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Monday, July 27

What Should You Know About the Writing Life? / Vlog


Thank you for coming to a vlog edition of Write with Fey!

In this video, I discuss what you should know about the writing life.

Enjoy!


What Should You Know About the Writing Life?


Length: 5:15


Feel free to comment on my blog and/or on this video on YouTube. To go the video's YouTube page, click on the title located on the video.

QUESTION: What would you want others to know about the writing life?


NOW OUT!!!


Keep Writing With Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer's Block, Depression, and Burnout

Catch the sparks you need to conquer writer’s block, depression, and burnout!

When Chrys Fey shared her story about depression and burnout, it struck a chord with other writers. That put into perspective for her how desperate writers are to hear they aren’t alone. Many creative types experience these challenges, battling to recover. Let Keep Writing with Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer's Block, Depression, and Burnout guide you through:

· Writer's block
· Depression
· Writer's burnout
· What a writer doesn’t need to succeed
· Finding creativity boosts

With these sparks, you can begin your journey of rediscovering your creativity and get back to what you love - writing.


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Tuesday, July 14

Write a Letter to Your Fear / Except from Keep Writing with Fey



Below is an except from Keep Writing with Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer's Block, Depression, and Burnout, which is AVAILABLE TODAY!

BLURB:
Catch the sparks you need to conquer writer’s block, depression, and burnout!
When Chrys Fey shared her story about depression and burnout, it struck a chord with other writers. That put into perspective for her how desperate writers are to hear they aren’t alone. Many creative types experience these challenges, battling to recover. Let Keep Writing with Fey: Sparks to Defeat Writer's Block, Depression, and Burnout guide you through:
· Writer's block
· Depression
· Writer's burnout
· What a writer doesn’t need to succeed
· Finding creativity boosts
With these sparks, you can begin your journey of rediscovering your creativity and get back to what you love - writing.
BUY LINKS:
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EXCERPT:
Write a Letter to Your Fear
I don’t know where I read about this practice, but I discovered it somewhere. Late July of 2014, I wrote a letter to Fear, as if it was a living, breathing being; and it is, it really is. In the letter I mentally donned boxing gloves to go one-on-one with my fear…my depression. The words I wrote are fighting words. I wanted my fear to know I was serious, that it wouldn’t beat me. Reading it back now, I believe myself, even if there was niggling doubt buried somewhere beneath the words when I penned them. My sentences are fierce, and I picture a strong woman writing them, although, at the time, I lived my days feeling small and insignificant.

Here’s my letter:
Fear,
You think you’re smarter than me? You think you can beat me? Well, I’ve got news for you. I have strengths you’ve never considered. Every time you give me a dose of poison, my body takes it in, and now I am immune to the fear you administer.
I’ve lived through a childhood riddled with fights.
I’ve lived through my half-brother’s abuse.
I’ve lived through the immense pain of spinal surgery.
I’ve lived through the period when I didn’t have a place to call home.
I’ve lived through the shame of not having a high school diploma.
I’ve lived through depression.
I’ve lived through betrayal.
I’ve lived through hopelessness.
I’ve lived through the ups and downs of being a writer.
I’ve lived…
And I will continue to live through my current hardships.
I’ll live through this poverty.
I’ll live through this stress.
I’ll live through it all.
You can throw more obstacles, more pain, more everything at me, but I’ll live through all of that, too. Just watch. Watch and see how you will fail miserably in your attempt to break me fully, forever. It won’t work. I won’t allow it.
I will not fear failure.
I will not fear being alone.
I will not fear publishing another book.
I will not fear YOU!
Because, you see, all the fear you have given me has made me infinitely stronger than I ever would’ve been without it. So, yes, I will live.
Sincerely,
Your Worst Enemy
Chrys Fey

Write your own letter to Fear. Start with a list of the hardships you’ve survived so far. Then look to your current hardships and make it clear to your Fear that you won’t let it beat you with those weapons. End your letter with statements about what you won’t fear anymore.
Keep that letter. Later, when you come across it again, you’ll see a strong person behind those words, stronger than you may feel while writing them, because we all have strength in us, even when we feel the most powerless. It’s in you at this very moment.

In my journal, there’s a note scribbled atop a page a few sheets beyond this letter which says, “I’ve learned to rely on myself, to pursue my dreams no matter what, and that what others do to me makes me stronger.”
What have you learned?

SHARE: What would you tell Fear?

Wednesday, July 1

Keep Writing with Fey is COMING! / IWSG


The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.


Keep Writing with Fey will release on July 14th! 

I have two opportunities for you if you'd like to help with my release.

1. Blog Hop

Share your story about writer's block, depression, and/or burnout and how you overcame it or what you are currently doing to heal.

Blog Hop Day: August 5th IWSG Day (I thought this would make it easier for participants of both hops.) NOTE: I will send you all the information about my book for the post 2 weeks before.

Sign up for the BLOG HOP here:


2. Book Blasts

If you can host me on your blog or post to Facebook, fill out the below Google form. The book blast will consist of the blurb, cover art, links, my bio, and author photo. No excerpt.

Sign up for a BOOK BLAST here:
Scroll down, fill in info, and click "submit."


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Here is the author's note and table of contents for you to get a feel for what you'll discover inside this book.

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AUTHOR’S NOTE

When I shared my story about depression and writer’s burnout, I received many emails, comments, and Facebook messages from other writers thanking me for my bravery and telling me about their own trials. That really put into perspective for me how many people suffer from depression and/or burnout in silence. I had no idea those individuals were impacted by these things, just as they hadn’t known that I was, because my outward presence to others was always happy and smiley and bright.

After the supportive response and upon realizing how many writers in my online circles were struggling, too, I wanted to do something to help. I was candid with my experiences and blogged about the things that assisted me through the rough times in the hope that it would aid others.

During this time, I recognized the need for writers to receive support, guidance, tips, reminders, and encouragement during their writer’s block, depression, and burnout. That’s how I got the idea for this book. A book not just about depression or only about writer’s block, but both, and much more.

Since you have picked up this book, that means you may need assistance with one or all of these areas, and I sincerely hope you find what you need here…that tiny spark to get you through whatever you are going through.

As always, keep writing.

Keep believing.

Keep dreaming.

Chrys Fey


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Author's Note
Part One - Writer's Block
Spark One - What is Writer's Block?
Spark Two - Restrictive Writing Rules
Spark Three - Schedule Your Time
Spark Four - Shut Yourself Off
Spark Five - Social Media Wormhole
Spark Six - Free Day
Spark Seven - Seek Other Creative Outlets
Spark Eight - Break Down Your Goals
Spark Nine - Word Count Calendar with Stickers
Spark Ten - Plot It Out
Spark Eleven - Embrace Your Pace
Spark Twelve - Change Your Writing Atmosphere and Medium
Spark Thirteen - 10 Ways to Spark Your Story Ideas
Spark Fourteen - Natural Stress Relievers
Part Two - Depression
Spark Fifteen - The Frustrations of a Creative Life
Spark Sixteen - What is Depression?
Spark Seventeen - My Case of "Postpartum" Depression
Spark Eighteen - Naps
Spark Nineteen - Take Care of Yourself
Spark Twenty - Publishing Depression
Spark Twenty-one - Interpreting Dreams
Spark Twenty-two - Gratitude Journal
Spark Twenty-three - Happiness Jar
Spark Twenty-four - Reward Yourself for Submitting
Spark Twenty-five - Reward Your Rejections
Spark Twenty-six - Rejection: Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom
Spark Twenty-seven - Disability and Poverty Depression
Spark Twenty-eight - 100 Happy Days
Spark Twenty-nine - Discovery/Art Journal
Spark Thirty - Rock Bottom
Spark Thirty-one - Write a Letter to Your Fear
Spark Thirty-two - Negative and Positive
Spark Thirty-three - Vision Board
Spark Thirty-four - Disappointing Sales
Spark Thirty-five - Review Your Depression
Spark Thirty-six - Get a Dammit!® Doll
Spark Thirty-seven - Say This to Yourself
Spark Thirty-eight - A Double Blow
Spark Thirty-nine - Remove Trigger People
Spark Forty - Reading to Beat Depression
Spark Forty-one - Nature to Beat Depression
Spark Forty-two - HappyLight™
Spark Forty-three - Mood Tracking App
Spark Forty-four - Blogging to Beat Depression
Spark Forty-five - Social Media Depression
Part Three - Writer's Burnout
Spark Forty-six - What is Writer's Burnout?
Spark Forty-seven - Speak
Spark Forty-eight - Write About Yourself
Spark Forty-nine - Join a Writers' Group
Spark Fifty - Writing in the Morning or Before Bed
Spark Fifty-one - Free Your Mind with Walking
Spark Fifty-two - Be an Artist when You're Not Writing
Spark Fifty-three - Fictionalize Non-Fiction
Spark Fifty-four - One Day at a Time
Spark Fifty-five - Don't Force Yourself
Spark Fifty-six - Alternative Hobby
Spark Fifty-seven - Patience
Spark Fifty-eight - The Power of Nano
Spark Fifty-nine - No Stress
Spark Sixty - Should You Keep Writing?
Spark Sixty-one - Should You Stop Writing?
Part Four - To Be a Writer, You Don't Need...
Spark Sixty-two- A Literature Degree
Spark Sixty-three - Money
Spark Sixty-four - A Support System at Home
Spark Sixty-five - A Laptop
Spark Sixty-six - Love
Spark Sixty-seven - An Interesting Life
Spark Sixty-eight - An Office or Desk
Spark Sixty-nine - A Home
Spark Seventy - To Be a Good Speller or Vocabulary Wiz
Spark Seventy-one - To Be Young
Spark Seventy-two - To Be an Adult
Spark Seventy-three - A Mentor
Part Five - Creativity Boosts
Spark Seventy-four - Your Power Element
Spark Seventy-five - Color Therapy
Spark Seventy-six - Aromatherapy 
Spark Seventy-seven - Feng Shui
Spark Seventy-eight - Crystals
Spark Seventy-nine - Write Down Your Dreams
Spark Eighty - Brain Power
Spark Eighty-one - Get Back to You
Dear Reader - Best Wishes
Depression and Suicide Resources

QUESTION: Do you suffer from writer's block, depression, and/or burnout? Have you?

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