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How to get unstuck and continue a regular writing practice

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“Where do you get your ideas for your blog posts?”, my new to blogging friend asked. Which began a conversation about writing and developing our curiosity and eventual expertise as writers.

Regardless of our topic, there are some tried and true ways of firing up our “idea machine” and keeping the writing going, every day.

The first thing I shared was that since writing is a solitary experience, it behooves us to get out into the world. …


It’s not about the achievement but about who you become

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Getting out of your comfort zone is a popular theme that we’re all a bit tired of reading about.

But…stay with me, because there are lots of different ways to attack it.

Like taking something you already know how to do and then taking it further. A couple of years ago, I chose a cycling charity event for this exact purpose.

The picture above shows the route of day two.

Overall I cycled 150 kilometres over two days. A crazy distance, given that I’d only been back on a bike for just over a year.

When I look at that…


You’d have hysteria too, if it happened to you

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In painting and life, perspective is everything.

Emily Carr was first and foremost a creative woman, who had to craft and cobble a life based on the cultural, societal, and international aspects of the day. In her lifetime she lived through and adjusted to tremendous external forces including the advent of automation, two world wars, a global pandemic, and oh yes, the granting of personhood to women.

The internal forces were no less.

Grappling with a society that didn’t support women’s independence and which favoured the work of her male counterparts. Carr spent much of her artistic life invisible to…


And how it serves you as a writer and as a person

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The more you know, the more you realize you know nothing. Socrates

Have you ever thought about the topics you write about, why you write about them, and more importantly, what more there is for you to learn?

As writers and as people, one of the best things we can do for ourselves is to admit how little we know and that anything we do know is just one small aspect of a subject. When you admit that, you give yourself permission to keep being curious and to keep seeking the what and why of any given topic.

Instead of…


Everything that keeps you writing is part of your success

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Your ideas of success are just one reframe away and I have Shaunta Grimes to thank for that shift in perspective.

I recently read a piece by Shaunta in which she said — every place you earn money is in service to your writing. Even the job you don’t like.

Take a moment and let that thought sink in.

Money being of service to your writing. So often we look to writing as in service to our success and the one and only (desired) source of the flow of money. But what’s writing if it isn’t meant to be in…


For writing success prepare to challenge the fixed mindset

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Have you ever thought about your evolution as a writer and whether you are operating from growth or fixed mindset?

Psychologist Carol Dweck researches and writes about mindset, specifically the fixed and growth mindsets, and I only just put together how these impact us as writers. You see, in a fixed mindset, you gravitate to easy, or what comes “naturally”. Which means we find the topics that are easiest for us to write about. …


Master the process and your life will never be the same

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If you’re looking for a more satisfying and happy life, there’s a simple process to set you on the path.

It’s four steps. It took me a long time to learn them and fully understand their power.

They are deceptively simple and begin with an inspired thought and then lead to ….

…. defining what you want…

…..deciding what you’ll do to achieve it …

…. doing it…with the final and most important step to your happiness best expressed by Martin Luther King.

Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who…


You Can’t Do It All And Why Would You Want To?

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Forget life/work balance. Let’s just throw that antiquated idea out the door. They are not two separate things. For anyone who was juggling work and their child’s online learning, this outdated and flawed idea was exposed.

If you own a business that’s in the early years and are holding down a job and have children, then the demands on your time are mighty.

Becoming strategic with your time is a necessity so that you aren’t trading off on the wrong things.

I realize this next bit might tick you off, but….

…..If you’re trying to do it all and not…


Judy, grief...yes. It's such an odd thing. Thank you for sharing your experience.

When I've had occasion to support friends around the loss of a child, I let them know about the days leading up to the date of passing. Sometimes it's almost worse than the day of.

I'll look forward to reading your work as well.


It’s not about bouncing back to the old you

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Resilience. If you believe that resilience means bouncing back to the way you were, then you haven’t yet fully taken in the circumstances that cause you to need it.

When my third pregnancy ended in a miscarriage I was totally unprepared. I’d had two full-term pregnancies prior to the one I lost and other than having more extreme symptoms, there was no reason to believe this one would be any different.

Ironically, we’d just told friends and family about the pregnancy since we thought we’d entered the safe zone, out of the first trimester and into the second. I was…

Frances Hickmott

Speaker/Author -self-leadership, resilience & mindset. Story Finding Wizard for entrepreneurs www.francesfound.com My book: Journey to Joy

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