Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: 52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner, Vol. III by Mariëlle S. Smith

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for 52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner, Vol. III by Mariëlle S. Smith. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book and a fantastic guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: 52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner, Vol. III
Author: Mariëlle S. Smith
Publisher: M.S. Wordsmith
Publication Date: November 9th 2021
Print Length: 491 pages
Genre: Self-Help
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A brilliant, supportive, challenging workbook, highly recommend.’ Jamie Sands

You, too, can become the writer you’ve always wanted to be!

The 52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner:

• makes you plan, track, reflect on, and improve your progress and goals for an entire year long;

• invites you to dig deep through thought-provoking prompts and exercises; and

• helps you unravel the truth about why you aren’t where you want to be.

Two years after publishing the first volume of 52 Weeks of Writing, writing coach and writer Mariëlle S. Smith brings you the updated third volume. Similar in style but reflecting the tweaks made to her coaching practice during the pandemic, 52 Weeks of Writing Vol. III is even better equipped to help you get out of your own way and on to the path towards success.

Ready to start living your writing dream? Order your copy now.

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EXCERPT:
WRITING PROMPT

Each writing prompt is optional. If, for whatever reason, it does not speak to you, let it be. Who knows? It might make more sense to do the prompt later in the process.

Most writers are introverts and dread the visibility that comes with success. This might not be you, but to some of us this fear is what stops us from finishing our work. Because what if people read it and want to talk to us about it? What if we're forced to leave the privacy of our desks and go out into the world, into the spotlight, with nowhere to hide?

If this resonates with you, know you're not alone. Grab your journal or open a new document on your computer and set your timer to ten minutes. Now list all the good that could come with success.

If this is a fear you recognise all too well, keep this list close once you've finished it.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mariëlle S. Smith is a writer, writing coach, and editor. She lives in Cyprus, where she organises private writer's retreats, is inspired 24/7, and feeds more stray cats than she can count.

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GUEST POST:
- Do you believe writing can be therapeutic?

Writing—or being creative in general—can be highly therapeutic. There’s a reason I included the following quote by Graham Greene in the first volume of the 52 Weeks of Writing Author Journal and Planner (that is the green one):

Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation.

Generally, I believe that committing your thoughts to paper (or to a computer screen) carries tremendous healing power. For example, it is through journaling—I write longhand in a physical journal—that I uncover what’s troubling me at any given time, which then enables me to start working through it. Writing is also about voicing your thoughts and speaking your truth, even if you’re speaking it only to yourself.

This goes for anyone, whether you consider yourself a writer or not, and whether you do something like Julia Cameron’s ‘morning pages’, have a daily gratitude journal practice, or write letters to someone who will never read them. Any writing down of whatever goes on inside of you, of whatever needs to come out, can be beneficial.

However, if you’re a writer, if writing is your calling, the act of writing itself can be therapeutic too. If I stay away from writing for too long, I become restless and moody and all round unpleasant. As if all that creative energy inside bottles up and begins to fester if I don’t channel it into something.

At least part of it has to do with escapism, which is what Graham Greene alludes to in the quote. I love getting lost in the fictional worlds I’ve created and am creating, even if only for an hour a day. It helps me deal with the ‘madness, melancholia, the panic and fear’, which we have more than enough of now.

Likewise, I love becoming lost in a project like 52 Weeks of Writing Vol. III. Collecting and picking out those writing quotes, and coming up with writing and journal prompts and exercises, that’s a form of therapy for me too. The quotes are meant to inspire those who work with the author/journal, but they obviously inspire me as well as I decide which to include. Most of the included prompts and exercises are therapeutic in nature too, which obviously affects me in very much the same way.

So yes, I absolutely believe that writing can be therapeutic, both the act of writing itself and what we end up writing down when we take the time for it.

If you’re curious whether your writing practice is therapeutic in any way, simply ask yourself why you write. Set a timer to ten minutes, take your journal, and answer that question. Once you’re done, reflect on your notes. What does this tell you?
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GIVEAWAY:
Mariëlle S. Smith will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility with this giveaway.)

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92 comments:

  1. The excerpt is great advice.

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    1. Thank you, Kim. So many of us struggle with this, don't we? I know I do...

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  2. Do you have a favorite soup that you enjoy? I am cooking a white bean with ham soup today. It is easy and delicious!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  3. I could really use this. Thanks for the help

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    1. You're welcome, Paige. Let me know how you get on?

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  4. This book would be very helpful in my writing.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks, Ann! If you give it a shot, will you let me know how it works for you?

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  5. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Deb! I think it's my favourite of all the three volumes :)

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  7. David HollingsworthJanuary 4, 2022 at 6:39 PM

    This sounds like a useful book.

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  8. I enjoyed the guest post and the excerpt and this sounds like a very useful book and I like it's cover! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a great day!

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    1. Thank you so much for this, this comment made my day :) Have a great weekend!

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  9. Sounds interesting, I really liked the excerpt.

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  10. This sounds like a very helpful and inspiring book.

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  11. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  12. Sounds like an interesting book I would enjoy

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    1. Thank you, Laurie. If you get yourself a copy, let me know how you get on with it?

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  13. Do you have a breakfast that you especially enjoy? I like an omelette with lots of vegetables and a biscuit with jam.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. If I have time, so usually during the weekend, I make vegan pancakes. I recently made a blueberry version for the first time and it blew my mind.

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  14. Sounds like a great book for those who are interested in writing books.

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  15. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  16. Where do you get inspiration from for your books?

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    1. This series, the 52 Weeks of Writing series, is based on the materials I use with the writers I coach.

      The same goes for my books with tarot spreads, the questions I ask there are also based on conversations I have with my clients, but also with other writers and what they struggle with.

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  17. I hope today went smooth for you

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    1. Thank you, Zelda. I hope you'll have a great weekend.

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  18. I enjoyed the guest post and the excerpt, and the book will definitely be very helpful! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a wonderful day!

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  19. David HollingsworthJanuary 6, 2022 at 1:51 AM

    The excerpt was great.

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  20. I enjoyed reading the excerpt - well done!
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  21. I cant wait to read your book

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  22. I like the cover design of your book. Blue is my favorite color!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  23. Oh my gosh! Perfect gift for my father!!
    -SP

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  24. thank you for a chance to win

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  25. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

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    1. That being different is a superpower, not a curse.

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  26. David HollingsworthJanuary 7, 2022 at 8:28 PM

    This books sounds great.

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  27. Does it snow where you live? We have had one snowy day this year so far.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. We have snow in the mountains now, but I haven't seen snow in... three years or so.

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  28. Sounds like an interesting read.

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  29. The book sounds very motivational and useful. Thanks!

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  30. David HollingsworthJanuary 8, 2022 at 5:59 PM

    How did you come up with this book?

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  31. What is your all time favorite book that you have read.

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  32. Do you eat oatmeal when the weather is cold? I like oatmeal with butter and brown sugar!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  33. Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

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    1. I have written under a pseudonym, a lesbian romance series that has nothing to do with my other work. I also co-authored it, so it made absolute sense to come up with a name together, separate from our other writing.

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  34. This sounds like a real page turner.
    heather
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  35. David HollingsworthJanuary 9, 2022 at 8:40 PM

    How did you come up with this book?

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  36. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  37. David HollingsworthJanuary 10, 2022 at 7:09 PM

    This books sounds like a life changer?

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  38. Where is your favorite place to write?

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  39. If you had a choice, would you pick oatmeal or grits for breakfast? I alternate between those two items.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  40. Does writing energize or exhaust you?

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  41. David HollingsworthJanuary 12, 2022 at 1:22 AM

    What's your next book going to be about?

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  42. How do you like your bacon cooked - extra crispy or regular? I like crispy bacon!

    Nancy

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  43. I hope your day is going amazing

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  44. What's it like to live in Cyprus? Sounds fascinating.

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  45. Where do you get your ideas for writing?

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  46. Do you have characters living in your head?

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  47. Do you do anything special to treat yourself after finishing a book?

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  48. Would you rather have toast or a home made biscuit with breakfast?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  49. sounds like a fun one

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  50. David HollingsworthJanuary 13, 2022 at 10:17 PM

    Just saying hi.

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  51. Do you set an alarm so you don't write for too long at a stretch?

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  52. I would so enjoy reading this book and I like the cover too.

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  53. What advice do you have for writers?

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  54. David HollingsworthJanuary 14, 2022 at 9:17 PM

    I really need to read this book.

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