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Ultimate guide to Achievements

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We all have goals that we want to achieve but usually it’s one thing or the other that stops us. In this post, I am referring to out more realistic goals.

I am going to give you the ultimate guide to achievements. If you are interested then keep reading.

I am to address three things that you will need if you want to achieve something.

A clear goal

This is probably the most important one out of the three. If you don’t have a clear goal then you would drown trying to do so much. When I was doing my A levels, we had to set SMART targets all the time. I didn’t like them but I have to admit, they really helped. It stands;

  • S – smart
  • M – measurable
  • A – achievable
  • R – realistic
  • T – time bound

All this mainly means is having a goal that is perfectly clear so that you have something to focus on and something to work towards rather than being drowned in so much.

Determination

So, after you have set a clear goal, you need to be determined if not you won’t achieve anything. For instance, when I was finishing up my novel, I had to be determined. I had a goal which was to finish and publish my book. I had to incorporate determination in order to finish up my novel.

Determination is all about putting the work in. Set a schedule for yourself, make out time to do the project. Don’t let the day just pass by, make plans to be pro-active.

Focus

Last but not the least, you need focus. It may be easy to set the goal, it may even be easy to talk yourself into sitting at that place to do the work. The real hard work comes when you actually have to focus and do it. Take studying for instance, it is easy to pack your books that you are going to the library. It is easy to take all the highlighters and pens. The hard work comes in when you have to sit there for hours and actually study.

So, what I usually suggest is that you should observe yourself to understand how long your attention span is. How long can you stay focused on a project? This is because everyone is different. Some people can stay focused for an hour or two. Some can stay focused for thirty minutes or less. You need to understand you because only then will you be able to truly be pro-active.

 

Well, I hope this has been helpful.

Have an awesome week everyone and we’ll talk soon.

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How I keep my storyline organized.

Writing a novel is not an easy task because you cannot write everything in a few days. It took me forty-nine weeks to write Hired Fiancée. I dedicated myself to writing a thousand words a week.

The hardest part about the whole thing is keeping your storyline organized. It is not supposed to be too fast or too slow. So, that is what I am going to address today.

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For instance, I may not write anything for some weeks; maybe due to writers’ block or school stuff. This takes you a step back because you have been out of contact with the story.

You don’t want a book that is extremely unrealistic (except that is what you are going for). If not, then you need a method to keep your storyline intact.

I am going to give you a few of my tips on how I accomplish that;

  • Read the previous chapters

This is maybe the most important one because you don’t want to write something that has already happened or something that doesn’t relate to the previous ones. I can read as far as ten chapters back if it would help me get back into the story. It is like understanding your characters all over again. It is like relating to the story all over again. In that moment, read it like a reader and not the writer. As a reader, you know what should happen next. And who knows, you may get a different point of view and write a better story.

  • Make notes of the things that have happened so far

I usually advice for this to be done on a separate page or a piece of paper. Writing with your hand helps you think clearer, well for me it does. But do you, so either on a paper or on a different page on your laptop or whatever you use to write. I bullet point the events that have happened so far and it helps me with what I should do next. My bullet points turn into a diagram because I try all the different options.

  • Watch movies

You may be thinking, ‘why should I watch a movie to help write a book?’ But it helps so much. Think about it like this, in a movie they have an hour and thirty minutes to make a movie seem realistic. Any good movie leaves you feeling satisfied. In that short time, if you didn’t feel like it was rushed or it was too slow then the movie was good. That is how your book should feel even though it can be longer. You don’t want the activities to drag or be too fast. I usually watch movies when I feel like my storyline is slightly disorganised.

Also, please if you have more ways of keeping your story organised then don’t hesitate to share so we can all learn.

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Road to accomplishments

The road to accomplishment is a seriously hard road and it is not for the light-minded.

What I mean is simple, if you quit things when the going gets tough then accomplishments will be far away from you. This is because in order for you to accomplish something, you have to face trials and set backs.

Anyone who has accomplished something will always tell you that you will face issues and problems that in the moment seem impossible to defeat.

The truth is, you just need to be dedicated and motivated. You need to be determined to face those battles, learn what you need and get past them.

For example, the road to me publishing my first book was a really hard one. I took a year off school ( after my A levels and before university ) and that was the time I decided to publish my work. When I made this decision, I had no idea how to go about it.

I was a virgin to the book industry. I read countless blogs, did so much research, watched videos, listened to podcasts. I made so many mistakes and I faced one too many issues but in the end, I became a published author.

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Struggles of being self published

Struggles of being self published

Hey everyone. I am a self published author and the feeling is amazing. Here is the thing that you have to realise, you have to do it if not it won’t be done.

What do I mean by it?

Very simple; marketing and publicity, formatting, cover design, and so much more. When you are self published it seems so overwhelming because there is so much you need to do. You have written a book that deserves to be out there but you don’t want to drown in all the millions of things that you have to do.

I totally get you. My first advice is that you can’t do it on your own.

Get Help

Enlist help from anyone you can. Establish relationships with bloggers, reviewers and most of all book readers. Establish meaningful relationships so that when your book comes out, you already have help. If you are on a tight bugdet, that is perfectly fine. My suggestion; pay for your cover to be designed. This is the most essential because people do judge books by their covers.

These are two covers, I paid for one and I did the other myself. If you want to break your book into the world, I usually suggest going to someone to design the cover for you. Someone who has a good reccommendation and who understands what you are trying to achieve. If you want to do this but you feel like you would spend so much money then no worries. I have a solution for you. If you go to fiverr.com, you can get a cover designed for as little as $5.

If you would like me to continue with this series, “Struggles of Being Self Published”, then type yes in the contact form below and until next time.

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