This blog aims to encourage, empower and educate writers of all genres, so they can achieve their creative goals. You can find out more about Cate’s publication history, ebooks and courses on my web site. Blog Awards and kind compliments can be found on this page.
Get more writing inspiration! Cate shares interesting and useful resources for writers 24-7 through Twitter. Not all posts that are shared are the opinion of Cate Russell-Cole: Artios Communications. There are many different views on creativity and writing. A cross section of views is passed on to meet all tastes, and allow the reader to make up their own mind. Click on the bird to link up. She is also on Pinterest and has a limited involvement with Facebook.
Cate is unable to reply to all Twitter RTs and follows, due to health and time limitations, however, she does her very best! Please be understanding. Your support is deeply appreciated and where she can, the favour will be returned.
Cate Russell-Cole is a qualified Creativity Coach and Social Worker, who is fascinated with the psychological and technical aspects of the writing process, characterisation and the overall science of creativity. She has a love of the science fiction – fantasy genre and has been writing diaries, appalling poetry and short stories since she was a child. Cate lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and two cats and habitually writes everything in Australian English.
Over her career, she has researched, written and taught five creativity-orientated courses; worked as a freelance writer and has authored ten non-fiction books. Privately, she is a science fiction/ fantasy author who is working on The Chronicles of Mirchar Series. The first book, The Dragon Tree, is tentatively scheduled for release in 2015.
Cate writes and coaches online to an International audience, providing both how-to resources and writer support. Cate also teaches in Brisbane, with both Local Government and private training providers.
Boundaries are incredibly important survival tools, especially if you are an author who is trying to build a following online to sell your work. There are cultural pressures to say thank you to every RT, talk to many people and become deeply enmeshed in every conceivable form of social media. Achieving that is nearly impossible. As I use blog promotion services, I can get up to 90 RTs a day on Twitter. Regardless of what I want, I simply can’t say thank you to everyone, every day. It’s the price I pay for growth.
I am not the only one who feels snowed under by the pressure of life online. This week my heart has hurt for a favourite Youtuber, who is snowed under with fan mail. He has spent over fifteen hours opening hundreds of pieces of mail on video, so no one was offended by being left out. Then when he has done the right thing and taken time out to plan and prepare content, he was attacked for being off his regular video posting schedule. It’s a crazy world out there and we are vulnerable when we open ourselves up to it. We all must have boundaries to retain our energy. One day, these things which are so vitally important to us now will be no longer relevant. Getting too attached is a mistake. Never let people pleasing sabotage your chance to succeed.
Watching the Youtuber’s struggle, I decided there was a need to make my boundaries clearer so I don’t offend people, or lose followers. I do value you all, very much. However, I cannot always respond to RTs, though as soon as I can, all comments and messages are attended to on Twitter, Facebook and my blog. Sadly, I often miss things with Twitter. Some tweets do not appear directed at me when multiple people are mentioned, so I can miss them. Plus, as my notifications tab is always crammed full, sometimes I just don’t see things. For this, I sincerely apologise. I do my best, but as you know, my health affects computer use, my time is limited and things slip. I have placed a notice on the front page of this site and my blog to let people know: I see you, THANK YOU, but please, be understanding.
On a cheerier tone, this month has kicked off with the launch of the Inspiring Spaces Blog Hop. Anyone can get involved, whether you’ve been tagged first or not. Grab the logo shown here, pick five or ten of your blogging friends and ask them:
~ where do they work and
~ what can’t they write without?
Inspire each other! Use photo, video, any medium desired, which will show off your muse’s playground. The purpose is to discover something in another blogger’s space that inspires you and to share the love around, so blogs are being seen by a new audience. Oh and please mention that the blog hop started here. (Thank you.)
Books to Empower You
Please click on the book cover for full book details, sample pages and ordering details. All books are available worldwide. For other countries, go to their Amazon site and search for “Cate Russell-Cole” to find the books.
Amazon Kindle has free apps and programs which mean you can read any any phone, computer or tablet device, including Cloud. See the E-books for Writers page for direct links to Amazon’s Support and Download pages.
“Savvy Blogging for Time Starved Writers” is a free e-book containing the best blogging posts which have appeared on CommuniCATE. It places them together in one handy, downloadable volume. Click on the book cover to download the pdf.