Starting a new habit

miraclemornwritersI recently finished reading The Miracle Morning for Writers by Steve Scott and Hal Elrod. I heard Steve Scott on a podcast not too long ago and I really took to his seeming humility about the book business. I really have an affinity for down to earth people.

Anyways, I’ve been going through a lot of self inventory and self evaluation lately. Some of my internal digging has to do with  my personal life as a mom, wife, and day jobber, but much of my introspection was also about books.

What about books?

Everything books — from writing, to publishing, to marketing.

I’ve done all that, but with little success. You may say, but you’ve written books! Yes I have, but it’s not enough. I love to write, but more importantly, I want my books to be read and enjoyed. Doesn’t every writer?

So, I started to think, Ah geez, what if my writing sucks? Problem is, I don’t know that I can objectively critique myself. I know my writing isn’t at JK Rowling caliber. I’m not delusional. But is it so terrible that it’s unreadable? I don’t think so. Can my writing skills improve? Of course it can and this is a craft I’ll happily keep working on for as long as I can type, write, and think. Problem is between my shiny ball syndrome and my bad habit of procrastinating, I have a hard time being consistent with writing.

I can’t improve, if I don’t write. Practice makes perfect, right?

Then suddenly, I hear a choir of angels singing “AAAAAHHHH” as streams of gentle, glowing lights shine upon me, and I find The Morning Miracle for Writers.  Okay, it wasn’t quite that dramatic, but the book still came at the right time.

To get to my point, I LOVE this book. I have implemented the recommendations and I am happy to say that I am starting a new habit of waking up early. I thought it would be more difficult, but so far this week, there was only one day I overslept. I am tailoring the recommendations to suit me better so that my system doesn’t go into shock, but I plan on waking up earlier as I get used to this new behavior.

As of today, I’m waking up 30 minutes earlier than I usually do.

This book is not just about why the morning hours are a gift to every person who wants to be productive, more to the point for us writers, is that this book is also full of suggestions and recommendations on how to leverage your time in general as a writer. Yes, absolutely The Morning Miracle recommends writing during the morning, but more so, the book recommends writing consistently whatever time of day that happens to be for you. It gives ideas on how to collect inspirations to battle writer’s block and a bunch of other helpful tips that are very doable.

Because I am re-evaluating, I’m trying to really decide and understand what is mosmiraclemornwriterst important for me to focus on at this time. Writing is not a full time job for me and I have to make the best use of my time. When I think about everything that has to be done to move me closer to my dream, ‘overwhelm’ is not a big enough word to describe how I feel.

One benefit so far of Miracle Morning for Writers is that I have gained time in my day. For real. I thought I would be tired getting up earlier, but to my surprise that hasn’t been the case. My goal  is to ultimately wake up 2 hours earlier. That means waking up at 4:30 every morning. But I’m not there yet. Give me a month and I’ll update my progress.

I think this book is definitely worth a read. It’s one, I know I’ll be going back to again and again. I’m sure the next time I read it, I’ll find something else I didn’t catch before. (Don’t you just love that about books?)

Again, I’m not an affiliate of Steve Scott or Hal Elrod, but I am now a fan 🙂

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