So… who are YOUR pneumonia angels?
I think my Pneumonia angels are first and foremost my son, then my daughter and then also my father. My son is someone I admire for all the focus he possesses to reach for his dreams and the tenacity to work at them. I actually view him as a mentor with great wisdom. My daughter has a beautiful soul and is my light and loving support. She keeps me grounded. With the support of my children I embarked on a journey and really want to become an author at 50!
My father wrote a book of 500 full A4 pages and at age 82 wants me to facilitate the process of editing and making his voice heard. It is so much more important to me now to be able to do that, as he recently had a huge setback in his health and I really want this to happen before he dies. My son planted the seed that I should try writing my own book first to “pave the way” and to discover all the pitfalls to assist me with my dad’s book. I have felt so inadequate and not good enough to do that for my father. Due to my father’s health issues I came to realize that I actually want to do it for him and to ensure his legacy and life’s work will come to fruition. I am really focused and driven and it was through all my surfing on the net that I came across your site. Thank you for your inspirational video which gave me the drive to start now by writing my first pages today.
Carina, I love how important family is to you and what a strong role it’s playing in your desire to become an author. One of my books is a children’s picture book I specifically wrote for my daughters. One of my favourite experiences as an author has been reading the book to their kindergarten and first grade classes. Family is such a powerful motivator!
Regarding helping you father write his book, I would recommend giving voice recording a shot. I’ve ghostwritten several books and the process has usually invovled a series of interviews that I record with a voice recorder or just an app on my phone. I then take those recording and use the information to develop chapters in the book. It’s a great process for getting information out of someone in a natural and pressure free way.
Shyma and Mohan
Hi, Kevin, thanks so much for being an inspiration, for all the times I feel like giving up and not wanting anything to do with writing, and its not because
I dislike writing it is because I like it very much but sometimes life gets in the way much more that I anticipated . Sometimes it is all the things I love the most and cannot avoid, e.g family, myself sometimes is my worst enemy. Anyways, I hope you had a good holiday with your family and friends. I promise myself to work really hard this year and break some ground, I have had for so long, many children’s picture books to finish and two adult fiction as well. Wishing you a and your family a very happy New Year! You truly are an inspiration.
Shyma, I’m so glad you found the video inspirational. As you said, life can certainly get in the way of us achieving all the goals we set for ourselves, so I’m glad I was able to provide you with some motivation to stick with it! Like you, I write both fiction and children books too. Keep up the great work!
I guess my pneumonia angels is a friend that got my into writing and helped me discover my passion for writing.
Kimberley, that is such a great point! While artists and celebrities can certainly inspire us, quite often the most influential people in our lives are our immediate circle of family, friends, and colleagues. I think this is important to remember for two reasons. 1. It means we can look to that immediate circle for support and mentors. 2. It serves as a reminder of the role we ourselves can play. We can be leaders and inspire those around us through our actions. We don’t have to be rich and famous to make an impact on the world!
Thanks for your inspiration!
I have several angels that I call “creativity angels.” One of the most important angels is author Brene Brown. I watched her on the Katie Couric talk show in 2012 when I was home recovering from injuries resulting from a bicycling accident. After hearing Brene speak, I immediately bought her book Daring Greatly and devoured it. It is because of that book that I now have completed the first draft of my first novel. My goal is to complete the second draft by June 1, 2017.
My biggest mental stumbling block to this day is the fact that I didn’t start writing my novel until I was 43 years old. I am now 48. I feel like time is no longer on my side and it scares me.
Thank you for sharing your inspiration, Lisa. I know Brene Brown has had a huge positive impact on many people’s lives!
Regarding time not being on your side, I have to disagree! 48 is certainly not too late to become an author. Many, many successful authors came to writing or found success later on in life. I cover many of them in this article, which I would encourage you to read: http://www.kevintjohns.com/not-too-late/
Not to sound too patronizing, but I do consider you to be one of mine. After following you at Write Along Radio and to the Writing Coach and even working with you in a one-on-one coaching capacity you continue to inspire me. You’re a dad, so am I. You have a day job that you may or may not like, so do I. We have a couple of other things in common too which we’ve talked briefly about in one of our calls.
Apart from you, I’d say Joanna Penn is someone too. I feel inspired whenever I listen to her podcast, like I feel inspired when I listen to yours.
I need to get past the feeling of being inspired and actually do the work. It’s tough lately though to keep going when things aren’t progressing at the speed I’d like, especially when the credit card bill comes due. I tend to go full throttle on whatever I do and then I suddenly stop. Writing has been tough lately, but know that you are an inspiration not only to me but to many others.
Chris, I’m so glad you’ve gotten value out of the work that I do. Regarding your frustations about the speed you’ve been able to produce your writing, I’ve spent a lot of time studying and implementing productivity techinques over the last several years, and I’ve actually come to a place in my thinking where I believe we completely over-emphasize the importance and value of the speed of production. Ultimately, a novel is a big project that takes a long time to write, and there is nothing wrong with that. As a father yourself, you know how quickly time seems to go by as you watch your kids grow. Three years as a parent goes by in the blink of an eye, and yet we get frustrated for some reason if it takes us three years to write a book. What’s three years in the long run? Nothing. In a world where everything seems to be going faster and faster and there is more and more pressure on us to get things done quickly, working on a novel is actually an opportunity slow down, enjoy the process of creating art, and make small, steady gains over the long term.
I am inspired by the people who use Gods spirit to help those in need. An organisation called Mercyships has volunteer doctors and nurses give their time and skills to help people in the poorest laces regain their sight . I wish to publish my anthology of verse and give 10% to them and the rest I would invest for the futures of my kids and grandkids to make the most of their own potential .
That’s wonderful, Shirley Ann. When my clients are facing roadblocks with their books, I often encourage them to return to their “why”, i.e. why is it important to them to create this story in the first place. Having a goal like donating a portion of the proceeds of your book to charity, as you describe, can be a very strong motivator for pushing through challenges and sticking with a project through to completion.
I’m so happy we’ve met and did the podcast together. All of it made me more interested in what you do. And now I”m watching your video’s.
In my case, I”m not lacking motivation or courage, but it’s getting an outline, a structure, a plan.
Writing a book went well and I’m into my next book project now.
But, I wish to create courses from my books and I even enjoy doing video’s too, so all of that is great.
But I have had this idea for so long and still NOT one course done. Not even an outline ready as I’m not sure how or what I need in the course.
Frustrating really ….
~Awaken your confidence ~
My writing angel was a close friend that contacted me at a very low time in my life. I was recovering from an operation for cancer and had given up on my writing aspirations. I was shocked when he popped up in my emails out of the blue after ten years apart. He was expecting me to tell him of my novel publications because I had been such an avid writer before my illness. To cut a long story short he shook me up and inspired me to write again.
Thank you for doing these free podcasts I think you will be my inspiration too.
Hi Kevin. Thank you for being inspiring.
I guess my ‘pneumonia angel’ was my grandfather; he was the person who had first encouraged me to write and I’d always told him ‘maybe someday’. After his death I realized that ‘maybe someday’ might never arrive if I didn’t do something about it. So I sat down and wrote my first novel, and here we are.
Terry Earthwind Nichols
My pneumonia angels were some of my closest friends at the time I wrote my first book. “Earthwind Book One The Journey Begins” I began by doing what I have always done. Let my fingers go! Powerful man… Powerful…
Hi Sir Kevin! Thank you for the DM you sent me on twitter about your couching!
Well, perhaps my ‘pneumonia angel’ is music… I’m still not a professional, I’m 15 and currently writing my first online book, “A Splitting Of The Mind: The Past Ain’t Got No Vacancy In Our Lives” Because of the music that I’m listening to, I began to learn things in an upside down way… Growing up realizing that we all want to be everything and realizing that many teenagers can be influence to believe and do something bad just to fit in and it will be the mistake and lesson of their future… The band that made me realize these is My Chemical Romance… Their albums are all concept and dark and got beautiful plots on it!! I’m planning to get Master’s Degree in Literature and Fine Arts….
Music has made a major impact on my life as well, Philiana. As I mentioned in this video, Tegan and Sara played a huge role in my life. I’ve also used music to explore ideas related to writing in articles like this one about My Chemical Romance: Don’t be Afraid to Get Burned: High Art vs. Passionate Authenticity and this one about Jimmy Eat World: Don’t Worry What their Bitter Hearts are Going to Say.
My pneumonia angels are my brother John and my best friend Cheryl. They keep me going especially when I get discouraged, like right now. My writing right now is going nowhere and I feel like I am just spinning my wheels but am getting no traction. I sure hope your videos can help because I need all the help that I can get!
We all go through ups and down with our writing . . . and with our lives! Continue to seek out resources that can inform your craft, and friends like your brother and Cheryl who can help you push through the discouragement and make progress towards achieve your writing goals. I know you can do it, Carol!
My pneumonia angels are my Family, there are three people in particular who have helped me to become who I am today. It is because of these individuals support that I was able to write my first book – A Fan’s Perspective: One Man’s Exploration of British Wrestling which was released last August on Amazon (Paperback and Kindle). They are the reason why I’m currently writing book number two (as well).
Congratulations on publishing your first book last summer, Oliver! The experiences you had and skills you learned on that book will be put to good use on this second book, I’m sure!
My pneumonia angels would be the few family and friends that keep encouraging me to move forward even though I am my own worst enemy. At a high level, I want to give back to the creative community that has inspired and entertained me over the years in countless ways. But the real truth, my real why is I want to complete my first manuscript for me. To prove to myself that I can. To find the creative spirit in me that I allowed life to stifle years ago. Like you there was a health issue along the way that was a wake up call. Clueless and motivated I started outlining, then stopped. Started again, stopped again. 160 pages into my first rough draft decided I had no idea what I was doing and stopped…again. Not ready to give up, I recently started a new outline and was off to a good start then got stuck and seriously thought about giving up this time.
Then I watched your first video. Thanks for that. Looking forward to the next one.
Angie, I’m glad to hear you found the video helpful, and I hope it’ll help you keep pushing on with your story. We all feel like we don’t know what we are doing sometimes, but it’s by continuing on that you’ll develop your craft as well as your confidence. As a writer, the only failure is giving up.
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