Set a vision for the NEW YEAR for your “Thriver” writing journal

susan-transparentFrom Susan Omilian

Thriver Tip of the YEAR!

Instead of a list of New Year’s resolutions that you quickly forget,  write about where you want to be at the end of  the year.
 Before you write, close your eyes, if you are comfortable doing that, and imagine you’re moving from the present moment to another one at the end of  the year.  Keep going into next week,  next month to end of the year.

See yourself in that place when all that you wanted to accomplish this next year is complete and you are happy, healthy and feeling good!

Let yourself be in the moment, noticing where you are,
who you are with and how it all feels. 

When you are ready, open your eyes and write in your journal or notebook describing the vision you have for that moment at the end of the year. Write as if you are in the present… “I am sitting now on the deck of my new home overlooking the ocean.”  Whatever!

MAKE IT BIG!  MAKE IT EXCITING! 

MAKE THIS YOUR BEST YEAR YET!   

Read this “vision” piece aloud or to yourself
at various times throughout the year!
You’ll be surprised where you are at the end of the year!  

* Taken from an exercise in Entering the Thriver Zone. See below.

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Writing Prompt: Writing from Quote

One kind of writing prompt that I like to use is to start with a quote. Here is a stimulating quote from Tobias Wolff, author of This Boy’s Life, a memoir that was made into a movie with Leonardo DeCaprio and Robert DeNiro. Read it first and then choose one or both of the prompts to write from.

You are invited to post what you wrote in the comments below.

Good writing!

QUOTE:  “One of the things that draws writers to writing is that they can get things right that they got wrong in real life by writing about them.” – Tobias Wolff

PROMPT:  Write about something in your life that you wished had gone another way, something that felt wrong at the time and how you might have wanted it to go differently.

PROMPT:  What have you learned, given that it did go the way it did?  What was the opportunity for you in your life?  Where has this event taken you as a person?  How has it shaped your character?

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Writing Tips & Gossip

Ever wonder. . .  if you were in the right place at the right time?  Maybe not.  Maybe, like Oprah and JK Rowling below, you are supposed to be somewhere else so your big opportunity will show itself.

Good writing!!

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JK Rowling

Before she penned the “Harry Potter” books, Rowling worked as a secretary for the London office of Amnesty International.

She would spend most of her day writing stories on her computer, and when her employers discovered how she was spending her time, they gave her the boot.


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Oprah

When Oprah was starting out as an evening news anchor for Baltimore’s WJZ-TV, she was fired for becoming too emotionally involved in the stories.

She was given a day time position shortly after (which was considered a huge step down in the news world), and turned the opportunity into the “Oprah Winfrey Show.”

 

 

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“Thriver” Book Signing Event Is A Great Success at September San Diego Conference

San Diego, California was the site of the 16th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma  that I attended from September 11 to 13, 2011.   It was an excellent, inspiring conference, one that I have been attending and presenting at since 2003.

This year, I was with my good friends, Kathryn Tull and Anita Swanson, and we all had our books to sell!  Here we are at the book signing after our morning workshop presentation on Tuesday, September 13.  Kathryn is on my left, Anita on my right in the photo above.

My book, The Thriver  Workbook: Journey from Victim to Survivor to Thriver!  sold well at the conference and was very well received.  I also showed the Thriver video at the conference and everyone loved it!   (Check the video out on my YouTube channel youtube.com/susanom1).

Kathryn’s new book, The Next Bold Step:  Learning to Love and Value Yourself, And Know That You Matter, was also available for sale at the conference as well as Anita’s book, Slow Hope.  Anita is currently working on a new book.

There were other amazing speakers and presenters at the conference including Mildred Muhammad, former wife of the D.C. sniper, John Muhammad.  Her book, Scared Silent: The Mildred Muhammad Story, was also available.

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A Writing Friend Publishes Her First Novel

One of my dear writing friends Sue Davis has published her first novel, “Love Means Second Chances

I am so proud of her!

We have been writing buddies for years and encouraged and supported each other through the writing and now the self-publishing journey.

Check the book out at Sue’s book here on Amazon.

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What I am Reading: “The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain”

What I am Reading: “The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain”

I just finished reading The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula McLain. It is a fascinating (fictionalized) story of American writer Ernst Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley, written from her point of view. I love when we as writers play with point of view in our stories.

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