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Inspirational Journeys Presents: A conversation about Writing Routines, Ghostwriting and Author Collaborations with Kent Sanders

On today’s episode, Kent Sanders and I talk about writing routines, ghost writing, and the story of how he and Billy Stanley collaborated on the book entitled The Faith of Elvis. Be sure to have a method for taking notes while listening to this conversation, because there are some tips and nuggets of inspiration you won’t want to miss.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

A Conversation about Writing Routines, Ghostwriting and Author collaborations with Kent Sanders

Hello:

I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?

Kent Sanders

WHEN?

Friday, November 18, 2022

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Kent Sanders and his coauthor Billy Stanley…

Billy Stanley is a New York Times bestselling author and the stepbrother of Elvis Presley. As one of the singer’s trusted confidants, Stanley witnessed Elvis’s faith in action firsthand. A successful salesman and former airplane mechanic, Stanley and his wife, Liz, live in Memphis, Tennessee, just a few miles from Graceland.

Kent Sanders is the founder of Inkwell Ghostwriting, which helps leaders grow their business through books and other content. He is also the author and co-author of numerous books, including 18 Words to Live By: A Father’s Wisdom on What Matters Most and co-author of The Faith of Elvis: A Story Only a Brother Can Tell with Billy Stanley, Elvis Presley’s stepbrother.

In addition to writing books for himself and his clients, Kent loves to help other writers. He is the host of the Daily Writer podcast, which helps writers cultivate the habits for creative success, and the founder of the Daily Writer membership community. He lives just outside of St. Louis and enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and teenage son.

The Faith of Elvis was written by Billy Stanley with Kent Sanders, which is today’s featured book.

Description:

Behind the glamour and the crowds. Beyond the movies and the records.

Apart from all who knew him, wanted to know him, or just wanted to be near him.

Billy Stanley knew Elvis Presley as a brother—and as a man of deep faith.

From the day Billy Stanley arrived at Graceland and received a bear hug from the King of Rock and Roll to the last conversation they ever had, one thing stayed the same: Elvis’s passion for sharing God’s love with as many people he could.

In The Faith of Elvis,Billy illuminates Elvis’s Christian journey—from the notes Elvis made in his beloved Bible to his struggles with sin as his fame increased to his remarkable generosity toward fans and movie stars alike.

Through this first-hand account, you will find

  • touching family stories of the Elvis that pop culture doesn’t know;
  • a keen look into how Elvis intricately wove his faith into every part of his life;
  • insights into the ups-and-downs the four brothers experienced while at home and on the road together; and
  • examples of Elvis’s profound influence on others—from those closest to him to his cherished fans and, ultimately, the world at large.

Here you will find your own faith strengthened and your heart turned more toward heaven—or as Elvis would say, toward the only true King.

Purchase link:

Connect with Billy Stanley and Kent Sanders at the following links:

https://www.facebook.com/billy.stanley.900

https://kentsanders.net

https://dailywriterlife.com

https://facebook.com/kent.sanders

https://instagram.com/kentsanders

https://instagram.com/dailywriterlife

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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This is a photo of Kent Shaders, Ghostwriter, author and host of The Daily Writer Podcast
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Inspirational Journeys Presents: How to Write Fast with Beth Jones

Beth Jones Headshot

In today’s episode, My special guest, Beth Jones shares tips, inspiration and encouragement for writers about how to simple put your but in the chare and conquer the 3 P’s: Procrastination, Perfectionism, and pitfalls. Come prepared to take notes as you join in the conversation.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

How to Write Fast with Beth Jones

Hello:

I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?

Beth Jones

WHEN?

Friday, October 28, 2022

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Beth Jones…

Beth Jones is an International Speaker and Author, wife to fire chief-paramedic Ray, and mom of 3 beautiful daughters, Heather, Eden, and Leah. She also has an adopted black cat with green eyes, Natalya, who follows Beth everywhere. Beth’s mission is encouraging women to use their gifts for God’s glory, fulfilling their purpose, and living a life they love. She also helps aspiring speakers and writers to share their hearts’ powerful, unique messages. 

Beth’s featured book is entitled How to Write Fast: Making Your Writing Dreams Come True

Description: 

Do you want to write a book? Have you always dreamed of being an author? Do procrastination, perfectionism, and other pitfalls stop you from writing–or finishing–your book? Learn how to get out of your own way and get it done with this practical, how-to writing tips guide by an Amazon Best Seller Author of 13 books. Discover what you need to know about getting started, actually writing your book, outsourcing the frustrating “techie” aspects like editing, formatting, and designing the front cover, and much more. This is the year to write your book. Now is the time to make your writing dreams come true!

Purchase link:

Excerpt:

Do you want to write a book? Have you always dreamed of being an author? Do procrastination, perfectionism, and other pitfalls stop you from writing–or finishing–your book? Learn how to get out of your own way and get it done with this practical, how-to writing tips guide by an Amazon Best Seller Author of 13 books. Discover what you need to know about getting started, actually writing your book, outsourcing the frustrating “techie” aspects like editing, formatting, and designing the front cover, and much more. This is the year to write your book. Now is the time to make your writing dreams come true!

Connect with Beth at the following Links:

website: 

https://www.BethJones.net

Amazon Author Page:

Podcast:

Facebook biz page:

https://www.facebook.com/BethJones.net/

Twitter:

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/beth_mjones

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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Four Key Components of a to do List Matrix

Are you struggling with an overwhelming pile of tasks to do? Are you stuck, because you can’t figure out which tasks to do first? Let me tell you, folks, this happened to me last week. God made me put on the breaks and back up, so I could reflect on which steps He wanted me to take first. I’d read about categorizing a to do list, but didn’t know how to go about it, until the Writing Warriors for Jesus bootcamp meeting this past Saturday. Now that I’ve learned how to create a to do list matrix, I’m going to describe this list and show you how to create one for yourself.

What is a to do list matrix? Well, I’m glad you asked. Simply put, it’s a list of tasks categorized, in the order in which they need to be completed. How and where you create this list is up to you, but I simply created it as a Word document and put it in my Journals folder. My list has four basic categories, but you can make it as simply or as elaborate as you want, just so long as it works for you. The categories my writing friends and I came up with, are as follows:

  • Urgent tasks? These are the time sensitive tasks that have to be completed today (meaning the day you list them), or by the end of the week. Be sure to write the date of completion beside these items, so you won’t forget. When you complete an urgent task, take it off the list.
  • Important tasks: These tasks are high priority, but they don’t have to be done this week, for example. When you complete the most urgent tasks, you can start moving the important tasks to the urgent lists with time sensitive deadlines beside them.
  • Needs: These are the tasks that need to get done, but they are not of the highest priority. As with the important tasks being moved to he urgent category, these move up the list upon completion of the most urgent tasks.
  • And finally, wants: These tasks are things you’d like to do, but don’t have time for at the moment.

 Once you’ve completed your most urgent tasks for a given day, if time allows, you can start working on one of your important tasks. Fir example, I finished my urgent tasks that needed to be done on Saturday, and I had time to brainstorm topics for my email list, which is listed under the important category. For a more detailed description of the to do list matrix or to my sample list, check out my YouTube video or the Podcast episode if you like listening on the go.

Now it’s your turn? How did you create your list matrix and how has it worked for you. Feel free to share your own reflections on your website or blog with a pingback to this post so I can share your post with my followers. Until next time, happy reading and God bless.

Hugs,

Ann

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Writing With a Purpose

Hello dear writers and readers in the Blogosphere.

Have you ever felt led to listen to a podcast episode, but weren’t quite sure why you were drawn to it, until near the very end? That’s what happened to me this morning. Let me explain.

This morning, over breakfast, I listened to Friday’s episode of the Where Did You See God Podcast entitled Sitting in Suffering: Public Transparency.

In this episode, Paul Granger speaks with Heather Carter, who was led by God to write her thoughts and share them on her website, after being diagnosed with, and treated for Leukemia. God used her blog posts and her books to glorify Him and to show people that they are not alone in their suffering.

The Holy Spirit lead me to not only share this episode with a friend, but to create my own podcast episode and YouTube video entitled Writing With a Purpose. This episode started out with my final Camp NaNoWriMo update, but I have to admit, God turned it into something bigger than I could have ever imagined. If there’s one thing, I want you to take away from this post it’s this: Your writing has a purpose. The purpose is to glorify God and to share the good news about Jesus with the world, this is why I tell listeners and viewers at the end of every podcast episode and YouTube video that your story matters, because it does matter, more than you’ll ever know. So, I challenge you to read to get inspired, write something inspiring and share your creation with the world, for when you touch one life, you’ve touched thousands. Happy writing and God bless you!

Love and Prayers,

Ann

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consider your life’s work as self-care

To all you readers and bloggers in the blogosphere, I have one question for you today. What brings you joy in your writing life?

Check out this YouTube video I posted to my social media this morning and either leave your answer in the comments, or post your response on your social channels and tag me, so I can share it.

Consider the work the Lord has called you to do as self-care, instead of a task that fills you with negative emotions. Remember the PERMA model: Positive emotion, Engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment. Find joy in your life’s work on the daily.

Blessings,

Ann

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A freelance writer‘s guide for students by guest contributor Lucy Reed

A Freelance Writing Guide for Students

Freelancing may seem like an unlikely business opportunity for students or recent graduates, but plenty of people are doing it. If you’re looking to augment your income while building new skills and experiences, freelancing may be the way to go. This guide covers freelancing during school or after graduation, as well as Ann Harrison’s tips for making freelancing work a viable long-term career path.

Enhance Your Writing Skills

The key to a successful freelancing career lies in your ability to write well. No matter what niche you’re working in, always keep learning and developing your skills through writing courses and workshops. Taking extra courses at local community colleges is often an option if you’re short on funds. However, there are also a lot of free resources available online.

Create a Writing Portfolio

Before you begin making money from your writing, you need to have a portfolio of samples. Just like a painter or musician, a writer’s portfolio is a way of showcasing your work and establishing your value to potential clients. Try to include 3–5 samples — any more than that and your would-be client will get swamped.

Looking for Writing Gigs

The most obvious place to look for writing jobs is online. There are more job opportunities here than ever before. In addition to sites like Indeed, you can also check out marketplaces like ProBlogger. Search for small business blogs where local businesses may be hiring writers to create copy for advertisements, blogs, newsletters, and other media. Another great way to find writing gigs is by networking with other professionals in your field.

Marketing Yourself and Getting Started

It’s important to market yourself as a freelance writer. Research how to write marketing pieces and product descriptions, and make sure you include them in your portfolio. Look for internships or part-time jobs related to writing. You can also find a mentor who can help guide you through your early days as a freelancer. Subscribe to newsletters and blogs, follow online discussions related to your industry, and apply for scholarships that reward writing skills.

The Legalities Running a Freelancing Business 

Consider getting an EIN (tax ID number). If you’re hiring employees and paying them, you need an EIN so the IRS can track and report payroll taxes for any employees you might hire. Additionally, using an EIN on your invoices shows that you’re running a legitimate business. Here is more information on how to set one up.

Looking For Long-Term Contracts

If you’re just getting started as a freelancer, it may be difficult to attract consistent work. Long-term contracts can be an excellent way to build your portfolio and reputation while building steady income. While they do require more work up front, they also provide stability over time.

Rewards and Flexibility

As a freelancer, you can enjoy being self-employed. As with any career, freelancing comes with its share of headaches and stressors but it also comes with tons of rewards, including flexibility, a high degree of autonomy, and greater work/life balance. Visit Ann Writes Inspiration for more writing tips.

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Lucy Reed created Gig Mine to help others dig up sharing economy opportunities in a user’s area, all in a single location, so users don’t have to jump between multiple sites. It’s the new and improved way to get a gig job!

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Someone wanted, but, and, so, or: Developing Your Story Arch

Hello everyone in the blogosphere, today I have a special writing tip to help you develop your story arch. Before we get into the formula, I have some news to share.

My friend Teresa Guffanti invited me to join a new social media app called Clubhouse. While in a room for beginning podcasters, room moderator Danny De Hek invited Teresa and I to be his special guests on his What De Hek podcast.

The following tip was inspired by a conversation in a room where several people were talking about how to tell your story so others will listen. Her formula was designed to help motivational speakers structure their content to make it more engaging to their audience. I expanded the formula to teach fiction writers how to develop their story arches. The formula is as follows:

Someone, your protagonist

Wanted, what does your MC want? What is the character’s goal in your story?

But, the fear or flaw keeping your character from achieving his or her goal

And, in walks the villain to turn your MC’s world upside down in each paradigm shift

So, Your MC must conquer the fear or flaw holding her back and confront the villain to achieve her goal

Or, lose everything, including her life, depending on your genre.

To hear the full explanation of my formula, check out today’s podcast episode.

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method with Special Guest Randy Ingermanson

 

In today’s episode, I’m excited to have the author and creator of the Snowflake Method as my special guest. Though I talked podcast listeners and YouTube viewers through the Snowflake Method, I can’t do it just like Randy Ingermanson can, so sit back, relax and be sure to have a note taking device at the ready, because we’re going to cover a lot of information.

 

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

 

 

How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method with Randy Ingermanson!

Hello:

I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

 

 

WHO?

Randy Ingermanson

WHEN?

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

WHERE?

YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWFyJFJHoOU&t=300s

 

Podcast:

https://anchor.fm/inspirational-journeys/episodes/How-to-Write-a-Novel-Using-the-Snowflake-Method-with-Special-Guest-Randy-Ingermanson-etagva

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR RANDY INGERMANSON…

 

Randy Ingermanson wants to teach you how to write excellent fiction. 

He’s been teaching for more than twenty years, and he’s known around the world as “the Snowflake Guy” in honor of his wildly popular Snowflake Method of writing a novel.

Randy is an award-winning novelist and publishes the free monthly Advanced Fiction Writing E-zine. He says that “Fiction Writing = Organization + Craft + Marketing,” so he focuses on those three topics in his e-zine.

He also blogs when the spirit moves him. He is trying to get the spirit to move him weekly, but the spirit gets touchy about schedules.

Randy lives in the Pacific Northwest and works as a manservant to two surly and demanding cats. Visit Randy at AdvancedFictionWriting.com.

 

 

 

 

Today’s featured book is entitled: How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method

 

Description

Are you writing a novel, but having trouble getting your first draft written?

Take a look at the wildly popular Snowflake Method—ten battle-tested steps that jump-start your creativity and help you quickly map out your story. All around the world, novelists are using the Snowflake Method right now to ignite their imaginations and get their first drafts down.

The Snowflake Method is a magical key to unlock your creative wizard.

This book is written as a “business parable,” which means it’s a book about a nonfiction topic, but it’s written in story form. The story features a young woman named Goldilocks who desperately wants to write a novel. She goes to a writers conference, and there she takes classes from three bears. Papa Bear teaches outlining, but Goldilocks finds that too rigid. Mama Bear teaches “organic writing,” but Goldilocks finds that too squishy. Baby Bear teaches the Snowflake Method. Will Goldilocks find it to be just right?

Yes, this is a very zany story. That’s the point. The zaniness of the story will help lock the principles deep inside your head. Because story does that. You remember stories longer. Especially zany stories. Have fun!

 

Purchase link:   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LWBZ696/

 

Excerpt:

Goldilocks had always wanted to write a novel. 

She learned to read before she went to kindergarten. 

In grade school, she always had her nose in a book. 

In junior high, the other kids thought she was weird, because she actually liked reading those dusty old novels in literature class. 

All through high school, Goldilocks dreamed of writing a book of her own someday.

But when she went to college, her parents persuaded her to study something practical

Goldilocks hated practical, and secretly she kept reading novels. But she was a very obedient girl, so she did what her parents told her. She got a very practical degree in marketing. 

After college, she got a job that bored her to tears—but at least it was practical.

Then she got married, and within a few years, she had two children, a girl and then a boy. She quit her job to devote full time to them. 

As the children grew, Goldilocks took great joy in introducing them to the stories she had loved as a child. 

When her son went off to kindergarten, Goldilocks thought about looking for a job. But her resume now had a seven-year hole in it, and her practical skills were long out of date. 

The only jobs Goldilocks could qualify for were minimum wage.

She suddenly realized that being practical had made her horribly unhappy. 

On a whim, Goldilocks decided to do the one thing she had always wanted more than anything else—she was finally going to write a novel.

She didn’t care if it was impractical.

She didn’t care if nobody would ever read her novel.

She was going to do it just because she wanted to.

For the first time in years, she was going to do something just for herself.

 

And nobody was going to stop her.

 

Learn more about the Snowflake Method at the following link::

https://www.advancedfictionwriting.com

 

BE A GUEST…

 

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

 

Follow me on Social media:

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Author challenge: Who Are Your Three Ideal Readers

Hello to everyone in the blogosphere. I have a special challenge for you, but before I explain what the challenge is, I’d first like to encourage you to sign up for my BB, so you can receive a free gift and news and updates about my author journey. Without further ado, here’s my challenge.

The question for you is: Who are the three ideal people you write for? I’ll share my answers with you, but first, here’s what I’d like you to do. Before you answer this question, spend some time in prayer over your three people and journal about them. If finding free images on Pixabay, Unsplash or any other sites where you can download free for commercial use photos, and create your images using your software of choice. If you decide to post your three ideal readers on your blog or website, please tag me on social media or pingback to this post so I can read your answers and share them on my social media. My answers are as follows.
1. My daughter Sharen, for whom the original version of Shadow of Truth was dedicated to.
2. The person who suffers from PTSD, due to a horrific incident they witnessed as a chile or any traumatic experience he or she experienced in his or her life. No matter what you’ve been through, remember you’re not alone.
3. The person who feels jaded by her friends and family due to her disability.

Blessings,
Ann
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