Just Write

Just Write


Yesterday I went to my first Shut Up and Write sessions.

It is where a group of writers meet in a coffee shop and just write. Yesterday there were four of us and we met at a beautiful coffee shop in Mt Hawthorn.

The purpose of the session is just to focus on a project that we are working on and just write. The timer is set on an agreed time, first for 25 minutes and then we just write. Then we have a break and chat. Then the timer is set for 40 minutes this time and we again just write. Then we have a break and the timer is set again for 40 minutes.

There is something about writing in blocks of time that really helped me focus a lot more.

I love the opportunity to just sit and to just write. Oh and to drink great coffee.

The coffee shop was busy with people having coffee, having breakfast. As I was writing and working on my book, conservations from the other people in the coffee shops were there in the background. The background noise of conversations floated in and out as I was writing. I thought that they would distract me but, they didn’t.

I achieved so much yesterday.

I have organised my book and I have written a few devotionals.

So, my thought is why cannot I get that much done at home?

Why cannot I put the timer on at home and allow myself to just write?

Meeting in a coffee shop with other writers gives me accountability. I had to make the time, show up and write.

I am encouraged when I am sitting with others who love to write.

When I am at home and write, I can get distracted and you just seemed to notice that things need to be cleaned.

This can be a good thing though; your house get cleaned.

Making the effort to meet at a coffee shop, with others works for me.

Yes, this is something that I would like to do a lot more.

Yesterday was a very productive day for me. I wrote and wrote and wrote.

It was a bit of a breakthrough day.

I have a real purpose to write now, the book idea is flowing and I couldn’t be happier about it.

What is something that you can put your timer on and work on for just 25 minutes this week?









My Mentor

My Mentor


This week I was so blessed to catch up with my music mentor.

I was staying at my sister’s in early 2007 and I was watching the Christian channel, there was a talk show on and the host was interviewing Merelyn Carter. She was talking about the Dove Body Perogram. I watched and listened, this subject resonated with me I was so focused on the subject. I wanted learn more, to know more and to do more.

Then a few months later I was in a Christian bookstore I had chosen a book and then I wanted something light to read like a women’s magazine. One of the employees of the shop suggested some magazines. I remember so clearly reaching into the box and choosing one magazine I opened it and the page I found myself on was the one with Mereyln Carter being interviewed. It was from the exact TV program that I had seen a few months ago.

Yes, insert what!!!

I love it when there are those little confirmations.

I brought the magazine and read the article a few times. I also read that she offered music workshops.

Merelyn and her husband David are Carter & Carter.

They are country music singer/songwriters.

I did contact Merelyn and went for my first workshop in 2008.

We have known each other now for about 8 years.

It was so good to see her and her husband this week.

I had a mentor session and we talked about new goals and ideas. It was such a great night. We laughed, we planned and reflected about where I was when I first met them and where I am now.


Yes, it has been a journey, a great journey.

I love it when you can share your dreams and ideas with people who are going to encourage you, who are going to challenge you in a positive way.

I also have someone that I need to be accountable with.

Is there someone that you would love to learn from?

Do you have a dream in your heart and just needs a little help to live it?

Find a mentor, find someone that can encourage you creatively and journey with you.

You never know what will happen.