Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Allie Pleiter on being bossy

I admit it: I’m bossy.

I was a bossy little girl, now I’m a bossy woman.  My mom was a bossy woman (she preferred to think of it as “leadership,” and I’ve been known to do the same), and I suspect my daughter has no fear of telling others what they ought to do. When I directed theatrical musicals in college, someone gave me a shirt that said “BOSS LADY.”  Hmm.

In my writing, I like to think this means I create heroines with no shortage of spunk.  They speak their minds, they get things done, and they are just as likely to save the hero as he is to save her.

In my life, it means I have to work on my collaborative skills.  I am a do-it-myself kind of gal by nature, and that doesn’t always serve me well.  I always say I’d rather chair a committee than sit on a poorly run one—something that gets me in more “chairs” than is perhaps wise.  As such, one of my goals for this year has been to up my collaboration game.  To ensure that my “let’s work together” doesn’t immediately disintegrate into “here’s what I think you ought to do.”

Let’s just say I’m a work in progress.

If you’re a writer, however, you can see some of the fruits of that labor in my next project, which just happens to be WRITING SUCCESS, a compilation of great writing craft books by some outstanding fellow authors.

No, I didn’t co-author anything—I can barely let anyone in the kitchen when I cook, so co-authoring is way beyond me at the moment.  But my fellow authors and I have joined forces for a pretty sweet deal of technique books releasing October 27 for an irresistible price.  If you aspire to write, or know someone who does, it’s hard to beat all these books for under a buck!

My contribution to this compilation is my beloved Chunky Method Handbook.  This compilation is only e-book, but don’t worry if you are the kind of writer who needs a hard copy—it is still available as a single volume.

My next “plays well with others” project?  I have the third book in the Lone Star Cowboy Leage Love Inspired continuity series.  

See, I’m getting less bossy all the time…..


  1. I love your honesty and I don't feel you're bossy. Spunky, assertive, yes, but bossy? Can't see it.

  2. Allie, I think you have just the right amount of "bossy." You know where you stand. When I was reading your post, I was thinking of my little 6-year-old granddaughter. She loves to be the boss. She even gives me my lines when we play Barbies.

  3. I already pre-ordered it last week! :) It looks like a great collection.

  4. You mentioned your chunky method somewhere recently (maybe even here) so I was excited when I saw it included with this set. Thanks, Allie.

  5. Merilee, I'm pretty sure I began my directing career with Barbies :) Missy and Cate--thanks for your support of the collection. I'm really proud to be included with such stellar teachers in the writing field. I'm thrilled to watch the Chunky Nation grow!

  6. l prefer to call you direct and decisive. I've been called bossy but I prefer to be called direct and decisive, too. There is bossy and then there is someone who actually knows what they are doing. That would be you, my amazing friend. :)

  7. Being the baby of 3 girls, and NOT super-assertive by nature, I've always been used to being told what to do - - which can be good or not-so-good, depending on the situation, LOL.
    I took your Chunky Method class offered in the ACFW online classes a while back, and loved it! Now I still need to order a print copy of the book - - must do that SOON. :)
    Blessings, Patti Jo


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