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How I Wrote my First Book in Two Hours a Week! by D'vorah Lansky, M.Ed.

I've wanted to become a published author since I was ten-years-old. Over the years I forgot about this dream until while at a marketing conference a dear friend asked me what one of my heart-felt goals in life was. For whatever reason, I remembered about my dream of becoming an author and told him about it.

When I got home from the conference, I had a note in my email box from my friend's publisher, asking me to call him. Long story short, I signed a publishing contract and got to work writing my first book on online marketing.

The challenge I faced was finding the time and discipline to write my book. What helped me the most was to schedule a recurring appointment in my calendar, each Friday from 10-12, come rain or shine. I took my computer to the bookstore and sat and wrote.

My biggest problem was avoiding the distraction of email or phone calls, especially when I got stuck and really had to dig deep to write or edit a passage.

I found that setting a goal of writing or proofing a certain number of pages, without interruption, really helped me to develop my discipline muscle. At the end of each time block, I took a 5-10 minute break where I allowed myself to check my messages, stretch my legs, and at times get a cup of coffee or tea.

So, my advice would be to actually schedule writing time into your calendar, and then set mini writing goals during this scheduled time. Here's to your writing success!

D'vorah Lansky, M.Ed. is the bestselling author of many books including: 90 Day Productivity Action Guide for Authors

Since 2007 she has taught 1,000's of authors how to market their books online. You can find out more about D'vorah and her courses for authors at: www.ReachMoreReaders.com

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Every Wednesday Shannon Lawrence shares a ton of links on her blog for writers. Most of these links are for places accepting submissions for anthologies, poetry, or fiction. Other links are for contests, blog hops, and other things of interest to writers. Visit her blog for an endless supply of resources!

She blogs at The Warrior Muse
The Power of the Micro Break by Lynda R. Young
 
When we’re on a roll writing, head down, words flying, we can sometimes forget to take the all-important break. The same can be said for when we’re glued to our seat, staring into space, hoping for inspiration to strike.
 
We need to take breaks, and we should be taking them every twenty minutes. Stopping to check emails, or Twitter, or some other form of computer distraction that keeps us in our seats, does not count. I’m talking about a true break. Get up, stretch, refocus the eyes away from the monitor or page. Take a short walk around the house, get a drink of water. You only need a minute before getting back to it, but if you do, then you’ll find a wealth of benefits.
 
Moving keeps the mind active and vibrant, increasing concentration. It eases the strain on your eyes. It soothes muscles, which without taking a break, can cause headaches and stiffness. And staying hydrated is always a win for both mind and body.
 
By countering your sedentary time with micro breaks, you increase your overall energy and creativity. So I encourage you to take the micro break test.

We're on Twitter! Follow us, and we'll follow you back. You can get even more tips and encouragement from us right in your Twitter feed. @TheIWSG #IWSG
LINKS TO ARTICLES:

Awards and Contests:
Opportunities for Writers June and July 2016

Writing:
- How to Use eBooks to Understand Story Structure
- How to Weave Story Elements and Avoid Info Dumps
- The Most Important Thing You Can Do to Make Your Writing More Awesome 

Marketing:
- 9 Free Tools that can Help Build Buzz for a Book
- 23 Authors Using Pinterest for Book Marketing & Inspiration
11 Tips to Help You Build Your Online Community

Author Events:
Tips for Author Signings
Battling Nerves at Author Events
SWAG – What to Bring to Your Book Events
5 Marketing Tips for Book Signing Events
 
Reviews:
- Prove Your Book Is Good: Getting and Using Reviews
3-Stars Reviews Aren’t the End of the World
- Amazon Reviews – How They Help Sales

Join our Facebook Group! Beginning in June we'll be starting fun, interactive posts.
 
1st Wednesday: IWSG Day
2nd Wednesday: Wacky Words
3rd Wednesday: Ongoing Story
4th Wednesday: Silly Mistakes
We Are Not Alone by Tara Tyler

No, I'm not talking about aliens, that's another post. I mean as writers. Writers used to be isolated. Much more isolated than you may feel today. Before the internet, writers had to move to big cities, mainly New York to get discovered. And for encouragement, they met other writers in reading groups, or coffee shops, or bars. Or they drank a lot – maybe that part hasn't changed much.

Today, writers come from all over and we connect through blogging and social media, sometimes to distraction. I have many friends and family who support me. But I also have those that see writing as a hobby or even a waste of time. That I could be earning more money, real money. I bet we all have naysayers in our circles of life, and many of them cannot be ignored. You only hurt the ones you love, right? But it still hurts.

Luckily, we are not alone. We have each other to share our fears and doubts and worries with. Other writers relate and understand and have been there to give advice and encouragement. From seasoned pros to novice newbies.

The common thread we all need to remember is to keep writing. Don't give up. Follow your dream.

Unless you discover a new dream to take its place. But again, that's another post...

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What if the government tried to create the perfect utopia? Could a society linked to a supercomputer survive on its own? Do our reflections control secret lives on the other side of the mirror? Can one moment split a person’s world forever?
 
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