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One Minute Read from the Cheerleading for Writers


Here is the ninth blog post in a series featuring videos on YouTube, where I read from one of my motivational books for one minute.

In this video, I read from my book Cheerleading for Writers: Discover How Truly Talented You Are.

I am reading from the chapter with the title “S – Show Me What You’ve Got (or How a Writer Can Serve Others Without Putting Too Much Pressure on Herself).”

Here it is if you want to read along, prior, or afterward.


Excerpt from the Cheerleading for Writers

As with almost any book on writing and its various facets, this one will also address the aspects of showing and telling. But it will approach show and tell from another angle.
During the first three years of my writing career and especially recently, I have come to realize that I joined an exotic species of the working population.

We, writers, want to write books that we would want to read. On the other hand, we also want others to love them.

Or we write motivational guide books to pull ourselves out of initially hopeless situations. At the same time, hoping these books will pull other people out of their miseries too.

What is interesting, though, is that whether others read our works or not, people survive without them. No one seems to need what we do for their daily and most urgent needs.


A big surprise

Two days ago, I got a big surprise in my inbox. An author I follow has featured Cheerleading for Writers on his blog. This author is the New York Times bestselling author, John David Mann. He is co-author of many fantastic books, including the Go-Giver series with Bob Burg. Here is what he has written about this little book in his blog post titled “NINE RESOURCES TO ROCK YOUR WRITING” about resources he strongly recommends for writers, which include such legendary books as Stephen King’s On Writing and Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird:

Cheerleading for Writers: Discover How Truly Talented You Are, by Victoria Ichizli-Bartels. This little book doesn’t lecture you; it holds your hand, brews you a cup of fresh hot tea, whispers in your ear, and reminds you of all the good things you should know about yourself. It also offers dozens of nuggets of writerly wisdom along the way, in twenty-six bite-sized pieces, A through Z.”


The next step

We all need a little cheering up and holding our hands from time to time. I am super happy that this little book can provide such comfort to writers. So I invite you to read Cheerleading for Writers and discover what it can do for you. To look at the book and buy it on Amazon, click on its title above or this image below:


If you want to see where else you can buy it, then go to the book’s page on this website here.

Alternatively, you can subscribe to my page, Optimist Writer, on ko-fi for $5 a month, and besides supporting what I do, you will also get access to all my motivational books, which I share there once a month or each time a book is out. Right now, you can get access to four of my books there — one upon subscription or one-time support and three in the posts solely for subscribers. Cheerleading for Writers will appear later this year or sooner upon explicit request from the subscribers.

I wish you a beautiful, cheerful, and also gameful day!

The End of the Cheerleading For Writers November 2018 Giveaway Contest

Early season’s greetings to all who participated in the Cheerleading for Writers Giveaway and who supported the campaign by liking it in the social media. Huge congrats to the winners of the contest! I will contact you later today and make sure you get your prize soon. 🙂  Huge thanks to Auria Paz, dear friend, story-teller, musician and entrepreneur, for organizing and rolling out this campaign together with me. It was the first one of such a dimension and I learned a lot. Thanks for being with me on this book promotion adventure! 🙂

Huge thanks to Alice Jago and shore lines designs for my book cover design and beautiful Christmas cards that served as background for this picture.

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Discover Your Writing Voice in This Moment

“I realize, each of us has a voice. Since the day we were born. This voice inside every one of us changes over time. I discovered that my voice is sometimes sad, sometimes merry, sometimes utterly strange, at times understanding and kind.”

“We have already a voice. We might not know it, but it is there. It’s always been there.”

“A writer’s voice is not static. Depending on the mood, on the genre, on the circumstances, that voice absorbs the external and internal world of a writer like a sponge, creating an incredible and always surprising cocktail of thoughts, emotions, and impressions.”

– Victoria Ichizli-Bartels,
Cheerleading for Writers:
Discover How Truly Talented You Are

P.S. If you would like to enter a contest where you could win a copy of  Cheerleading for Writers then click on the picture above or here.

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So many perfect ways


Its the part of you who knows deep inside that there is not one, but an infinite number of perfect ways to do the same thing. That even in a moment of creativity, there is always more than one ideal solution. And that all of them are perfect. Not loved by all in the world, but perfect on their own. That when you grab one by the hand and keep going, it will lead you to completely unexpected adventures inside your imagination and your perception of the world. – Victoria Ichizli-Bartels, Cheerleading for Writers: Discover How Truly Talented You Are

Picture: Cheerleading for Writers among my children’s beautiful creations.

P.S. If you would like to enter a contest where you could win a copy of  Cheerleading for Writers then click on the picture above or here.

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Happiness and Creativity Live in This Moment

It is a pretty foggy today in Aalborg, Denmark. So the next quote from Cheerleading for Writers: Discover How Talented You Are seems suitable for today:

Here is to the true gems we have and can enjoy now in this moment, not to the illusions which fog our vision and veer us away from the brilliant paths we have chosen to walk! Happy writing and happy creating!” – Victoria Ichizli-Bartels, Cheerleading for Writers

P.S. If you would like to enter a contest where you could win a copy of  Cheerleading for Writers then click on the picture above or here.

P.P.S. The art in the middle of the picture is by my son and me from May 31, 2014, more than a year before Optimist Writer and three years before Cheerleading for Writers were born. I have sweet memories of creating this with my son when he was as old as my daughter today, a little shy of 4 years old.

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