"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think." Buddha

Confession time. I'm a worrier. Not an average worrier—I can take worry to near Olympic levels. Anyone else ever find themselves laying in bed at 2, 3, 4 in the morning imagining new and different horrible outcomes for a range of things? The problem is that worry often isn't productive. It can create a negative feedback loop that keeps us from moving forward.

Also, worry is horrible for creativity—and you know we love creativity around here.

It's springtime, so in addition to all other spring cleaning chores on your to-do list, it's time to clear some of the negative thoughts from your head that aren't doing you any good! We've found some articles to help you do just that.

In 7 Ways to Clear Your Mind of Negative Thoughts, PickTheBrain says that resisting negative thoughts can actually reinforce that thinking pattern and just make things worse. The article offers other ways to move those unhelpful thoughts along.

The Positivity Blog had a nice piece that includes specific questions to ask yourself when you need to overcome negative thoughts and embrace positive thinking.

~ New this week ~

New on our YouTube channel

In this conversation, Donna goes a bit fangirl with multi-passionate MN Entrepreneur | Sci-fi Author | Wordsmith of Sorts | Artist | Unapologetic Progressive | Lightworker | Truthsayer | Occasional Badass, Carissa Andrews. Also a mom of 5, this woman sets a new bar for commitment to growing a career as an author.

In our free Resource Room

We're in the process of creating a few new resources for our free Resource Room. In the meantime, catch-up with anything you've missed— there are videos, worksheets and infographics to help you with you author business and planning resources; inspiration, motivation, and accountability; writing craft; editing; publishing; and marketing and promotions.

In all, 24 different resources to help you take the next step on your author journey.

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We hosted out second "12-week Year" goal-setting retreat last week and by all accounts it was a productive and valuable way to spend a few hours on a Saturday. In this retreat we helped you identify what you've accomplished in the last 12 weeks, what might have gotten in your way, wrote some positive affirmations (using the science behind them to write the kind that will work best for you) and set some goals for the next quarter.

Our next goal-setting retreat day is scheduled for Saturday, June 22, from 10:00 to 1:00 Pacific. Save the date!

This week Eileen's Happy Hour was about all things related to beta readers. How do you find them? How do you set reader guidelines? What strategies should you use when having them read? And the all important, what do you do if you don't want to have them as your beta reader any longer?

In one of Crystal's Strategic Author Sessions, they focused primarily on Scrivener. We talked about some of our favourite features, why it's helpful, potential issues with front/back matter if you're using it to prep files for publication straight from scrivener's compile feature, how templates work, and did a bit of troubleshooting with Bonnie's dragon book and the compile feature.

And in the second, they talked about the opportunities offered by Audiobooks, as well as the different production options available and then tackled setting up BookSprout ARC service for Jeanine's book.

Office hours and writing sprints for the week of March 31 to April 6

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~ Creative Advice Prompt ~

It's easy to fall into negative or overly worrisome thoughts. Write down the negative things you say about your own writing and then rewrite them as a positive. If you haven't written your own positive self affirmations—today is a great day for it!

Eileen, Crystal and Donna