Want to finally write your book? Now’s your chance!

3 strategies to setting writing goals that work.

In a waking moment, I decided to write daily for 30 days. I desired to be the titular hero in my writing adventure. In other words, the novel won’t write itself.

Write your book by setting goals.

Most wannabe writers dabble in their novel or book. It’s your longing to finally have that finished manuscript but periodically spending a few minutes you feel it won’t ever happen. Do you resonate with that? I know I did, for years!

110: Why you should educate yourself on the craft of writing.

How to take your craft to the next level.

If you’ve ever attempted to write a book, you know the daunting and terrifying Prospect it is to finish. If you’ve ever finished your book, you know that deep inside you can do it and the next book becomes easier.

Episode 110 - Educate yourself on writing

In today’s episode, I’m talking about educating yourself in the craft of writing. I’m going to share my secrets with you on what I do to educate myself and how you can use the same methods to take your craft to the next level.

Listen to episode: (0:31:50)

The Dream Where Racism Dies!

My Personal Response to the Anti-American Rally in Charlottesville, VA!

The world is a complicated place. We see heroes, villains, lovers, and haters. Then there’s those who don’t fit into either mold and choose not to get involved.

The dream where racism dies.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last several days, you’ll know there have been major clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. White supremacists, neo-nazi, and other hate filled groups–from both sides of the aisle–clashed in a violent fashion over the weekend.

Book Writing Challenge – Day 2: Channeling Each Word

When I sit down to write, a lot of words start flowing into the mind. I’m not saying every word is a good word or even worth writing, but I sort it all out before taking each word to paper. Writing is an art form. You can’t just write–you mold, shape, and create each sentence. I have to channel each word before I write that next sentence.

daily writing challenge - Day 2: channeling each word.

Yesterday was a lighter day of writing. I figured that might happen as the day before was a huge day. Yesterday I wrote just over 1,200 words. I was shy of my goal of 1,500 words, but the day before I wrote over 2,000. I figured it all works out in the wash.

Still, writing that amount is something a lot of writers don’t do. I’ve talked with several writers who dabble with their books for years and never get the job done. It’s not bad to dabble, but if you’re going to be serious about writing, you have to make the time each day to write.

I’ll keep you updated tomorrow on how my writing goes today. Until then, start working on your own book and let me know how you’re doing.

Book Writing Challenge – Day 1: The Writing Came Easy!

If you listened to yesterday’s podcast, you know that I’m starting a challenge of writing 1,500 words every day for 30 days. You can listen to the episode here.

Yesterday, I began this challenge. From 4:30 – 5:30 pm, I sat down to write. I pulled out my outline and started chapter 4. Over the course of the hour, the words flew from my mind onto the page. I ended up writing over 2,100 words. I couldn’t believe it, I blew my original goal of 1,500 words.

Writing is fun but it’s also hard work. I know I’m going to have tough days and good days. Yesterday was a good day and the words flowed easily. If you want to take your writing to the next level and you’re tired of dabbling in your writing, I encourage you to take this challenge and write daily, even if it’s 200 words.

John Grisham says if you write just 200 words a day, you’ll have a book just long enough in a year’s time.

I’m excited about my writing adventure today and I’ll update you tomorrow morning on my progress.

109: What a 30-Day Challenge Will Do for Your Productivity.

Taking my writing to the next level.

One thing that keeps me going and keeps me focused is challenges. If I don’t stretch myself and try something new, I’ll keep doing the same old same old. Challenges keep us strong and keep us on course to finish the race.

Episode 109 What a 30-Day Challenge Will Do for Your Productivity.

In today’s episode I’m talking about a new challenge I’m giving myself and why you should consider doing your own 30-day challenge. I’ll give you some examples from my past and how they’ve helped shape me.

Listen to episode: (0:32:01)

Top 10 Powerful Rules You Need to Write Your Book.

Take your writing to the next level one word at a time.

If you’ve ever sat down to write a book, you know the thought and effort that goes into writing. It takes hard work, dedication, and a willingness to not get side tracked. And then there are all those rules!

10 rules of writing books

We all know about the rules of writing. You’ve read blog post after blog post, book after book, and it all can become clouded and confusing. I’ve done the work for you. Now you don’t have to read anything else other than this post.

In this week’s episode of The Writer’s Minute, I talk about the dos and don’ts of gender pronouns.

It’s easy to confuse them. Here’s an example, “Jimmy washed his car, shined her chrome and its wheels.” Rather, it should read, “Jimmy washed his car, shined her chrome and her wheels.”

Once we replace the offending pronoun with the same kind, the clearer the sentance becomes. If you do this one thing, your writing will sing like the song it’s meant to be. Remember, just be consistant.

Question: What confused gender pronouns have you found in other people’s works? Leave a comment by clicking here!

108: The Importance of Using Social Media to Grow Your Blog.

How I'm using social media to take my message to the next level.

We all have Facebook Instagram and Twitter. These three social media networks are the top ways we communicate. It’s how we get our news and it’s how we socialize.

In today’s episode, I peel back the layers of how I’m using social media to get the word out about what I’m writing. We’re going to dive into some of the different strategies of how you can use social media to take your message to the next level.

Listen to episode: (0:33:08)

3 Reasons to stop working when you’re sick.

Knowing when it's okay to take a break.

We all get sick. It’s nothing we can avoid and it’s something we all have to deal with at some point. The question is, when?

The past week has been tough on our family. Over a week ago I started that, “Oh dear, I don’t feel very good” thought process. Within a day, I had the worst sore throat I’ve had in years. One of those, I can’t swallow because someone is taking a saw to my neck, sore throats.