Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A Big Help

This is something I made to keep myself on track.
Some days are very productive. Why? What makes the difference?
If I track my goals I know precisely where I left off and what I need to accomplish next. I'm a big list maker and this has check-off boxes. It is very satisfying to check off that little box!

The Write Journal

Writing your goals and tracking your progress
can make the difference between a hobby writer
and one who has his or her eye on the prize.

You can significantly increase your word count if you know
what you want to write before you sit down.
Tracking your progress can increase your writing confidence by allowing you to see what you can accomplish.

This journal:
* 5.5 inch by 8.5 inch with 1 inch wire bound journal
* 3 month blank calendar planner can be used any time of year

* Over 90 days worth of journal pages to track goals,
word counts, and obstacles.

*Each journal is individually made by hand and customizable.
*Makes a great gift for the writer in your life.

Friday, March 25, 2016

ANNOUNCING!! The Stubby Pencil's Library now has it's very own Used Bookstore on Amazon!

That's Right, The Stubby Pencil's Library
has opened a Used Bookstore on
You can find it here The Stubby Pencil's Library

Do you know the fastest way to ruin a perfectly yummy hobby?
Try to make a living from it.
Some people have been very successful in doing just that
but I lack the skills. It became more stress than enjoyment.
It took learning from my kids-- Life is short.
If you don't enjoy it, why are you doing it?

So I took a three-month hiatus to I figure out what I really want.
Although I no longer accept book review requests,
I will review some of my own favorite reads from time to time,
including some from my bookstore.
I really like saying "FROM MY BOOKSTORE."

I want to focus more on my writing and share what I learn along
the way. I will even share excerpts when I get brave enough.
I've always considered myself a quick learner,
but writing has taught me humility. The more I learn the more I
become overwhelmed with all the details that must be kept track of
(i.e., never end a sentence with a prepositional phrase, for starters).
At least I know what a prepositional phrase is now.

Every time I read a really a good book where the writing has me
right there, in the moment, I keep telling myself,
"I will never be able to write like that.
What am I thinking?"

I am a believer of The Law of Attraction.
Obviously, I don't practice it very well.
I use it for things like budgeting, mostly.
It didn't occur to me to use it for my writing.

Every morning I practice writing something from
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.
So here is the morning mantra I adapted for me:

To attract writing talent focus on having talent.
Be grateful for this talent like you already have it.
Feeling happy about your writing now is the
fastest way to bring more talent into your life.
With everything you read, make it your intention
to say to  yourself, "I can write that."
Share your writing in order to bring more of it into your life.
Visualize acceptance letters and manuscript requests.
Tip the balance of your thoughts to talent. You have it!
Now,  get busy and write!

Care to share your morning mantra?
I'd love to hear how you keep yourself going!