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 🙂

Kindle Publishing

Magic bookI have one book published so far… and much to my dismay, it has taken much too long to follow up with a second book.  This is not to say, I don’t know what to write about because I certainly do.

It’s just I want to do things right the next time around.  I am learning so much since I first published Spirit 101 and there are some things I am definitely going to change when my follow up books are released.  I’m back at the drawing board–so to speak.

I’m not going for perfection–not yet, I’m going for better.  I figure each time I do this, it’s going to be better and more refined from my last efforts.  This is the great thing about Kindle Publishing, it is forgiving in the sense that the platform allows for do-overs.  How many other businesses allow for this type of growth and learning without too much loss?

Sure, it’s competitive, but at the same time the opportunities are so large that (in my humble opinion) there is plenty of room for everyone to experience evergreen success.

I want to build my book business not only to make my dreams a reality, but ultimately I would like to be able to help out other authors as well.  There is so much creativity out there and I think it is an incredible time when we authors have had tremendous doorways opened for all of us to succeed.  The kindle platform is probably by far the most ginormous doorway yet.

For those considering self-publishing, going through Amazon’s Kindle platform is a great way to go.  If you want to learn about how to put together your books and how to publish, here are a couple of free books (direct from Amazon) that tells you exactly how to do it.

Building Your Books For Kindle

Publish on Amazon with Kindle Direct Publishing

Other benefits of Kindle Publishing?

  • Most trusted marketplace in the world and growing.  This means built in consumers 🙂
  • Kindle is continually expanding
  • Amazon promotes you.  This isn’t an automatic, but if you do things right, you got the biggest book seller promoting your work.

If I can share any words of wisdom with you, I would say this… beware of gurus selling products that promise the world.  Do your research.  There are treasure troves of free information ready for the taking (like the manuals above)–you just have to be patient, sift through it all, and look with very discerning eyes.

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