Ready to seize your writing destiny?
Here are two simple and safe ways to get started—and you’ll have full control over how much you get involved:
(P.S. The “form” mentioned at the end of the video has been changed to buttons to make the first step even simpler for you.)
or, if you’re ready to jump in and try it . . .
Writer’s block, fear of writing, perfectionism, procrastination, not knowing how to get started. Watch this 10-minute writing coach video to find out how to make those vanish and start to enjoy writing again!
Are you the type of Internet user who prefers to read text rather than watch a video? (Sounds like a writer thing, doesn’t it? 🙂 ) If yes, you can read the transcript here:
When you arrived at my page and I said to you in big red letters “Are you ready to write more words?” you may have thought “Yep, I know I want to. But is that the same as ready?”
Let’s find out. . . .
For the past 18 years, I’ve specialized in helping writers and even closet writers produce more words than they ever believed they could.
For this to happen to you, your readiness is essential.
However, keep in mind that “Readiness” in my world may not be exactly what you’d expect. It may be easier than you think.
Here’s a quick overview of what readiness means here:
In my program, I’ll be helping you let go of the demons that have been holding you back. These demons can be different for different writers, but let’s look at a major one:
Can you relate?
Novelist Emily Giffin wrote “I’m learning that perfection isn’t what matters. In fact, it’s the very thing that can destroy you if you let it.”
And research professor Brené Brown said, “Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.”
That’s some serious stuff. But you don’t want to stay that way, right? Well, you don’t have to. One of my specific skills is helping writers get over their perfectionism and do more writing. You’ll hear an inspiring story about that a little later in this video.
Asking you to let go of perfectionism does not mean I’ll be asking you to lower your standards. It means I’ll show you how to use the phases of writing correctly so your high standards won’t cripple you.
Next on our list of readiness factors:
Are you ready to find out what it means to be a happy, productive writer?
I don’t blame you if you’re feeling skeptical about this part. A few days ago I raised the topic of being a happy writer with one my clients who had not seen this video. Before I could even finish, she blurted out her feelings. “Sounds like a platitude to me,” she said. “Like when they tell you ‘Just love yourself and everything will be great!’” I couldn’t agree more. I hate those kinds of platitudes myself.
But that won’t happen here. All of my work in helping writers is practical and productive.
Teaching you how to be a happy writer comes from firsthand knowledge. Being a happy, productive writer has become a real experience for me.
But I didn’t start out that way—I was so miserable and paralyzed with writer’s block I could barely write a paragraph without hating myself. However, along the way I found the secrets to writing happiness and I can share them with you. Mind you, they’re not the same for every writer, but it’s definitely an attainable goal.
So, let’s continue our list. . . .
Are you ready to devote time each week to getting the writing done?
You may be thinking this is exactly why you buy all those writing self-help books. And they haven’t helped you sit down and write a whole bunch of words, correct? Or maybe they did for a couple of days, but then you fell off the wagon. Well, this does not have to be your future.
When I asked “Are you ready to devote time each week to getting the writing done?” you may have panicked a little. Your mind probably started racing about how busy you are. And how much you procrastinate about your writing. But if you have the time to watch this video, I know you have time to write.
The difference is, I can show you how to use your available time to get the writing done. Not some magical made-up time that will appear in the future after you’ve finished your to-do list. I’m talking about your already available time.
Now here’s one that may surprise you. You may even be tempted to think it’s not that hard. Or that you’ll know how to do it when the times comes. If you think that, you could be fooling yourself.
Are you ready to get help when you need it?
Doesn’t sound like a big deal, right? You’d be amazed.
Here’s a weird statistic you may not believe at first sight.
99.99% of the writers I help are at first terrible at getting help when they need it, even though they’ve paid for that help. In all the years I’ve been doing this work I cannot remember any writer ever being good at this when he or she first showed up.
Typically, I have to train my clients to get good at it. But, don’t worry, the training won’t be painful. In fact, some writers have told me this skill has helped them in other areas of life as well.
Now, for credentials. I don’t know about you, but sometimes hearing a list of all the mind-blowing credentials of some expert leaves me bored. So I won’t linger on this part. I just want you to know who I am and why I can help you.
As mentioned earlier, my name is Milli Thornton. I’m a published author, writing course presenter, writing coach, full-time roving house-sitter and proud grandmother of Atreyu, future football star.
I’ve been writing since I was 13 years old. But it wasn’t always easy. That’s why I wrote my book Fear of Writing. I wrote the book to help myself first, and it did. It cured me of my massive fear of writing by making writing more fun. I’ve been using my book for almost 18 years since then to help writers overcome their fear, write more words and enjoy it too!
I’m published on Kindle as well, and I’ll be mentioning that again in a minute. Not to try to sell you my Kindle books, but to show you another reason I’m qualified to help you write a lot more words.
Here are some of my qualities when I work with writers. These qualities can help you write more words:
I’m friendly, not scary.
This is partly just my personality, but partly it’s because of experiences I had back when I still suffered from fear of writing.
You may even know what I’m talking about. It’s that intimidating writing conference or writing group where everyone seems so much further advanced than you are. Not only that, but they can’t wait to critique what you wrote and tell you what you did wrong!
My style is about helping you relax and find the fun.
I’m warm and encouraging.
The feedback I give will leave you feeling uplifted. That’s not because I’m trying to pretend you’re the greatest writer in the history of mankind. It’s because I can always see your potential, even when you can’t.
One writer put this on my Yelp page: “Milli’s feedback is second to none. It’s thoughtful, kind, and goes deep.”
A writing student sent me an email that summed up what many have told me: “I love your feedback. It makes me want to write even more.”
Another quality of mine that can help you write more words: I listen deeply.
This is just something I do naturally but one client couldn’t stop telling me how much it meant to her. She said, “You listen deeply, you really hear what I say, and you have incredible insight into people.”
I’m accessible. You won’t have to put in a support ticket to get my attention! If you ask for my help, or if you just have a question, I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
A hugely important feature of my method is that I give assignments to help you get the writing done. But don’t worry. These are not random assignments. They’re specifically targeted to help you make great strides with your book or whatever you’re currently working on.
Here’s one example. A new client came to me with a partially-written novel. He had 20,000 words and he’d been working on it for so long he was embarrassed to tell me how long—but it sounded like maybe longer than 5 years.
He had terrible writer’s block and—guess what? He was also a perfectionist.
During the first week he wrote 3,500 words. This was all new material for his novel.
By the time I’d been using my methods on him for eight weeks he’d already written 20,000 words—the same amount it had taken 5 years or more to produce. This was even though he traveled four times during the eight weeks.
When he got back from one of his trips, he said, “I’m happy and I’m on a roll. Your assignments work for me!”
Along with the assignments, I use accountability to help my clients stay on track. This also is not random. We’ll work together to find out what kind of accountability works best for you. Every client has a different style, but every client tells me that being held accountable makes a huge difference.
Here’s another thing that can work to your advantage: I do walk my talk. I write a lot of words. And I’ve taught myself to write more sooner.
For instance, I wrote the first draft of my first screenplay in only 29 days. This is the Writer’s Guild certificate from when I registered my script. [see image in video]
Last year I wrote three chick lit novellas in nine months, and had a blast doing it. Here are my Kindle covers for those three, plus two non-fiction books. [see images in video]
Speaking of non-fiction, I wrote 35,000 words in four days for my latest Kindle title. I was fired up with passion to write the book and it came out of me like a river.
That doesn’t mean I’ll make you do anything crazy. It just means I know what it’s like to get more written than ever before, and I can help you do the same.
So . . . . . . if you’re still with me, and if you loved what you heard in this video, you are ready to write more words. If you decide to step up to that option, the next step will be to fill out the quick form beneath this video. Submitting the form will take you to a new page where you’ll be asked a few questions about your writing.
Or, if you’re ready to jump in and try it . . .