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    The Week Three course materials of Foundations in Leadership have been influential in focusing on my personal state of mental health. The mind has the ability to keep us bound by worry and fear, and it has the ability to set us free to thrive and excel. Our mind not only affects us personally, it affects every person in our sphere of influence. Bill Hybels suggests in Courageous Leadership, that when we function as unhealthy leaders we inflict pain to those who are closest to us (194). The greatest take-away from this week has been to ask myself: how is my mind affecting my leadership; how do I keep myself replenished; and how do I avoid pitfalls of depression? In Courageous Leadership, Hybels asks a poignant question which disturbs, yet intrigues me; “Who is your toughest leadership challenge? You” (182). His answer is direct and convicting. It begs the question, “What am I personally doing to hold myself back from what God wants to accomplish through me?” TD Jakes says, “The most powerful tool you have is your mind.” (Jakes). If the most powerful tool I have is my mind, then it must be the key to overcoming my toughest leadership challenge; me. In Joyce Meyer’s book Battlefield of the Mind she quotes, “Through careful strategy and cunning deceit, Satan attempts to set up "strongholds" in our mind…which we are held in bondage (in prison) due to a certain way of thinking” (14). If my tendencies toward negative thinking are preventing me from health, then I must develop the…

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    Educational Background: In the past, I took a writing course through Christian Writers Guild. Currently, I am enrolled in their Writing for the Inspirational Market class. While employed by Development Dimensions International (DDI), a training and development firm, I certified as a trainer for the Interaction Management and Targeted Selection programs, which taught supervisors how to better manage and lead a team, and developed skills for hiring and promoting personnel respectively. I…

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    What Causes Writers Block

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    Readers tend to read about things that interest them such as time periods or military themes and subsequently expect their author to know about such subjects. In researching for your book it may give you some very interesting ideas to include. Brainstorming: Have a lot of ideas? Well, brainstorm those ideas and don’t be afraid to get some outside opinions on those thoughts to help give you clarity and reduce the number to a manageable level. Start a dream journal: Dream journals are a way to…

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    signs. compared to if I am writing for business professionals I will use terms like account payable (AP) or assets. I learned to do this when I wrote about my discourse community. I have read work from writers but never thought about analyzing multiple tests, variety produced for multiple purposes. I can now read and analyze various work from more than one author I can tell where…

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    Do you dream of seeing your writing in print? Do you wish your writing would sell again and again? Are you a librarian or teacher needing an author visit program? Do you need someone to speak at your writer's conference? Though I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas, I am willing to travel. With over 2000 articles, essays, and stories to magazines and anthologies, plus 23 books for children and writers, I am happy to share my experience and my writing. So check out my website, my books,…

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    Today’s writing day. Great! Let’s begin, but wait, is your work area set up properly? I think so, but how can I know? To find out, Sit. Sit? Yes, sitting is something as a writer, you’ll be doing frequently. Sitting properly can reduce injury therefore increase productivity and allow creative ideas to flow. When you’re able to focus on ideas over how much pain there is you become more creative and therefore a better writer. If your workspace is set properly you will be able to use appropriate…

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    Quite often, authors draw from their own personal memories when writing. Sue Monk Kidd is no exception. Kidd is a feminist and a writer-activist known for writing fiction reflecting the context of the civil rights movement in The United States. Combining the best aspects of fiction and broad conceptual ideals, Kidd used narrative as a tool for igniting social change. The significance of Sue Monk Kidd’s life, work, and legacy will last for years to come. Sue Monk Kidd was born and raised in the…

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    The problems of adapting to new languages, modes of thought, customs and beliefs inspires people to communicate their experiences and struggles. The writers’ eagerness to recollect their pre-affiliations, or at least a memory where they came from also influenced what how they wrote. From Indian captivity narratives such as, A Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson by Mary Rowlandson, slave narratives such as, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano by…

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    Tough Love in the Big City: Roni Simpson Interview Where did you get your passion for writing? How did it get sparked? I started writing at seven years old. I started with poetry, I had a poem book my mother had bought me and I would write poems on a daily basis. In the church I was the youth leader and often I would have to get up and read some of my poems. I also would begin writing Christian songs for the church and that’s where my writing career pretty much started. When I went to college I…

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    I want to write and if is these things are good ideas or some problems when will try to explain but the most difficult part sincerely the most difficult part is to development my essay such ass I really loose when I do not have more experiences. Not it is essay when I need to related and I will make a good or excellent essay, I should think about three things first thesis, second body, and finally the conclusion. Next thing I do when I finish my thesis I can continue with that body on that I…

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