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About Jill Reid
Jill Reid is the author of the Real Life Series, including "Real Life," and "Discover Your Personal Truth," and "Please God, Make Me A Writer." Her books and articles explore life, relationships, self-improvement, happiness, and personal success strategies for living a positive and productive life.
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We write because it’s something we must do. It’s that unexplainable desire to express our personal truth that moves the pen across the paper and our fingers over the keyboard.
Still, we occasionally hold our thoughts and ideas in check—often questioning our motives and skill. Doubt and fear rise to the surface, and we wonder if we’re good enough, bold enough, or strong enough to take this writing thing to the next level—much less to the pinnacle of success.
In this collection of essays, you’ll read about my personal pursuit to become a writer, and how my naive interest and a few hours of extra time spent considering the possibilities simply wasn’t enough—until I ultimately found the ability and fortitude to become successful.
Yes, there’s often a lot of soul searching involved. Sometimes there are difficult questions to be answered, and a need to commit to the process. Coming to terms with what it really takes to turn the dream of writing into a reality starts with a practical plan to get in the game - and stay there.
If you’re looking for information on the principles of grammar, the nuances of punctuation, or how to handle a dangling participle, you won’t find it here. What you will discover are the realities of writing for a living – including the often unavoidable anxiety and uncertainty that accompanies the decision to send your work into the world, hoping readers find something useful, or inspiring, or entertaining.
So if you’re willing to face the challenges—to pour your heart and soul onto the page for anyone who cares to take a look—then this book is for you.
I hope you’ll join me in the rewarding journey to becoming a professional writer—no matter what it takes.
From our earliest memories, we’re taught to be honest and forthcoming in our relationships with others. We’re admonished for telling lies and cautioned against concealing knowledge or information that could impact another’s perceptions or decisions in a negative way. We’re told to “just be ourselves,” because without fully revealing our thoughts, no one would know who we truly are.
But in spite of those early admonitions, few of us practice full disclosure. We hold back, often presenting a public persona that is very different from our genuine selves. And it begs the question ... How did our inclination to withhold the truth – to use deception if necessary – evolve into common behavior in the way we communicate with others?
For many of us, we learned by example – from watching, observing, and listening to conversations of others. And all too often, deciphering the truth became a challenge – one requiring more skill or knowledge than we had at our disposal. As a result, many of us hide our authentic selves under lock and key – cautiously restricting others from learning our real feelings, thoughts, and desires.
Think of it as a personal cloaking device. And while we often use this strategy to protect ourselves from embarrassment, shame, or to preserve our dignity, it can often prevent us from reaching our full potential - especially when we have the opportunity to explore life’s possibilities and enjoy the benefits of achieving our personal best.
In this second book in the Real Life Series, you’ll discover the reasons behind your self-doubt and lack of confidence. You’ll read real life stories with examples and suggestions of how to overcome fear and negativity and, hopefully, you’ll find a few answers to help guide you in the search for your personal truth.
The signs of positivity and optimism are all around us – if we’re ready to recognize them. Whether in the form of an unexpected opportunity, a potential new relationship, or strengthening the bond with someone you already know, embracing the power of being your authentic self will result in a more genuine and rewarding journey to living a fulfilling life.
The result? Instead of balance, peace, and harmony, we find ourselves lost in mind-numbing routine, or caught up in a chaotic whirlwind of resolving one minor crisis after another—leaving us frustrated and discouraged. "Real Life" opens the door of possibility, and the opportunity to break through the layers of distraction that prevent us from recognizing our true spirit— that force which compels us to become better, stronger, and more optimistic about living our lives to our true potential.
Living a real life means becoming more curious, aware, and creative—more alive. It means taking control of our lives, and making choices that are personally congruent and authentic to our true self. And finally, it means letting go of past mistakes without regret, and moving forward on our life’s journey with optimism, positivity, and joy.
In this collection of thirty-five uplifting and entertaining stories, you'll find truth, humor, and inspiration, and perhaps a few bits of wisdom to help guide you to a more fulfilling and meaningful life. The book is divided into eight chapters and can be read in any order. Whether you need a boost in confidence, a few moments of soul searching, or a motivating message, turn to a story in Real Life …