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Monday, August 14, 2017

Motivation!

Morning, guys!

I’m coming to you today from the beautiful Midwest. It’s a sunshiny day with corn fields all around and I’m feeling pretty darn great about what the week is about to hold. I’m currently 28,000 words into my new WIP (writing in progress) and I’m ready to toss another 19,000 words or so on top of that this week!

I wanted to talk to you about motivation and the tactics I’ve been using recently to keep me on track. The last few months have been pretty crappy in regards to my word counts and I summed that up to a few things:


1. Being disorganized AF


I was seriously all over the place. I didn’t write anything down and therefore that showed.


2. Treating my business like a hobby


I think I was maybe putting in about 5 hours on the actual business side of my writing a week. FIVE HOURS A WEEK! This definitely wouldn’t do if I wanted to get my books out to my hungry and wonderful readers!

3. I was at a five when I should be at a ten


My motivation was seriously and embarrassingly crappy. It was like epic trash can bad. I needed to hike up my game in all three departments and I want to share with you what I did.


How I fixed disorganization: I GOT ORGANIZED!

A sample of a current Saturday schedule ;)

I know it sounds so simple and guess what? It totally was! I got myself on a detailed schedule (one I write down) and I follow it to the letter. Even meals and getting dressed are etched into my daily planner and it totally helps. I have a day job so each moment is very valuable. 


How I stopped treating my business like a hobby:


I put more hours in. I now schedule 20 hours a week for business related endeavors whether writing, marketing, or other wise. I also got a support team (aka my darling husband ;D) who now puts in about 10 hours a week on top of my 20. We’re really doing this thing together now and I definitely underestimated the value of good support.


How I got myself from a five to a ten:


I found I really needed to sit and figure out what shrunk me down to this horrifically bad number. After thinking, I realized I needed to take a good long look at my release schedule as well as what I was writing. After doing that, the words, but most importantly my passion started to grow again!

I’m very excited for what the future holds and for you readers out there my next book CHERISHED BY YOU will be releasing in the next few weeks! The cover reveal will be around before that so watch out!


Question of the week:



What do you find keeps you motivated throughout the week?



Can’t wait to hear from you guys and until next week!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Getting back into this!

Hey, everyone! Happy Monday and welcome to my blog. For those of you who follow me or my work you know this blog hasn’t seen much action lately. Before I started writing I used to blog all the time and it was a great way to not just share my journey, but get everything out of my head from what I’m working on to my process.

Things have been… interesting for me lately. I recently started a new job and moved back to my hometown. The move kept me busy and I also have been focusing on my health. Those of you that follow me on Instagram know all about the changes I’ve made to my lifestyle and some of the health things I’ve been going through. Needless to say all that has kept me busy and writing has kind of been on the backburner because of it.

Some of the changes I've made. 65lbs lost and counting!

My health and the move aren’t the only things holding me back and I wanted to start blogging again to A, keep me accountable to deadlines and things, but also B, let all of you in a bit about me and my life. Besides Instagram, I tend to stay pretty quiet on the net. When I started writing I knew exactly what I wanted to write and how I wanted to create something for people like who were looking for emotionally charged stories featuring diversity and inclusion from the cast to the themes. I started there in writing and though I’ve continued with that mission, I find lately I’ve been in my head more, which has not only halted the creation of new words, but stifled my creative energy entirely. I’ll start to write a story, then stop and find myself all over the place in my writing when I start again. I think for me I’ve pegged this down to me forgetting what I was trying to do in the first place when I started writing. I want to create good books that I FEEL and want to provide my readers with the same.

So this is me getting back into this. From now on, I’m doing what I set out to do and not only that, I’ll be more open while I do it. You’ll see more posts on this blog. The content will be mostly focused on writing/for other writers, but I hope both writers and readers can get something from it. I’m just going to be doing my thing here and I hope you’ll join me! And ending with that, I want to ask you something:


Do you ever find yourself unfocused or easily distracted? If so, what do you find helps you get back on track?



Talk to you soon,


 
   

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