Posts Tagged ‘What is this being a writer all about?’

Writing Coach Teresa says: “Be Happy, Not Worrisome, Wearing Your Multiple Hats as Writer.”

A long long time ago (or fifteen years ago in the publishing industry in this country), a writer could get by with talent and perseverance once he/she gets that first break.

How are you doing?  Are you thinking What is this being a writer all about?

Remember that delightful song “Don’t Worry Be Happy” (written and performed by Bobby McFerrin)?  If we are lucky enough to have writing instruments and not having to worry about coercion or persecution from any source, then, let’s don our writers’ hats.

Writing is art-form / mode of expression / choice of work-form, and, its partner is reading.  I wear my multiple hats too; I am:

  • reading entries from the writing contest which I am sponsoring (“Immigrant Experience Writing Contest”)
  • May 2, 2012 Best News!  Nayati is HOME!  has updates :)  

  • April 29, 2012 (with heavy heart) writing emails, updating my website, blogging, posting on facebook—to broadcast call-for-help related to abduction of 12-year-old boy Nayati Shamelin Moodliar on April 27, 2012. Everyone, please go to Mont’Kiara International School’s website to get updates and their contact info, and, use your worldwide social media to help.   has YouTube video of Nayati Shamelin Moodliar’s parents’ plea to help find their son.  The horrifying truth is that it could take only a short time to transport a person out of a country. Please use your mighty circles on cyberspace–to circulate NAYATI MOODLIAR’s photo & URL Please use your mighty “facebook” voices & mouse clicks to help 12-year-old boy NAYATI MOODLIAR return safely to his parents.

    HELP find 12-year-old Nayati Shamelin Moodliar

    KIDNAPPED on 27 April 2012 on his way to school.
    from Mont’Kiara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    12 years old, 1.5 m height, dark brown hair and eyes,
    mixed origin of Indian and Caucasian. Thank you!

  • reading Mary Jo McConahay’s riveting memoir Maya Roads: One Woman’s Journey Among the People of the Rainforest
  • writing to writers who attended my sessions or received coaching from me at 2012 San Francisco Writers Conference to let them know that I’m here to help them polish their manuscripts and build their writers’ platforms and fanbases.
  • writing coaching notes for platform-building clients.



Coach Teresa

Coach Teresa LeYung-Ryan here to encourage you to wear your many hats as a writer — work on the craft and your platform at the same time.  Pursue more and more resources . . . by visiting my website and this blog on a regular basis.  If you are not in the vicinity of the events I blog about . . . please look at the names of the people who are referenced in my posts, go to their websites by clicking on the links I provide or your keying their names in a search engine.  The people  I blog about will lead you to their colleagues, and so on.  More ways to build your platform?  See the exercises in Build Your Writer’s Platform & Fanbase In 22 Days.  I can help you polish your manuscript (identify themes, universal archetypes, front-story & back-story) AND coach you on platform-building – click here.



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