Ripley’s London Believe It or Not! Where the Impossible Becomes Possible! These videos I took last year and they are awesome – The third one is a particular must see video. It shows Ripley’s own Believe It Or Not TV and I have permission from them to use it.
I am having a YouTube roll ’em out, in preparation for my slightly new format YouTube channel. I want to create more inspirational videos and more videos about the content of my Break Through The Barriers of Redundancy Book. So I have also published all of my Disneyland videos today, check them out – www.youtube.com/quirkybooksTV
I am on the final back matter page amendments for my Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy book – If you want to know more about my book, please Like my Facebook page for updates www.facebook.com/BreakThroughTheBarriersOfRedundancyBook
I am also training a client in Facebook for his business, he owns four electrical shops and his company has been going for 50 years. Last week he arranged for ten more sessions in advance and so his training is ongoing. I am loving this work, it’s amazing. I love writing, but I also love social media. I currently have 11 Facebook pages in total and these links are in the back of my book. I would love you to like any or all of my pages, any support I can get is always appreciated, and I can like yours back if you let me know.
Like on Facebook For Inspiration and Motivation:
Keep believing the impossible is possible and make your own dreams come true.
We have had an amazing 57 entries to the win a signed copy of Write-A-Thon competition, written by Rochelle Melander. In order to select a winner fairly, I let Rafflecopter make the decision by choosing a winner at random.
And the winner is ———– Amy O. Who answered the question, “What does writing mean to you?”
Amy’s answer: “It means I get to say what I want, when I want, however I want, and as often as I want.”
I thought her answer was great because I could relate to it myself, although I would probably have added “and no one can tell me I can’t.”
Some of the other answers were:
“Writing is how I express ideas and opinions that come to me and communicate them to others, using my words to make them feel what I felt while writing.”
“Writing is my ticket to sanity after a long day of classes and work. It’s how I blow off steam and stay calm. It is my safe haven.”
“Writing is leaving a legacy.”
“It’s a way to talk back to the world, to express what I see and feel and understand in a way that can move others.”
“Everything! Without writing I’m not sure I could consider myself sane, there are plot lines and character quotes roaming around my head that keep telling me I must be written. ”
“A way to put my overactive brain to good use. In other words, everything. An enormous thanks to everyone who has taken part.”
All entries have been amazing and it has been wonderful to read your comments, see your Likes and to interact with all of you.”
Today we have a guest blog article by Author and Writing Coach Rochelle Melander and we are giving away a free signed copy of her book, Write-A-Thon, to one lucky person. All you have to do to enter the giveaway competition is to answer a few questions by clicking on the Rafflecopter Giveaway Link in the title of this post. In the meantime I will hand you over to Rochelle.
As a former Girl Scout, I’ve never forgotten the scouting motto: Be Prepared. Even thought school has just started and November seems far away—I’m getting ready for National Novel Writing Month right now. After several years of succeeding at NaNoWriMo and one epic fail, I’ve learned how to prepare. Here are three practices from my toolbox that will help you get ready for the month-long writing marathon:
1. Train Your Writing Muscles. NaNoWriMo novices often end up like the proverbial weekend warrior, jumping into the month with gusto only to be grounded by injury (my aching neck) or discouragement. Schedule daily writing time throughout the rest of September and October. Write daily pages, craft poems, or do fiction-writing prompts—just get words on paper each day. By the end of October you’ll be a seasoned writing professional, easily able to amass 1667 words a day! As a bonus, you’ll have already created space in your daily schedule to write.
2. Create a Story Bible. Filmmakers and television writers make use of a show bible—a document that contains information about character, setting and plot. Take time to create your own Story Bible for your National Novel Writing Month project. In past years, I’ve used three-ring binders, spiral notebooks, and index cards to collect my ideas about character, setting, and plot long before the month starts. During some of your writing time each day, create histories for your characters. Collect photos of your setting. Sketch out several scenes. In the middle of National Novel Writing Month, you won’t have to wonder what your characters might wear or do— you will just have to consult your story bible.
3. Collect energy boosts. Writing a book in a month takes an enormous amount of energy. During the next month and a half, pay attention to the activities that increase your energy. For me these include taking daily walks, eating healthy snacks, stretching, reading fun magazines, and listening to music. I’m collecting these ideas on a Pinterest board, so that when I hit the proverbial wall—I’ll have easy-to-access solutions. (http://pinterest.com/writenowcoach/exercises-food-and-tools-4-overwhelmed-writers/) I’m also stockpiling energy boosts in my office. I have a shelf in my closet that I am filling with yummy snacks, inspiring books and magazines, and a few new music albums. (Wow, I can’t wait for NaNoWriMo to start!)
Your turn. What are you doing to get ready for the month-long novel writing challenge?
Rochelle Melander is an author, speaker, and certified professional coach. She is the author of ten books, including Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (and Live to Tell About It)Rochelle teaches professionals how to write good books fast, use writing to transform their lives, navigate the publishing world, and get published! Visit her online at www.writenowcoach.com
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I have some exciting news, not only will there be a guest blogger, Rochelle Melander, Author and Writing Coach, blogging here on Tuesday 18th of September, the quirkybooks.net Facebook page was launched yesterday, click on the link below to view and to Like it: facebook.com/pages/Quirkybooksnet/144394649036836
quirkybooks.net is currently a basic site about me and my writing but in the next few months you will see it transform into a more attractive design, incorporating an e-book store. Join me on this extraordinary journey of creating an e-book store especially for you, as it unravels book by book.
My debut children’s picture book should be available to buy as an e-book on quirkybooks.net before Christmas and I will be writing lots of non-fiction, How to books, many of which, will help people who have been made redundant, to get back into work.
I already have ideas for different books I intend to write but in the meantime you can have your say about what non-fiction books you might like to see in the categories of redundancy/employment/business/writing/self-belief. By this I mean would you like books on how to get work in a certain type of industry? How to cope with redundancy? How to gain the art of self-belief?
Let me know what you think by commenting below.
I just had to write a quick post as I am sooo excited. I am mentioned in the New York Times with a link to the blog post article I did for Exclusive HR company about being a manager, leader, teacher or coach. Here is the link to the blog post: exclusive-thinking.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/redundancy-advice.
This is a Writer’s dream come true, to be talked about in the New York Times and recognised for a good article is truly amazing. Here is the link to the New York Times article that I am mentioned in: boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/10/this-week-in-small-business-best-facebook-pages
As you may or may not know, besides writing, I am setting up a website called beatredundancyblues.com and beatredundancyblues.co.uk to help people who are redundant to get back into work. These have not yet been launched, so if you have clicked on them and are feeling a bit disappointed that there is nothing there, it will be worth the wait.
In the meantime, just to wet your appetite, here is a link to my redundancy blog site: beatredundancyblues.wordpress.com
I believe I am able to successfully help people who are redundant to get back into work because during my 15 year career in retail, 7 of which were spent within management roles, I have been made redundant twice and I know first hand how hard it is to battle with your emotions and to deal with the financial impact and practicalities that you need to face. I have also been able to work my way back up the career ladder. In my management roles I have interviewed, recruited, trained and coached staff and I have been through the recruitment process as a potential employee, so I have experienced both sides of the fence and that experience I can use to write books to help people to get back into work, as well as offer services to inspire people to achieve their dreams.
Thanks for your support to encourage me in my dream.
I often hear people saying they want to write but find it hard to make time to write.
The beauty of writing, is there is always time for it.
Yes, I understand that if you are working full-time and have a family, you may not have time to write that novel in a year but what you can do, is to write a bit at a time. Break your writing down into bite size chunks, to make it more manageable and take as long as you need.
You may want to try writing very little at first, for example, writing a letter in a TV magazine, or a supermarket magazine. Magazines are often looking for short well constructed letters on the magazine itself, previous letters, or on the products and services that it promotes.
If you can’t fit that in, remember, any writing is good writing practise and I bet you already write a lot and just don’t realise it, maybe you:
- Write on a Facebook wall
- Write a text message
- Write an email
- Write a shopping list
- Write a letter to a friend or loved one
- Make notes of things to remember
- Keep a diary
- Write calendar entries
- Reply to correspondence
Any time you write, is a good time to write. Stop and think for a moment, how many times do you actually write in a day. Now you can smile, that it is probably more times thank you think. Enjoy the moment.