Category: writing

Finding Time to Write

Life can be busy. Between work, family, running errands, exercising, commuting and relaxation the day just seems to fly by. It’s hard to find any time to get in writing. Maybe you’ve been hoping to work on that book you’ve always wanted to publish. Or maybe you want to write more blog posts. But you never seem to have the time to get those things done.

Writing quality content takes time and finding time to write may seem impossible right now with your hectic schedule. The key is, if you truly want to right you have to schedule it onto your daily routine. Even if it’s just 10 minutes a day that can go a long way in achieving your writing goals.

Take a few moments and look at your day. See if there is a small gap in which you can dedicate some writing time. It could be a lunch break, after the kids go to bed or first thing when you wake up in the morning. Trust me if you truly want to do it you’ll find the time. It could even be a day of the week where you have more free time. The key is to structure writing time into your routine. It’s about making it a habit. Now I know this is easier said than done, especially in the beginning.

It doesn’t matter how long you write or how many words are written in that span. It could be brainstorming a new character, coming up with topics for future posts or even writing a single paragraph. All these things are wins in my eyes. The reason is that you are making progress. Even if it is in small increments, you are still getting closer to the end result.

Progress keeps you moving in the right direction. It keeps you motivated to achieve more. Since you can actually see your progress with the words written, your results are more tangible.

Eventually you’ll want to write for longer and will find a way to make the time into your busy schedule. Over time your book will be written. You’ll be churning out blog posts on a more consistent basis. Whatever your goal, your efficiency will skyrocket.

For me my time to write is at night when things are quiet and I can focus solely on writing. Whether it be writing my book or creating blog posts for my amazing readers. I’ve made it a habit to write something every single day. Even if it is just one blog post or a couple paragraphs for the book. That progress keeps me motivated to continue writing.


When is your writing time? What makes it ideal for you? Do you set a time limit on your writing?

Journey of the Author #2

I’m not going to lie… I’m kind of bummed out writing this post. I was hoping to be able to share with you an excerpt from the book. I’ve been incredibly busy with this blog which I will discuss a bit more in detail later in this post. Hopefully in the next week or so I will have some sufficient content written so I can share it with you. Even if its just a paragraph.

I really didn’t have much time dedicated to writing the book in the past week. It wasn’t until a few days ago that I was able to actually sit down and spend some quality time on it. I’m still brainstorming chapter outlines on paper. I love the process of handwriting something. It helps me crystalize my ideas.

I’ve started those outlines on the second section of the book. The section I titled: building your foundation. I was able to get three chapters outlined before writing this post. In the future I will have more time to focus on writing. I did have one accomplishment with the book. I finally stopped doing outlines and began writing the first rough draft. I know that if I don’t start the process of actually putting the chapters together, my desire to write “Rock Bottom: Rise from the ashes. Rejuvenate your life.” will sit by idly.

I started the rough draft last night but wasn’t able to put that much time into as I liked. Progress is still progress. No matter how small. Since I am unable to share an excerpt with you I thought that it would only be fair to at least give you some detail into what the book is going to entail.

Rock Bottom: Rise from the ashes. Rejuvenate your life. is going to be about how to get out of rock bottom for your life and how it is actually a positive to hit that low point.

Part 1 is going to be about getting to know yourself and the world around you. It describes how the world can be a cruel teacher. How influences in your daily life shape who you are at this very moment. Getting yourself to the moment of now. An in-depth questionnaire to allow you to get to know you at your very core. Finding intangible assets to help you get more out of life. And finally how you can begin to rise out from the depths.

Parts 2 and 3 have not be completed to the point that I can give you a concise description of them. When the time is right I will share with you parts 2 and 3 for the book.


So getting back to the blog aspect. I have been putting the majority of my time and efforts in the past week to bring you the best quality content that I possibly can. I’ve been continuously writing posts, scheduling them and trying to find new ways that I can give you valuable content that can help you live a better life.

I have to admit. I’ve fallen in love with blogging. There is a certain peace about it. It allows me to experiment with ideas for the book and also helps me improve my writing on a daily basis.

So I’m going have some cool stuff I’m going to be sharing with you in the coming weeks and months for this blog. I will post these neat things as soon as they become available. Along with the scheduled blogging calendar, I will have some random posts throughout each week. I also have some new series ideas that I’m excited about.

I just want to say thank you to all of you who have supported this blog in one way or another. You’re awesome!

Simple Pen And Paper

We live in a digital world. Everything is online. A treasure trove of information at our very fingertips. Countless words typed on keyboards. Even something as simple as a grocery list is just a press away on a phone. Everything is done at an ultrasonic speed.

Whatever happened to pen and paper? Is it a dying art? As I write this post my rough draft was written on a sheet of paper. I know what you’re thinking. Why would you handwrite something just to have to type it out again? It’s simple. Because it eliminates all of the distractions from the online world. Social Media is just a click away. Random web surfing, watching videos, and listening to music. They are all distractions. Pen and paper doesn’t have that.

Handwriting something makes it a more personal affair. As if I am writing to a close friend or a loved one. That’s the way I want to convey my posts to you. Personalization in writing to me feels like it’s dying out. Instead it is portrayed for the masses for the sake of exposure.

For me nothing beats simple pen and paper for crystalizing my ideas, thoughts, feelings, and philosophies. It allows my imagination to run wild. Sure I have to rewrite it for a blog post or a chapter of my book but it gives me a sense of peace putting pen to paper. I write left-handed. No the ink doesn’t smear every time I write something. Is my handwriting immaculate? I don’t think so but I’m the only person that has to read it.



Do you still handwrite things? If so what things do you prefer to handwrite? Are you a left-handed or a right-handed writer?

The Dreaded Writer’s Block

We’ve all had it at one point or another. It is the battle with a blank computer screen or a blank piece of paper. You sit down to write and your mind becomes a void. The words are not coming to you. No matter how hard you try nothing seems to get the process flowing.

It happens to the best of us. Whether you write for a living or write for leisure, writer’s block is the dreaded plague that let’s time tick away. Nothing to show for that lost time. Writing is inspiration and sometimes inspiration fades away in a flash.

Sometimes it strikes in the beginning, before a word is ever typed. Sometimes it happens after a few short sentences. When all those ideas have withered away to never return. Locked in purgatory to which you can’t get the key. Even worse it may come at the end. A message that starts with a roar and ends with a whimper.

That is the battle we face. A foe that we cannot see. One who will beat us more times than not. For this foe knows our very soul. You’ve met, every single day of your life, in every waking moment. Do you know who I am talking about? It is what gives you the creativity to inscribe symbolled masterpieces. To gain the imagination of the reader. It’s your mind.

Writer’s block is an occurrence within the mind. It is life’s test in the willpower of writer’s. As a painter stares at a blank canvas or a sculptor stares at a piece of stone. As the entrepreneur envisions a business or an architect the blueprints. All road blocks occur within the mind. No matter what endeavor, each has a curse.

For writer’s it is a lack of words. There is no cure. You may search for inspiration from literature, prompts, blogs, and previous works. Until your eyes are bloodshot from artificial light and your brain is turned mad from watching the hours tick by. All you can do is walk away.

Don’t dwell. Don’t curse. Don’t feel discouraged. Forget about it for a bit. Take a walk, exercise, run some errands. Whatever it takes to get away. Then come back and try again, and again and again.

The words will eventually come to you.


What do you do when you have writer’s block?

Journey of an Author #1 Introduction

Hi everyone!

I’m excited to start this series. As I mentioned vaguely in previous posts my ultimate goal for writing is to become a published author. It is a dream of mine that I’ve had for over the past 5 years. It’s been an on and off experience in writing it. But I’ve made the decision to make it a priority in my life.

Rewind 5 years ago, I was getting ready to quit the job I had at the time to start my own business. I took a week off before and had the idea for the book. The little spare time that I had I would write down some bullet points or a few paragraphs. Time was limited. I was talking to VC firms trying to gain funding, looking at properties and a million other things involved with starting a business. But that is another story.

Fast forward to about two months ago. I realized that something in my life was lacking. Expression. I had gotten so caught up with the tasks of my business life that I wasn’t giving myself a balance in my life. I’m a workaholic to put it lightly, if I want something I make it happen. But that same attitude created a void that made me not feel a deep sense of fulfillment. Something that every person desires.

I was going through some filing cabinets that I had, cleaning out years worth of notes, documents and various notebooks that I had (I handwrite almost everything). There it was the notebook of my book notes that I had. I put it on my desk with the thought of getting back to after all of these years. It didn’t happen.

It wasn’t until I read Finding your passion that I realized how much I missed writing in the creative sense. After finishing the book I decided then I would make the time to finally write my book.

Originally I named the book, Keep Breathing: Going from rock bottom to living your wildest dreams. After looking over some of the notes and a lot of brainstorming I realized that I couldn’t fit everything I wanted into one book. It would be way too long. So I decided to break it up into three separate books.

I’m going to make it a series. Keep breathing series. Why keep breathing because if you’re still breathing there is still hope for you to live a better life. These are going to be self-help books. It is my favorite genre and reading self-help has made a massive transformation in my life.

Right now I am working on the first book in the series. Want to know the title of it?

Rock Bottom: Rise From The Ashes. Rejuvenate Your Life

The book is about how you can rise from the depths of rock bottom and turn the tide of your life.

Why am I writing something like this? Because so many individuals fall to the pits of their own rock bottom and unfortunately some stay there for the remainder of their lives. It is a crying shame of humanity. So much wasted potential, dreams left to die, and happiness that was never brought to light.

Right now I am in the first rough draft of writing the book (yes I do hand write it). Later this week I will begin typing up the first section of the book. I will share excerpts of it during this journey of the author series. I thought that writing a book was going to be easy. But upon further research it does have a lot to it. Marketing, choosing the right book cover, formatting, editing, etc… I will learn as I go and share with you anything I find of value for any of you aspiring authors out there.

My plan for Rock Bottom is to have it published sometime in early 2020. I will keep you posted on that when I get closer to completion. As with anything in life it is a journey and I want to share my experiences with you.

So You Want To Be A Writer?

If it doesn’t come bursting out of you in spite of everything,

don’t do it.

Unless it comes unmasked out of your heart and your mind and your mouth and your gut,

don’t do it.

If you have to sit for hours staring at your computer screen or hunched over your typewriter searching for words,

don’t do it.

If you’re doing it for money or fame,

don’t do it.

If you’re doing it because you want women in your bed,

don’t do it.

If you have to sit there and rewrite it again and again,

don’t do it.

If it’s hard work just thinking about doing it,

don’t do it.

If you’re trying to write like somebody else,

forget about it.

If you have to wait for it to roar out of you,

then wait patiently

if it never does roar out of you,

do something else.


If you have to read it to your wife or your girlfriend or your boyfriend or your parents or to anybody at all,

you’re not ready.


Don’t be like so many writers,

don’t be like so many thousands of people who call themselves writers,

don’t be dull or boring and pretentious,

don’t be consumed with self-love.

The libraries of the world have yawned themselves to sleep over your kind.

Don’t add to that.

Don’t do it.

Unless it comes out of your soul like a rocket,

unless being still would drive you to madness or suicide or murder,

don’t do it.

Unless the sun inside you is burning your gut,

don’t do it.


When it is truly time,

and you have been chosen,

you will do it by itself and keep on doing it until you die or it dies within you.


There is no other way


And there never was

Charles Bukowski

Isn’t this the truth when it comes to writing? It isn’t about the money or fame, it is about the small voice inside that is burning to have a story told to the world. It is about expression and finding our voice for the story to be told.

Do I agree with everything this poem has to say? No. But the essence of it resonates with me as a writer. Writing isn’t a simple task even though others might think that. It is just like any endeavor that one takes on. It is filled with good days and bad, obstacles that have to be overcome and a persistent drive to never surrender.

It is a battle with the greatest foe of all, the mind. Where creativity, knowledge and expression come into one place, through the written word. Through countless defeats and persistent effort one may find their voice, the most coveted aim of them all. For that voice will reverberate with the reader and imprint into the soul.

Upcoming Content

Hey everyone!

I thought that I would take a moment and share with you some of the upcoming content that I have planned for the blog. When I started this blog my posts were randomized with various subjects on helping you live a better life. For me the posts seemed a little too unfocused.

My goal every single time I post something new is to give you my absolute best as a writer. Something that I’m still improving on. Also I want to give you valuable insight into living your best life possible. I personally felt that I wasn’t doing my best in delivering these two points.

I’ve been working on a blogging calendar and I thought that I would share it with you so that you could see what content will be posted on what days. Each day will be something different and each day will be part of a series that will be on a given day. I feel that this will not only help me as a writer but also give you more value on how to live a better life.

Here is a preview of what’s to come:

  • Monday: Question of the week
  • Tuesday: Rock Bottom Series
  • Wednesday: Journey of a self-help author
  • Thursday: Finding your purpose series
  • Friday: Poetry or creative writing
  • Saturday: Book review or topic of choice
  • Sunday: Fireside Chats

I’ll explain these in a bit more detail.

Question of the week: I will post a question that will aid you in getting to know yourself on a deeper level. The more you know about yourself the more you will find strengths, weaknesses, hidden talents and new insights that you may not have known previously. The key is to really think about it and answer honestly. You will only improve from getting to know yourself.

Rock Bottom Series: I will post topics about rock bottom. Rock bottom meaning that you are at a low point in your life, are unhappy or want more out of life than you currently possess. We learn more about ourselves in the down times than the heights of success. My goal is to help you find that guiding light that will get you out of the depths of darkness. Where there is a negative, a positive can be found. You just have to be strong and search for it.

Journey of a Self-Help Author: My ultimate goal is to publish my book. Here I will give you weekly insights into my book, progress being made and things that I’ve learned along the way.

Finding Your Purpose Series: We all want to find our purpose in life. Our purpose is the reason why we are put on this earth. Once its found, it gives us a deep sense of fulfillment for our lives. My goal is to help you find your purpose in life.

Poetry or Creative Writing: This is a way for me to express myself outside of my conventional posts. I would like to share this with you. I feel that it is good to change things up to continue to improve upon writing. The prompts will be totally random and I would love for you to give me prompts for future posts.

Book Review or topic of choice: I’m not just a writer. I’m also an avid reader. My favorite genre? You’ll never guess. Self-help literature. Here I will share with you some of the books that have changed my life and made me who I am today. Hopefully they may help you as well. Also I will talk about any new books that I am reading or any book that may be of value to you. If I’m not writing a book review I will be posting a topic of choice that I feel would give you some value to your life.

Fireside Chats: Since the week is coming to an end I want to have a sit-down with you the reader. These will be talks on various subjects that will give you insights and motivation for the upcoming week. This is a more personalized post as if I am talking with a dear friend.

I will be posting a couple inspirational/motivational quotes throughout the week. I love quotes. Who doesn’t?

I will also be making different posts for topics that I can about. So you might have 2 posts a day. The reason for this is so you the reader can gain more motivation and knowledge to help you live your best life. Also to help you rejuvenate your imagination in creative ways.

Now I am going to be completely honest with you. For now this schedule is set in stone but may change if I feel it is necessary. I want to give you something to look forward to every day. My hope is that you will gain valuable knowledge and insight into who you are and how you can live your best life.

Thank you for supporting this blog in one way or another. You’re awesome!

One Month Later

I wasn’t sure if I actually wanted to write this post. But here it goes. I want to give this post a more personal touch. I started this blog one month ago with the thought of not having anyone actually look at my blog posts. I knew nothing about blogging and had no experience in working with WordPress on designing a site.

Here I am one month later already. Time really does just fly by. I have to say that it has been a great experience. I want to express my deepest gratitude for all of you who have interacted with my posts in one way or another. What this blog has achieved is beyond what I thought was possible in a month.

The reason that I started this blog was to shake off the cobwebs and get back to writing on a regular basis. With the ultimate goal of finally writing my book that I’ve been working on for the past 5 years here and there. I will be posting stuff about the book as it is written.

I’m still trying to develop and hone my skills as a writer but I’m loving every minute of getting back to it. Most importantly I’m still trying to find my voice as a writer. Experience is truly the best teacher. I have many plans for what I want to do with this blog. All of them will be unveiled at a proper time. The most important thing is that I want to give you my best with every post.

I’ve still got a long way to go but as with anything in life it’s a journey. One that must be taken one step at a time and one day at a time. Along my journey so far I’ve interacted with a lot of amazing bloggers and have found many blogs that I absolutely love.

I look forward to what the next coming months have in store for not only my blog but what people and stories I will discover along the way. The secret to living is giving and I promise you to give my best and continue to improve as a writer, giving you the reader something of value. Thank you again for your support and feedback.

Don’t You Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,

Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.


Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,

And many a failure turns about,

When he might have won if he stuck it out.

Don’t give up, though the pace seems slow-

You may succeed with another blow.


Often the goal is nearer than

It seems to a faint and faltering man;

Often the struggler has given up

When he might have captured the victor’s cup,

And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,

How close he was to the golden crown.


Success is failure turned inside out-

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,

And you can never tell how close you are-

It may be near when it seems afar;

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit-

It’s when things seem worst that you mustn’t quit.

-John Greenleaf Whittier

When tough times have us down or when life seems hopeless, one more step is all it might take to change the tide. Whatever it may be that we are going through we must keep moving forward. We must have faith that our lives can be better than our current situations or circumstances.

“Success is failure turned inside out”. We can’t be afraid of failure because in reality failure only exists on one condition. If you quit. The other failures that you may perceive are only temporary defeats. If you keep going you will achieve success in any endeavor that you may choose.

Those down times that you have are learning experiences. The trials, tribulations, adversities, heartbreaks and defeats teach us more about life than our successes. Embrace the experiences. Find some value in these times because they will give you something to change the tide. The one thing you can’t do is quit.

It is when you are hardest hit that you mustn’t quit because at that moment if you try one more time, it could be the success you have been seeking for your life.

So don’t give up. Take one more step regardless of your pain. On the other side is a life of your dreams and if you are still breathing there still is hope for your future. I believe that you can take one more step. I believe that you can have what you desire for your life.

What impression did this poem have on you? I would love to hear your feedback on what this poem means to you.

Abundance

Abundance is a mindset that is a goldmine that never depletes is resources. That is just what abundance is. A mindset. We can either focus on what we have or what we lack. Focus is the key word. For what we focus on we manifest within the realities of our lives.

Take a few minutes and think about what you are focusing on. Are your thoughts of abundance or of lack? You may not have everything that you want in your life. That’s fine because the future always has something in store for us. It’s our attitude towards the things we do not have that determines the mindset of abundance.

  • Do you have faith in receiving the thing that you desire?
  • Are you actively working towards attaining this thing?
  • Are you expressing gratitude for this thing as if you already received it?
  • Are your thoughts positive or negative?

Answer these questions truthfully for yourself. They will provide insight on whether you have an abundant or scarcity mindset. If you have the latter mindset then know one thing. You can change that about yourself. You just need to change your thoughts.

Easier said then done right? It doesn’t have to be a rapid change overnight. But you can make a simple decision to change right now and take the first small step in the right direction. Let’s say this affirmation for ourselves.

I live in a plentiful world. Abundance is everywhere around me and inside of me. I believe that life will provide me with everything I desire and I shall live abundantly in all aspects of my life

Really FEEL the abundance as you say those words to yourself. Begin the process of slowly changing your thoughts from that of scarcity to abundance. Do it enthusiastically because your future depends on it. We live in an abundant world. It’s time for you to give and receive in this world because this world has more than enough for all.