Tag: writing a book

Journey of the Author #5: I'm Torn

So it’s been a while since I have done one of these posts. The unfortunate part of this is that I really have nothing new to give to you. These past few weeks have been hectic and I really haven’t had the time to either write my book or even keep to my blogging schedule on a consistent basis. Life has a funny way of throwing a curve ball your way and messing up any set schedule. But I’m not writing this to discuss that. I want to give you an update on what’s going on with my book.

As you may or may not know part of the reason for me creating this blog is to hone in on my writing skills to help me with writing my book. The last time I gave an update I shared an excerpt from my work in progress. I hate to admit it but it’s been over a month since I’ve worked on Rock Bottom: Rise from the ashes. Rejuvenate your life. After I finished the fourth chapter I felt like this work wasn’t going to convey I message I want it to.

The reason that this post is titled “I’m torn” is because I thought of another idea for a book. If you have ever had the creative spark in your life you know the feeling. When an idea comes out of thin air and compels you to work on it. That is just what happened. I had an idea for an inspirational fiction story and wrote like hell to create characters and a plot for it.

Now most of this writing occurred in a notebook, brainstorming all the ideas that I had in my head. It can be truly amazing in the moment of writing where everything just flows and ideas come at a seemingly endless pace. I haven’t gotten to writing a rough draft for this story and that is why I am torn. I don’t know whether to continue with my first book or to start with this new idea.

Something inside of me is telling me to write this new work. It is an urge of a story that has to be told. I also know that if I continue to ponder over this for too much longer then neither story will be written. Time is something that cannot be wasted.

Hopefully in the next week I will be back on schedule with the blog and will be posting on a more regular basis. I also hope to start writing this book soon as well.

The Million Other Things Involved with Writing a Book

As you all know, I’m currently in the process of writing my first book. The title of it is Rock Bottom: Rise from the Ashes. Rejuvenate your life. After spending some time doing some research about writing and publishing a book. I realized that there is a lot more to writing a book than at first glance.

It’s not just about writing a book then calling it a day. The process is a lot more involved than that. Besides creating content, editing and formatting your finished work. That’s just the beginning.

Okay so maybe there isn’t a million different things but there is more than meets the eye. The first main point is publishing. Whether to go the traditional route or self publish your book.

Traditional publishing entails you going to a publisher or publishing house with your book. They do all of the work for you in terms of marketing, printing, etc… In return you sign a contract with that publisher, essentially giving away the rights to your book. You are paid a royalty for your book sales.

Self publishing is where you are the publisher for your book. A popular way of doing this is using Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) program. There you can upload your book for free. Amazon takes a royalty for each sale, depending on the price of your book. You keep the rights to your book.

I plan on going the self published route when I finish my book. When going the self published route, you are going to be in charge of everything else that comes with publishing a book. Mostly marketing your book.

In the digital age we live in it is crucial to have an online presence as an upcoming author. This is all about promoting your book and building a community with your readers. Having social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to name a few. Joining groups and conversations as well as giving potential readers insights into your book.

Marketing doesn’t stop with just social media.

It also helps to start a blog. Giving your readers a place to go to learn more about you and your book. This doesn’t mean that you have to post something everyday. Once a week can be sufficient. Make your blog an extension of your book. Giving your readers value and having them fall in love with your work.

Going back to amazon, it is important that you price your book right. Price it too high and no one will buy your book. Take the time to look at the prices of other books in your genre. It is also about having the proper keyword strings for your book so that people can find your book on amazon. Creating a great book description that will entice people to buy. Creating an author page on amazon so that potential buyers can learn more about you. Getting those who read your book to write thoughtful reviews to boost visibility.

Advertising and giveaways are other avenues when it comes to promoting your book. Using Facebook ads or amazon to promote your book so that more people will see it. For giveaways, Goodreads allows you to have a giveaway for your book. It is a great way to get more people interested.

So this may not be a million things but writing a book does have a lot to it. Especially when doing a self published book.

Hopefully this does not deter you from writing that book. There are options you can have for aspects you find less appealing. Hiring a professional for your book cover or having someone write out your book description on amazon. Or any of the marketing aspect. It might cost some money but if you don’t have the time it will help you.

Happy Writing! I hope that your book becomes a bestseller!

Journey of the Author #4: First Excerpt

So this past week I haven’t really been able to get to writing my book as much as I wanted. It was a hard week for me sticking to my writing goal of 500 words per day towards the book.

I’ve finished the second chapter of the book titled: Influences and how they shape you. Now I’m onto the third chapter titled: The moment of now. I’m going to be sharing with you the introduction to the third chapter.

Take a moment to forget about everything that has happened to you in the past. All the trials, tribulations, heartbreaks and defeats. Forget about them for a few moments. Let’s take the next few minutes to think about the moment of now. For it is the only moment in time that truly matters. 

Take a deep breath. Exhale. Your breathing and that is a miracle in itself. Place your hand over your chest. Your heart is beating isn’t it? Count that as another miracle for your life. You’re alive. Everything that has happened to you in your past, you’ve survived and are still here. You’ve weathered the storms of life. Take a moment to rejoice, it is a victory for your life. Possibly the first victory you’ve ever had. Today is the first day of your new life. 

    Savor this moment, for it will be the turning point in your life. You still have time left on this earth. You’ve accomplished miracles by surviving what you have been through in your past. This isn’t about just surviving anymore. It’s time that you start thriving. Be at peace with yourself knowing that you are going to have a brighter future. The past is done and over with. It’s time to move on to better things.

From my book Rock Bottom: Rise From The Ashes. Rejuvenate Your Life

So allow me to explain this excerpt in a bit more detail. The first two chapters of the book describe how someone may have hit rock bottom in their lives. From how they view the world to the effect that influences have upon them.

Those two chapters are not happy and cheerful. Because rock bottom is not a pretty place. It is the lowest of lows that you can reach in your life. The first two chapters give a better understanding to how we can be shaped by the world around us. It is about starting to build an awareness towards the negatives that have been ingrained into your daily life.

In the chapter: The moment of now a time shift occurs from thinking about the past to the present moment in your life. To come to the realization that even though you’ve been through hell, you’re still here standing today. That there is hope for you to change the course of your life.

In the moment of now, you will understand that the only time that matters is now. The past is gone and the future has not yet arrived. That the best time to start the climb out of rock bottom is today. To not delay and to start making the changes necessary to begin to live a better life.



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!