I’ve been working on my memoir “Baby, You Have To Go Beyond The Block: Advice My Mother Gave Me While Growing Up” since January 2020. There were times I had to put it aside and just take a break. Then there were times I didn’t know what to do next in the writing process. But, through it all I kept believing that I would write and book.
I often reread books that have inspired me. One such book is Dr. Frederick Eikerenkoetter “Science Of Living Study Guide” in his chapter “Four Steps To Get What You Want” here is one of his steps:
“Belief is mental acceptance. When you believe something, you mentally accept it for yourself. In order to accomplish your goals and achieve your good purposes, you have to believe, you have to mentally accept what you want. Do not be discouraged by those around you who tell you that you cannot accomplish your goals. Remember that the world is full of wonders that people said couldn’t be done. Believe in the Infinite Goodness, the Infinite Power of God in you. When you believe, you can achieve any and every goal you set for yourself. When you believe in yourself you become UNSTOPPABLE.”
These words have been my motivation. I keep moving forward in my quest to be a published author. I see my memoir as a teaching manual. I’ve got beg dreams for myself and I won’t edit them down just because I’m a bit exhausted.
Stephanie Newell is the author of “How To Write Your First Book: A Blueprint For Fiction & Non-Fiction Writers.” Her book is a good road map for first time writers. She simply states facts and tips about writing, self-publishing, marketing and launching your first book and much more. As you probably already know, writing a book is a business and having a book budget is essential.
Being a first time writer can be intense. Ms. Newell gives you hacks that you can use to make the writing process more productive. Stephanie stresses that one thing that is important is to have patience and faith. It will take time to write your book, do research and create a following. My motto is, no matter what, keep writing!
In July 2020 I became a member of Hay House Writer’s Community after participating in their free 7-Day Writer’s Challenge. As a beginner writer I learned the importance of having a weekly writing schedule. When COVID-19 arrived on our shores, a writing schedule wasn’t necessary since I had all the time to write. Hay House has four pathways from beginner writers to those “ready to publish.” I won’t be renewing my membership in July because I’ve completed all pathways. I now have a manuscript ready for proofreading and an editor.
At this stage finances are playing a major factor in my writing decisions. Even though I started a book budget last year there are many expenses I did not anticipate. For the remainder of the year I will be diligentlly saving for the last stages of my book journey. In the meantime I’ll be working on my social media platforms. The saying is “you have to promote your book as you write our book.” I’m creating a Youtube Channel “Going Beyond The Block” https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2E1JIOOmVptqPkZl3UP74A. I will be uploading videos of me giving beginner writers tips and interviews. The channel will be started in September.
I’m still reading blogs and newsletters digesting beginner writer’s tips. I hope you will continue with me on this writing journey. My memoir, Baby, You Have To Go Beyond The Block: Advice My Mother Gave Me While Growing Up, will be completed by 2022. I have set this timeline as my goal.
Please feel free to share any tips you might have and don’t forget to subscribe to my Youtube Channel.
On Monday, May 10, 2021 I joined a five-day virtual training program through The Center for Micro-Entrepreneurial Training. The training was geared towards entrepreneurs and as you know, writing a book is a business. This five-day training program was intense and constructive. It was facilitated by CEO and President David Daly and Founder and Executive Vice-President Joseph A. Simmons. Below are breif highlights from the training:
Servola Frazier is an Empowerment Business Coach and she spoke about developing a sales plan. “A great sales plan helps you have sustainable wealth.” For more information contact Ms. Frazier at http://www.servolafrazier.com.
Dr. Diely Pichardo-Johansson is a Life Coach and Author. Dr. Johansson spoke about self-care. “Self care is any activity directed to your physical, mental or spiritual well-being that helps you show up as your best possible self.” I’m reading her book now “Bouncing Back: A How-To-Manual For Joy With Minimal Energy Expenditure.” You can get a more information about Dr. Johansson at http://www.joyfullysuccessful.com.
Jorge Cruz talked all about online marketing. This is important for authors! Mr. Cruz spoke about paying attention to shifts in your industry. Knowing your competitors, optimizing videos for social engines, researching keywords for your blog, converting a visitor into a lead and so much more. You can get more information about Mr. Cruz and his techniques at https://jorgecruz.com/jcruz.
Michelle Chenault talked about organization implementation. She spoke deeply about having a budget plan for marketing and business. ” A business plan is a living document, tweak it often.” She went into details of “Knowing your why?” For instance, why are you writing a book? Is there a demand for your book? Where do the readers live that will be reading your book and are you prepare for growth? Get more information about the growth process, capital management and more at Michelle Chenault Consulting, LLC. https://mchenault.com.
There was seventeen speakers in a five-day training. I’m still reviewing my notes! Many of the speakers offered free consultations, PDF’s and informational sheets for review. I highly recommend this training, no matter what business you are starting or already in. To find out more about CMET go to https://tcmet.org.
I brought “The Tapping Solution” book so long ago that the pages are starting to yellow. In 2019 when the pandemic invaded the entire world I decided to dusk it off and read it, but I never got to it. In 2020 I downloaded the free Tapping Solution app but never used it. Here it is 2021 and I have silently made a commitment to myself to read the book. I’ve joined Jim Kwik’s author of the book “Limitless” “Kwik Brain” Community. Here I learn how to read books quickly and retain the information. The practice is simple, I schedule thirty minutes a day to read twenty pages of a book. After reading the pages I then post about it, sharing what I have read is how I teach and learn at the same time. A win win situation for me. As for the Tapping app, I’ll have to remember to use that. I already use the Insight Timer daily.
Dr. Mercola, founder of Mercola.com, most visited natural-health site in the world writes: “Nothing comes closer to “magic” that the positive results I have personally witnessed using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) on thousands, of my patients who suffered from physical and emotional pain and illness. EFT can lead you to incredible breakthroughs on your healing journey, and it can help you in your daily life. Nick Ortner is one of the leaders in teaching this valuable resource in a practical way, and this book will help you utilize this enormously beneficial tool effectively.“
I hope to come back to this post with an update on my reading of the book and putting into practice tapping. I’m more than certain the results will be beneficial to my health and well-being. Will you join me? Do you already practice tapping? Let me know.
This is on the inside jacket cover of the book “Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words the can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.” I read this book many years ago in the 1990’s is was originally published in 1969. I remember little bits and pieces of it but most memorable was Maya not speaking after a very tragic event in her life. I have gone through that phase as well in my early years on this planet. As with all my postings I am making a silent commitment to myself to read this book and this time to jot notes in the margins, because I’m going to use Dr. Maya Angelou’s book as a “teaching manual.” I know it will be a book whose words and written lessons will be a guide for me and I will return to it as often as I need to.
It is said that writers are readers and I’m am incorporating a reading practice into my writing practice. This is helping me with writing my own memoir “Baby, You Have To Go Beyond The Block: Advice My Mother Gave Me While Growing Up In Brooklyn.” I am learning how to tell a story, how to add the five senses to my writing and how to bring the reader along with me through my life’s journey.
I”m taking big strides this year. I’ve got BIG dreams for myself. One dream is to be a published author of many books. I enjoy the process of writing even though writing a book takes a few years. It took me a year just to finish the first draft! It’s worth the journey. I’m learning so much by reading books, newsletters, blog posts and joining writing groups and following writers on YouTube. This is an unfinished road, writing, so I stop rushing myself. I’m going to enjoy re-reading Dr. Maya Angelou’s book “I Know Why The Caged Bird Signs.” Will you join me? http://www.mayangelou.com
James Baldwin, Author, quote:
“I know Why The Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.”
I started listening to Rev. Jennifer McSween podcast “Understanding The Language Of A course In Miracles” https://revjennifermcsweenpodcast.com back in 2018. In 2019 I sent her an email thanking her for her podcast teachings and her informative book. Rev. McSween responded with a kindly worded email and a signed copy of her book. I’ve had the Course In Miracles book for some time before I started reading the text in 2018. In 2019 I started doing the workbook exercises in 2021 I joined the Pathways of Light” ministry because all they teach is The Course In Miracles. Along with Rev. McSween’s podcasts, book and the weekly Sunday readings with Pathways of Light I am gaining a better understand of my SELF and the world in which I live in but am not emerged in.
Rev. Jennifer McSween had divided the book into three main parts: Part 1: A New Perspective, Part 2: Understanding True Forgiveness and Part 3: Practicing True Forgiveness. Throughout the book she provides simple formulas of her teaching to follow to learn how to forgive yourself and others. On her promotional flyer she writes “True Forgiveness shares a simple, effective and pain-free process taught in A Course in Miracles for letting go of emotional pain, and feeling empowered and at peace regardless of what you experience. ” To get more information about Rev. McSween click on the link http://Rev.JenniferMcSween.com. I hope you read the book and enjoy the journey through the Course In Miracles teachings. What are you reading?
“When you forgive from the perspective of the Course, what you are forgiving or letting go of if “an idea”-the idea that something was really done to you by another that has caused you some for of harm, loss or pain. Forgiving in this way rests on the Course’s most fundamental teaching: “It’s not what happens, but the way you look at it, that determine the way you experience.” This is recognizing and acknowledging that everything happens in the mind and that you’re never threatened or in danger from anything or anyone in the world.“-Rev. McSween
Stephen Edwin King is an American author of horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, crime, science-fiction, and fantasy novels. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, and many have been adapted into films, television series, miniseries, and comic books. King has published 62 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman, and five non-fiction books. He has also written approximately 200 short stories, most of which have been published in book collections.
Robert Louis Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, essayist, poet and travel writer. He is best known for works such as Treasure Island, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Kidnapped and A Child’s Garden of Verses.
Born and educated in Edinburgh, Stevenson suffered from serious bronchial trouble for much of his life, but continued to write prolifically and travel widely in defiance of his poor health. A celebrity in his lifetime, Stevenson’s critical reputation has fluctuated since his death, though today his works are held in general acclaim. In 2018 he was ranked, just behind Charles Dickens, as the 26th-most-translated author in the world.