Stepping Up and Stepping Out

If you read last week’s blogs by Nikki B. and myself, you saw the first steps you need to take to reach happiness and satisfaction.
Now that you’ve written down what would be your perfect day and your gifts and talents and hobbies, we can get down to the work.
When I first started the magazine WhileUWait, the learning curve was extreme. In order to produce a magazine, I had to have:
• Content
• Printing Knowledge
• A Printer
• An Artist
• Money
• Proper Equipment: computer, writing space, printer, ink
• A few articles and short pieces of writing
• At least, that is what I thought I needed to succeed. My only goal was to produce a magazine.
Within days of my decision to set out on this new magazine production pathway, I ran into difficulties. Without a plan, I was loosing control of where the project was going. My finances were being pulled into a whirlpool of loss. I did not know my competition, thus, I underestimated them. I needed more than the equipment with which I started, and I did not think to get some more education before I began. I jumped in with both feet. Being a breech birth in business was not pleasant. so much time and effort I could have saved by simply doing the following things:
1. Write down steps to get to my goal.
a. First, Large steps
b. Under each large step, write several measurable steps to get to the larger one.
Example: I will have three books published and on the market by the end of this year.
Small measurable goal: Between June 1, and September 1, I will complete writing one 55,000 word manuscript.
Smaller measurable goal: Everyday for the next ninety-two days I will write at least 600 words per day, for an accumulated total of 55,000 words by September 1.
2. Checking out the competition, or knowing what’s hot and what’s not.
a. I will go to the bookstore and the library and find out what’s selling or being checked out the most. Then seek out and fill the demand when found.
b. Learn from the competition. Leverage information from them that might help you succeed in your goals.
3. Write out a business plan for yourself.
a. What is your mission?
b. What is your message?
c. What is your brand?
d. Try to forecast your expenses and begin to set aside funds needed to drive your dream.
e. Plan now for setting up your platform and begin now to join Social Media as well as let people know you are on a project.
4. Now, start to do the work.
A lesson I learned in the magazine business was that it is much easier if you do the ground work I am speaking with you about today. Is it easy? No. Is there a magical fairy out there who will do it for you? No Will it take some work on your part? Yes.
But, as Matthew Loomis says, “Struggles are the fertile soil where seeds of greatness burst open and shoot upward toward the sun.”
Check out Coach Nikki’s blog this week and follow along. Answer the questions above in number 1., 2., and 3. In the meantime, leave a comment or question in the comment section at the end of this blog. Either Nikki or I will be glad to respond to you as soon as possible.
P.S. You may feel that we are getting off to a slow start, but hang in there, all of these steps have a purpose in you achieving your success.

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So many times in my life I was sure I knew what I wanted: Money, Nice home, Husband, Children, a Bestselling Book and the Fame to go with it. It took me several years to understand that many of the things I thought I wanted were not even close to what would make me Happy and Satisfied. Continue reading

Even Writers Need to Live Healthy

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As a writer, I can travel from my office chair to many other worlds and live the vicarious lives of my characters. It is easy to get lost in the story and forget that I need to move also. Continue reading

Pronouns, I’m All For Them


thumbs up manPronouns, I’m all for them.

Pronouns are words which masquerade as nouns hiding in plain sight and indicating meaning to the reader. They substitute for specific nouns and are known as the noun’s antecedent.

An example would be:

When the bird warbles, it is happy. (It is the pronoun acting as the antecedent)

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The cock crowed, the sun rose, and I with my coffee cup sat at the computer thinking about writing. Telling a compelling story is terrific. Writing pages and pages is great, but…am I writing right?

Bound and determined to answer this question I started a quest to review basic grammar over the next few weeks. Today’s lesson:  Nouns Continue reading

On The Write

As an aspiring author, the desire to be published often blinds the new writer as they navigate the pathway to publication. They find themselves impatient and willingly fall in with the first publisher who makes them an offer. Lacking knowledge of the publishing business, and not having investigated the many options available to them, they are often sucked into regrettable situations.

Thankfully, for the new writer, and old, there is a website which offers information regarding many publishers and gives the following list of rules for spotting a ‘Scam Publisher’.

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Life: How Time’s Spent

“Come and sit by the bed would you? And bring a box of Kleenex; we’re going to need it.”  Her fragile hand reached out to me in the darkened hospital room, beckoning me nearer. Moonlight streamed in through the window, highlighting the white hair on her head and deepening the creases in her once beautiful face. I sat down beside her and handed her the box of Kleenex which she held close to her chest, as she
pushed the button to raise her head up. “I want to talk to you about something really important.”

Laugh, Write, Type

Several years ago, a few ladies volunteered at the church to come in one day a week and help fold the Sunday programs. On this particular fall Tuesday afternoon they sat chatting and folding when the pastor rushed into the room and commanded, “Stop! Immediately!”

He then stomped out of the room. The ladies were shocked.

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Celebrate New Baby Website!

I always thought building a blog or website called for the genius of a small child or a grown child with an IPAD.  Without either, the need for a website could only be fulfilled in one way.

More and more the need was upon me. My internet clock was ticking and the world of the web was moving on without me. Somewhere out there, in the cloud, the idea first occurred, radiating down until it became a gleam in my eye. I want to have a website and blog before my internet clock stops ticking. I want to do ecommerce tonight; I want to politicize the world.

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