Janelle Cooper-Alex - Women's Writing Coach

Passionate Women Writers on Purpose…writing for change

They Need to Hear Your Story

They Need to Hear Your Story

Your Story Equals Freedom

When you share your story with others it can give you a sense of release and freedom, but even more it can uplift others so they realize they’re not alone and they can attain freedom, too! Disclosure is a often like walking at highwire though. If you share too much, you may fall or your audience may look away and leave. On the other hand, if done right, you can keep your readers, viewers, listeners and followers on the edge of their seats. They want to know how you’re achieving success or have had success before. And, they want to know that they can do it, too!

The key is discovering your story…the one that will be most impactful for those you want to help create positive change for. What do they need to hear about you and your journey?  What was a rock bottom point for you that you were able to come back from? How can they do the same? Do you have methods that will help them do that?

Put Yourself in Their Shoes

Think about the people you writing it for. Put yourself in their shoes before writing your story. You’ve got to connect with them on a deep level, so they’re emotionally connected to you and they keep reading. When you tug on their heartstrings you have a real chance of inspiring them to take action for themselves.

But, how do you do that? Usually we need help discovering those vital pieces. Don’t try to do it on your own. You can find what I call “blind strengths” within your story and within yourself. Jump over and consider letting me help you discover yours! Click here!

Janelle Cooper – The Writing  & Book Coach  for Women who feel the call to make a real difference in the world, but don’t know how to start.  

You Want to Make a Difference – But Don’t Know Where to Start

You Want to Make a Difference…

…but, don’t know where to start.

That Point in Your Life

You’ve hit a point in your life that you simply know it’s time to do more. To do something bigger and have a real impact beyond just your family. But, you haven’t got a freakin’ clue how to go about it.

You want your business to grow, so you can help more people. You want to reach more people, so you can earn a bigger income because you know that’ll ultimately help more people.

They Should You Write a Book

Someone tells you to write a book. It’ll open doors for you. It’ll give you credibility. It’ll make you stand out and get speaking gigs. You’ll gain new clients simply because you wrote it. Well, on some levels that can be true, but there is MUCH more to it than just writing one and throwing it out there.

Just yesterday I had a woman say to me, “I’ve had people tell me lately that I should write my life story.” I asked her, “What would be the intent of the book – the purpose? Who would it be for? What would be the benefit to them if they read it?” Sadly, she decided she had no idea and couldn’t possibly figure it out or write it.

Here’s the deal. In less than five minutes, I had a target audience for her and an angle for book. Yet, she still believed she couldn’t do it. Her BS got in her way. That’s why I’m so adamant about discovering your personal BS, revealing others’ BS that affects you and discovering your “blind strengths”, which is another aspect of your BS.

Don’t Let Fear and BS Stop You

Don’t let fear and BS stop you. When you’re feeling called, you should find those that can help you, coach you and support you. Then, you have to choose to step up to the plate and take your first swing – while your coach and support team do exactly that – coach you and support you.

There is no need to try and figure it out alone! Get the support you need. We’re women…that means we typically prefer a community to help support us in some fashion or another. So…get support and find that one coach that will meet your needs in a way that lights you up and helps you go after the dreams you’ve had on the backburner for too frickin’ long!

Here’s to creating more powerful women with fierce passion and grace,


Janelle Cooper – The Writing  & Book Coach  for Women who feel the call to make a real difference in the world, but don’t know how to start.  

Your Inner Powers Can Make or Break Your Book

Your Inner Powers Can Make or Break Your Book

Vital Knowledge to Help You Create Success

We all have inner powers -stengths and weaknesses- but far too often we aren’t fully aware of what they are. Yet, they play a huge role in not only our day-to-day actions, choices, successes and failures, but they impact our overall success. That means they also can give us vital knowledge to use when getting our message out to the world through our writing. Ignoring them or not being aware of them in the first place puts us at a disadvantage when we’re standing on the precipice of success or failure. We can just sit there…waiting or we can take flight and see what happens. Knowing or not knowing our inner powers means we will either fall or soar.

Know Your Soul Gifts

We come into this life with particular gifts. It’s who we are at the core, and those gifts shine through in the way we write, in the way we create, in the way we tell stories, in the way we get our voice heard in the world. Ultimately, it’s how we show up in the world and do the work we’re meant to do.

To discover your soul gifts and relate them to your writing, I created Sacred Author Archetypes™. Take the quiz and find out what your Sacred Author Archetype™ is. Are you a Jaguar, a Dolphin, an Eagle or a Butterfly?

Your soul gifts help support you in doing your work in the world. They help you stand out and achieve your goals. In fact, they help you accomplish your soul mission in this particular lifetime. If you aren’t sure what your soul mission (or mission in life or life purpose) is, get a copy of Soul Gap: Rediscover the colors of your soul and fulfill your life’s mission (Kindle version is only $.99).

Reveal Your Sacred Author Archetype™ Agreement

Your Sacred Author Archetype™ Agreement could be described as your overreaching theme in your life and in your work and your writing. You can find out what yours is in a couple of minutes if you jump over and take the quiz -it’s only 10 questions, but it’s profound.

I’ll give you an example. My main Sacred Author Archetype is Jaguar – The Advocate, so I’ll share the agreement for her: To walk a solitary path with passion and courage. What does that mean? It means she (you if that is you, too) is willing to stand out, stand in the spotlight, speak out even when her voice may be quite different than others. She’s brave enough to let other’s see her. She’s willing to take the mic. She’s willing to lead and she’s good at it. She’s willing to take on responsibility -often responsibilities that others aren’t willing to accept. She’s very passionate about certain topics or certain people, places or things. In fact, sometimes she can get a little fiery or come across that way – after all, she knows how to roar. She’s courageous enough to keep moving forward even when the odds are against her and her message.

Sometimes, it’s difficult to see how our agreement relates to our own lives; that’s why we can all benefit from working with a powerful and supportive coach. If that’s something you want and feel ready for, apply to work with me, so we can work together to unleash your inner powers.

Become Consciously Aware of Your Gifts and Burdens

When you learn to recognize your gifts you’ll be able to use them to be more successful. You’ll discover the best ways for you to approach not only writing your book but you’ll discover the best ways to approach getting the word out. In fact,  you will come to learn that you have hidden gifts and you’ll get the chance to know, deep in your heart, that they’re there within you…just waiting on you to embrace them.

Beyond that you’ll shine a light on your burdens. Doing that will enable you to respect them, which means you can consciously choose to avoid the things that bring those burdens to the forefront when you can. Plus, you’ll feel less stress and your work and your writing will be more fulfilling and light you up.

Trying to do what everyone else does or following what some “guru” or even your colleagues are doing is just not necessarily the best for you, your work and your book. If you want to achieve success (whatever that looks like for you) and if you want to make a real difference in the world (or just your local community), then you it’s vital that you discover your Sacred Author Archetype™, so you can uncover your gifts and burdens.

Why Know Your Inner Powers

Your inner powers help you understand how you work best. They help you see who you’re really meant to work with or write for. When you free your rebel soul…yep, that’s when you’ll find the perfect ways to reach the people, the clients and the soon-to-be raving fans of your work and your book(s). And, finally you’ll be conscious of what lifts you up and what makes you cringe. You’ll be excited to share your message far and wide and you’ll know how to do that in a way that doesn’t feel overwhelming or super stressful. This is your time – no more wondering how to make your work and your book a bigger success. The answers are at your finger tips. 

Janelle Alex – The Writer’s Shaman for Women who feel the call to make a real difference in the world, but don’t know how to start.  

5 Reasons Storytelling is Vitally Important | It’s MUSIC to the Soul

5 Reasons Storytelling is Vitally Important: It’s MUSIC to the Soul

Storytelling is Absolutely Vital in Our World

Storytellers are leaders, educators, entertainers and transporters. By now, you probably know that I use Sacred Author Archetypes to represent the inner powers you have within you as a writer. Knowing your archetype is can make a dramatic difference when you’re trying to write posts, articles, or books that you want others to voraciously consume.

Furthermore, understanding what I call MUSIC of Writing will take your message, your story, to a much deeper level. It will help you expand the quantity of people you reach. It’s just as important as know your Sacred Author Archetype.

M = Make a connection

When you make a connection with your readers they’re far more likely to keep reading and be excited about taking in the message or story you’re sharing with them. This is when you open the door for them to experience real transformation. Share in the comments below one way you make a connection with your readers.

U = Unforgettable

Write your story (or include enough story in your non-fiction), so that your readers will remember what you’ve given them for weeks, months and hopefully years to come.  Making it unforgettable makes it easier for them to tell others about it, which is the “S” in  “MUSIC”. Share in the comments below one reason you believe your story is unforgettable.

S = Share

Connecting to your readers and writing a story that is unforgettable creates an excitement around your writing that causes readers to tell their friends, family members, co-workers, clients, etc. about it.  But, it’s also important to appropriately ask people to share your work, too. Share in the comments below one way you gently, but lovingly ask people to share your story or writing.

I = Inspire to Take Action

If you pull your readers in and help them bond on an emotional and spiritual level with the characters, case studies, you or your message, you’ll have created a platform for which you to stand on. Once you’ve done that, you’ve earned the right to urge them into action. It may be action they take to make a difference in their own life or it may be action that affects the world on a bigger stage. Share in the comments below one action -specific or not- you hope your readers will take.

C = Create Positive Change

Creating positive change is the ultimate goal of writing on purpose and writing for…well, change. I had a client a couple of years back who changed his life because of reading Stephen King’s Pet Cemetery, and I’ve had clients and colleagues who changed their lives after reading work by Wayne Dyer or Elizabeth Gilbert. Personally, I created positive change in my life after reading Parker J. Palmer’s Let Your Life Speak. Fiction and non-fiction, intentionally and unintentionally can create change in someone’s life. Share in the comments below one positive change you hope to see because of your writing.

Janelle Alex – The Writer’s Shaman for Women who feel the call to make a real difference in the world, but don’t know how to start.  

Conflict and Civility in a Hate-filled Political Climate

Guest Post from Kathy Weyer

Conflict and Civility

I sound like an old lady. Maybe I am.

Let me begin by saying there is nothing wrong with kindness, just please do not confuse kindness with weakness, nor bullying with strength. Just because I don’t raise my voice and call you an idiot does not mean I am weak, and if I were to make an issue of something it does not mean I am a bully.

I am neither.

What I am, and I can only speak for myself, is someone who values courtesy and respect before opinion.  That sometimes looks like an inability to stand up for myself. I get it. (My perspective is that our last president had this same problem. He allowed people to keep their dignity, but respected opinions different from his. He was perceived as weak. Maybe I am, too.)


Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.

So it’s important to me to find a way to speak up, be heard, and still honor my own path of respect and dignity. This means setting my own boundaries, something I think we have lost as a society. We cannot dictate good taste or manners, but we can set an example.

I was taught years ago when I first started my professional life that every sentence uttered needs to count for something, that there is a specific goal you are after in the conversation or idea. If not, keep your mouth shut. Grandstanding and attention getting doesn’t cut it – especially for women.

That may look like meekness. In fact, it’s a strength. To keep your head while all others are losing theirs and stay focused on the true goal is a skill, learned with patience and observation.

What we need is to find a balance – to stand up for our beliefs without being aggressive, disrespectful or mean. I see posts where people disagree by calling each other names indiscriminately, resulting in more cyberspace insults that do nothing but escalate. One side is never going to convince the other of their own truth, only that they are passionate about it. That passion has become an excuse for incivility.

In our current political climate, people have gone insane, and it’s not helping. That is not to say we should stay silent when we see something we object to – that’s the basis of democracy. But we need to learn to do it in a more productive way.

Personally, I have been very critical of what’s happening in Washington because to sit back and be silent is to condone – that’s my opinion.  I’ve never done it before, and I daresay I’m not alone. I’ve always felt that people were entitled to their opinion, live and let live, no skin off my nose.


Not any more. This is too important to me.

One of my own boundaries is to state my opinion and walk away. You are welcome to disagree with me and send me reams of cogent points to back up your own opinion. Civil discourse is welcome here.

But if you call me names or insult my intelligence, you are probably doing it to others, and I will call you out on it by asking why – what is the purpose, the ultimate goal of your comment? That I’m an idiot? Not entirely helpful.

So before you speak, tweet, or post, ask yourself – what do you expect to come out of that conversation? If it’s not productive, it’s not worth your time.

You’re not that important.

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Kathy Weyer, author of Stitches and self-proclaimed late bloomer, uses powerful storytelling to open discussions about social issues. www.KathyWeyer.com


4 Things to Do If You Experience Domestic Violence

Guest Post from Bonnie Harris Price

My story of domestic abuse starts in Memphis. I was 22, living in the projects, but attending community college to become a paralegal. I was introduced to my abuser through a mutual friend. I hardly knew the guy but after falling out with my mom a few months before and feeling like a total loser for dropping out of real college, it was no surprise I quickly connected with this boil on the butt of humanity. He was funny, appeared to want to do something with his life, and seemed to like me. It didn’t take me long to figure out he was just another nobody, but I continued to stay with him because the only option left was lonely.

The piece of sh*t continued screwing his ex-girlfriend, wasted any money he had on drugs and refused to get a job. On his sober days, he convinced me to stay home from school to spend time with him only to vanish later. When I’d had enough the monster reared his ugly head. This asshole liked to call me bitches, fat whores, and liked to slap me around. I hid in a closet once just so I could hear what he really thought about me (as if the name calling wasn’t proof.) I listened to him tell his buddies I was a stupid bitch he was using for a place to live. Yes I confronted him and no I didn’t throw him out. I quit school, got pregnant, suffered a stress related miscarriage only to find myself pregnant again 6 weeks later. I didn’t want the second baby, but I was too stressed and broke to do anything about it. One night during a heated argument I asked him to leave; he pulled a gun on me. I don’t remember how I talked him out of shooting me, but it happened. The next day, I waited until he left and I fled to the nearest abused women shelter on foot.  The day after I came back, I was signing a police report with my best friend standing by me. He went to jail and I never looked back.

I was lucky to get out alive. Thousands of women do not get the chance to leave a relationship unless it involved a casket or a lengthy jail sentence.  With all the madness going on in the world, it seems as if women’s issues are taking a backseat. We could blame the current Commander in Chief since he made it cool to grab women by the pussy. We could blame too much sex and violence in the movies, lack of God, lack of morals, Red Dye #40 or any of those things, but the when it comes down it the numbers don’t lie. Women are beaten, maimed and killed all over the world. Trouble and violence don’t care about your color, income, neighborhood, or religion. Chances are we all know someone who has been touched by violence. The question is how do you help these women survive?

I don’t pretend to know all the answers, but what I do remember is the kind female police officer who caught me in the heat of the moment. Officer Cindy was the eye in my storm. Sitting in a squad car with snot flying out of nose, my best friend trembling in front of me and an infant pressed against my womb, she handed me a pen and said, “Here sign this.” Those three words gave me a new lease on life, but in the moments before is what kept me from making the foolish mistake that a lot of women in our situation continue to do. Officer Cindy kept me from changing my mind by acting quickly before I allowed my low esteem to take him back.

When I look back on that horrible experience, there were four things that saved my life and kept me from being another statistic. Today I’m 46 years old, married to a great guy,  have two beautiful children, and a granddaughter I adore. I can’t imagine what my life would have been had I stayed with that lunatic. The reason I bring it up now is because two women I know and a friend of a friend have suffered at the hands of a maniac. While I can’t save the world, I hope someone finds this post and take immediate action to save their selves from a life of pain. If you’re being abused, please get help. You are not alone.

  • Find a safe to hide
  • Tell a trusted friend of your location
  • File a report
  • Make a plan


As soon as it is safe to do so, get the hell out of there and get to a safe place. You want to go somewhere your abuser wouldn’t think to look. Forget your BFF’s place or anywhere else you frequent because this is the first place the monster looks. Abusers tend to isolate their victims first. When he said he’ll follow you anywhere, he wasn’t enamored, he was staking his claim.  Somewhere in your relationship you probably remembered feeling smothered and criticized when you didn’t spend every available moment together. This was just a ploy to keep you away from the people who love you and limit your access to help when things go awry. Your safe place is where you can get yourself (and kids if you have them) together, physically heal if necessary, and away from more abuse. A frightening but scary fact is abusers tend to hurt those you love in the path of their destruction.  When you leave, alert your loved ones that the abuser may be on the war path. We all remember the heart crushing murder of Jennifer Hudson’s nephew, mother, and brother by her sister’s abusive ex. Don’t be tomorrow’s headline.

Tell Someone!

Once you are safe, call someone who won’t sell you out.  In the autobiographic film What’s Love Got to Do With It, Tina Turner’s mother revealed her hideout to Ike because he bought her loyalty with a brand new house.  If you want to end the relationship, getting your ducks in a row includes a confidante. There should be someone who won’t betray your trust or judge you for not leaving sooner. Whether it’s a code word, burner phones or a secret location only you, your friend and Jesus can know. This friend can bring you money, supplies, or help you file paperwork for a divorce or restraining order. This friend can keep a log of the abuse, pictures of bruises, etc. If you don’t trust anyone, you can always hide things in plain sight. Trust me when I tell you there is some place your abuser would never look or go.

File A Report!

Be all about the paper. A paper trail links the monster to his dirty work. The most common way to bring a bastard to justice is to start a paper trail. Filing a police report or restraining order and sticking with it creates a record. A record creates problem for the abuser. Do not misunderstand, it is not a magic wand that will make the fucker disappear, but it will stay on his record. Since the trial of the century, domestic violence and the way the courts handle swung the pendulum in victims’ favor. Every time you call the police, a report is filled out and kept on his record. It builds a case against the abuser should the situation require more legal action. The biggest mistake you could make is rescinding the report because all you will do is improve his case while making yourself look weak. Don’t let your abuser win. Too much has been taken from you already.

Make A Plan!

A goal is wish without a plan. You can’t wish it would stop, you have to make it stop. The longer you stay connected to this jackass, you become a participant and not a victim. I know that sounds harsh but it’s true. Not only do you make a plan to get gone, but stay gone. Most women won’t leave because of children, legal delays, and lack of support, but I’m telling you from experience, I chose spending the night with an elderly nun in a room that smelled like mothballs than spending another minute with him living in fear. Shaking to death in the squad car, I made up my mind that I wasn’t going back. If that meant living in a cardboard box, I was ready. Plan your escape with the resources you have. Do not wait until you save more money, get a better place, see if you can child support, or if  your abuser will change. Get gone. Stay gone.

The Lesson

Love is not supposed to hurt. Even in the heat of the moment, violence has no place. People who physically, verbally, emotionally, sexually, and financially abuse others do things for a myriad of reasons that have nothing to do with you. It is not your fault, you didn’t cause the abuse. There is something in them that has been permanently damaged and all the love you in the world can’t repair. If they truly want to fix it, they will get help. I will be honest with you I don’t know any couple who came back from this kind of madness. If you want to have the life you deserve. You must escape. Now.

For anonymous, confidential help available 24/7, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) now.


This guest post was written and shared by Bonnie Harris Price.

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To Save Ourselves: Recognize White Privilege by Amanda Shepherd [Guest Post]

Guest Post from Amanda Sheperd

Recognizing My Privilege

It has been a rough ride, has it not? Most of us are likely still shaken by the events in Charlottesville last weekend.

I’ve done quite a bit of reflection and self-analysis the past few days. As a white woman from a middle-class family, I recognize my privilege. I do not worry about the safety of my daughters should they have an encounter with the police. I do not worry about them being targeted for the color of their skin. What I do worry about is my own “white guilt” and the tendency of us white folk to take over spaces and conversations as a result of that guilt – and, even worse, not really contributing much when we are present. I worry about the lack of time I have to really hone in on this issue as I use my privilege to fight for environmental issues. But mostly, I worry about the fate of our planet and our society.

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Work to Be Done on Racial Issues

I worry that there is SO MUCH work to be done on racial issues in this world we live in. And I have pledged to do more as a white woman and an ally – to go beyond sharing articles on FB and Twitter. To have tough conversations with my white friends and families. To help make space for POC to tell their own stories and to do the work that they feel needs done. To not, however, rely on them to do the work that needs done among allies and our white brothers and sisters. To do my own work in assessing my privilege and utilizing it to help begin deconstructing a system that places white lives above all others.

But I also worry about our planet and – more specifically – the future of ALL people. The fate of our society should we continue down this path of pillaging the Earth for the preserved remains of once-living beings and burning them for our own gain. I have been struggling with how to continue this fight – the one I have been engaged in for so long – while also making more space in my life to engage in the battle for social justice.

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Built on the Backs of Natives

In this time of reflection, I have been reminded that DAPL, KXL, and the majority of the fossil fuel infrastructure in this country is built almost exclusively on the land/backs of Native and other communities of POC. Environmental and social injustice can – and often are – one and the same. These communities – along with allies – are still fighting the #NoDAPL & the #NoKXL battles because they are socially and environmentally unjust. Coal-fired power plants, factories that produce – or use – toxic chemicals, industrial farming facilities that generate unspeakable amounts of animal waste – all of these tend to be placed in areas where those who live nearby do not have the means to fight against them – minority communities and/or those of low socio-economic status.  I realize that the time I spend battling for environmental causes – including the climate crisis – is also time spent fighting for my sisters and brothers of all backgrounds.

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There is More We All Can Do

BUT. There is more I can do. There is more we all can do. There has to be. Because in order for the climate crisis to be resolved, people of all races and backgrounds have to believe that they are safe in doing this work. We cannot expect our Black or Indigenous or Latinx siblings to put in the work on climate when they have to worry about racists threatening them or their families. Many of them are already engaged in the struggle to #ActOnClimate – but we cannot demand their participation. We must work to ensure a society that is safe and inclusive for all people; otherwise what are we fighting to protect?

A War For Our Society

This war – because this is indeed a war for our society and the Earth that we know and love – must be fought on two fronts. One for our physical world. And one for our society. Most of the battles will overlap. But even when they don’t, we must recognize that we do this work for the betterment of all. For the survival of all.

In order to save the planet we must save ourselves. And it is apparent there is much work to be done.

Courtesy of Amanda Shepherd. Originally posted on her blog, TheGreatUnless, on August 16, 2017.

Women, The World is Calling On YOU Right Now to Stand Up

Women and women writers, the world is calling on you, right now, to STAND up, STAND out and get your voice heard.

Are you part of the problem or part of the solution?

This if for all women as well as women writers.  I came across a beautiful example of a Passionate Woman Writer on Purpose…writing for change. (She may not be a book author, but she wrote for change on her blog.)  I shared this post in my Facebook group, Passionate Women Writers on Purpose this morning.

Clearly the US is in an upheavel right now. And, as women leaders we have to take a stand for what is right. Sitting back and remaining quiet makes us part of the problem – not part of the solution.
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Take action to help support positive change

No matter what it is that you stand for, you need to do just that – STAND up, STAND out, and get your voice heard. This is ultimately why I do my work in the world…to help you do that in an impactful way that fits you and helps you take action to help support positive change.
I know colleagues and various members of my above mentioned group who do it in different ways. Some are passionate about animal rights…and one of my colleagues created an organization to save and protect pit bulls. Another writes to create change for transgender kids and their parents. These are just two examples. But, after this past weekend, sharing the post I came across of Layla’s was highly appropriate.
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Light a fire under your butt to take action

If you’re like me -especially if you’re a white woman (because we ARE privileged – like it or not) who is focused on creating positive change for ALL- then, you may very well like reading this article.  “I need to talk to spiritual white women about white supremacy (Part One)” by Layla Saad.
If nothing else, I hope it lights a fire under your butt to take action that will help promote positive change around whatever you’re most passionate about. But, never just sit back and remain quiet.
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Empower our future and be a role model

We need to empower our future.  That starts with being role models for others -not only our children, but our neighbors, our clients, our followers, our readers, our co-workers, our employees, our family, and the strangers we encounter.  We are not born to hate or mildly or horribly disrespect or mistreat others.  Yes, it’s possible some of us come into this life with deep darkness in our souls, but I believe that is rare.  Most of the hate and anger is learned behavior.  Consequently, that means we have to display a different kind of behavior, so that others learn from our positive actions.

So, STAND up, STAND out and get your voice heard.  You don’t have to change the world by yourself.  You don’t have fix the entire issue of racism (or misogyny or xenophobia or homophobia), but you can and must take action.  It may only be posts on social media or your blog.  Perhaps, you join a local organization to help create positive change.  It may be that you finally write your book.  Whatever it looks like for you, it is vital that you do it.  No more sitting back and remaining silent for whatever reason.  No more excuses that we’re too busy with our own lives or that we’re afraid of what others might say.  

If you’re a true leader and if you’re truly passionate about making an impact, then the world…yes, not just the USA, but the world is calling you to…I repeat…STAND up, STAND out and get your voice heard.
Honoring you all,
Janelle xo

The Power in Storytelling | The Writer’s Shaman

The Power in Storytelling

There is a story behind it.  There always is.  But what is that story?  What is it that you’re trying to express to the reader or the listener?

Stories have the power to teach, to advocate for, to transport and to perform for.  We, as authors, have a tendency to be stronger in one of those areas over the others, but that doesn’t mean we can’t learn to blend in the other important pieces as well.  In fact, this is where I always ask women writers to start – discover your Sacred Author Archetype.  You’ll become a much better storyteller once you do.

When you tell stories, you are handed the opportunity to change lives – yes, even when you write fiction novels with the sole purpose being to entertain the reader.  Stories are most certainly not just for children; therefore, neither is storytime.  Instead, it’s a chance to embrace a new way of seeing the world, a new way of experiencing a situation, a new way of being during your normally busy and hectic day.  Let’s make sure that whether writing fiction or non-fiction, you bring an engaging story to the reader – a story that won’t be forgotten. 

Expanding the Vision of the Four Sacred Author Archetypes

Which of the four is your power as a storyteller, as a writer, as an author?

Jaguar – Advocate

Jaguar’s Sacred Agreement is to walk a solitary path with passion and courage.

Advocate = a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of another person, animal, thing, place, event, etc.

If your sacred author archetype is that of Jaguar – Advocate, you typically take a stand for something or someone.  You’re willing to speak out and write about why and how what you stand for should be treated with respect and diginity and how it should be appropriately honored.  You also realize this may draw attention from those who do not agree with you.  However, as a Jaguar, you’re willing to stand strong – passionately and courageously.  

Writing this can be done blatantly or in a way that weaves it gracefully, but powerfully into your story.   

Eagle – Teacher

Eagle’s Sacred Agreement is to powerfully envision the bigger perspective.

Teacher = a person who supplies others with knowledge or direction; they train and educate

If your sacred author archetype is that of Eagle – Teacher, you typically can see the bigger picture.  Because you can see the pieces as one whole you also know how to break them down and give direction to others, so that they can better understand it.  This is a vital skill to have and one that is desparately needed in the world.

Often Eagles write non-fiction via self-help, personal development, etc.  However, this power as a storyteller can be blended into fiction as well.

Butterfly – Transporter

Butterly’s Sacred Agreement is to dance joyously, lightly and colorfully with life’s changes.

Transporter = a person who carries or moves others from one place to another

If your sacred author archetype is that of Butterfly – Transporter, you are one who embraces change – something most human beings try to avoid or do not handle well.  You have the ability to check out various different perspectives and you’re open to new possibilities.  You are excellent at taking bits of information from one and bringing it to another to help them grow and change.

As a writer, not only do you bring new information to others, but you help them leave behind their daily life stresses and move them into a space of relaxtion and beautiful new experiences.

Dolphin – Performer

Dolphin’s Sacred Agreement is to balance life’s work and play fluidly.

Performer = a person who accomplishes a goal while keeping the attention of others in a fun or entertaining way

If your sacred author archetype is that of Dolphin – Performer, you’re an inspiration to others while making them laugh or experience life in a more enjoyable way.  Yet, you’re way of entertaining may not always seem playful.  It can be very ritualist or have a strong pattern to how you go about it.  Your ability to listen helps you guide your readers, listeners and fans further as you take in what they want from you.

As a writer, your stories are compelling because they help readers step away from work and give time to themselves for play.

Which of these four Sacred Author Archetypes is your main one?  Take the short quiz now.  The more you know about your power as a storyteller, the better you’ll be able to write in a way that will touch those who you are truly trying to reach.

Creating more powerful women leaders with fierce passion and grace,


The Writer’s Shaman for Passionate Women Writers on Purpose…writing for change

Change Is the Only Guarantee

Change is the Only Guarantee

Traveling for the past year after selling off and giving away most everything we owned opened myself, my husband and our youngest son up to experiences and a sense of freedom unlike anything we could have expected.  It was beautiful.  It was wild.  It was a little tiring at times living out of a suitcase.  But, it changed us – all three of us.  

Being The Writer’s Shaman and passionate about writing for change, experiencing change through our year-long gypsy lifestyle was a hidden gem uncovered as we decluttered our lives.  Now, as we settle down in one place for the next year or so, I’m looking forward to what changes living in Texas will bring to us.  Our country is in a state of flux and needs more powerful women leaders to step forward…and there is no doubt that Texas needs that, too.

Therefore, I feel I’ve been called to Fort Worth to create change not only from here, but by being here.  I’ll be reaching more passionate women writers here, across the country and around the globe.  But, as anyone who has experienced a big move to a new city knows there is a time of transition and adjustment.  There is a period of learning the landscape, learning the local culture and beginning to embrace one’s new home, so that it becomes soothing and familiar.

“When we resist change, it’s called suffering. But when we can completely let go and not struggle against it, when we can embrace the groundlessness of our situation and relax into its dynamic quality, that’s called enlightenment, or awakening to our true nature, to our fundamental goodness. Another word for this is freedom—freedom from struggling against the fundamental ambiguity of being human.”

Pema Chödrön, Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change

How ready are you to accept change in your life?  How willing are you to create change through writing or through reading another’s writing?  

The time is now.  Tomorrow will be different in one way or another.  Don’t delay any longer.  Even when you take a path you end up not liking as much as you thought you would, you have the power to change – yourself, your direction and on some levels the experience of others.

Creating more powerful women leaders with fierce passion and grace,

Janelle – The Writer’s Shaman for Passionate women writers on purpose…writing for change

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