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E is for Ease #AtoZChallenge

One of my favorite yoga instructors likes to keep us in strengthening poses for, oh, a decade or so. At least that's what it feels like when my legs start to shake and I really want to straighten my front leg in a warrior pose because my thigh is on fire. After an hour or so, she reminds us all to "find the ease in the pose." 

Depending on my attitude, I may think, "Oh, yeah, right," or..."Okay." 

When I decide to find the ease, I remind myself to breathe, to focus on the task on hand, to shift my thoughts and maybe my muscles to soften a bit. It's temporary. And it's really not hours. 

And when I stop focusing on the struggle and instead focus on the moment and my own strength, I find myself more grateful to my body for succeeding in the pose, and I believe my body reaps the benefits of the poses that much more. 

This is what I have to remind myself when I struggle on the page. Thinking about how I am having trouble is a distraction. It's difficult to get anything down when I'm thinking about how hard it is. 

If I say "okay" and just write, eventually I find the ease in the writing process. It starts to flow. And, later, I can thank my mind for letting the words fall onto the page and be grateful.


What do you do when you find yourself struggling, with writing or anything? Do you have to remind yourself to breathe?



Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Experience

The popularity of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books is beyond extraordinary. What started out as a multi- rejected book idea has turned into a multi-million dollar book empire. More than 110 million Chicken Soup for the Soul books have been sold. Many of the books have been translated to 40 different languages. I'm proud that my personal essays have been included in some of these books, and I hope to continue being a Chicken Soup contributor.
My Story
I thought I would share a bit about being published in these collections. I'm very happy with my Chicken Soup experiences, and part of that may be that I went into it with little expectations at first. I started with them because I had a few stories that seemed to fit what they were looking for, and I thought I had nothing to lose. Unlike some of the other markets and contests I was looking at, submitting to Chicken Soup could be done at no cost to me, and I didn't even need to worry about a postage stamp, because they had a…

All the Right Ingredients to Writing Advice

Last time, I talked about people in our lives that are pretty sure they know how to be successful writers, because they spent much of their time reading. Sometimes their advice can be a blessing, sometimes just the opposite. It is the same with the plethora of advice available from other writers. Have you checked out almost every book about the writing process from your local library at one time or another? Are your shelves lined with your own copies of "the-perfect-writing-advice-that-will-get-me-published-once-and-for-all"? Are you a member of multiple online writing communities? Do you hold your breath just a little bit when waiting from the critique from that "certain someone" in your writing group?

Yeah. Me too. And I don't think that gaining knowledge is a bad thing. We just have to be careful.

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Why Ghostwriting? Guest Post by Kelly James-Enger

Is it Time to Disappear?  Why I Became a Ghost--and Why you Should, Too
I never intended to become a ghostwriter. After all, why would I spend months of my life toiling away on someone else’s book? No thanks. I only wanted to write my own books, and that’s what I did.
I soon found, however, that the life of a book author wasn’t quite what I’d envisioned. I was working long hours, yet making less money than I had before, when I wrote only articles. The reason was simple—the time I spent promoting my books left me less time to write articles and other books, which cut into my income.
            Fortunately for me, I was approached by a nutrition expert about coauthoring her book. I found I enjoyed collaborating with her, but the real payoff came when we finished the manuscript. As the author, she now had to start promoting it—but I was all done!
That was enough for me. I decided to pursue coauthoring and ghostwriting, and “my” next book was ghostwritten for a client. (Typically a “coau…