Discipline & Accomplishment

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Reading the above quote, I was immediately thinking about how disciplined I am; and how disciplined I would like to be.

Me working in a full-time job, of course, I would love to have more time to write. Not that I never take time to. It often seems to me that I barely do anything else in my time outside the office, except working on one of my books. Either I write, or I type one of my drafts into the computer, or I edit, or I work on a copyright, a cover, or anything else that has to do with either writing or blogging.

There were so many days (and nights) I found myself in front of my computer at 2 am and realizing that I should have gone to bed three hours ago considering I have to get up and go to work sometime between 7 and 8 am.

Of course, when I get home, I have to provide myself and the cats with dinner, play with them, maybe have to clean at home, do laundry or get something else done that needs to be done in my daily life.

Occasionally there is just simply no time to do any writing or blogging. On a day like this, I find myself in bed, feeling guilty about neglecting my writing, pushing my passion and obsession to the very end of my ‘to-do’-list.

These are the days I feel I’m not disciplined enough to follow up and do whatever I can to reach my goal.

To this day I have no idea what more I can do to be more disciplined. A plan? A different ‘to-do’-list? I’ve tried it all. In the end, I just had to see: my priorities are set right. But once in a while, daily life needs more attention than expected. And no matter how much I love being a writer. I still need to have a home, pay my bills and get food on the table.

Sometimes I’m asking myself, what more can I do? And I wish I’d be wiser…


When I lately read this quote, I expected this quote to root in the wisdom of a successful and experienced man. And I was right. That’s why I tried to find out more about this man’s life.

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Emanuel James “Jim” Rohn (September 17, 1930 – December 5, 2009) was an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker.

Emanuel James “Jim” Rohn was born in Yakima, Washington, to Emanuel and Clara Rohn. The Rohns owned and worked a farm in Caldwell, Idaho, where Jim grew up as an only child.

Rohn left college after just one year and started his professional life by working as a human resource manager for department store Sears. From there he worked through different industries until the early 1960s when Rohn was invited to speak at a meeting of his Rotary Club. He accepted and, soon, others began asking him to speak at various luncheons and other events. In 1963 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, he gave his first public seminar. He then began presenting seminars all over the country, telling his story and teaching his personal development philosophy.

He presented seminars worldwide for more than 40 years. Rohn also coauthored the novel Twelve Pillars with Chris Widener.

Rohn was the recipient of the 1985 National Speakers Association CPAE Award for excellence in speaking. He is also the author of 17 different written, audio, and video media.

Jim Rohn died of pulmonary fibrosis on December 5, 2009. He is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. (Source: Wikipedia.com)

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Blog Post Resume

After some more than three years of ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest,’ I got curious. I have, of course, shared the most remarkable highlights with all of you. For example my three year blogging anniversary, my 1,000th blog post or my 1,000th follower.

What had me curious this time was, which of my blog posts were the most successful.
It was a surprising list, I admit.

1. (unknown or deleted) This was a poem I once wrote for my ex-boyfriend. Since he didn’t deserve it, I decided to delete it from my blog.
2. How to describe the perfect kissing scene
3. Analogies and Metaphors
4. Romance, Seduction, Taste – A Sexy Male Protagonist
5. 1st Halloween-Poem Contest
6. Fairy Tales reloaded – PG16
7. BOAW – Blog Fest 2016: Beauty changes during the time
8. How to promote on “Writer’s Treasure Chest.”
9. How to find a title for your book
10. Winter Wonderland
11. Author Spotlight – Renee Schuls-Jacobson
12. Featured Author – Interview – The return of Darlene Foster
13. How to start your own Author Newsletter
14. Author Marketing Support 2017 – here on Writer’s Treasure Chest
15. BOAW – Blog Fest – Girl Boner Entry – PG-18

I’m very proud that the list of these 15 most successful blog posts on my blog is a healthy mix of different posts I wrote through the time.

It contains a couple of poems, a few posts about writing and book marketing, Author Spotlights and the posts I wrote for August McLaughlin’s ‘Beauty of a Woman’s Blogfest.’

To me, this tells me, that every post on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’ was worth the time and efforts, the thoughts, the worries and the smiles invested.

Thank you all for being part of my blogging adventure.

 

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Book Marketing: 5 Ways To Spice Up Your Amazon Book Pages – by Chrys Fey…

On The Story Reading Ape’s blog I found a post, written by Joanna Penn and Chrys Fey about how to spice up your amazon book pages. Thanks so much, Chris, Chrys, and Joanna.

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on The Creative Penn:

Intro by Joanna Penn:

There are many ways to market your books, but most marketing will drive readers to your sales page on the online bookstores, and there are ways you can improve it so they stick around and buy.

In today’s article, Chrys Fey outlines how you can improve your Amazon book sales page.

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Finding The Best Grammar Checker To Correct Your Writing – written by Derek Haines

 

My search for the best grammar checker I could find

No matter what you write, you always need to check your text.

However, it is not as simple as thinking that a quick spell check in Microsoft Word is going to result in error-free writing.

Whether you are an author, content writer, blogger or social media marketer, writing errors are a fact of life. That’s why we have editors and proofreaders, but they are not available for everything we write.

We all live and work online so much now that our writing accuracy is challenged whenever we sit down at a keyboard. That’s why we all use an online grammar check in some form from time to time.

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What Not To Do When Reviewing

The Stubborn Australian tells us what to avoid when reviewing. Thank you very much for this post.

The Stubborn Australian

Everyone is a critic, smashing out reviews left right and centre. Is there a problem with this? Not all the time. In fact, there are plenty of critiques that are what the author, creator or artist need to continue improving upon themselves. Whether or not the review is negative or positive, we are able to learn. Sure we have seen those who refuse to comment on something they had read because they feel that it didn’t make their three-star guidelines. But even if you didn’t enjoy the work produced, would a little tip cause you to go astray?

So here a few pointers on how best to review a person’s blood, sweat and tears.

1. Don’t be the grammar police

Not everyone in the writing world passed English at school, nor did they receive a masters in communication at a university. So with that everyone is prone to making some…

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People like you never get published? A major literay agency is trying to do something about it…

Thank you very much for this information, Bridget Whelan

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building abstractLiterary agency David Higham Associates is to host an open day for writers who don’t have an an agent and come from underrepresented backgrounds – that includes LGBTQ+ writers, BAME, those from working-class backgrounds and from ethnic, cultural and religious minorities, along with people with disabilities. It doesn’t actually say so on the press release, but I think the definition also embraces older writers.

The day will offer 10 writers the opportunity to meet with industry experts and to receive tailored feedback on their work.

Intended to be a bi-annual event, the inaugural DHA Open Day will take place on Thursday 13th December 2018 at the agency’s offices in Soho and will focus on fiction-writing for adults. It will also feature talks and Q&As with agents and publishers, one-to-one sessions to provide tailored feedback on current writing projects and a drinks reception.

DHA’s second Open Day will take place in 2019 and will focus…

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