Helping the Chronically Overworked Find Life Balance

Writing a Book Nine Times Faster!

I have met so many interesting people as a writer. One of my favorites is Tracy Shawn, whom I met at a writers conference, which has grown to a multi-year correspondence. If you haven’t read her award winning debut novel Grace of Crows, you owe it to yourself to check out her website. Thank you Tracy for inviting me to participate in this blog hop about the writing process.

Each week, writers answer 4 questions, and then link to additional writers who will answer the questions the following week. Here are my answers:

1. What are you working on?

In my first public announcement, I’m excited to say that I am working on my second book. The working title is Guide for the Chronically Overworked: 13 Steps to Living Balance. Guide is based on a thousand year old spiritual practice that was almost lost in the Holocaust called Mussar. Mussar teaches how to find those things inside you that always get you into trouble, and enables a series of small adjustments to bring your life into balance.

I have been teaching Mussar for 2 years, and I’m thrilled to be writing a book that shares what I’ve learned.

2. How is this book different than others in the genre?

There are relatively few modern books on Mussar, and of the older books, many are not available in English. Guide offers some simple tools that I’ve developed to make Mussar accessible to a wider audience

3. Why do I write what I do?

My mission is to help people life more fulfilling lives. I’ve seen far too many people working too much, or living with pain or issues that hold them back. Mussar changed my life, and has changed the lives of almost every student I have taught. And, I would like to offer non-affiliated Jews a way to connect with spirituality that does not require a trip to the Synagogue.

4. How does your writing process work?

My first book took me 4.5 years to write. For this book, I am taking Ann Mcindoo’s class “Write your book in 90 days.” It is absolutely fantastic. She has a great method to organize your ideas, create an outline, and then to speak your book. So, instead of writing I’ll speak the book to get a first manuscript. I started in March, and I plan to launch the book at the end of the summer.

I have writing appointments three times a week on my calendar. From 9 to 9:30 MWF, I am 100% focused on my project. I usually add in one or two additional sessions during the week. I never miss these appointments, and I’m super productive during those times.

My “talk day” is June 16th. I have a lot of work to do to finish the detailed outline, or “Trigger sentences” as Ann calls them. Send me your Karma – now that I’ve publicly announced, it has to happen!

On May 25th, check out the blog of the amazing Dr Felicia Clark.

Dr. Clark, a graduate of Pepperdine University, is a coach specializing in body acceptance.  She works with women to get beyond body shame and step into their feminine essence. She has over 11 years experience leading a team of high performing coaches. She is author of the “I Like My Body Journal” and author of the upcoming “Body Shame BS” book. Dr. Clark, a former college professor, researches the math and science of happiness and speaks at conferences, colleges, and community events. Formerly with Ford Models, Inc., Dr. Clark appeared in multiple national media outlets modeling clothing for Just My Size, Jones New York, and several designers. On May 26th, please visit her blog at


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