Where Do You Hang Your Hammock? is an invaluable resource for writers that debunks the myth that anxiety is the price of admission to a creative life. Inspiring and practical, this guidebook is divided into five parts—Dream, Nourish, Write, Publish, and Promote—that show writers how to use their present-moment circumstances as stepping-stones to a successful and meaningful writing life, navigated from the inside out.
Seasoned coach and author Bella Mahaya Carter shows writers how to use their present circumstances as stepping-stones to a successful and meaningful writing life, navigated from the inside out. It encourages writers and authors to rethink their ambitions (which may be fueled by the tyrannical demands of the ego) and trust in their heartfelt purpose and values in the journey to becoming, or continuing on, as authors.
Many writers believe their self-sabotaging thoughts are trustworthy and true. They take rejection personally. They surmise that if they don’t achieve their goals they have failed, and lose sight of who they are and what matters most.
This book is for writers looking for inspiration and for authors daunted by the publishing process, who might lack the requisite author platform to get published the way they dreamed, or whose careers may not be unfolding as expected. It aims to be the friend and trusted expert writers turn to when hijacked by their own thinking. Ultimately, it reminds authors that they are infinite creators.
Praise for Where Do You Hang Your Hammock?
“Inspired and inspiring, informed and informative, erudite and eloquent, practical and useful, detailed and comprehensive, Where Do You Hang Your Hammock?: Finding Peace of Mind While You Write, Publish, and Promote Your Book is thoroughly ‘user friendly’ in organization and presentation making it an ideal DIY ‘how to’ manual for being a successfully published author in today’s volatile and competitive publishing industry. While strongly recommended, especially for community, college and university library Writing/Publishing reference collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of anyone seeking to establish themselves in a successful writing career.”
—Midwest Book Review
“Where Do You Hang Your Hammock? is a respite for any writer navigating not only their inner critic but also the brass tacks of publishing, an often fickle industry. Carter’s voice instills a sense of calm and assurance in uncertain times. This book is a meditation, and a perfect gift for the writer in your life. I truly love it.”
—Elizabeth K. Kracht, author of The Author’s Checklist: An Agent’s Guide to Developing and Editing Your Manuscript
If you want to be a happy and successful published author, you must show up, believe in your vision, and understand how to support yourself and your dreams. My intention with this conversation is to inspire insights that will help you complete your writing projects and share them with the world, even when faced with what appear to be crushing obstacles. You will come away with a fresh perspective that points you in the direction of your own wisdom.
You will learn:
- How to navigate your writing life from the inside out
- The nature of thought and how to liberate yourself from its clutches
- Why striving isn’t always helpful
- How to write smarter, not harder
- How to handle fear, overwhelm, and self-sabotage
- The definition of universal doubt
- The secret to moving beyond writer’s block
Bella Mahaya Carter is a creative writing teacher, empowerment coach, and speaker who believes in the power of writing to heal and transform lives. She views publishing and book promotion as an opportunity to deepen self-awareness, nourish meaningful connections, and delight in peak experiences while being of service. In addition to Where Do You Hang Your Hammock? Bella is the author of an award-winning memoir, Raw: My Journey from Anxiety to Joy, and Secrets of My Sex, a poetry collection. Bella has helped hundreds of writers experience greater freedom, joy, and peace of mind. She holds degrees in literature, film, and spiritual psychology. Her writing has appeared in dozens of print and online journals. Visit her online at www.bellamahayacarter.com.
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