Day 2993 – I’m Not Hungover Today!

Last night, I was chatting with Bret about my alcoholism memoir. We were talking about a time when I was so drunk I didn’t notice something I should have. I mentioned how much I love not having the “morning after” conversations with him anymore. Oh there were so many of those mornings. So many times I would tell Bret I quit for good, when it was just something to say to diffuse the situation. As we were talking, I just threw my hands up in the air and I said I’m not hungover today! I love being sober!

I never want to get over the wonder of this fact. I never want to take it for granted that I was completely transformed. I never want to forget how much I’ve grown.

And thanks to YOU, yes YOU dear reader. If it wasn’t for you being interested in my alcoholism stories, I would never have thought to write a memoir about my alcoholism and sobriety. It has been a great process so far.

What is something you take for granted you can be thankful for today?

I was sooooo intoxicated in this photo…..though, I’ll make that face stone sober. 😀

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Day 2983 – The Power Of Consistency

I love checklists, especially since I started highlighting my progress instead of marking. There are lots of methods to encourage growth. Some things motivate better than others. For three areas of my life, checklists have had a great impact. The first is flossing. I have flossed every day, except two days, for almost a year. Since Bret’s last dentist appointment, he hasn’t missed a day either.

The other checklist I have is for working out and for writing. I haven’t been as consistent as I would like, but the last seven days have been successful, I only missed the weekend last week, and did a full week the week before. While I’m doing short workouts and only about 5-15 minutes for my writing sessions, I’m making forward progress.

What helps you to be consistent?

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Day 2973 – We Love Memoirs Day!

Ah, I love fun days. (If you want to find your own fun days, this is where I find most of mine.) I was excited to post about this day because of my alcoholism/sobriety memoir. In some ways, writing my first book was like writing a memoir. My first few drafts were much more about me and it changed into a devotional with a dash of my stories. The process of writing this book is a lot like the business book. Oy, not fun. But, I know I will feel much more accomplished after finishing it, even if it takes a while to write. And much like my goal of success for the business book, my goal for the alcoholism memoir is the same – that one person is changed because of what they read. So, I want a quality book versus just getting another book on the market.

I want to take a minute to give a shout out to a memoir that in some ways changed my life, On Writing by Stephen King.* I would have been about 19 or 20 when I read this book. I had a wonderful experience reading it on vacation and found myself wanting to write. I didn’t do a good job of writing once I returned home – ha, I was a life lesson in not applying what you learn right away! But that book has stuck with me over the years.

Have you written a memoir? Do you want to write one? What’s your favorite memoir? Let me know below!

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Day 2938 – What I Wish I Knew About Writing A Book When I Started

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a writer. I wrote a few stories, a bunch of poems, and journaled a lot. I’m so thankful that my younger self kept a journal like she did. It let’s me look back, and know where I’ve come from and how much I’ve changed. It wasn’t until I was grown that I knew I had to write a book. It took me SO long to write my first book.

I think most people have a book in them. I think that YOU have something to say. So what do I wish I knew? Here’s a few things, and hopefully, they will help you as you start (and FINISH) your book.

– You will start from scratch several times. That first time that you have to start from scratch is really difficult. It feels like you’ve wasted all this time, but it is needed in the process.

– Just write. Getting anything down on paper is a good exercise.

– You will think you’re done, but you are far from it. (Rinse and repeat this one)

– You will print out many, many drafts of your book.

– You need to love the editing process. You need to love ensuring that your words are having their desired impact.

– There are smarter people than you, use them. I’m SO glad I hired editors for my books. It brought my books to another level, and made them much more helpful.

– Reading continually will help you as a writer. I’ve gotten some great ideas, and received inspiration through the books I’ve read.

– Have a music playlist at the ready for your writing time. Classical music or soundtracks are my go to for this. In particular, I listen to a playlist of 40 cello classics.

– Have a set place you write, or at least a routine. It really helps to get your brain into writing mode.

– Don’t hold your words too tightly. You might think they’re beautiful and perfect, but they might not be clear. It helps to read your words out loud.

– Enjoy the whole process. Once you learn it, you won’t freak out when you have to start over, when you have to have your words chopped up, when you want to throw in the towel….again.

– And above all – keep writing.

When can I read YOUR book?

How do you like my editing pen?

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Day 2888 – Look What Came In The Mail Yesterday!

I submitted my book to Amazon on Tuesday, it was approved and I ordered a physical copy for myself. I paid the “get it to me as fast as humanly possible” fee, and dudes, it came yesterday! It is crazy to me that you can put a book on Amazon and have it the next day. I even had a little hiccup in my manuscript (put the wrong ISBN in the book) to correct. Now that I have two books to my name, I am even more adamant about encouraging people to write a book. I think that everyone has something to say, and it’s now so easy to share that with others. A big road block for some is that they think “oh, well, someone already wrote a book about that.” But here’s the thing, now one has written a book from YOUR perspective. That was the biggest encouragement I received when I attended a writing conference a few years ago. Sure, people have written about being a Christian business owner and road trip travel, but no one has talked about it from my perspective.

So go write your books my friends! Do you have an idea for a book? I’d love to know! Let me know in the comments!

And don’t forget to sign up for my contest! A $100 gas gift card is a pretty sweet start to saving for your road trip! The winner will be picked on Tuesday, June 13th!

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