What You Will Learn In This Episode
In this episode, Allie Pleiter shares her amazing Chunky Method that helps writers to increase productivity and map out a timeline for writing their books. She also shares her incredible story about how she was able to continue writing and have faith when her teenage son was sick with life-threatening illnesses. Allie’s experience and knowledge, as the author of over 50 books that have sold over 1.4 million copies worldwide is so incredible!
What I loved About This Interview
I knew this interview was going to be amazing because of Allie’s phenomenal background and expertise as a writer. I was surprised though during this conversation about the inspiration I had to ask Allie deeper questions about her experience going through the challenge of having a son that had several life-threatening illnesses. Her story literally gave me goosebumps and left me with a lesson that has changed my life. I know when you hear Allie’s story, it is going to help you to continue to have faith even when going through the most challenging situations we face in life.
On a professional note, Allie’s advice about how to manage my time as an author and how to map out a timeline for completing books was phenomenal! I needed to hear this message about six months ago but I am so grateful I am hearing it now, as I prepare to write my second book! I also love the tangible exercise she gave us at the end of the interview that will help us increase gratitude, and help us get even more focused on who we want to become in this life. I have no doubt that you are going to love this interview!
Who is Allie?
Award-winning bestselling author Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction working on as many as four books at a time. She teaches creative people how to be consistently, dependably productive while teaching high-performing professionals how to create the vital content today’s marketing requires. The author of over 40 published titles Allie has spent a decade in the publishing profession with over 1.4 million books sold worldwide. In addition to her own writing career, Allie maintains an active writing productivity coaching practice and speaks regularly on faith, the creative process, women’s issues, and her very favorite topic—The Chunky Method of time management.
Allie’s Generous Gift
The Chunky Calculator and other infographics and resources can be downloaded from my resource library.
These are questions that I asked Allie outside our interview. You are going to love her answers!
What is 1 thing you believe every woman entrepreneur should know?
I believe every woman should know how to organize and prioritize her time and tasks so that the important things happen. Too many unimportant things rob us of our time and energy, especially in reaching for long term goals (like writing a book).
When is a time in your life when you went through a challenge or felt like giving up?
Staying creative under stress is a huge challenge. I fought hard to stay creative when my son was critically ill for five years. It taught me important lessons about how to cope, how to find and keep inspiration, and how creativity isn’t a luxury.
How did you overcome this?
I developed tactics to stay organized, to gain flexibility without losing inspiration, foster gratitude, and break goals down into small steps to give me progress.
What did you learn from it?
I learned the key to an imperfect life!
What is the one area of life or business you are an expert in?
Productivity, particularly for creative people.
What is one thing you want to share about this that will make all the difference for women?
How to use The Chunky Method to reach a writing (or any creative goal) to enrich their lives.
What is one thing you wish someone told you that you had to learn the hard way?
Even if you can’t do all of it, you can do today’s piece of it.
Please tell me about your family.
I am married with two adult children.
What is one of the biggest challenges you have faced with balancing work, family, and taking care of yourself?
Keeping my creative work alive while my son faced multiple life-threatening illnesses.
What did you learn from this challenge?
All the tactics in my book HOW TO WRITE WHEN EVERYTHING GOES WRONG. We think of creativity as a luxury in a crisis, but continuing to deny that part of yourself under stress can be damaging. Fostering creativity in light of a challenge can be a path to coping.
What helps you balance these roles now?
Time and task management strategies as well as a daily gratitude and prayer practice.
What is one resource that you love (a book, app, service)?
If you have written books or have a blog, what are the titles and where can I find them?
If you have written several books, which one is most relevant to women intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs?
If you have written a book, would you recommend self-publishing or traditional publishing & why?
I do both. I self publish my non-fiction and traditionally publish most of my fiction.
How to Connect with Allie
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/alliepleiter
Twitter: https://twitter.com/alliepleiter (@alliepleiter)
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