Saturday, April 25, 2015

A to Z - "V" is for Victory


What is victory for you? First draft? Published work?

I love when I finish a complete draft. The euphoria, a bit of love, and pride I feel in myself is intoxicating. I want to celebrate, but hardly anyone else knows this feeling in my life and would understand the party I threw myself. :)



Perhaps a party is the right motivation to finish a work-in-progress. Some people need that extrinsic motivation. Set a reward for yourself. When you reach victory, you earn the reward. No matter if your victory is writing related or personal. Lose the next 10 pounds and reach a new clothing size? Go shopping. Finally check off the last project on the 'honey-do' list? Go out on a date.


Don't ever forget that you are worth it. If you have to start small and reward yourself for getting out of bed, do it. (As long as the reward doesn't put you back there.)

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Friday, April 24, 2015

A to Z - "U" is for Unrest

2015 seems to be a year of unrest for me. My soul is restless. My mind wanders from topic to topic, goal to goal. I feel pulled in many directions, have many decisions, am at a crossroads with more than 5 signposts. I can't even count them and some of them are written in foreign languages!

Unrest is good, though.

Now hear me out. Unrest causes you to want to MOVE and movement is progress. No one wants to feel stagnant and stuck. Sure, unrest is uncomfortable, but sticking to your comfort zone never actually gets you out of it. You have to get out of it to make progress.

Maybe unrest is the hallmark of this time in all adult lives. I don't know. I'm new to this age. My birthday is coming up and like New Year's it is a time to reflect upon life's choices and direction.


So what direction do I want to head in? Can I turn around and come back if it is not the right one?

I think that is what turns people off to trying new things; fear of failure, embarrassment, and not being able to find 'home' again. But 'home' is wherever you are. It's inside you. You are never without it.

The one thing that ties this all together is YOU. You are home when you accept yourself and live your life the way it makes you happy.

Unrest means you aren't comfortable and happy yet.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

A to Z - "T" is for Twitter


Who doesn't tweet?

Human like things short and sweet. Our attention spans are ever diminishing. We can take in a surprising amount of data in a short amount of time. This is why twitter is so effective. If you can write something catchy to promote your book and hook a new reader; a.k.a. buyer, then you have won.

Social media gets the word out.

Not the most popular kid in school? (And let's face it, twitter is just a huge high school.) Buddy up with someone who has more friends and get them to promote you. Or be the rich kid and buy your way to readers' hearts. Campaign for your book with twitter glitter pens, using hashtags. Put all the right words in there to get the attention you desire.

Pair your tweets with links to all the places your book is for sale. Have it listed everywhere? There's at least one tweet for each site.

But DO NOT make this the ONLY thing you tweet about. Twitter is practically a day job. Schedule the tweets to promote for you when you are not there, but when you are available, share related news articles, funny life moments, promote your friends, tag others in special promotions, etc.

Do not spam. No one likes a spammer.


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