Happy New Year!! Book Completion Goals

It’s a New Year, and we’ve ALL done it: Made New Year Resolutions that we do not keep!

But why, oh why do we NOT keep our resolutions? Because we fail to plan and develop strategy, not to mention our follow through is so lacking.

One New Year Resolution that I see writers make is to complete their book and become a, “published” author. There is a difference between a writer and a published author. This is why I desired to start this year’s blog posts with tips on how to to get your book done.

The most important take away I desire you to receive from this post is that your book, once completed is a Revenue generating machine. Every moment it goes undone, you thwart your income potential in more ways than you will realize. This is why I came up with 3 main tips you can incorporate immediately in order to get your book done. Take a look below….

3 Tips to Get Your Book Completed:

  1. STOP PROCRASTINATING. Procrastination has to be the killer of all dreams, big AND small. The key to eliminating procrastination in 2021 is making up your mind that you will put the action plan in place in order to complete your goals. Nothing is worse than a dream deferred by a mind that was never made up to seize the dream in the first place.
  2. GATHER YOUR BOOK CONTENT. Whether your book is clouded in a journal you have been writing in for years, or still trapped in your head, it’s time to get that book together!! I have spoken to countless authors who ALWAYS seem to have scatter brains, whether they are not sure where to start OR how to get organized. The key is to gather your content, no mater where it lies. If it’s trapped in your brain, you can always talk it out. You can use a talk to text app, or you can simply employ your note pad app on your cell phone OR tablet. Either is workable. Once you have talked out what’s in your brain, and have it in text form, shoot it to yourself by email, and then copy and paste it to your favorite word processing software. If your info is in a journal written down, you can employ the same method in order to get it into text format.
  3. AFFIRM YOUR CONFIDENCE LEVEL. Once you have gathered your content, it’s time to become confident in what you have achieved so far: taking the next step to becoming a published author. Most do not make step #2, and they live in the realms of step #1: A procrastinator hog. Do not remain here, your dream is way more achievable than you realize.

Here are some affirmations you can say to help build your confidence:

I am a Published Author, My dream is coming true!

I am worthy of making a positive impact on the world!

I am capable of being a person of influence.

I am ready to hold my book in my hands!

I am worthy of creating an additional stream of income.

Fear is not my portion, I am a courageous being!

Now that you have taken some time to affirm your greatness, get ready, 2021 is your year to become a published author! I am rooting for you, you got this!

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Breaking Creative Barriers in Writing

The Biggest Obstacles to your Creativity

Do you feel like you lack imagination? Do you struggle to create or to find solutions to the challenges in your life?

It’s possible you’re suffering from a few creativity-blocking obstacles. By identifying the obstacles in your path, you can find ways to work around them.

10 Ways to eliminate the creativity blockers from your life:

  1. A cluttered mind makes creativity a challenge. Have you ever noticed that your best ideas come when you’re alone? You’re either being quiet or doing something very routine, like driving on a low-traffic road or taking a walk. It’s hard to get the creative juices flowing when you have too much going on.

  2. You don’t prime your creative mechanism. Try doing a different creative activity for a few minutes. If you’re trying to write a book, try creating and humming a new song for a few minutes. Legos, Lincoln Logs, tinker toys, modeling clay, crayons and brain teasers are other options.
  3. Stress. You might have time to yourself, but still be too distracted to be creative. When your adrenaline is flowing, and you’re dealing with the stresses of life, creativity can be hard to find.

  4. A narrow focus can limit your ability to find new solutions. Keep an open mind and consider all the possibilities. Avoid assuming you know where the general location of the answer to your challenge is. The best solution might be something you’ve never considered.

  5. You don’t believe you are a creative person. You’ve used your creativity countless times in the past. From dealing with an unpleasant boss to keeping a moody child occupied. Believe you’re a creative person and you’ll prove yourself correct.

  6. You never get started. Creative endeavors can be intimidating. Procrastination is one of the primary enemies to creativity. Set aside time each day to be creative, even if you’re convinced you’re wasting your time. You never know when your creative genius will strike.

  7. Fear of failure. The possibility of failure can stop anyone in their tracks. Think of all the times you failed in the past and came through unscathed. Creativity feels risky, but it’s all in your head.

  8.  You’re stuck in a rut. It’s not easy to come up with ideas in the same old space. Get outdoors or at least move yourself into a space you don’t normally use, like a spare bedroom or a conference room.

  9. You insist on doing it alone. Fresh minds bring fresh ideas. Ask others for their input. You’re likely to find that the ideas of others trigger your own new ideas. Get some help! Who is the most creative person you know? They should be your first call.

  10. You don’t have enough experience. You may have been a very creative child, but if you’re not flexing your creative muscles on a regular basis, you might be out of practice. Spend a few minutes being creative each day and you’ll enhance your creative skills.

Creativity is a powerful skill and ability to possess. The most creative people in the world have a huge advantage over the rest of us.

If you’re struggling to be creative, it’s likely that an obstacle or two is standing in your way. Overcome your obstacles and use your creativity to your advantage.

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Time Management: Get Your Book done!

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I want to share the importance of getting your book done and how time plays a part in it.

When I completed my FIRST book, I had mastered the art of blocking off time. I gave up my lunch breaks at work to write, and consistently every evening, I would come home from work and write. I went on to prove I was good at time management by erecting a bulletin board (in my bedroom) which mapped out completing my book month by month.

Where did my organization go over the last ten years?? LOL

Anywhooo… I wanted to share these tips with you to blocking off time in order to get your book done: NO MORE EXCUSES!!

Hour Blocking: The Secret to Effective Time Management
Time management is an essential skill, and hour blocking is an easy and powerful way to master this skill. You can use it to block off hours in your schedule and get more things finished. It enables you to take control of the minutes in each day.

Follow this process to take advantage of this valuable technique:

  1. Start with planning. Make a list of all of your important tasks for the week.
    Then, narrow this list down to three to five essential tasks.
    -Be realistic about your planning. Avoid thinking that you can do a million
    tasks in one day or week.
  2. Block your hours. After you have a short list of tasks, block the hours on your
    schedule. This is called time blocking and essentially requires you to take each
    hour and assign a task or item to it.
    -Clump related tasks together and add them to specific blocks of time.
    -Remember to schedule lunches and breaks. Taking time to rest your
    mind and body is important! Your breaks allow you to get back to your
    tasks with renewed energy.
  3. Reduce distractions. Hour blocking demands that you eliminate distractions, so
    you don’t lose focus.
    -Figure out what your main distractions are. Do you waste time on social
    media or constantly check your phone? Do you spend hours in your email
    inbox and respond to every message instantly?
    -Eliminate or reduce these distractions. You may want to set aside a specific chunk of time each day to handle your social media, email inbox, and other tasks that distract you from your more essential actions. -Also, when you’re working, let others know that you’re busy so they can limit their interruptions.
  1. Keep the time blocks flexible. Unless you know the exact amount of time each
    task will take, it’s important to keep the time blocks flexible. This will also
    enable you to take care of other important things that come up with a minimum
    amount of stress or changes to your schedule.
  2. Review your time blocks regularly. Make adjustments as needed. If your tasks
    change, or you find that they take more or less time than you thought, modify
    your time blocks to take the new information into account.
    -Reviewing your time blocks will also give you the chance to see when
    you’re most productive. If you do your best work in the morning, schedule
    more important tasks during these hours. Reviews will help you evaluate
    your productivity levels and decide which parts need attention.
    -Another advantage of doing reviews is that it gives you the chance to see
    if your reminders are working or if they need to be changed. Use alerts on
    your phone or computer, sticky notes, or traditional alarms to remind you
    that it’s time to move to the next task. The key is to find something that
    works for you.
    Effective time management can help you finish more tasks each day and feel more
    accomplished. Hour blocking is a useful method for anyone who is interested in
    greater productivity, either at home or at work.
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Encourage Yourself

I am Audrea V. Heard, Serial Author, The Author’s Coach & Marketing Guru

My Passion for Writing

My Journey in writing started at a very young age. I was more than likely about 17 years old when I can recall writing and reciting one of the first poems I had ever written.

It was my Grandmother’s 75th Birthday and I was asked to write a poem. I had been writing poetry up until that point, but barely recall reciting in public. I was eager to share my poetry, but most of all, I was grateful to be able to express my love and admiration for my grandmother.

I was nervous, and it showed; so much that I started crying in the middle of reading the poem. Although I suffered from rejection MOST of my childhood and young adult life, there was always something inside of me that was rooting for myself. I always knew that there was something special inside of me, and over the years, I have seen that “something special” come out a time or two.

To say that I have always been passionate about writing is more than likely an understatement. I have always loved writing. Most times I wrote as a form of therapy and never saw myself writing books. It has been in the last 10 years of my life that books have become my way of life or my saving grace so to speak. And to this day, I could not imagine my life without exercising my passion to write books. It’s sort of become my addiction.

Not only have I become addicted to writing books, I have also become passionate about helping others write and publish their books. I believe it is the best way to leave a legacy and be remembered. Writing your thoughts and words down on paper shows generations after you that you thought enough about yourself to leave something in the earth besides your memory. Your words matter, and your story matters.

I am sharing a piece of my journey because I need someone who may be reading this to know that what you do in life matters, and what you leave in the earth matters. If you are looking for a huge cheering squad to get it done, that may never happen. But what can happen? You can encourage yourself enough to make sure that your words are penned to paper and left as an encouragement to someone else. Your words will encourage someone else to believe in themselves, giving them the encouragement that they can do it no matter what.

You can accomplish what you heart desires if you just pull on that small inkling inside of you that says, “You CAN do it and you do not need anyone’s permission!”

Believe in you, encourage YOU! Make it happen for YOU.

It’s your legacy, leave it on paper!

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Developing Writing Disciplines

As an Author, you absolutely must have some sort of discipline in order to get your book done. We have put together 9 ways to become disciplined to create order and structure around your book writing process!

9 Ways to Develop Daily Discipline

Discipline is something we all wish we had a little more of. With discipline, losing
weight, going to the gym, and flossing regularly are a piece of cake. Goals are
achieved, and we feel good about ourselves when we exercise discipline.
You’re also less susceptible to your impulses and emotions when you have a high
level of discipline.

Use these techniques to gain the discipline necessary to control your behavior and
achieve your goals:

  1. Make your bed. It’s a simple thing, but if you’re like most people, you either
    don’t do it or you don’t do it well. When you’re rushing around getting ready for
    work, you don’t feel like making your bed. But when you make your bed, you
    start out the day with a win, and this can alter the rest of your day for the

2. Take a cold shower. There are health benefits to cold water, and you’ll save a
little bit of money on the utility bill. Get under that stream of cold water and
take your normal shower. You’ll be surprised how easy it is after a week or so. If
you can stand a cold shower, you can take on the world.

  1. Eat a super healthy breakfast. Decide on the healthiest breakfast that can
    possibly be created within your budget. Now, eat it every day. The healthiest
    breakfast is the healthiest breakfast. It’s not just the healthiest breakfast you
    would enjoy. This is the meal equivalent of a cold shower.

4. Create a to-do list each day and complete it. Avoid making an endless list of
items to complete but create a reasonable list. Don’t allow yourself to go to bed
until it’s completed. One night with only three hours of sleep will teach you to
take yourself seriously.

  1. Determine your motivation for doing something. One way to stay the course is
    to understand the value in what you’re doing. Going to your night class might
    be a drag, but if you remind yourself that you’ll ultimately become a nurse and
    help people, you’ll have the discipline to keep showing up.
  2. Have a plan for what you’ll do when your discipline falters. Suppose you’re
    going a party and you want to stick to your diet. Have a plan for what you’ll do
    when faced with delicious, unhealthy snacks. You might decide that you’ll drink
    a glass of water or eat the apple that you brought with you but have a plan.

7. Become a master at finishing. Whatever you start, finish. Get the job done. You
might feel like finishing the laundry or writing a book report tomorrow, but get
it done today. So many people leave things 10% incomplete. Overcome the
urge to put it off and just finish it.

  1. Eliminate temptations and distractions. Why make life harder than it has to
    be? Temptations and distractions can include ice cream, Facebook, or your cell
    phone. Discipline is easier to exercise when there are fewer distractions.
  2. Brush your teeth at least twice each day and floss. Poor oral hygiene can be
    extremely unhealthy. It’s a simple thing with great benefits. It’s also boring.
    Take care of your mouth each day whether you feel like it or not.
    How much more could you achieve if you had more discipline? You know what you
    want and how to get it.

With all the information available today, it’s not hard to figure out how to get what
you want. The challenge lies in controlling yourself. It’s making the cold calls or
skipping the hot fudge sundaes.

Discipline may be the missing ingredient in your quest for book writing success!!

How to Overcome Writers Block: 5 Tips that work!

Common causes of Writers Block

All writers have come across writers block a time or two, maybe even 3 or 4. But here are some of the things I have learned Which may have caused writer’s block:

Physically Prepared: Physically you are ready. You sat down to the computer, you blocked off time to write, but mentally, your MIND is not quite focused yet. This happens to the best of us.

Clarity: Your ideas are not clear. You may have considered what you wanted to write about but when you sat down, your ideas are not coming out as clear as you thought they would.

Perfect Timing: You’re looking for the perfect opportunity to get started. When you wait for EVERYTHING to come together, sometimes it never does.

How do we overcome these “Issues?”

There are several ways you can go about getting beyond Writers Block. I will share with you 5 Tips to overcoming Writers Block. These tips have proven to work for me and I also suggest them to others.

Here are 5 Tips for Overcoming Writers Block:

1) Relaxation: Grab a cup of your favorite hot tea and listen to some soothing nature Sounds like ocean waves, rain or birds chirping.

2) Hit the Beach: If you live near water, like a lake or beach, spend some time sitting on the water. The roar of the sea helps to open up your inner writer’s flow. Take your journal, you WILL be inspired to write.

3) Meditate: Meditation helps to clear out your mind, and releases your writing rhythm. But only meditate on good things.

4) Walk Away: Walk away from your work station and focus your mind on something else; then come back. Walking away from what you are writing will help you to clear your mind. This will also alleviate any pressure you may fill to just “get done” with whatever you are working on.

5) Focus on Your Subject Matter: Listen to a podcast, audio recording or watch a program that is relevant to what you are writing about. Watching and listening to content similar to what you are writing somehow seems to stir up your creative juices. Now be careful, don’t plagiarize! Listen for Inspiration, not Duplication!

I hope these 5 Tips to Overcoming Writers Block help you to push past those barriers to create and publish books that are works of art!