Janelle Cooper-Alex - Women's Writing Coach

Passionate Women Writers on Purpose…writing for change

Category: Sacred Author Archetypes

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.  

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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.  

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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.  

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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

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