How I Wrote My First Fiction Book

Hello, friends!! 
Today I have a special blog for you from a friend of mine named Livy who puts together this AWESOME magazine for teen girls called Crown of Beauty! She just released another (yes, another!) book, and has been so kind as to share a blog with us about her book, her writing process, and her heart. I think this will be just what some of you need to hear!
Love, Tiffany

A Creative Spirit is a blessing from Heaven. (Really, it is.)

Although, I will be the first to admit, that there are days when it feels like a curse.

Walking around this tattered planet with so many words, visions, characters, and lands, locked up inside your belly can make you feel like an over-due pregnant lady.

The only problem, is that you’ve been pregnant for years. The visions that you’ve seen in your heart, and the characters that you’ve chatted with over tea in your brain, are so vividly real to you.

At first, the idea of writing a novel is exciting and whimsical. Words rush out of your soul like a waterfall, tumbling onto the pages, and you’re ecstatic to release what you’ve been dreaming of for so long! The first twenty-five or fifty pages are like bliss.

“This is going to be a best-seller!” You squeal to nobody but yourself, “This world needs my story! If only Jane Austen could see me now; she would be so proud!”

But then, the hardships hit. Everything freezes up, your brain is in a total fog, and you feel like jumping ship. “This is the worst idea ever!” You scream, ready to throw your story through the paper-shredder.  “How could I possibly be any LESS original than this?! I stink! I am never going to be a successful writer!”

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Putting Power in your Story

by Amanda

Re-post from Thrivefittlife.com — view the original here.

Do you believe that EVERYTHING that happens in your life happens for a reason? Even what we see as bad? I do.

Here’s why.

In a month I am blessed to be going to China to present with Ken Weichert and Stephanie Weichert, which was one of my original goals when I began my journey in the fitness industry. But, I want you to look at the series of events that got me here…

In college, my focus area GPA of my studies was too low to continue in the education major and so I switched my major to Exercise Science and a minor in biology. (Which I considered a FAILURE and haven’t told many people… EVER.)

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Social Media Tips

by Tiffany Dawn

This week I had SUCH a fun opportunity — and one I hope to have many more times!! I got to share about my journey in growing “The Insatiable Quest for Beauty,” and specifically how social media has helped me grow & market my brand. You can watch it here. If you’re starting a ministry or if you’re an entrepreneur at heart, I hope this can help you as well!! 🙂 ❤

How to Write a Book: 9 Tips

Recently I received this question once again: “How did you write your books?”

So, after weeks of wondering what to say and being too intimidated to try my hand at an answer, I’ve finally decided to give it a go.

While I only have my (very limited) experience to draw from, these are the things that helped me write two books (The Insatiable Quest for Beauty and Boycrazy: And how I ended up single and mostly sane)  — and I hope these things can be helpful for you as well.

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My New Book!!!

Friends, I have been literally getting up and DANCING all day today!!! For two reasons:

First, the new “Insatiable Quest for Beauty Book” is now here!!!

EEEE!!! And I LOVE IT. It is seriously SO MUCH BETTER than the old one.

As much as I had loved the original version when I released it four years ago, my writing style has matured a lot over the past few years, and I’ve learned more on my journey. So I rewrote a TON of this book and I LOVE it. Also, my friend Kirsten designed a new cover and it’s amazing!!!

You can purchase it on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Insatiable-Quest-Beauty-overcoming-perfection/dp/1475272553/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1461616141&sr=8-3&keywords=tiffany+dawn+the+insatiable+quest+for+beauty

You can hear more about the new book here:

 

And the second reason I’ve been dancing all day is because…

TOMORROW (4/26/16) is the FREE, community event at 7pm at SCCC in Schenectady, NY!!!

If you live in the upstate NY area, you should definitely come join us!!

Not only will I be sharing a brand new version of “The Insatiable Quest for Beauty” Seminar, and having it video recorded, but you’ll also get to:

  • text in anonymous questions for our guest panel to answer;
  • be inspired by a beautiful dance, music, and videos;
  • and stick around for a book signing, as we officially release this new book!!

Want more info?? Visit the Facebook page here! https://www.facebook.com/events/233006347048660/

It’s going to be AMAZING.

And every time I think about it…I  just want to dance!!

Surprising discovery about world hunger & the beauty industry

Friends, I have some CRAZY EXCITING NEWS:

I’ve been working my butt off, revising “The Insatiable Quest for Beauty” book…and it’s almost done!!!

I’m hoping to send it to my editor by the end of today!

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And girls, it is SO MUCH BETTER. Like, seriously. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about this revision! I’ve kept a similar outline to the first version, but rewrote so many sections, and I’m just PUMPED to see how God will use it to encourage you all and many others!! :):)

But as I was revising, going over old research, and looking for new research, I found these two statistics that, when I put them together, SHOCKED ME:

  • In 2008, Gordon Patzer, Director of the Appearance Research Institute, wrote that people around the world spent $160 BILLION A YEAR trying to make themselves more attractive.
  • In 2013, the Borgen Project wrote that the United Nations estimated how much it would cost to end world hunger: $30 BILLION A YEAR.

If these statistics are accurate, then it would cost less than one-fifth of the money we spend on beauty products annually, to end world hunger.

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How to Self-Publish

Recently several people have asked me about self-publishing, so I decided to write a blog post about it! For any of you writers who are thinking about traversing this route…here’s what has worked for me. Granted, it’s the only form of publishing I’ve ever known, but hopefully through sharing what’s worked for me, it can help you along your own journey. Here’s what I’ll be talking about:

  • Why I chose to self-publish
  • How I self-published
  • How I designed my books
  • How I advertised after self-publishing

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“Boycrazy” is in the mail!!!

Oh my goodness, I want to dance and sing and laugh all at the same time — which would make a very strange sound! Why? Because…

I just placed an order for the first copies of “Boycrazy: And how I ended up single and (mostly) sane!”

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I am SO BEYOND EXCITED to hold this book in my hands!!! I’ve also been working (a little bit) on the webpage for the book, which you can check out here: www.tiffanydawn.net/boycrazy. (If you have any ideas or feedback, I’d love to hear them!)

Boycrazy will be live on Amazon next week, and I’ll keep you posted when you can purchase a copy for yourself or a friend!

Thanks blogger friends for sharing this journey with me!! :):):)

 

The Boycrazy Book!

I am SO EXCITED for the new BOYCRAZY book to come out!!!

When’s it coming out??? THIS SUMMER!!!! (ETA: End of August!)

Who’s it for? It’s for girls!!! Particularly single (aka, not married) high school, college, and 20s-age girls!

What’s it about? Check it out…on the back cover…right here!

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What’s the front cover look like?? I thought you’d never ask! Take a looksie:

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My amazing friend Kirsten Reilly designed this super fun, chic, and endearing cover.

I’m so excited!!! Keep your eyes out for updates on the release date!! :):):)