Joanna Penn, successful thriller writer, international speaker, and popular podcaster had a job that was crushing her. Then she decided to rewrite her life.
A number of years ago I interviewed Joanna Penn, of the popular podcast and blog The Creative Penn, for an online magazine. I was interested in all the things she does—self-publishing, blogging, speaking, fiction writing—but I was really after something else. At the time, I was on a quest for a new life trajectory. Joanna Penn had found hers. She’d changed her life dramatically. I wanted to know how she did it.
If you’re searching for your shiny, new future, you’re going to find Joanna’s story both hopeful and practical. Here’s what I learned.
February is here and that means most people have already given up on their New Year’s resolutions. I have.
Well, at least one resolution, and it’s a good thing. One of my goals for 2015 was to write a scene a day in the new novel I’m working on.
I signed up for an on-line plotting course that began on January 2nd and started happily typing away. I was excited about the beginning of the story and I knew, more or less, where I wanted the characters to end up. The middle was a bit vague, but I was sure the class would help solve all my pesky problems.
Just in time for Halloween!
Beckett Media’s brand new collector’s edition of Zombies! is out on newsstands. Pick one up and check out my cover story, The Kickass Women of The Walking Dead. Did you know The Walking Dead is the top cable show with women according to Adweek? Find out why, and find out which kickass woman you most relate to.
Merrie Destefano, the editor, did a great job weaving this book together. There’s a ton of pertinent zombie information within its pages. You can read everything from Zombie Transformation–a artistic tutorial teaching you how to turn your friends and family into zombies– to my article I’m Ok, You’re Dead – Staying Positive in a Post-pandemic World.
I even got to go back to my fitness roots with Running Undead. This article will teach you how to get in the best running, hiding and zombie-bashing shape of your life and look hot doing it.
I hope you grab a copy.
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Health coaches and fiction writers have a lot in common.
When I was a health coach, I had to be observant. In order to be successful with clients I needed to know what motivated them. I had to understand their destructive patterns so I could help them overcome.
As a fiction writer, I must do the same. If I want my characters to come alive, to exist as more than stiff-moving, two-dimensional gaming avatars, I need to know their history. Why are they doing what they’re doing in my story?