First Draft – Checklist and Tips

Don’t despair – You can do this!

My advice for completing the first draft of your novel

I completed the first draft of my first novel in fourteen days.  I don’t say this to brag.  I say this to encourage you.  You don’t need a year to write a first draft.  It might take you a year to get to the final product, but even that can be done in under six weeks, as was my book.  Let us meditate on what a first draft is.   (more…)

Can you write that book inside you?

~What you need to know before you start your novel~

Are you a writer, or just a person that writes?

Isn’t it amazing how just flipping a few words can cause self-doubt in your abilities?  Are you a writer?  Do you write? Then you are a writer.

The truth of being a writer does not mean you’re a published author. Being a writer does not mean that people have seen your work.  Being a writer doesn’t mean you’re in line for the Pulitzer or selling your work to the point of being on the New York’s best seller list. Being a writer, having years of education and special degrees in writing, isn’t always needed in order to have credibility as a writer?

Now dear writer, we can start our conversation.  The real question you need to be asking yourself; is your writing good enough for public consumption?  Let’s meditate on this topic. (more…)

Health Tip – Exercise and Sleep, a Writer’s Best Friends

It’s so true and you know it.  Exercising is the single most important thing you can do for your body outside of eating nutritiously balanced meals and getting proper rest.  Let’s first talk about how to get that exercise in our life.

People, you cannot be Nilly Willy about your health.  If you can join a gym and actually work out, good for you!  But what if you can’t?  What if you truly don’t have time for that 30-minute workout every day?  (more…)

HELP! – When should you ask for it?

Give up control.  You heard me.  You can’t do it all alone.  It’s time to delegate.

Someone explained it to me this way.  You can either be a firefighter driving to every fire, putting out every fire, and maintain your equipment, or you can be the chief and delegating who gets to fight the fire, maintain the equipment and drive the big red truck. (more…)

What is “Life Balance”? How can you attain it.

Believe it or not but life balance has a lot to do with your physical balance.  If you are off balance that means you have put too much effort to one aspect of your life and another part of your life is suffering.

What I mean by balance is; you are enjoying good health, lifestyle doing things you want to do, work that you enjoy, and have an income that covers all your bills, enough to pursue other interest.

I know what you are thinking.  Life balance is for rich people (more…)