I found Erika on Facebook with a link to her blog about someone stealing her content. A pet peeve of mine, you know if you're a regular reader of my blog. My second most popular post of all time is I'm Mad As Hell and I'm Not Gonna Take it Anymore and it is about the same topic. I think that one of the reasons that post is so popular is that I was inspired and just wrote this out to say what I wanted and needed to say. Erika talks about writing like this on her blog, that it's a catharsis for her, a release of her emotions and she just throws it up posts it and feels better. Her readers love it.
Erika is one straight up sister. And I love this about her.
In our pre-show chat Erika and I chatted a bit about telling it like it is and not apologizing. I am going to work on this, I need to put some “zing back in my thing.” That could be a new phrase, oh wait, it is now! Not worrying about upsetting the apple cart and really just throwing it out there is important. So the apple cart gets upset, so what? Self-editing is the kiss of death for writers. Guy Kawasaki recommends reading the book “If You Want to Write: a book about independence and spirit” by Brenda Ueland in APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur — How to Publish a Book and after reading it, I recommend it as well. Brenda captures the essence of how to be a writer. Her words give you the inner spark to just get writing and stop over analyzing each word or thought.
“If you speak or write from yourself you cannot help being original. So, remember these two things: you are talented and you are original. Be sure of that. I say this because self-trust if one of the most important things in writing.” Brenda Ueland
So, fueled by Brenda, Erika and Guy who all push us to be our unique, true self, I say let's do it!
Please enjoy our Google+ hangout video which is peppered with lingo not usually seen or heard on my blog. If that isn't your bag, skip this video and watch Erika's TEDx talk below. I'm very proud of our APE Google+ author series of hangouts and the great discussions that we've had with our guests. I have such a girl crush on Erika that I've invited her to be my guest on #MyBookClub in September to talk about her book The Power of Un-Popular.
Here is Erika's TEDx talk which we discussed in the G+ HOA. Two points I love from her talk:
- Stop apologizing
- Start being honest
Embrace the glorious in you! Surround yourself with the right people in your blanket fort. I know I will.
If you're interested, check out my Pinterest Board with our other author interviews.
Photo credit Mike Tex/Flickr. Only tacos would do for this post.