Writer’s Life Club Podcast Episode 4: Finding Your Life Purpose Printable

Hey everyone just wanted to share some links with you to where you can find my podcast, hope you’ll enjoy listening to this episode of Finding Your Life’s Purpose and I add the printable I have promised with the questions I listed in this episode. But please note that if you want to put some actionable steps to your mission statement, please listen to the episode before or while you are working with this printable 🙂

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5 Steps To Writing Amazing Fiction

Hey everyone, I hope you are having a great week ❤ It’s almost weekend 😀

For me, it was a bit busy start to the week, but overall I am happy that I can do all the things I want right now. I still wish I had put some more time block for my editing but I’m playing with my schedule to see where I can fit it best so that I can edit more. My goal is to edit about 20K this quarter so I need to schedule more time for that.

But this site/app Notion is truly a gift when it comes to scheduling and working on my goals. My only wish for this app is to have a google calendar embedded in it, lol. But I am working with what it got and so far it goes well. If you want to get better at organizing your work and your life check it out because it’s a great tool to use and it’s free 😀

Over the years I have collected a few great ways to write fiction and not get stuck, so I thought I would share them with you as well 🙂

Going from, end to start

This rule is good for any type of fiction you might want to write. Knowing the ending can help you so much with understanding where your character will be along its journey, from start to finish. And, you will have an easier time plotting and outlining your story. Working backward always helped me when I got stuck with my story so I started working this way all the time.

Flawed characters are the new perfection

Characters are just like us, even in a fictional story. No one is perfect so why write a perfect character? Perfect is boring and most of the time not worth my time to continue reading. But flawed characters are amazing and perfect in their own broken way. They make the story much more engaging and interesting.

Struggles, struggles, and more struggles

Give your characters as many struggles you can think of. force them to confront their fears, battle with their weaknesses and struggles, break their spirit, lol. After that, find more ways to play with your character, hehe. Struggle in life is what makes us who we are, that’s what builds our inner strength and that’s what eventually gives us the motivation and the will power to push through those struggles and come out of it, hopefully, better and stronger.

Know the why

This is super and most important and I talked about it in my podcast and wrote about it in another post as well, knowing and understanding why this story matter to us and why we want to write it is the key to writing a great story. But you must also know your character’s why as well. Why your character wants to go where she/he/they need to go. Not just because you want your character to go as the author. People will enjoy your story more if they knew the character’s why. Now you don’t need to simply write it down in the story, lol, but you do need your character to know and understand. Your characters drive the story and their understanding of why they do the things they do will make their action powerful to the reader and more relatable.

Deadlines

Not everyone likes deadlines or alarms (me encluded), however, putting a deadline on your project is a key to finishing it. I only recently had learned the true importance of a realistic deadline. You must look at the end result of your project and start going backward with each step you will need to do to accomplish that project. Each milestone will go towards your end result, like finishing your novel. Each small milestone will have its own realistic deadline, that way you will always see your end goal, but also you will be reminded daily of all your smaller milestones in a way that you can achieve them.

What tips and hacks do you use to write great stories?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

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NaNoWriMo 2019

Hey everyone, I hope you are all having a great day ❤

Here in Israel, we are in the midst of 3 big holidays. Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and Succot. Why am I telling you this? Well, it’s because this holiday month will not give me much time to prep for this year’s Nanowrimo but I am still working hard on finishing a few things and trying to outline in many details the second book in the series I am working on.

The first book is still in the editing stage but I am only 1 and a half chapters till the end of this editing stage and then I will continue on to the more detailed edits of Line and copy edits.

Nanowrimo 2019, Coffee n' Notes

Anyways, I am so excited for this year’s Nanowrimo that I’m trying to work every day on a bit more editing the first book and outlining the second book, so I will know what I will be writing about. I also love the new site very much but I didn’t like much the fact that they removed all the writing buddies and now I needed to start over. But the new banners look so amazing, they really do get better with them with each year passing, wow. I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for 10 years, omg.

So if you want to be my writing buddy feel free to add me I’m Jasmin66 and I will be happy to add you as well 😀

I want to try to post more here hopefully, 3 times a week, but not promising anything with the holidays and all, hehe. But I want to try harder because I really miss blogging. At first, I wanted to do Blogtober and I even planned a few posts in bullet form, but after a more realistic outlook of all I need to do this month and the holidays, I figured it was best not to overwhelm myself so I decided on 3 times a week would be sweet for us all 😉

Are you participating in Nanowrimo this year? If so what are you planning to write about?

That is all for this short update and ramblings, have a wonderful day.

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: How To Show Up For Yourself (+Happy Birthday To Me)

Hello everyone, and happy Saturday to you all ❤

I can’t believe we are at the end of this Writer’s Log series, wow… This was such a fun series to do (I hope you enjoyed it too) and this last post falls right on my birthday week 😉 is an amazing way of finishing the Writer’s Log ❤

My birthday was on Thursday 6.6 and it was a very normal day at home, we didn’t do anything special as I mostly like being at home, hehe. But turning this much was a huge change that started to ripple its effect on me. overall it was a good birthday, I’ve received a lot of birthday wishes that made me very happy and I got to rest a lot – which made this birthday just perfect, hehe 😀

Happy Birthday, Coffee n' Notes, Galit Balli, The Minions

For the last (almost) 5 years of blogging I’ve learned so much on how to be more consistent with what I choose to do and just by showing up to do it. But I’ve learned so much while doing this series of the writer’s Log (almost 2 months), more than all the 5 years of blogging, lol, wow.

I’ve made this series to build up my passion for blogging again while I’m in constant chaos around me and I am so happy I was able to bring that spark of joy and passion to this little corner of ours. But even more than that, I was able to bring back the conversation again, something that I’ve missed more than I thought I did. You showed me just how much I do miss writing, blogging and sharing my boring life with you all, hehe 😀

But you showed me that the conversations that made their way in the comments were something I truly missed here and I am looking forward to our conversations 😉

Now, let’s get back to our post…

Here my 3 tips on how to show up for yourself and do what you truly want to do:

Know what you want (your goal) and do it for a short time

This helped me a lot, to just have a true idea of how I see this happen. Saying that I wanted to try this but only for a small period of time. (It was 14.4-6.6, so 54 days) So I set my goal to try to blog mostly every day for 54 days. Now I was sure I won’t be able to blog every single day due to all the other things I need to do in my life, but I did try my hardest 😀 and this brings me to the other tip…

Set a realistic goal

As I said in my previous tip, set a realistic goal for yourself and a very realistic timeline. Just by knowing what you think you are capable you automatically can predict if the goal you set for yourself will really work. I knew that I wouldn’t be able to post every single day but in my head, I was aiming for about 3-4 times a week to meet my goal.

There were weeks that I was able to meet this goal but there were weeks that I couldn’t and this happens but I wasn’t bitting myself up for it because I knew that life could do that but I still tried every day. This leads to my final and most important tip which is…

Show up for yourself and for your work

Showing up for yourself, which means if you chose to blog every day, sit down next to your computer and write some posts, or going through your pics… every day. Even if you don’t post every day, you are still showing up for your passion/work and you are doing what you need and want to do. If it’s research, writing, editing. You are there, trying to make it and trying to work on that blog posts. Just by showing up you are already ahead of the game.

This is something very new that I’ve learned by actually doing. I always knew this rule but I let life push me where it went so in most cases I never did what I wanted to do. Now this series changed my pov (point of view) on the fact of just showing up

Saying goodbye to this series feels weird but I enjoyed doing this and I’ve learned so much. I can’t wait for the next one 😉

*** Btw, before I go… I am starting a new series over on my patreon so if you go and be part and click on your choice 😉

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As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: June Goals

Hello everyone, and a wonderful Sunday to you all ❤

Wow, I’ve just noticed that we are closing in on the end of the Writer’s Log series, only 2-3 more posts… Wow 😀

So I think you may already know but I failed in 2 goals in May, but I am so happy that I had the chance to write, declutter a lot of things, edit and meditate… Overall, it was a good month. I still hope to do better this month 🙂

Waking up at 5:15 am

LOL, I can already hear your laughter in my mind. But I still want to try… Waking up at 4 am didn’t go so well, so I hope that waking up at 5:15 will be a bit easier 🙂

Write 15K

I am slowly getting back to my writing and to my editing which feels amazing. I am more determined and much more willing to give up on everything in order to just write, edit and finish these books. So as you’ve seen in my Building a Road Map (5-Year Plan), I didn’t plan on writing at all up until June, because I wanted to focus more on decluttering and organizing but now… Now I am ready to get back and write and my goal is to write 15K.

Finish Reading

I’ve still haven’t finished reading the books in my May TBR, so I want to focus on that as well and finish reading those books.

Keep Decluttering

I want to also focus on decluttering our home, as I am far from finished, hehe but I will do it slowly as I am more focused on my writing this month. I want to finish decluttering our big white closet this month.

Blogging

After my birthday and after we will be finished the Writer’s Log series, I will know better on how much to post in June. But if you want you can comment below if you liked me posting almost every day (and work more on every day) or 3 times a week or less.

Journaling

Summer is here already with days of 38 degrees Celsius and we are yet officially entered summer. I want to pick up journaling again because this summer I don’t know why but it’s becoming much harder for me to function in this heat, and I know that as we push further to the hotter days of 45-49 degrees Celsius, I know that my illness will act up and I am afraid I will lose my memory again, so I want to make sure that I am well organized and start journaling now my every day, so if something would happen, I will already have a good reference to look at and not get to stressed.

Well, that is it for my goals for this month, there are a few hard ones and a few easy goals, but I hope I will be able to achieve most of them 😀

What is your goal for June? Did you choose something to focus on this month?  let me know in the comments below

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: Finally Writing

Hello everyone and happy Tuesday to you all. I hope you are having a good day ❤

If you been following these posts series of Writer’s Log so far then you know that I am working hard on decluttering our home as much as I can and try to more mindful of what I keep or throw and how much plastic I use, or even trying to figure out how to reduce our waste.

Since this Sunday I’ve decluttered over 2000 things from papers I organized to items we held onto for far too long and books. For my husband this process is a hard one, he really doesn’t like to throw out things (just in case he will need something, someday). I truly know how he feels because I was the same just a few months back, so happy that I am o longer in that place 😀

From time to time, our home is in complete chaos with all the decluttering that is going on, but I still feel lighter than before. I gave so many clothing items away, books and blankets that we already starting to having more space for the things that were left in our home. Finally, I can breathe, but I know that there’s much more to do. When we finally have every item in its own “home” he’s the right place then I will know that I get closer to what I want.

On the low waste department, I am doing better but not as much as I want. We got Brita the water filter to help reduce the plastic water bottle we buy each week, and today is just our true first day of using it.

Today I even wrote for a bit, and just jotted down ideas of some problematic scenes and it felt amazing. It’s been a while since I sat down and wrote or edited and I missed it a lot. It feels like a muscle just after a workout after a while that you didn’t work out, hehe. It was hard getting into it but after a few minutes, I was started to get into it and felt better after editing a few lines. With all the holidays, doctors and decluttering our home, I barely go sit and write or edit so having the opportunity to do that felt just right 🙂

Btw, almost finished reading Again but Better and so far I have mixed emotion about this book but I will let you know in this weekend in my review.

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: The more you have the happier you are

Hello everyone and happy Sunday to you all ❤
Hope you are having a great day 🙂

While reading this post’s title, what was your initial thought? Bullshit? So true? IDK? Maybe? Not for me? Hell yeah, more means success…

Which one of these is more related to you? For me, as an adult, I realize that as kids most of our parents, teachers, society and social media did us wrong. It doesn’t matter if you’re living in a 1 bedroom Apartment or have a 26 bedrooms house. If your basic needs are met that’s all you need.

In a world where everything needs to be better and bigger than what your friends have, know what truly brings you joy, happiness, and more importantly, fulfillment.

More is not equal to success, less is not equal to success… being fulfilled and happy is being a success.

I’ve learned that for me, more doesn’t bring me happiness, and even worse… It brings me sadness, disconnection and more stress to the already stressful life. Having bookshelves filled with over 500 gorgeous Books always been my dream, (to have a library in my own home) but now I’m there and I’m still not happy with my books.

Don’t get me wrong I love reading and the book smell should be a perfume for me, but having these many books, means having to clean them a few times a month (living in the dusty countryside) and doing that, just brings stress, anger and feeling annoyed to clean books, especially the ones I’ve read once and never want to read again, hehe. And this goes with other things like clothes, makeup, and even furniture.

I’ve learned that having more only keeps me away from my true passion, as I’m always stressing about cleaning, decluttering and reorganizing, again and again, every few weeks or months. What started as just a thought become a need and a journey towards a new lifestyle. I’ve realized this weekend that my writing always been connected to how stressful I feel and how I feel about my environment… No wonder I can’t write when I feel so cluttered.

However, I will end this with a great progress 😀 I started to rewrite some scenes that I was so stuck with them and now that my environment feels a bit better, my creative juices are already started to flow and I finally got out of the rut 😉 I wrote in two days about 4+K which felt amazing and the pages that I had major issues with finally looks amazing and the story finally feels like it’s going in the right direction.

Well, that is all for my ramblings in this post, I hope it wasn’t too much, hehe.

How is your week/month going?

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Writer’s Log: May’s TBR

Hello everyone, happy weekend to you all ❤

My weekend was fine with some family time, and house chores but overall it was a good weekend. This week will be a busy one with lots of doctor appointments, holiday (Our Independence Day) and some friends visiting… As I said a busy week.

In today’s Writer’s Log, I want to share my TBR (My To BE Read) for this month. I only have 3 books I want to read/finish. I don’t know if I will review them all, but will see how it goes 😀

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) by Mark Lawrence 

Blurb: I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin.
At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.
But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse.
Stolen from the shadow of the noose, Nona is sought by powerful enemies, and for good reason. Despite the security and isolation of the convent her secret and violent past will find her out. Beneath a dying sun that shines upon a crumbling empire, Nona Grey must come to terms with her demons and learn to become a deadly assassin if she is to survive…

Evalene’s Number: The Number Series by Bethany Atazadeh

Blurb: Everyone in Eden is assigned a Number, tattooed on their neck, which determines their value and place in the world.
On her Numbering Day, Evalene Vandereth anticipates joining the élite. Born in an upper-class family, she knows exactly who she is and what she is worth. Even as the needle breaks her skin, she is blissfully happy. She never considers another outcome, until it’s too late.
Now 18-year-old Evalene lives in fear, struggling with her new identity, stripped of her freedom and basic human rights. Can she escape her Number? Is anyone else asking the same question?
Fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent will love Evalene’s Number and its incredible dystopian tale.

You Do You: How to Be Who You Are and Use What You’ve Got to Get What You Want by Sarah Knight

Blurb: Being yourself should be easy, yet too many of us struggle to live on other people’s terms instead of our own. Rather than feeling large and in charge, we feel little and belittled.
Sound familiar? Bestselling “anti-guru” Sarah Knight has three simple words for you:
YOU DO YOU.
It’s time to start putting your happiness first–and stop letting other people tell you what to do, how to do it, or why it can’t be done. And don’t panic! You can do it without losing friends and alienating people.

What are you reading this month?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Writer’s Log: I’m still sick

Hello everyone, hope you all had a wonderful Tuesday ❤

Today’s post will be very short 😀 If you’ve been following me on my Instagram then you know that I’m still sick for almost 2 months. I feel exhausted, hehe.  Tomorrow I’m going to my doctor to see what she can do about all of this (again), I do hope that she won’t give me more antibiotics, I’ve already taken too much.

Today my fever went up so I’ve mostly been sleeping and not doing anything else, I definitely wasn’t creative today, but there’s always tomorrow, right? 😉

Hope you all having a good day and that you are all taking care of yourselves, see you in my next post tomorrow.

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Starting Over: Hitting the Reset Button

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.
– John Dewey

It’s been a while, sorry for that. January was complete madness and February is a bit slower but still busy. Missed you all so much and this little corner of ours 💕

It’s been almost two months, but I am slowly getting organized an trying to catch up on all my to do’s. The good news is that I was able to have a few days here and there to write and edit (these revisions are killing me, hehe). Anyways… Happy to be back ❤

This post will be a bit longer than usual, so go grab a yummy hot drink, mine is caramel coffee and let’s talk ☕

Because January was such a crazy month, February feels like the start of 2019, I know it sounds a bit out there but for me, it’s the truth. February feels like a fresh start and only now I am able to think clearly about my needs, my goals and my dreams and only in this month I can see the road ahead of me and not get overwhelmed. Because all of these reasons I see February as the new start of 2019, I also see it as a great opportunity to hit that reset button and start fresh with new intentions and see things through the eye of an eagle.

“Hitting the reset button” is hard but for me, it was a necessary step, in order to climb out of this overwhelming haze that I was in. I listened to a few podcasts and everything got better, hehe… No, but it did help me realize that I was overwhelmed and too stressed.

I took a chill day, to just relax, listen to some music and breathe. I’ve inserted meditation to my weekly routines, but I was too stressed to really enjoy and get any benefits from that. So I took out a pen and a paper and wrote above a question.

“How are you feeling at this moment?” I took a deep breath and started mapping out everything that I felt… The good, the bad, everything (big or small). I didn’t want solutions, just to take out what was overwhelming me and put it on a piece of paper. After filling the entire page I saw all the chaos that was in me and the weird thing is that I was starting to feel better, my head started to think clearer.

I realized that no matter how much I wanted to I couldn’t show up for my goals and my own dreams because I was too busy and stretched too thin from helping everyone else and then things started to change. I started to go back to my old self, being more optimistic and even going back to my old “magic vibe” such as tarot and just tapping to the universe’s magic, showing up for small goals, tiny steps that someday will lead to something bigger 😀

I slowly showed up for my yoga practice a few times a week, at home. Started with just a few easy minutes and slowly getting into it with soft stretches, until I felt stronger and ready to push myself harder.

I also slowly started to reorganize and define my workplace, my home and what I truly envisioned it would look like after I achieve what I want and after I showed up for my goals. I got a plant from my mom that my husband named Nott The Plant (Nott from Critical Role) and I hope it will grow and thrive, I finally got the two decks of cards I wanted: The Universe Has You Back and the Animal Spirits  ❤

Nott the plant, Animal Spirit Deck, The Universe Has Your Back, Coffee n' Notes

With this new mindset of just showing up for my small goals helped me feel calmer and more ready to tackle the big goal that is my book revisions. Now, I am trying to show up for my weekly goals with the notion that I can always just take a deep breathe and push that reset button and start again.

I found that just taking the few moments and allowing myself to have that reset mindset helps me a lot with bring back my creativity, my magic and the entire flow of how I move, act and think of myself and with others.

For me what helped is taking some “me” moments or even a day to just be myself, without a deadline, tasks or anything else I need to do, just be. I know it sounds weird but for me, it helped a lot. Taking almost a full day by myself to think, relax and feel the creativity flow around me. Meditate, brainstorm ideas and dump all that is cluttered my mind to a piece of paper and lately I listen to a lot of music on Spotify and create playlists for any mood I feel, all to make me feel more connected to myself (and others) and to my dream and thrive.

With all these small but crucial changes that this small step of resetting our intentions brings to us a calmer mind, happiness, and the focus we want to be able to thrive and tackle the task we want and need to achieve. Know that you can start over (even each day), brings such a calm vibe and joy.

What are your steps and habits to reset your mind, body, and soul when life is too overwhelming?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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