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Simon Mainwaring Simon Mainwaring creator. writer. idea geek.

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Jenna Avery Jenna Avery writing soul. creative mama. nudge listener.

Jenna Avery is a sci-fi screenwriter, writing mentor, big dream coach, and life purpose hand analyst who inspires people to take action to make their dreams real. [www.jennaavery.com]

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Being a mother is the most meaningful experience of my life. I don’t always do it well, but I love it. My creative work is similar. I feel passionate about them both. But the truth is deeper. It is a fierceness that consumes me. A demand. An insistence that must be met. It is a fact of my existence. I must write. I must be with my son. I must be creative.

It took me a while to believe that writing was a dream worth pursuing. My parents had convinced me that I’d not be able to make a good living as a writer, so I’d chalked it up as a bad call years before. But my soul wasn’t going to take no for an answer, and I kept getting nudges to write.

In 2007, a hand analyst told me, “You should write a screenplay.” It unlocked a sense of permission in me I didn’t know I wanted. That fierce passion came shortly thereafter.

Around the same time, I’d been asking for inner guidance about what was next for me. My higher self was coming through loud and clear. “Write like your life depends on it.” It took me a little while to get it, but once I did, I’ve kept on writing, and I haven’t looked back.

The biggest mistake I see people making is not giving themselves permission to dream. To think about what they truly want, or listen to those inner nudges from the deepest parts of their soul. We rush to discover what other people think is okay or possible. Even if we do “hear” the guidance from the voice of our soul, we dismiss those inklings as unrealistic faster than they have time to register. Luckily the voice of inner guidance is gently persistent, and if we take time to listen, it is possible to get back on track with what we were put here to do.

I was asked once if I’d give up writing for 10 million dollars. The answer was unequivocally no. I’d no sooner give up writing than give up my son.

Find that fierceness for your dream. What is your soul asking you for? Believe in that dream. Take small daily steps to move toward it. Don’t wait to feel the overwhelming passion first. Your soul knows. Take action. The passion will follow.

– Jenna Avery

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