Man, creating video classes ALWAYS takes longer than I expect.

The closest creative process I can compare it to is writing a book.

Then, add to that process all the audio and video creation and holy cow!

In the meantime, I thought I would go ahead and share the promo video for Become An Article Idea Factory, which is slated to launch Thursday, September 3rd.

Enjoy, and feel free to ask any questions you may have about the course in the comments.

I hope to work with you in this course. Be sure to sign up for my ezine, The Prosperous Writer, to score the best deal deal on this course, when it launches.

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If you are a writer, you need goals and not just any goals.

You need your own goals.

But first you need to know what your goals are.

And many writers do not know what their goals are.

They know they want goals, and they see other writers with goals, and often other writer’s goals become their goals by default.

As I recall, nothing much happened in my career until I started setting and accomplishing goals.

Then progress started happening as if by magic.

Only it wasn’t magic. It was me striving towards my goals.

Goals are funny things. They take you places.

I have no doubt that if you set one goal or two or three, they will lead you to three new goals in no time.

And that’s great. That’s as it should be.

Trying to get a writer to set her own goals is challenging. I should know. I have been doing it for years.

I think writers are afraid if they choose a goal, it will become a dead-end instead of a springboard.

But the opposite is true. Every goal is a springboard that will launch you somewhere new and exciting.

And you can thank the old goal for helping you cultivate the momentum that gets you engaged in the new goal.

There is one thing I know for sure about writers and goals.

And I have learned it by working with writers on their goals for over five years.

Letting others set goals for you, will get you stuck.

And setting your own goals and accomplishing them will set you free.

The key is the goals must belong to you. There are people who can help you get to your goals once you set them, like me.

But if you want others to set your goals for you, then you might not be using your power of choice. And if you want to be a successful writer, you have to activate your personal power.

I know how to teach writers skills. I’ve been doing it for years and I love doing it because it empowers writers to reach their goals.

So if I can teach you skills that help you achieve your goals, then great. Let’s work together.

But every writer needs to have her own distinct set of reachable, actionable goals.

I don’t want to set your goals. I want you to do that. And I want you to be excited about your goals.

I want the goals you choose to bring you and others joy.

And if they don’t, then dig deeper and find goals that mean more to you.

Because  the opposite of a pro-active, goal-oriented writer is a stuck, frustrated writer.

And if you are stuck or frustrated, I have only one question for you.

Do you have goals?

And then here’s another question.

Are they your goals?

And finally…

Are you working joyfully towards them?

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Christina Katz is a writing coach and platform expert with over 15 years of professional experience, two degrees, and a huge body of quality work. She earns thousands of dollars a year writing on topics she loves and coaches her clients to do the same by setting goals, building skills, and creating distinctive work. Her mission is to empower writers worldwide.

If you would like to join her ongoing goal-setting group of joyfully productive writers, today is the last day to sign up for September. Learn more and register here.

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Become An Article Idea Factory & Prosper Professionally10 Ways To Write More Prolifically So You Can Create Nonfiction Content That Delights Editors And Readers

Have you always wanted to become a more prolific writer, so you could compete with journalists who have years of professional experience?

Well now, even if you have very little professional experience, you can leverage your creativity to become a nonfiction article idea factory!

In this course, I cover how to warm-up to write, brainstorm ideas, and draft articles quickly and creatively, so you will be the inspired writer with work that stands out in an editor’s inbox.

In this course you will learn:

  • The Cure For Editor-phobia
  • Warm-up Exercises That Amplify Your Creative Output
  • 10 Playful Methods For Drafting Any Idea
  • How To Increase Article Sales By Adding Sidebars
  • 155 Article Title Ticklers (worth the price of the course alone)
  • How To Match Your Article-writing Strengths With Editorial Needs

This course will awaken your natural writing instincts and teach you to write quickly and gamely instead of agonizing over every word. Best of all, every time you write, you will remember why you wanted to become a writer in the first place.

So many people want to write nonfiction articles, but once they get started, they feel daunted by their busy schedules and pressing responsibilities. How can they compete with seasoned professionals and still enjoy their lives?

The answer is by learning to be a writer who knows how to turn a spark of inspiration into a fully formed nonfiction article. After these writing techniques become habits, you will be amazed by how easy it is to identify and compose saleable articles.

And if you suffer from a fear of editors, the inertia of not being able to get started, or the crippling blocks of self-doubt, this course will cure you for good. Writers who take this course go from, “I don’t know how they write like that,” to “Hey, I’m doing it, too!”

Are you ready to learn how you can turn one idea into ten different articles without stress or strain? Then jump into this course, which includes:

  • 30+ minutes of video coaching
  • 30+ pages of instructional worksheets
  • Just enough structure so your ideas flow swiftly into articles
  • Tips and tricks from a veteran article writer
  • Visual inspiration in the form of published articles

This writing class is helpful for both beginning writers who have taken The Art Of Short Article Writing For Nonfiction Writers as well as for experienced freelancers with any amount of prior experience.

This class is perfect for moms who want to write from home, as well as anyone with an eye on writing for national and online markets. Bloggers who want to write articles and copywriters who want to dazzle their clients may also enjoy this course.

Once you take this class and practice the techniques, your best ideas will start finding you. If you have thought about writing a book someday, but need help finding your topic and generating enough material, this class will get you there quickly.

For over fourteen years, writing coach and platform expert Christina Katz has been teaching writers of all levels how to cultivate and build an ever-expanding body of profitable work. After taking this class, you will tap into a creative writing power you did not even know you possessed. And you will know how to use it.

All this and more! Please subscribe to The Prosperous Writer Blog and sign up for The Prosperous Writer ezine, for exclusive discounts you won’t find elsewhere.

 

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Sometimes I see what other coaches are posting, sending or sharing and I think, “Wow. Wow. Seriously…wow.”

Is writing such a competitive field that all that intensity and snarkiness is really necessary?

Is it really appropriate to talk down to people, try to make them feel dumb, and then try to sell them something so they can be “better”?

The truth is that anyone who wishes to write or who enjoys writing is not dumb. They might be inexperienced or green in the ways of the professional world, but they don’t need to get more intense, become more paranoid, or focus on the competition much at all to become successful.

You can be relaxed and successful. Writers are often anxious enough as it is, especially if they are not writing enough. And some people try to take advantage of this, I guess.

There is a time to check out the competition and see where you fit against the firmament of writers, but I hope you are not merely scrutinizing others to try to crush the competition.

The folks who put out this snarky, competitive vibe seem desperate and mean to me, not sophisticated, savvy or successful.

Long story short, if you are focused on what everyone (or anyone else) else is doing, you are not in your power. You are living in the shadow of your powerful self.

So don’t focus on the competition. Focus on yourself and your habits. It’s your habits that are going to determine your success.

Here’s what you need to do to be a happy, productive writer, who pays only a little, very detached attention to the competition.

  1. Focus on your own goals.
  2. Strive for clarity in your work productivity.
  3. Enjoy the process of creating and earning.
  4. Continually build your business assets.
  5. Look for more ways to expand and reach out.
  6. Love what you do a little more every day.
  7. Know that your work is important and how it makes the world a better place.
  8. Steer clear of mentors who are too intense and/or who need you to be too intense.
  9. Celebrate your successes small and large.
  10. Strive for continual excellence, whatever this means to you.

Success is an inside job. And striving for gradual, healthy success can make you a happier, more balanced person.

It’s not a dog-eat-dog world. There are some dog-eat-dog people telling themselves that they are living in a dog-eat-dog world and they have to do x, y, or z to survive. But wouldn’t you rather be the creative person, who is relaxed and focused, knowing that you will get back more than what you invest in your good, consistent work?

Be happy in your work. When you are happy, the return on investment is joy.

All this and more! Please subscribe to The Prosperous Writer Blog and sign up for The Prosperous Writer ezine, for exclusive discounts you won’t find elsewhere.

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Last Week To Get In On The Next Writing Accountability Dream Team

August 20, 2015

If you are wondering how other writers seem to be able to accomplish cool stuff, I can tell you. It’s because they set and work steadily towards their goals. Often goal-setting approaches, are dry, dull, or over-the-top, but I approach goals by putting personal satisfaction first. So you never have to spend a single moment […]

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A Writer’s Got To Eat: Lela’s Rigatoni with Spiced Meat Sauce

August 20, 2015

Lela Davidson is really good a faking balance and now she has a new collection of hilarious essays launching right now to prove it. This is Lela’s third collection of essays in a series that is just perfect for moms who enjoy a good laugh. Check them all out here. But here’s what Lela is […]

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Kitty Katz O’Rama: We Adopted Three More Cats!

August 17, 2015

This past week we took in three barn kittens, who are about three months old. I have had a happy feeling ever since, all week long. First of all, the kitten are so stinkin’ cute. Secondly, they make the house feel more full and alive. The house was getting emptier and emptier since the passing […]

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It’s My Annual Buy Two, Get One Free Printable Poster Sale!

August 16, 2015

*** BACK TO SCHOOL SALE! *** PURCHASE TWO POSTERS FROM MY ETSY SHOP AND GET ONE FOR FREE! During the month of August 2015, purchase two posters at the regular price and then send me a message or email with your choice of a third poster, and I will send it to you within 24 […]

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Great Essay By Mindy Kaling In Glamour, A Must-read For Women Of All Ages

August 16, 2015

I think this essay by Mindy Kaling is one of the most brilliant things I have read in a long time. I am sharing the punchline here in case busy women like myself don’t have time to read the whole essay. But don’t read the conclusion here if you have three minutes to read the […]

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Get Yourself & Your Writing In The Mood For Autumn!

August 14, 2015

Writers often have to write out of season. In other words, we are often writing about fall in the spring. Or we are writing about winter in the summer. Even if you are writing in the same season that you are writing about, sometimes it’s difficult to get your head in the seasonal game. After […]

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