Writerly Post from the Coach

Lucy and I at Madoo Conservancy
Lucy and me at Madoo Conservancy

My very dear friend has asked me to do a writerly post for her and I’m honored to do so. Sande’s book The Sweetness is going to be one of those books that people start telling you to read. Inspired by personal family history, this work of fiction is a new tale surrounding the Holocaust that is both tender and tragic. So thank you Sande Boritz Berger, author of The Sweetness for inviting me to blog today. The Sweetness was a semi-finalist in Amazon’s 2010 Breakthrough Novel Awards and will be published September 23, 2014 by She Writes Press. You can learn more about Sande at: http://sandeboritzberger.wordpress.com/ Pre-order The Sweetness at Barnes & Noble.

What am I working on now?

I’m working on my first non-fiction book entitled TriStyle – ‘the body, mind, spirit approach to finding your best self’. I have the proposal and some chapters done and it’s evolving. This book goes in tandem with my coach certification that I’ve been working on with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) in NYC since January. Together, both my coaching and the book envelop my philosophy which is about figuring out what you want to do and then ‘trying’ whatever it takes to get there. Flopping on your face is part of the process and something I’ve done many times!

How does your writing about this differ from others in this genre?

Since I’m an avid triathlete (sponsored by Trisports.com), my book straddles both the sporty genre of triathlon as well as inspirational. I truly believe that the mind is the 4th discipline to the triathlete and important to anyone looking to accomplish something. We all have that saboteur in our heads telling us that we can’t or that we’re not good enough or smart enough, but if we can recognize that monster we can accomplish great things. My goal is not only to write for the sporty woman, but for all women (and men too!) that and looking to believe that they can.

Why do I write what I do?

Even when I give myself permission to quit, I always find that I need to write and share my personal experience. If I can help even one person to be less afraid or to try something that scares the heck out of them, then I’ve accomplished something. My mom always said that the best things to read are the things we are the most afraid to write, so I try to think of that when I’m writing. The past winter I scared the crap out of myself and bombed an audition but it was a powerful experience. I wrote about it and had it published in the East Hampton Star and of course it’s called The Audition.

How does my writing process work?

I’m a binge writer and write the best under deadline or duress. I’m trying to get away from my old school method of writing in a notebook and then copying it into the computer. (Because you and I both know that I have lots of notebooks and less in the computer!) Now I’m trying to write it on my laptop or iPad and then print it out. I often edit with a red pen (old school again!) and try to be that brutal schoolmarm and rip myself to shreds. I started this blog over a year ago to see if I could write regularly and it was a wonderful and fun exercise that I’m continuing on a less regular basis but still trying to keep my readers engaged.

Now, with my coaching business, Fourth Discipline Coaching and Consulting, I’ve also started tweeting at @ecmccourt which is a different kind of writing and must be very directive. If you or anyone you know is interested in coaching and wants a sample session to see if we jive, please direct message or email me at rizabiz@aol.com with the caption Coaching Sample and we can set it up.

And introducing . . .

Today I’m happy to introduce you to writer and blogger Mary Crow of the blog View From the Path Train. Mary received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, where she studied poetry with Marie Howe. She studied in Paris for a year at Jussieu Université Paris VII and l’Université Catholique, including with the semiologist Julia Kristeva. She worked for the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize Competition for several years, sponsored by Sarah Lawrence College’s philosophy department, and interned at Counterpoint Press in Washington, D.C. Mary is also is a coach who specializes in creativity, career transitions, and health and wellness. Her background ranges from corporate to entrepreneurial. She worked for over 13 years in marketing research for magazines such as Parents, Traditional Home, and Every Day with Rachael Ray. She is an organist, pianist and singer at various churches and currently studies with Dr. Barbara Thomson in Westfield, NJ.

Check out Mary’s blog: http://www.marywcrow.wordpress.com/

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