Member Spotlights Member Spotlight: Dawn James October 17, 2023 Share on Twitter (opens in a new tab) on Facebook (opens in a new tab) on Linkedin (opens in a new tab) via email Why is writing important to you and why do you think it’s an important medium for the world? I became a writer as a way to teach others how to live more consciously and create more grace and ease in their lives. I believe the written language can touch and impact our lives in a profound way. Human beings have an attraction to telling and listening to stories. Our stories connect us, break down barriers and can stay with us for a lifetime. What are your tried and tested remedies to cure writer’s block? I do a lot of walking meditations. When I am walking and thinking, I receive clarity on my chapter openings and even get inspired when developing a speech to deliver to an audience. In a nutshell, movement is my ‘medicine’ to cure writer’s block. What is your favorite time to write? I began writing books when my children were very young. The quietest time to write was between 3 am 6 am. Even though I am now an empty-nester, I still find this my best time to write. What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received and would like to impart to other writers? #1 advice = readers first. You write for the reader, not for you. Your book is to help another learn, be inspired, grow, educate, and or entertain. What excites you most about being a writer in today’s age? I have been involved in publishing for over 20 years, and today writers can reach audiences around the globe within driving or hopping into a plane. The online space is VERY exciting! Dawn James’s New Eyes: Awakened Poems is out now.