It’s that time of year again! Starting November 1st authors and writers around the globe will be taking to their keyboards to write the novel inside them. The goal of NanoWriMo is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Granted a lot of writers already have this down pack but a lot of writers don’t. I will be participating this year and Nano is always a challenge for me. I’ve done this challenge about four times now so this will be my fifth go round with two wins under my belt! As for the other two times I tried, well… I have no excuses, I will start off doing great getting the words down and will feel fantastic. For the first two weeks I am good and on board but then I start to stutter and get stuck in where I’m going with the story, ONLY WHEN I DON’T OUTLINE (sorry for screaming). Every year I go back to this video because it gives me great motivation.
Gotta love it! Open Ellbey gives good advice on writing an outline so you practically have the story you want to write and the detail and/or the big picture so you won’t have the problem of getting stuck. For me I am a details writer, so I start out writing down the big picture. What do I want to happen in this book? From there I write down major events. This was a spin off of the big picture, basically breaking down so to speak what major events would happen to lead to the big picture. From there I write down details for each of these events. It helps me form a great outline and I’m all ready to begin writing. I can truly see the 50,000 words accomplished by the end of November.
So to all of you who haven’t tried this challenge and to the one’s who have tried but did not reach the 50k goal don’t fret! If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again! That’s our motto! Never give up! Besides, even if you write 10k, 20k, 30k, or even 40k, that’s thousands of words you have that you didn’t before. If you are an aspiring writer Nano is a good start to get you pumped and ready for the writing world. For those of you who have tried Nano and successfully won the challenge KUDO’S to you! You rock! I can be found just about anywhere on social media (almost anyway). Make me your writing buddy on Nano’s website http://nanowrimo.org, my username is Stephanienrrs1. Let’s keep each other informed and encouraged to reach these goals at the end of the day that’s what it’s all about! Follow me on twitter and tell me about your progress @stephanienrrs1 using the hashtag #NanoWriMo. I am also apart of a small writing group and during Nano season we’re completely pumped and encouraging one another! If you would like to join, you must be participating in Nano and be ready to run! If you’d like to be added to this group just comment below with your Facebook name. Happy writing!
Megan Mottley is the Founder and Creator of The Glamour Girl Movement. She spent several years working as a licensed esthetician and freelance makeup artist providing relaxation and rejuvenation services to women. Megan observed that women were putting more effort into enhancing their outer beauty and neglecting the most important aspect of True Glamour–inner beauty. Megan launched The Glamour Girl Movement™ in January 2011 to encourage women to embrace beauty from the inside out. Megan believes that when women take a deep look into their proverbial mirrors they are apt to discover their life purpose and can experience a life of freedom.
Thank you Megan Mottley for hanging out today. It is my pleasure to present your positive words and encouragement to women all across the country, surely we need more women like you! Now that we know a little bit about you, we’d like to ask some questions so let’s get right to it!
1. What made you choose to write in the Genre that you write in?
I have a passion for helping women who have been knocked down by life. I wanted to write a self-help book that would show women how to bounce back no matter where they’ve been or what they’ve done.
2. What is your favorite thing about the writing experience and why?
I love being able to take the experiences from my journey put it into words and inspire someone else through my writing to keep pressing on.
3. What was the first moment you knew you wanted to write?
I knew I wanted to write in 1999 when my first article was published in a local magazine (GRACE). When I saw my name in print next to my words, it was a pivotal moment that made me realize that writing was a gift that I would never take for granted or let die. I was born to write and I thank God for entrusting me with such an amazing gift.
4. When you write, do you write for a long period of time or do you write in short burst?
A little bit of both. I also publish a magazine and run a professional writing/editing firm so lately I have to commit to writing a few hours at a time so I can still reach my writing goals.
5. Where did your inspiration for this book come from?
My daughter. After becoming a Single Mother life changed for me. I wasn’t necessarily happy about it either. I had to learn to look at my life from a different perspective–a positive perspective. Soon thereafter,I realized that my transparency was impacting other people in such a tremendous way and I discovered that my mess had become my message
6. What words of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Go for it. Share your story and reach the person that you are assigned to. It’s your destiny so stop avoiding it. Grab and pen and start writing today. In addition, invest in a professional photo session. Not only is it a celebration of your journey but when you’re requested for interviews you’ll have a professional look.
7. If your book was turned into a movie who would you want to direct it?
Great question. Oprah Winfrey and Susan L. Taylor. Two ladies that I admire. I know they’d capture my story in such an amazing way.
8. What is the best book you have ever read?
Don’t Miss Your Moment by Judy Jacobs. She autographed it and gave me a complimentary copy in 2009. That book changed my life. I truly thought that because of the choices that I had made that I had missed my moment. Two years after that exchange, I had written and published my first book! Wow!
9. What projects do you have planned for the future?
I’m planning a Glamour Girl Conference for mothers and daughters because I absolutely LOVE the bond that I have with my daughter. I want to create a platform for other mothers and daughters to strenghten the bond even during those challenging stages.
10. What do you hope to say to people with your writing?
That it made them want get up, get out and do something. That it made them want to discover and begin to walk boldly in their purpose!
11. Is there another hobby you have that you would like to share?
I love to bake and I’m developing quite a love for cooking and creating unique meals. I’m getting better and better at it.
12. Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years I see myself taking The Glamour Girl Movement on the road. I see myself hosting Glamour Girl Conferences worldwide and speaking on local, national and global platforms to women and young ladies about the meaning of true Glamour and how we need to return to our thrones as Queens.
13. Do you have an official website?
Yes, it’s http://www.meganmottley.com
14. Where can we find you on social media?
15. Where can we find your books?
Glamour Girl: How To Get The Ultimate Makeover explores and explains the biblical book of Esther. Before becoming queen, Esther, had to undergo a very rigorous beauty treatment that lasted 365 days! Readers will quickly recognize why Esther’s portrayal of beauty, strength and courage make her a True Glamour Girl and the perfect example for women to follow. By the end of this book, the reader will acknowledge the need to look deeper and dig deeper to find purpose in their beauty and beauty treatments, just as Queen Esther did.
As the most unique book on its subject, Glamour Girl: How To Get The Ultimate Makeover features practical beauty tips that are woven throughout the book and includes a Self Discovery B.E.A.U.T.Y. Guide at the end of the book for personal reflection. Writing is therapeutic and by indulging in the Self Discovery B.E.A.U.T.Y. Guide, readers will be one step closer to discovering their purpose and walking boldly in their purpose like a true Glamour Girl!
Glamour Girl: How To Get The Ultimate Makeover is a “must read” for any woman seeking true beauty – both inner and outer. Every woman who reads this book will discover the BIGGEST beauty secret ever and she will know exactly how to get the ultimate makeover!
Read an excerpt from Glamour Girl
After bearing a child out of wedlock, I had totally lost all perspective for my purpose and God’s will for my life. Long after God had forgiven me and long after friends and family embraced me with words of encouragement and hope for the future, I still hadn’t found a way to forgive myself. A close uncle, who is also a minister, suggested that I take a sabbatical for a year to regain perspective of my relationship with God. He also instructed me to take time to build a solid foundation with my daughter.
A sabbatical is in a sense a form of fasting but in essence it’s time alone with God, critically reading scripture and being available for God to use you. During this time my heart and my mind were open to receive a profound message from God. I became fascinated with the Book of Esther and why she and several other women had to encounter 12 months of purification—a requirement of King Ahasuerus who was in search of a new queen. I thought that it was very fascinating that I was going through a 12-month process similar to that of Esther. I set out to discover exactly what Esther and the other women had to endure for an entire year and why. I also began to compare these biblical discoveries with modern day beauty treatments and the use of cosmetics.
I saw the need to bring the Book of Esther to life and to show women the purpose of God-Inspired Beauty Secrets. I also wanted to share with women what I discovered about God and myself during my yearlong sabbatical and how setting aside some time to be alone with God whether it is for one month, three months or 12 months can be a very invigorating experience. The purpose of my book is to encourage women to allow God to give them the ultimate makeover. The result is similar to those before and after pictures that are seen in magazines and on television; women will be amazed at the difference.