Tell me a little bit about yourself. When did you start writing?
My name is Gabriella Goddard and I was lucky to be born in New Zealand, which is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.
Even as a child I really loved reading and would naughtily read my books under the duvet covers with my torch when I should have been sleeping. Nancy Drew was always my favorite. I also wrote the school play when I was about 10 years old, which was hard work and a real labor of love.
At school and university, I left behind my love of reading and writing and studied science and technology. Then my career in marketing and product development took me all around the world, living and working countries like Japan, France, Mexico, the USA, and the UK.
But one day I had a wake up call. Out of the blue, I found a lump in my breast. I was devastated. And while I was waiting for the doctor’s results, I many hours reflecting on my life and the dreams I never made happen.
One of those dreams was to write a book. So when I got the all-clear from the doctor, I decided to make that dream happen. After a few false starts, I ended up writing a book about my experience called “Gulp! : the 7-day crash course to master fear and break through any challenge.”
Luckily for me Penguin UK liked it and published it, followed by Random House in the USA.
It was amazing to make that dream come true, and now I coach other people to do the same through our Brainsparker creativity app and academy.
What is the best piece of advice you'd give to a new writer?
They say that writing is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration. This is so true.
I look forward to the day when I can telepathically transfer the thoughts in my head to words on paper in an instant.
Until then the best thing any writer can do is …just write. Start by getting words on paper, and then let the story evolve as it wants to.
One technique that is great for this using random prompts which are why the free brainsparker app is so popular with writers. It’s like a big digital pack of cards with hundreds of creativity prompts that really help to get your creative juices flowing.
What does your writing routine look like? Do you write every day? Where do you write?
I write most days, mainly because I need to write our brainsparker academy’s programs, blog posts and creativity articles.
When I’m working on a longer piece, I often work in the lounge which has a wonderful view of the sea. For smaller and less interesting pieces I work in my studio with the blinds down so there are no distractions!
My biggest challenge as a writer is procrastination, and I’ve learned over the years, that fewer distractions are best, at least for getting started.
What are you working on right now? Have you published anything? Tell me about it!
My first book “Gulp! : the 7-day crash course to master fear and break through any challenge” is all about how to make your big dreams happen and includes loads of tools and techniques to help you overcome your fears, and find the inner courage and confidence to step outside your comfort zone.
So many people have amazing ideas that never see the light of day, which is such a shame. I really hope that Gulp! can give them the inspiration to at least get started.
We’ve just launched a really cool Gulp! eKit which includes the digital ebook for Gulp!, plus 25-page workbook and 8 weekly coaching lessons.
This month I’ve also started working on my second book which is a coaching guide on how to stimulate your imagination and spark better ideas. There are so many problems in this world, most of which could be solved by just one idea. We want to help people come up with great ideas that shift paradigms in their life, and work and with their creative projects.
Where can we find more of your work and learn more about you?
If you have a big dream or a creative idea but you feel stuck or lack confidence, check out our Gulp! eKit at http://www.gulptime.com. For 20% off, use code GULP20 at checkout!
If you are a writer and want a cool app to inspire your writing with random prompts, then check out our free brainsparker app at http://www.brainsparkerapp.com.