it wasn’t all sunshine and roses. Previously, I was a teacher, a sales professional, marketing leader and client services manager. By setting clear objectives, I succeeded in each role, even though they were in different industries.

But being an entrepreneur was a whole new world. I felt the loneliness. I had self-doubt. I didn’t know where to start…and I wasn’t the only one in this boat.

Whether I’m out speaking to a room full of female entrepreneurs or leading a workshop, one of the things that I hear over and over again from these amazing women is how great it is to be out from behind their desks and surrounded by a group of like-minded women. And as our conversation continues, it becomes clear that they are looking for a tribe of women that they can connect and collaborate with regularly in an environment that is welcoming, encouraging and safe enough to let their walls down and share. I needed a community like this too. One that encourages fellow members as they conquer fears, overcome obstacles and achieve their dreams. A tribe that leaves me with a new comfort level and the confidence I’m craving to expand my growth and limits — both personally and professionally.

And most importantly, I wanted a place that would offer me more than inspiration. One that would give me the actionable advice, education and mentorship, support and accountability that we all need.

And from these conversations and my own needs, Fempire Builders was born.

You see, it’s not just me. And it’s not just you. We are not alone. And when we come together, it’s a powerful thing. With the Fempire Builders community supporting me and holding me accountable, I have experienced the business growth that previously I had only dreamed about.

Just as it has been for other Fempire Builders, it will be the same for you, too. Wait and see!