What happens when some part of your life comes to a screeching halt?
Time to Refresh: A 21- Day Devotional to Renew Your Mind After Being Laid Off, Fired or Sidelined, highlights Karen Brown Tyson's journey through the Bible following one of three layoffs in her life.
Watch how God leads one woman on a 21-day journey through the Bible and teaches her how to G.L.O.W.— gratitude, listen, observe and witness.
Print Length: 68 pages
Genre: Nonfiction, Self-Help
Publisher: Constant Communicators
Time to Refresh is available to purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
About the Author
For the past 25 years, Karen Brown Tyson worked for Fortune 500 companies in the fast food, pharmaceutical, and telecommunication industries. Today, Karen is the founder of Constant Communicators, a lifestyle business that helps people improve their business writing skills. Time to Refresh: A 21-Day Devotional to Renew Your Mind After Being Laid Off, Fired or Sidelined was released in August 2018. Karen lives in North Carolina with her husband and son.
How to become a fearless writer
By Karen Brown Tyson
Trust me, I get it.
Life as a writer can be both exciting and terrifying. You love being able to transform your innermost thoughts into words. But you can’t help being nervous about sharing your innermost thoughts with readers.
You constantly wonder what people think about your writing. And you worry your writing isn’t as good as other writers?
You are not alone. I felt the same way. But I had to tell myself, ‘Enough is enough.’
After years of doubt, I realize I cannot control what people think when they read my material. I cannot control their comments or how my writing makes a reader feel. The only things I can control are my approach to writing, how I see myself as a writer and the material my writing produces.
It was time to quiet the negative self-talk and think like a fearless writer.
In doing so, I moved from thinking entirely about my wants and wishes of the reader to the only thing I could control: me. I stopped saying, ‘I want,’ or ‘I wish,’ and said, ‘I will.’ Below are the ‘I will’ statements I use as part of my writing life.
I will understand my feelings
The road to fearless writing calls for understanding any concerns you have about your writing life. Whether it's uncertainty about grammar, spelling, style or feeling confident enough to submit your work, you must come to grips with the areas that cause you the most concerns.
I will create a writing routine
As a corporate communicator, I had no problem writing content anywhere and everywhere. But as a writer, I struggled to make time to write articles and books. No more. I created a writing routine where I write for a minimum of two hours every morning. It doesn’t matter whether I write 500 words or 2,000 during this time. What matters most is showing up every day to write.
I will embrace the journey
Writing is a journey filled with trials. One day your work is being applauded and the next day everyone with an opinion finds fault in your writing. Some days you love writing… other days you can’t think of anything to write. But I learned to accept and embrace everything about the writing life.
I will know the difference between critique and criticism
Part of publishing your book or blog posts means opening yourself up to other people’s feedback. I accept and understand that criticism looks for what’s missing while a critique points out what’s working. As a fearless writer, I will not crumble or quit when readers offer criticism or a critique.
I will learn to let go
Every writer thinks of their work as the baby they never want to leave home. I’m no different. I used to spend a lot of time rewriting and revising before I hit publish. No more. I created a streamlined process where I edit, revise, proofread and submit within days rather than weeks. I had to learn to let go.
The road to becoming a fearless writer takes time. Be patient.
But remember: you have the power to shape your writing life into what you want it to be.
I invite you to be fearless.
Karen Brown Tyson is the author of, Time to Refresh: A 21-Day Devotional to Renew Your Mind After Being Laid Off, Fired or Sidelined.
Karen works online, in person and by phone as a communication and writing coach. Karen helps her entrepreneurial clientele focus on business and nonfiction writing.
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