Thinking Out Loud 132: The Importance of Ritual

Elisabeth and Merianna talk about making space for inspiration and how if you don’t make space for inspiration, inspiration isn’t going to show up. How do you create a physical space for creativity? How do you create a mental space for creativity? What rituals do you engage in to get ready to enter that space?

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Thinking Out Loud 131: Don’t Stop to Feed the Chickens

Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the goals they have for writing, reading, and for their businesses in the new year. How do you incorporate tough issues into your writing? How do you develop your to read list with books that challenge you own point of view? 2017: it’s time to make time to write!

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Thinking Out Loud 130: The Next Iteration

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How have my goals changed? Have I failed or succeeded? How do I know if I have failed or succeeded? Elisabeth and Merianna reflect on 2016 and share their dreams and plans for 2017.

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Thinking Out Loud 129: If You Are Going to Be Crazy, Find Some Friends

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Should I take time to edit and draft my manuscript today? Aren’t there more important things that I need to get done? Elisabeth and Merianna talk about allowing yourself the time to explore your creativity and engage the things that enrich your soul, but sometimes you can’t do that without a friend to help you out.

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Thinking Out Loud 128: Finding Truth

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What is truth? Is the author’s intent knowable? Elisabeth and Merianna talk trying to discover truth as they wade through their own manuscripts, talk about the Gilmore Girls Revival, and reflect on the presidential election results.

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Thinking Out Loud 127: Violence and Trigger Warnings Creating Authentic Worlds

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Does the world you created ring true? Elisabeth and Merianna talk about how and when to include violence in your manuscript and why it is important to not be gratuitous as you include tough subjects. Are you brave enough to write about tough subjects?

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Thinking Out Loud 126: Virtual Realities (Creating Believable Worlds in Fiction and Fantasy)

Where are we? Authors have the ability to create new worlds and new experiences for their readers. Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the research, time, and effort it takes to create these worlds in fantasy, fiction, and nonfiction. The tiniest crack in world creation can throw readers off and create a disconnect rather than a connection to your audience. Do you have what it takes to create a whole, new world?

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Thinking Out Loud 125: How To Get Things Done

What do you do when you have some down time and are in between projects? Get things done! Elisabeth and Merianna talk about tools to keep you on track and remind yourself that there’s always something you can be doing to help your business or writing process.

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Wunderlist
Remember the Milk
Freshbooks
Rescue Time
What to Do When it’s Your Turn by Seth Godin

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Thinking Out Loud 124: Addressing the Cultural Appropriation in Your Manuscript

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Elisabeth and Merianna talk about being brave in sharing our truths in our writing and in our conversation. Are we brave enough to ask for feedback even when it means examining our own assumptions, stereotypes, and privilege? Are we brave enough to engage in a creative community that inspires us as well as challenges us?

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Thinking Out Loud 123: On The Big Screen

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How do you separate yourself from your writing? Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the struggle with ego, perfectionism, and imposter syndrome in the revision process in order to become an author on the big screen. They talk about how the amount you invest in the process both in editing, in graphic design, and in time pay off in the end. 

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Daring Greatly Brene Brown