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Everyone has a book in them, or so the saying goes.

I have about three half-finished books in me - and, until only very recently, all were languishing in a long-forgotten file on my laptop.

All that changed last year, when I decided to sign up for a unique 5-day challenge to commit to starting - and more importantly - finishing at least one of my novels!

The Challenge - Commit to Your Brilliant Book - was run by the wonderful Jacqui Lofthouse, a successful author of four novels and counting, and the Founder of The Writing Coach, an international coaching and literary consultancy for writers.

I got so much out of just the challenge itself that I immediately signed up for Jacqui's year-long online literary programme - The Literary Community (formerly Inside Story).

Now, a year on, I'm 13 chapters in to one of my novels, with just four or five remaining, something I wouldn't have achieved without Jacqui's support (as well as that of the amazing community of writers in the programme).

So, if you've always wanted to write a book, or if you've started and stopped so many times you've lost count, and just need a nudge - you're in luck.

This month (January 2023), Jacqui is once again running the Commit to Your Brilliant Book - 5-Day Challenge, and she's opening the doors to the Literary Community once more.

I loved being inside the programme, much of which was down to Jacqui's incredibly kind, supportive but intelligent and insightful coaching and feedback.

So, it was such a luxury to spend some time sitting down with Jacqui for this podcast, to talk about writing, books, inspiration, the current state of the publishing industry and more.

Do have a listen - and please do let me know what you think. I know you're going to be as inspired by Jacqui as I am.

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Are you ready to commit to writing your book this year?

Here are the links to Jacqui's 5-Day Challenge and her Literary Community online programme for writers.
Plus her FREE ebook: The Confident Writer

**Join the Commit to Your Brilliant Book Challenge: 
https://thewritingcoach.mykajabi.com/challenge-

**Get a free copy of 'The Confident Writer' ebook:
https://thewritingcoach.mykajabi.com/Confident-and-Sustainable-Writing-Practice

** Discover The Literary Community: 
https://thewritingcoach.mykajabi.com/the-literary-community


Let me know what you think, and also tell me how you're getting on with your writing progress. I'd love to hear from you.

Warmest wishes,

Dawn x

Hi Gorgeous One!

It's me. Your True Purpose. I've been calling you for aaaages. But you're not picking up. Everything ok?

If you've been ignoring a part of you that feels like a calling, or a 'life purpose', one thing's for sure: it's going to keep coming back to remind you it's still there, waiting for you to pick up, and do something about it. And it's going to keep prodding you until you do.

It took me three years of seeing and passing up the opportunity to train in the work I do now. I'd tell myself it was too expensive or maybe that it wouldn't live up to my expectations. Every year the training course came up, and every year I'd pass... until finally, I accepted. One of the best decisions I ever made! The work I do now feels like something I'm meant to be doing, like everything has aligned and slotted into place.

A true purpose doesn't have to be a job or career, though. It could be a place you want to live. A need you've spotted in your community that needs addressing. It could be looking after your grandchildren, doing up a house or painting just for the sheer satisfaction and joy of it.

You'll recognise it as a true purpose, and not just another hobby or interest, because something about doing it, or the prospect of doing it, lights you up on the inside like all your Christmases came at once. It becomes something you simply can't NOT do.

You may be sitting here, reading this, thinking - that's all very well, but I'm not sure I really have a true purpose. Is that right? See above about community, grandchildren, doer-uppers.

Could it be that you're just missing or ignoring the signs?

  1. You have an idea about a [insert blank here]. Be it a business, project, career, job, hobby, country - whatever it is, the idea keeps coming back to you. It's like a metaphorical poke in the ribs, as if to say: Remember me? Something about this idea lights you up and excites you.
  2. Even if your life is great as it is right now, you feel like something's missing and you can't quite put your finger on it. You feel dissatisfied, sometimes in an indefinable way.
  3. You notice signs everywhere: ads, billboards, TV programmes, or a friend starts talking about the very thing you're thinking of doing.
  4. You're numbing yourself with food, alcohol, cigarettes.. trying to find comfort, but it's never enough.
  5. You get the sense that you're living the 'wrong life' - that there's something more out there for you.
  6. There's something you would do all day every day even if you didn't get paid to do it.
  7. When you pay attention to this idea, dream or goal, it's like slipping on a pair of old and well-worn jeans - so completely comfortable, you feel like you've come home.

So, what next? Well, that's my question to you?

What's the one thing - or things? - that light you up and make you feel alive? What one step can you take today to start moving towards and embracing that sense of calling or true purpose?

I've love to know your thoughts. Head over to my Instagram feed and leave a comment.

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