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Are you ready to reignite your creativity and passion for storytelling? In our latest episode of the Midlife Makeover Show, we had the pleasure of speaking with Nicole Meier, an acclaimed author and certified book coach. Nicole has captivated readers with her award-winning novels, including “The House of Bradbury,” “The Girl Made of Clay,” “The Second Chance Supper Club,” and her latest work, “City of Books.” Beyond her literary achievements, Nicole hosts the “Steps to Story” podcast and works closely with fiction writers as a book coach and editor, guiding them in crafting compelling narratives.

In this episode, Nicole delves into the intriguing topic of why serving your younger self can be a powerful way to reconnect with your passion and ignite creativity. Through her personal insights and professional experiences, she reveals how reflecting on our past selves can inspire our present creative endeavors.

Nicole shares her journey, from the early days of writing to becoming a book coachβ€”a role she didn’t initially foresee but now finds incredibly fulfilling. She emphasizes the importance of understanding your message before you even put pen to paper. Whether you want to inspire, educate, or entertain, knowing your message will carry you through the writing process.

One of the most fascinating parts of our conversation was Nicole’s discussion on “auto fiction,” a blend of autobiographical elements and fiction. This approach allows writers to fictionalize their life stories, giving them the freedom to embellish characters and situations, making the narrative even more engaging.

Nicole also touches on the evolving landscape of writing communities and the rise of book coaching. Gone are the days of solitary writing; today’s writers have access to a plethora of communities, courses, and coaches that provide support and guidance. This shift has made the writing process more collaborative and less isolating.

For those struggling with the daunting task of starting a book, Nicole offers practical advice: set a timer for 30 minutes and just write. You don’t need large swaths of time; consistency is key. She also highlights the importance of understanding your creative rhythm. Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, find the time that works best for you and stick to it.

Nicole’s insights extend beyond the technical aspects of writing. She speaks to the emotional and psychological benefits of tapping into your younger self. By honoring your past experiences and passions, you can create stories that resonate deeply with readers and build empathy.

So, if you’ve ever felt the call to write a book, this episode is a must-listen. Nicole Meier provides not only inspiration but also practical tools to help you start and finish your writing project. Tune in and get ready to embark on your creative journey!

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