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Writing Wednesday/Goals…

Writing Wednesday

Wednesday is the day I share what I’ve learned on my journey from writing, publication, marketing; and doing it all again, and again. The kind of information I wish someone shared with me when I started.

GOALS There’s only five-months until 2020!

Please tell me I’m not the only one freaking out about that. It’s just a date right? Do you set New Years Goals for yourself and/or your business? Normally I’m extremely serious about my goals and I’m pretty good about accomplishing them. The past two-years, not so much. January 2018 started with surgery on my right hand. I squeezed a lemon and tore some ligaments.

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Writing Wednesday/WritingSurprises…

Writing Wednesday

Wednesday is the day I share what I’ve learned on my journey from writing, publication, marketing; and doing it all again, and again. The kind of information I wish someone shared with me when I started.

It’s also the first Wednesday of the month which means it’s time for The Insecure Writers Support Group!

The Purpose of the Group:

To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. If you’ve been through the fire you can offer your assistance, and guidance. It’s a safe- haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

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Friday Favorites, Flops and Food…

FRIDAY FAVORITES, FLOPS, and FOOD

I know its cliché, but the weeks seem to be floating by leaving me feeling like I’m missing something or not living life to the fullest. One of my goals for this year is to slow my days down and to be present and mindful of each, and every minute. Another goal is to find something to be grateful for in each season. Keeping track of my favorites, flops and good food weekly has been a great exercise in consistent blogging, and a way to remember and be grateful.

Favorites

Finally having my website back and working is a favorite this week. I’ve had Go Daddy as my host for 7 years and have called them once a year to renew. That’s it. Never a problem. Until now. Their server got old and was no longer compatible with Word Press, and I needed an SSL certificate. Go Daddy assured me it was a simple fix and I would be up and running in 24-48 hours. It took a month and it was too expensive. The tech folks weren’t nice. I was so disappointed.

Rena and her company The Blogging 911  provides the monthly maintenance on my site and I have to tell you she created some fabulous graphics for me. She creates websites, offers hosting, maintenance and more. I can’t thank her enough for her help with the SSL certificate. My emails were answered quickly, and Rena isn’t just professional, she’s friendly. I highly recommend her! I cannot wait till my hosting contract runs out. Its bye- bye Go Daddy and hello Blogging 911.

I FINALLY have 10,000 followers on Twitter.

I’ll be giving out prizes next week so if you’d like to be in the running leave a comment on the pinned post, follow me and I’ll follow you.

John and I may be the only people that never watched Breaking Bad until now. We binged all 5 seasons in 3 weeks which was sort of long for us. The 1st season was sort of slow but by the middle of the 2nd season we were hooked. If you are thinking of watching this series I suggest watching Better Call Saul, first. We’re on the 3rd season of that now and it takes place prior to Breaking Bad.

Yellowstone is back and is the most watched cable series. The Dutton family, led by patriarch John Dutton (Kevin Costner) controls the largest contiguous ranch in the U.S. and must contend with constant attacks by land developers, clashes with an Indian reservation and conflict with America’s first national park. Kevin Costner is good in everything and doesn’t disappoint in this series. Luke Grimes is good (looking) to watch too😊

Animal Kingdom is back too! So far this season it’s darker than ever.

Then we have the Phillies. We have a love/hate relationship with them this year.

My guilty pleasures; Married at First Sight, Southern Charm and Southern Charm New Orleans and the Young and the Restless have me shaking my head this week.

What are you watching?

Flops

How I’ve made it this far in life until now without ever having a summer cold is miraculous. Summer colds are miserable and painful. Hopefully this is the last one I’ll ever have. The only redeeming thing about this damn cold is having a lot of TV and reading choices.

Writing time has been unfruitful. Lots of ideas came to mind while I suffered on the sofa with tea and tissues. The worst flop of this last week was the ridiculous “Mueller Hearings.” What an embarrassing end to a once bright career, and they practiced!

Food

Being sick all week didn’t leave me feeling much like cooking. The last best thing I ate though was at a viewing party for friend, Pat Nogars’ podcast, Saturday Morning with Pat. She is the most fabulous baker, cook and such an elegant host.

The Sugarbridge Design Center in Paoli, Pa. was the perfect backdrop for the show. On the show was three of Pat’s favorite chefs from suburban Philadelphia restaurants; Sontuosa in Bryn Mawr, Marokko in Ardmore and Savona in Gulph Mills!

All the dishes were delicious, and the cranberry Cosmopolitan was amazing!

Follow Pat Nogar on Facebook to catch the podcast Saturday Mornings at 10 am.

Have a blessed weekend,

Doreen

 

Writing Memoir

Writing Wednesday

Wednesday is the day I share what I’ve learned on my journey from writing, publication, marketing; and doing it all again, and again. The kind of information I wish someone shared with me when I started.

Writing Memoir

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The Insecure Writers Support Group

 

 

 

 

My favorite writing day of the month is the Insecure Writers Support Group posting day!

You are more than welcome to join us and can sign up here:

Purpose:

To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. If you’ve been through the fire you can offer your assistance, and guidance. It’s a safe- haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting:

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Writing Wednesday/Staying Motivated…

 

 

 

Writing Wednesday

Wednesday is the day I share what I’ve learned on my journey from writing, publication, marketing; and doing it all again, and again. The kind of information I wish someone shared with me back when.

Staying Motivated

Summer is coming and while its my favorite season I also dread how unproductive I become when it comes to my writing. Spending time at the beach helps, it’s my favorite place to write but its also my favorite place to rest and daydream. This summer is going to be different; I have deadlines! Three big ones. What I need is a plan and a few extra doses of motivation.

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Friday Favorites, Flops and Food Memorial Day Edition…

 

 

 

Friday Favorites, Flops and Food

I know its cliché, but the weeks seem to be floating by leaving me feeling like I’m missing something or not living life to the fullest. One of my goals for this year is to slow my days down and to be present and mindful of every minute. Another goal is to find something to be grateful for in each season.

What where your favorites and flops this past week? What did you watch? What did you eat that was fabulous or not?

Favorites

The last few weeks have been so busy. Two big fundraisers I work on all year are behind me, so this past week has been one of rest. Resting involved spring cleaning my bedroom (lol.) I still need to finish both our closets and wax the hardwood floor.

Five episodes in with Blacklist and we’re hooked.

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Writing Wednesday/ Press Releases…

 

 

 

Writing Wednesday

Wednesday is the day I share what I’ve learned on my journey from writing, publication, marketing; and doing it all again, and again. The kind of information I wish someone shared with me back when.

Just when you thought writing the book was the hard part you were told you had to write a synopsis, then an outline, a proposal and the hardest of all a query letter. You finish all of those and breathe a big sigh of release only to find out you need to write a marketing plan.

There are three types of marketing and your plan should include all of them. Your chances of success increase when your advertising, public relations and promotions work together.

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Writing Wednesday; Let’s Talk about Book Proposals…

Writing Wednesday

Wednesday is the day I share what I’ve learned on my journey from writing, publication, marketing; and doing it all again, and again. The kind of information I wish someone shared with me back when.

Let’s Talk About Book Proposals

I’ve always been a planner, so it makes perfect sense I’d be a plotter when it comes to writing. One of our local libraries hosted a panel of literary agents a few weeks ago. I was surprised to hear them say they are now requesting book proposals for fiction and nonfiction books.

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Writing Wednesday; Let’s Talk About Excuses…

Writing Wednesday

Wednesday is the day I share what I’ve learned on my journey from writing, publication, marketing; and doing it all again, and again. Information I wish someone had shared with me back when.

Let’s Talk About Excuses for Not Writing

We all have them. Some of us call it procrastination and others call it writers block. Then there’s: • I have so much going on right now • There’s no time • I’m waiting for inspiration • You’re tired • It’s too hard to get published

You can call it whatever, but it’s an excuse!

Writing is HARD work and let’s face it nobody likes hard work day after day after day. If it was easy everyone that had a great idea for a book would sit down and write that book. Listen to me, you’re different. You’re a real writer, however, so you will be the one that sits down and writes your book. It isn’t too late; and you aren’t too old. You can do this, I promise.

Consider this, the average time to write a book is one year.

Writing only one page every day for a year would be 365 pages, or approximately 91,250 words. If you write two pages a day, you’d have that book written in six-months! Think about dividing that time up any way that works for your schedule. Maybe you can only write on Saturdays. Seven pages, every Saturday keeps you on track to finish in a year. The most important thing is to find a schedule that works for you and then being consistent no matter what!

Keep an accountability journal.

Most great things start with a plan. Do you have a business plan for your book? You may need a proposal when it comes time to find an agent or a publisher. A proposal is similar to a business plan. I suggest writing the plan as you go and tweaking as needed. An accountability journal is a simple but extremely useful tool. Use a notebook, a journal or a calendar. Write down what you want to accomplish at the beginning of each week and evaluate at the end of the week. Include any ideas or concerns you have in the journal too. If you’re like me great ideas will come to you and by the time you sit down to write you’ve forgotten the great ideas you had. Don’t lose your journal, it’s an awful feeling☹

Find a writing group, a critique partner, attend a community education class on writing and attend a conference.

Staying in and writing by yourself is so much more comfortable than risking failure, but you must get out there and find supportive, like minded people. The first few times will be difficult however, I promise you, once you get out of your comfort bubble and take those steps it will build your confidence, make your writing better and you will gain some awesome friends.

Develop better writing habits its never too late to learn a new way.

No matter where you are in your writing career, it’s never too late to take a step back and reevaluate your plan. Most importantly you need to keep on writing and never give up!

Happy writing, Doreen #keepmovingforward #neverquit #WritingWednesday

 

Have you written a book and have no idea what publishing route is best for you? Are you struggling with platform building? I am a book coach and would be happy to offer you a free ½ hour consultation. For questions or to schedule your free consultation: doreenb8@verizon.net

So what is a book coach or consultant?

A book coach is knowledgeable in all things writing, publishing and marketing. The most important thing your coach can offer is to provide you with the tools you need to feel confident and motivated to create the best and most successful manuscript possible, to make the best publishing decision and to guide you in making the most effective marketing choices for you and your book. The services are affordable, and packages are available from as little as one session to sessions throughout the entire process.

Ghostwriting services also available.

email for a free consultation.

doreenb8@verizon.net

 

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