“People who are good at self-control … seem to be structuring their lives in a way to avoid having to make a self-control decision in the first place.”—psychologist Brian Galla, quoted by Brian Resnick in the article Why willpower is overrated.
From the same article:
“Structuring your life is a skill. People who do the same activity, like running or meditating, at the same time each day have an easier time accomplishing their goals, he says — not because of their willpower, but because the routine makes it easier.”
Willpower gets used up and simply cannot be used until it is replenished.
Habits, once established, require no willpower.
I’m planning more articles on developing the writing habit. In the meantime here are some I’ve already written:
This is an area where knowing your specific struggles will help be research the best advice to share.
Where do you struggle to create the habit of writing?
My friend, sometime lyricist, and most excellent editor Tom Bentley has finally released a book on writing.
Think Like a Writer: How to Write the Stories You See is both practical and entertaining. Much like its author, come to think of it.
I’ll let Tom tell you about it:
… more … “Think Like a Writer (You Want This Book)”
Catherine Ryan Howard taught me how to do a Goodreads giveaway, among other things. Wanna know what she can teach you? Here’s a single Q&A with Catherine, and down below, the scoop on the latest edition of her book Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing.
- I asked: Is there any specific data on the ROI for freebies? I’m curious about data like “100 copies given away results in 13 reviews and 3 copies sold” or some such nonsense. Separated by fiction and nonfiction. Also, what’s your opinion on whether such data would have any practical value?
… more … “Catherine, Caffeinated: Self-Printed 3.0”
Into the Fog, the sequel to my very first mystery Through the Fog, will be ready before the end of summer. Yeah, that’s only 3 weeks away.
Watch for preordering and other info at my personal website.
Drip. Drip. Drip.
Water wears away stone by constancy, not power, not volume.
Marketing with a long vision will serve you better than looking for short-term sales.
Every day, do one thing to market yourself as an author, or to learn more about successful marketing. Here are 20 ideas to get you started: … more … “Do One Thing”
No one door opens and closes properly. Some do one or the other quite nicely. Some do neither.
The front door technically opens and closes just fine, but since we don’t have a key for it, well, there’s that. The screen door (no longer a storm door because half of the glass is missing) has to be kicked open and closed, which we wouldn’t except the mailbox is hanging right there beside it.
The nice solid pine doors on the coat closet, which match the solid pine walls in the dining room/office, open just fine, but neither will really close. … more … “Doors (Excerpt from an Unpublished Work)”
Author and entrepreneur Bernadette Jiwa asks 30 questions you should be able to answer as an entrepreneur.
Because if you’re selling books, you’re an entrepreneur.
Below is an excerpt from one of my unpublished works, The Village Id — my homage to P. G. Wodehouse.
Every village has a character. I don’t mean the village idiot. I mean a personality, a feel that’s obvious to visitors, yet invisible to residents.
Come to think of it, every village has a character in the other sense. Not necessarily an idiot. That would hardly be polite, and rarely truthful.
No, a character: the odd man out, the one whose character isn’t totally aligned with the village’s.
In Iddington village that would be me: I’m the only sane person there.
… more … “The Village Id – Excerpt from an Unpublished Work”
It’s the last day of 2013 and it’s been Someday Box’s best year! Here are some of the things we accomplished this year.
- Helped half a dozen authors determine why they should write a book, what specifically that book should be about, who it should be written for, and how to make it happen by means of a Pathfinding Session and Road Map
- Coached two clients to get their books written
- Assisted three new clients get their books published in 2013
It was especially exciting to have two clients publish their books within just a couple of weeks of each other. Were we ever busy! You’ll want to check out each of their books.
First up was Simon Forder who published … more … “Year-End Wrap Up and 3 New Published Clients”
I’ve known Phil for some time. His intense love for his family sometimes outshines the fact that he is a brilliant marketer and incredible teacher.
My first book started writing itself the day a local childcare owner asked me, “Phil, I shop a lot, and I have to say, your store has the best customer service I’ve ever encountered. What is your secret?”
The short answer was simple. I hire good people.
She pressed me further. “Can you do a presentation to our Child Care Association about it?”
Now I needed a longer answer. Fortunately, the answer was there and pretty soon I had a presentation and the outline for a book.
The funny thing is that I never set out to write a book. I think the book had a life of its own, born when the question was asked. At least a dozen times throughout the process I wondered what made me think I was capable of writing a book. Mostly I ignored that thought and kept writing. After all, I was just answering a question.
Your business has the answer to a question, too. There is something you do better than most other businesses. You have a philosophy, a reason, a method for why you do what you do and how it makes your business better. It may be one of your own design, or one you stole from someone else, or one you pieced together from several sources. Someone has probably already asked you why or how you do what you do.
You just have to start writing it down.
My second book started the same way – with a question.
… more … “What Question Can You Answer Best? (Guest Post by Phil Wrzesinski )”