Friday, September 30, 2011

Day 26: Faith

As an author selling his books online and creating additional books to sell, I need to have a lot of faith. I've been fortunate with the amount of books I've sold thus far and how many I continue to sell each month. With that income, I've been able to pay down some debt, move into a bigger apartment and I've been afforded more leisure time.

On days when my sales dip, I get concerned that this will be the end of the road and t hat I'll need to get a job if the trend continues. On those days, I try to have faith that it's all going to work out. If my sales dip, hopefully one of the new books I'm working on can make up for it. If it doesn't, hopefully my web traffic and Google AdSense will compensate. If that doesn't work, I just need to keep working hard and believing that a higher power has my back.

Today, I wrote some prompts on parents and family for the book along with a post on my main man, Earl Nightingale.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Day 25: When I'm Rich

When I'm rich, I'm going to hire a full-time editor to work on my stuff so that I never have to proofread during my day for an instant. I have to admit that writing such a hefty amount per day while proofreading what I've already written has been difficult to fit in.

When I'm rich, I'll hire cleaners, packers and movers, so that the moving process isn't as time consuming as it's been so far this month. Fortunately, we're only moving a few blocks away, so at least the amount of driving I'll have to do in our rental truck will be minimal.

When I'm rich, I'm going to be even more generous with my time to my family and friends and all the people who have been incredibly supportive of me during my crazy creative lifestyle.

Kept on shaking my tail feather today through the character writing prompts, while I wrote another motivation techniques post on the blog on tricking your brain not to procrastinate.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Day 24: How Far I've Come

A few years ago, I was worried that I wouldn't amount to much. I'd directed and written some plays, but most of the time I felt like I was wasting my ability. I knew that I could do some great things in the world but I wasn't sure why I wasn't pushing myself like I could.

It was then that I discovered personal development (my blog post on BCWI for the day) which allowed me to work toward my goals in a way I'd never thought possible. I've come a long way in those last few years and I'm certainly not all the way where I want to be, but I know that the journey to success is a long one and I'm willing to put in all the time and effort necessary.

Added a passage to the happiness book today and worked on some more prompts in the character prompts book. Saw a great advertisement for a dog running service. Walking dogs doesn't interest me nearly as much as running them does. Perhaps I should go try to get paid $25 to $30 per hour for exercising!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Day 23: Prosperity

One of the main chapter in my happiness book focused on prosperity. The idea of an abundant world in which there is enough money, food and health for everybody is really awesome and promoting that mindset is definitely a goal of this and future books.

I am going to write it down here because I truly believe it can happen. I want to sell 100,000 copies of The Post-College Guide to Happiness by the end of the year. This will require a lot of hard work on my part, but I think that by thinking prosperously and keeping myself open to marketing and sales ideas that may come to me, I can make it a reality.

Today, I plodded along in the character writing prompts book and answered a question about seamless transitions in writing on the writing website. There is a long way to go in this challenge, but after 23 days, I'm starting to feel like it's really becoming a way of life. Woo hoo!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Day 22: A New Chapter

Yesterday, I began the second book of the 365 day challenge, which will be titled 1,000 Character Writing Prompts. This will be like a logical sequel to my first and most successful prompts book and I hope that it finds the same success.

Not surprisingly, all this focus on my writing and trying to make it turn a profit has caused me to focus on improving my writing website. Today on the writing blog, I created a post on motivation techniques for getting your tedious blog tasks completed. Despite these chores taking a ton of time and being extremely boring, even working on them occasionally can increase profit and traffic. Personally, I have been inspired to push my ad revenue to new heights and combining added posts with proper linking, etc., I know it can become a reality.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Day 21: The Beat Goes On

Today I completed my first draft for the happiness book...and then immediately didn't feel like writing anything. Since I'm on a 365 day challenge however, I need to push through it with another 1,523 words left to write before the day is done :). The editing process for the book will be interesting, because I still plan on working on creating a new book while editing the first one. I hope that I can handle the workload and get this book out to market in a reasonable amount of time!

Today in the writing blog I wrote about the importance of location when writing and some various suggestions for being more productive than you can be in your distracting apartment. I also cleaned an oven today, but of course, that has little to do with writing or does it (it doesn't).

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Day 20: Marketing

I can write and write until the cows come home (the literate cows of course), but unless I market myself properly, it won't amount to much good. I have been devising a plan for the happiness book that involves me giving away hundreds if not thousands of copies to generate reviews on my website. It's a bit complicated to explain how it all works, but if it goes to plan, the book could be a big hit.

Today on the writing blog, I wrote about one of my happiness heroes, Marci Shimoff, author of the book Happy for No Reason. Without her, I never would have thought to write a book about happiness. I hope that it can reach even a fraction of her book's success.

Here in the home life, the preparation for moving continues, which is stressful but worth it. We have boxes, tape, parking permits and we've tossed or donated over eight garbage bags full of old stuff. I think we're ready: bring on the trucks!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Day 19: The Office

My girlfriend and I are moving to a bigger apartment in a week and a half, in part, because it will have a second bedroom that I can use as an office. I've never had my own office before and I'm extremely excited to see my productive shoot through the roof (aided by the fact that we'll also have a dishwasher for the first time in 4 years)!

On the writing blog today, I wrote about how awesome having multiple streams of income is for any writer or creative person. Personally, self-publishing has been my passive income bread and butter, but I see advertising making a comeback as one of my income sources as the year progresses.

I passed 40,000 words in the happiness book and I can't wait to get down to the nitty gritty of editing the dang thing!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Day 18: Make a Living Writing

I am a perfect example of a person who has learned to make a living writing and bloggers like Carol Tice are one of the reasons why. Today on the writing blog, I talked about Carol and how wonderful her site is for freelance writers.

To work on my book today, I went full paper and pencil to give my eyes a bit of rest from staring at a screen all day. One of the wonderful freedoms of being a freelance writer is that you can write wherever you please, especially when a laptop and power cord aren't required.

Currently, as I write this blog post, I am sitting in my girlfriend's car, getting a bit of peace and quiet. The boatloads of creativity required with a project like my 365 days of writing bit, could use a calm, electronics-free environment every so often.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Day 17: Lonely But Loved

Today on the writing blog I wrote about freelance loneliness, a phenomenon that scares many prospective high earners from a free and comfortable life and back into the office. I wrote about this subject, in part, because I was feeling a bit lonely today myself.

Thankfully, I am very loved, by a wonderful, caring girlfriend, parents who keep close tabs on me and friends who want me to do my best. If it wasn't for these awesome people, I might have been scared back into an office long ago.

I also began filling in some of the sections I'd put off in the happiness book and that I am now forced to write if I actually want to finish it. Slowly but sure, this tortoise is finishing his book!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Day 16: Helping Others

One of the most effective ways to motivate yourself is to motivate others. I have been friends with a wonderful freelance editor named Ashley Daoust for about a decade now. Despite the distance between us (she lives in Denver, me in Chicago), we have recently gotten close and have begun to be cheerleaders for each other in our freelance careers.

She's a few months away from having her first baby and as a result is a little frazzled. After a long chat with her yesterday, she is back on the horse and ready to rock again. We've both been in the same position and I'm grateful that she's helped me out of a rut on more than one occasion.

A challenge like this 365 day writing challenge can be difficult and lonely at times, but by helping others to work on their goals, it inspires me to try harder and to push past any negativity I develop over the long haul.

Today on the writing blog, I posted about this very challenge and how it might turn out. The happiness book is almost done!!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Day 15: Oh God!

Today in the happiness book, I wrote about the subject of God and how beliefs relate to joy. I'm really interested to see what people I know think about the section when it's done, because it will probably be the most controversial one I write.

Finally finished up the 45 new blog posts today using the writing prompts from my 500 Writing Prompts for Kids book. I hope that it will increase my book sales and drastically add to my traffic and advertising revenue. There's still plenty of work left to do on the website front and Amy seems to think that writing more prompts pages will be my ticket to success.

On another writing front, author Robyn Okrant, author of the book Living Oprah, and I may work together on a workshop in the future. That'd be pretty cool! We were both on a panel at Second City on Friday evening and she had some extremely interesting wisdom to impart.

Tomorrow, back to new material on Build Creative Writing Ideas and I will continue to wind down on book #1 in this crazy year long challenge!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Day 14: Bleach and Football

I love getting up early on Sundays to write, though on this particular day, it took a few false starts until I finally got my work completed on the happiness book. I'm over 30,000 words in and I may be close to finished once I reach around 40,000. Still haven't decided what book to work on next...

Today, Amy and I are cleaning the apartment to get ready for our move to a bigger apartment down the street on October 1st. This meant inhaling a lot of bleach and throwing away bags and bags of trash. This may end up being the most organized move of my life; all because of this lovely, productive lady.

Also, there is football, which is a wondrous thing. Go Eagles!

Didn't quite get to all 45 posts yesterday, but 27 blog posts in one day of over 10,000 words of content is not half bad, even if it's reprinted from my book :). Should finish the last 18 today!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Day 13: 45 posts?

Here we are on day 13 of my ridiculous writing crusade and I've decided to post 45 blog posts on my writing blog today. Am I insane?

Well, not completely. The last couple of days I realized that I should be taking advantage of the fact that I have an entire book worth of elementary school writing prompts. Especially since my first grade and second grade writing prompt pages are the highest trafficked on the website.

I had already posted 50 prompts from the book as a sample and I decided to go all in and post the other 450, leading to 45 blog posts with a little introduction to each. I hope that this idea will increase my blog traffic astronomically after a few months and that it will add to my advertising revenue as well.

In the book today, which I worked on while eating a scone at Caribou Coffee, I played around with my chapter on education. Happy weekend!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Day 12: 25,000 words!

While I passed 25,000 words in total on day 10, today I passed 25,000 words in the happiness book, which is so exciting! I have a feeling that the book will be somewhere between 45,000 and 60,000 words in total.

There are a few wonderful projects I have coming up this year during my 365 days of writing, though I believe the next will be the sequel to my book 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts, 1,000 Character Writing Prompts. It won't be as hard to write as the happiness book, so it'll give me a bit of a respite before I take on more difficult projects later on in the year.

Today, I also working a post about stepping up in life and not letting excuses get in the way of living the life you want to lead.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Day 11: Procrastination

Today, I put things off a bit. Still got the 2,500 words completed, but there was a little something missing from the excitement today. Feel free to drop a little encouragement my way if you get a chance :).

In the happiness book, I tightened up some loose ends, added some happiness exercises and marveled at how well it's coming along. Just scrolling through and saying to myself, "Wow, I did all this in 11 days? Not bad."

Over at the writing blog, wrote a post about proving yourself to your family and friends that you are indeed a writer or some other type of creative person. Didn't really happen with my loved ones until I made a bit of money. Whatever floats their boats!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Day 10: Nearly 1,000!

Today wasn't the most exciting day motivation wise and I felt like a lot my work in the happiness book today will need to be edited, but I'm glad that I did it and it's better to finish a first draft than to keep it in my head for all of time.

One really cool thing that I found out this morning was that I had 974 unique visitors to my website yesterday! Writing a blog post every day is really making an impact, it seems. Made $5 off Google AdSense yesterday as well.

I would love by the end of the 365 days to be getting over 5,000 visitors a day with over $100 a day in Google AdSense. Lofty goal but hell, a man can dream can't he :).

Also wrote a post today about how to break the pattern of procrastination when it comes to writing.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Day 9: Making Money

I have been fortunate enough to be able to make almost my entire living off of my creative pursuits. As a result, I've written a blog post today about making money in hopes that it can give other creative folks a bit of guidance.

In the happiness book today, I wrote about connecting with people as opposed to spending all your alone time on your phone, MP3 player or your tablet computer. The best part about working on this book is that it reminds me of some of the positive habits I've neglected as of late and it allows me to reinstate them as part of my life.

Studies have shown that researching happiness actually increases your levels of happiness. I'm glad to say that I'm a statistic in this respect!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Day 8: Wasting Time

Today in the happiness book I wrote about how wasting time and taking part in instant gratification tend to dull the brain and the soul and prevent true bliss. Of course, this made me think about the time I waste, which is less than some and more than others.

I'm a big click through Internet user. I'll read an article and then click through to three more before I get myself back on track. If I would have been brought up in this age of distraction, I would've been diagnosed with ADD in no time flat. Thankfully, working on the book is helping me to improve in all of these areas as well. They say you learn 90 percent of what you teach!

In addition, I wrote a blog post about unrequited love but not in the way you might expect. Be well today!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Day 7: A Heartwarming Story

After working on the happiness book and a blog post about writing intuition I just heard an amazing story.

My girlfriend's younger brother's baseball coach apparently just resolved a 30 year heartbreak that sounded like it was ripped from the pages of a Nicholas Sparks novel. Apparently, when in his youth, this man courted the love of his life only to be rebuked by her parents. He never stopped loving her and three decades later they reconnected on Facebook.

She never gave up loving him either and she left her husband and moved to be with him. My girlfriend's mother related the story and suggested to the couple that I write a book about it. Intriguing! I hope it's a tale that I'll be able to tell!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Day 6: Love and Relaxation

Today in the happiness book I took a break from the chapter on work and wrote about love. It's so amazing to think that only a few years ago, my girlfriend and I used to fight all the time. Nowadays, because of the happiness and togetherness exercises we've practiced, our fights take up less than 1 percent of our time together.

I'm so glad to be able to share that with everybody once the book comes out.

I also wrote about why writers and other creative people need to take a chill pill every once in a while to complete their most relaxed, effective work. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Day 5: Enthusiasm

Today on my blog, I've written a blog post on the writings of Frank Bettger a former baseball player who become an expert salesman using enthusiasm.

It's funny that just writing about something can make you want to directly apply it to your life (I hope that doesn't happen if I ever write about manure). Think about how your day-to-day world could change if you applied enthusiasm to your job, your friendships, your family and your financial situation.

We often give a hard time to folks to have such verve and energy about all aspects of their lives. We think they're "on something" when in fact they might be "on to something" about how to live life. Food for thought.

I also pushed through another bit of the happiness book and now I have over 10,000 words written!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Day 4: Standing Up For Yourself

In all of my lackluster days of de-motivational laziness the last few months, I neglected to do something. I didn't stand up for myself.

I let myself wallow in mild depression and I didn't fight for the creative person I am inside. That's part of what this 365 day writing quest is about. I'm fighting for myself to survive creatively.

In the happiness book, I worked on giving some blissful brain exercises my own Bryan twist and on the blog I wrote about the self publishing stigma that some authors must fight against when putting their work out there.

If you aren't getting the results you want in life, stand up for yourself and kick your lazy self's butt into gear!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Day 3: Feeling It

It was a few years ago when I first came up with the idea for The Post-College Guide to Happiness, but I never actually sat down and wrote it. There are plenty of notes in various pads of paper somewhere in the apartment, and while notes are fantastic, they don't get you in the zone of what you're writing.

Today, I started feeling it. I remembered why I wanted to write this book and how it might be able to help lots of people. Very exciting stuff!

I also wrote a post about script writing tips on my blog. Day 3 of the challenge is feeling mighty fine right now. Mighty fine.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Day 2: Miles and Miles to Go

In addition to working on the happiness book today and writing a blog post about writing accountability, I will continue to work on my agility with an afternoon training session today.

For the last few weeks, I have been doing plyometric and speed drills to increase my agility. The drills are familiar to me from my soccer and wrestling days and despite having no real end goal in mind, I'm thoroughly enjoying the increased endurance I'm gaining during my weekly runs with my running partner Jack.

Also, with the holiday over, I'll be back to writing my freelance articles for Bio Prep Watch, Vaccine News Daily and Legal Newsline. Hoping to branch out into some additional websites some time soon. Happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Day 1: Endurance and Happiness

Today is the beginning of a long journey. I am planning to write at least 2,500 words a day for an entire year straight. 2,000 words on my books to be self-published, 400 words on a Build Creative Writing Ideas blog post and 100 words here.

I'm hoping that keeping this blog up to date with short/sweet posts can help the people of the Internet to hold me accountable for the entire year. If successful, I will have written (at least) 730,000 words worth of books (10-20 full books in total), 146,000 words worth of content on my blog and 36,500 words here for good measure.

Today I worked on my book The Post-College Guide to Happiness and a blog post entitled Increasing Your Writing Endurance. Thanks for stopping by!