Tag: Outline

The Creative Journey of a Southern Storyteller

Have you set down a book, and thought, “I could do that”? Paul Attaway, the bestselling author of Blood in the Low Country, shifted gears from a 30-year career as a small business entrepreneur to southern storyteller. Find out which aspects of the book writing process took him out of his comfort zone, the publishing route he chose, and who is helping him promote his books. Pour a mug of sweet tea for yourself and enjoy our educational conversation. The lessons that impact us the most are those told in storytelling. There is much to discover in this episode.

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How an Author is Destined to be a Butterfly

Is the writer’s journey to becoming an author similar to the stages a caterpillar goes through to become a butterfly? Stephanie Miller, author of The Butterfly Blueprint, and Cindy Kochis weave metaphors into their discussion as they explore writer’s block, journalling, and personal growth. Pour a mug of lavender lemon tea for yourself and enjoy our light-hearted conversation about trusting the natural journey of becoming a published author.

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This Writer’s Journey: How is an Outline Beneficial

How is an outline beneficial to a “pantser” when writing a book? Cindy Kochis continues the conversation (from the previous episode) about being out of alignment with a written project to focus on one of the solutions: outlines. Learn who is a “pantser”, the mantra she’s not proud of, and why it is important to be flexible with an outline. Pour a mug of tea for yourself and explore how an outline is beneficial.

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Does Forgiveness Mean to Forget?

What is forgiveness? How can it impact our daily lives? Lisa Drennon, the author of Forgiving the Girl Inside: finding balance, freedom, & fun in your life, and Cindy explore the value of forgiveness. Lisa openly shares how difficult it was to forgive herself and the events that took place on the long, challenging journey to loving Self. You will learn how journaling helped her reveal what needed to be healed and the techniques she uses and shares with her coaching clients. Pour a mug of soothing chamomile tea for yourself and listen to this heart-centered conversation.

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The Power of Your Voice

We have the choice to perceive life’s challenges as a hindrance or allow it to be the power within our voice. Tasha Wilson is an entrepreneur, transformational speaker, and an author. The message Tasha brings forth is that of hope and knowing we are enough. The conversation she has with Cindy explores Tasha’s writing process and how the events in her life continue to motivate he to share her wisdom. Pour a mug of lemon water for yourself and listen to this empowering conversation.

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What Are Your Core Values?

Michael Schoettle weaves wisdom into the stories he shares. This episode begins with foundation of Michael’s work history to show how his experiences and career path influenced the content of his book: Career Change Guide. He offers several suggestions on how to prepare for a job interview, the importance of being in the moment and knowing yourself. Pour a mug of coffee for yourself and enjoy listening to the backstory of his writing, editing, and publishing journey.

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It’s not About Perfection or the Perfect Roadmap

What is the initial spark, the unforeseen glimmer, that eventually becomes the foundation of a book? Kristin Buchtel joined Cindy Kochis to answers that question. Kristin is the award-winning author of Noteworthy Parenting and the companion journal Noteworthy Parenting Roadmap. Their conversation weaved from the inspiration to sketch stick figures, to the actions steps Kristin used for marketing at the beginning of the lockdowns, to learning how to self-publish to ensure she kept all the rights to her illustrations. Pour yourself a mug of what tastes good and enjoy this educational conversation focused on letting go of perfection.

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Let’s be Honest with Ourselves

Gary Fahey, author of Externally Bulletproof Internally Brittle, and mental strength and conditioning coach, joins Cindy Kochis in the Pen to Paper Press Podcast studio. Gary is well-known for his brutal honesty. Their conversation goes beyond Gary’s writing process to unraveling the some of the emotional responses to what life tosses in our direction. Pour yourself a mug of coffee, and enjoy listening to the powerful, thought-provoking, help-you-get-in-alignment conversation certain to inspire you to write.
Please note: emotionally sensitive topics are discussed, including: suicide, depression, gambling addiction. 

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Reclaim Your Creativity to Express Your Written Voice

Your writing style is your brand. To expand on the writing process, we explore clearing our mind to be creative, making the time to write, and planning the content of the book. Often times our books begin as a journal entry; listen to what goes onto the pages. We discuss the topic editing and the role of editors. Reclaim your creativity. Be creative for the purely for the joy of it. Your words have power. Your story matters. Pour yourself a mug of steamy hot tea and listen to my conversations with Andrea Pass, Barb Parcells, Liz Maritz, Martine Felton, Crystal Cockerham, Nadia Krauss, Debby Kevin, and Rachel Kieffer.

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