Why People Put Off Writing

Don't Put Off WritingAfter working with many writers and listening to their struggles, their reasons for putting off writing usually come down to one of six reasons: I don’t know enough; nobody would want to hear my story; I don’t know how to get started; I’m not good at writing; it will be too hard; or I don’t have enough time. I have faced each of these struggles myself, and so I’m going to share my advice to hopefully help you clear those hurdles so you can begin writing the book that you carry within you. (more…)

Leading With Words

More than 300 years before the common era began, a man by the name of Plato wrote a book called The Republic. The ideas in this book were influenced by a Greek philosopher by the name of Socrates. The reason I mention this is the ideas encapsulated in that book have influenced approximately 90 generations of men and women, and formed the foundation upon which Western Civilization was built. One book changed the course of billions of lives. (more…)

Write Every Day

40 Day Writer Books
Someone once asked me if I write every day. I do. Every. Single. Day. I write something. It may be a letter, a journal entry, a short story, a poem, or a chapter of my latest work-in-progress – but I do not skip a single day of writing. Not once, not ever. The reason being that the more I write, the faster and the easier writing becomes. It becomes an ingrained habit, something that feels as natural as breathing oxygen. (more…)

More than a book. It’s a chance to change a life.

The Poverty DiariesYesterday, after a lot of effort and more than a few hesitations, I released The Poverty Diaries for sale. It’s 6 years’ worth of excerpts from my diaries, detailing my struggles to make my way from poverty to prosperity. You might have heard of Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado. It’s currently the number 1 seller in the area of Social Sciences under the topic of Poverty. I hope to change that. (more…)

Your Big Beautiful Book Plan Update

The paperback versionI promised that I would keep everyone updated on my progress through Your Big Beautiful Book Plan. Here is my efforts to work through the very first exercise they give you:

The First Step

My book, The Poverty Diaries, is about my struggles to rise up and move out of poverty for good. (more…)

Investing In Myself & Your Big Beautiful Book Plan

YBBBP_DigitalBlack_si08_420x400I don’t remember exactly how long ago it was that I stumbled across Your Big Beautiful Book Plan, written by Linda Siversten and Danielle Laporte. I know that I wanted it, but I was afraid to invest in it. I was afraid to spend the $150 it would cost me to get it.  Even after they created a payment plan, I hesitated. What if I was wrong? What if I spent the money and it didn’t work for me, or I couldn’t make it work? (more…)

Your Book Checklist

 

A list of things to include in your bookYour Book Checklist

There are several key things you will want to be sure you have included in your book when you are preparing to publish it.  I will go over these things in this article and explain to you why they matter and how these items can help with your book marketing. (more…)

Storytelling 101: Adapting For Genre

Little Red Riding Hood in Space

Little Red Riding Hood in Space

Over the last three installments of Story Telling 101, I’ve talked about how to take a well-known story, craft an outline for it, and start tailoring it to fit your style.  Today I’m going to cover taking that outline and adapting it for various genres.   If you have never thought of Little Red Riding Hood as something other than a fairy tale, hold on to your seats. (more…)

Preparing to Write Your Non-fiction Book

One hour to sketch out a non-fiction bookThe process for preparation for non-fiction isn’t actually all that different from the steps needed to prepare to write a fiction book. In this blog post, I’m going to show you the steps I take to plan out a non-fiction book I’m planning to write called To Know, To Serve, and To Love. (more…)

Preparations for NaNoWriMo Part 3

Over the last few days, I’ve been continuing to prepare my NaNoWriMo novel and I thought I would share the next few stages of it with you.

9. List of Questions

Now that we know what’s going to happen, we need to list out the questions that aren’t being answered in that synopsis. (more…)

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