Lisa Tener

About Lisa Tener

National book coach and published author Lisa Tener demystifies the book writing and publishing process. She helps people write their books and successful book proposals. She has appeared on ABC World News with Peter Jennings, PBS-TV and been quoted in Glamour, USA Weekend, and much more. Her book coaching clients have been on Oprah, Montel Williams, CNN and more. Her clients have recently signed contracts with Prometheus Books, Beyond Words, Simon and Schuster, Sunrise River Press and Karnac Books, to name a few. Lisa serves on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School continuing education course on writing and publishing books, and speaks and teaches throughout the US.
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Creating a Writing Life

Any creative endeavor, of course, has the potential to transform the creator and those who experience the creation. I believe writing is especially powerful in this way because it can be so accessible. Given a blank page and several writing prompts to choose from, you can likely tap into your writing muse. The biggest issue most people face in our culture is finding the time and space in their lives to write. To create a writing life, you will need to do both these things. Here are some of my best tips, along with some examples from writers I worked with.

Fearless Writing: What I Learned from My 5 Year Old Son

Fearlessness: Boldness, Courage, Pluck. We often mean these words when we talk about fearlessness. We don’t necessarily mean “without fear” but more something like, “Feel the fear and do it anyway.”

We may know that acting boldly and with valor has its rewards, but so much of the time, we live in the safe zone, don’t we? And this can be true of our writing, or any creative aspects of our lives, as well.

Tap Into Your Feminine Power to Write

When you tap into your feminine power, the writing can be more compelling, beautiful, easy and fun. You’ll likely enjoy the process more and the writing will likely have a stronger voice and be more authentic and moving to your readers. Here are some ways to tap into your power when you write.

Decision Time? Tune into Your Inner Muse for Wisdom, Inspiration and Clarity

Writing—and journaling, in particular—can help you access your “muse” and get clarity—and answers—in your decision making process. The term “muse” comes from the ancient Greeks and refers to the goddesses who inspire the creation of literature and the arts. I view the muse as one of our wise inner teachers who serves as source of creativity, inspiration and ideas. Your Muse also knows exactly what you need at any given moment to support your creative processes and decision making.

True You: Open Up to Life and Writing

On a trip back from the San Francisco Writer’s Conference, I found myself inspired by a documentary and wrote a song. I found the experience surprising and soul-nourishing in a way my other writing hadn’t been lately when I’d tried to write about the topic of my presentation—“The 6 Figure Writer”—even though I was truly excited about that topic, as well.

Inspired to Write? The Boss from Hell and Other Gifts from the Universe

I found what I thought was my dream job—running a nonprofit organization, making a difference in people’s lives every single day. The day after I gave my notice, a board member of the organization called me at work. “If you were my daughter, I’d say, don’t take this job.” I’d already given notice, and, with no plan C, I started the new job two weeks later.

Saying “Yes” to Your Inner Voice: Mary Pritchard’s Remarkable Journey with her Muse

Dr. Mary Pritchard spent 9 months researching her book when her inner voice told her, “You’re writing the wrong book!” Yikes. Here’s how she rebounded from the surprising revelation and went on to attract interest from four agents.

Inspired to Write? Embracing Your Value

It takes a certain level of valuing oneself— one’s gifts, one’s skills and one’s being—to share those gifts with others—to live our passions, to be of service to the world in some way. Lisa suggests starting an Embrace My Worth journal and gets you started with some journaling prompts. The more you value yourself, the more others will be drawn to you and the more opportunity you will have to shine your radiant light. So, don’t hold back. Embrace your gifts, your skills, and your worth in every way. And shine, shine, shine.

Inspired to Write? Blissful Writing, Blissful Living

If you love to write, you know that writing in that place of flow can be ecstatic. When the words just keep coming, you are in another realm—full of both magic and mystery—whether you’re writing a journal entry, a straightforward how-to book or a blog post. At other times you may struggle to write and feel disconnected. Would you like to get back to your writing bliss? Here are two writing prompts to help you access it.

Inspired to Write? Write to Feed Your Soul

A powerful way to nurture your soul is to write in a journal. Here are some ideas to prompt your journal writing from Aspire Columnist and award-winning Book Coach Lisa Tener.