Dream Seed Magic – a book-writing journey

Dream Seed Magic is the title of Diane Leigh's first book. It is a memoire describing her personal journey from extraordinary woman living in the UK to even more extraordinary woman living her dream in Paris. If you ever need inspiration to follow your dreams and make things happen, read this book. It's a ripping tale and it had me hooked from the start to the finish and I can't wait for the next installment!

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Poke the Box – release the book

I have been reading Seth Godin’s book Poke the Box in which he discusses (or to use his word, rants) about our apparent reluctance to start, finish and innovate projects. The book is both a celebration of action and a huge call for us to take action.

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365 Blog Post Challenge – Update

As I have just completed the first two weeks of my 365 Day Blogging Challenge I wanted to share some of my experience with you in case you were thinking of blogging as part of your own business. Before I began this challenge, I truly struggled to get down to writing blog posts. I didn't even get as far as sitting down in front of the computer, never mind actually writing something on a regular basis. I just couldn't get myself going at all. The Challenge has changed all that. While I don't want to get ahead of myself, after all I still have a long way to go - 350 days to be precise - but up to this point it has been an enlightening and very positive experience. I have been surprised to discover that blog posts flow onto the page with far greater ease than I expected and that the whole practice of blogging has allowed me to uncover my own knowledge and expertise so I can share it. That feels good. Keeping a record Now that I have been writing for a couple of weeks, I am going to set up a spread sheet so I can record all my titles, the dates I wrote them, the key topic and any links I included in the post. This will give me an overview of what I have written, which is going to be essential as I get further into the Challenge. After all, I don't repeat myself! It will also make it easier for me to start to link together any related posts and to pick out posts to refer to in my forthcoming regular newsletter. The spread sheet idea comes from Steve Scott's book How to Write Great Blog Posts that Engage Readers. It's well worth a read. Things I want to...

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Procrastination: Ditching the Block that Stands Between You and Your Book

We all procrastinate; we may procrastinate about different things but we all do it nevertheless. Usually, we procrastinate most when we are about to do something that we find challenging or when we are stuck in some way. Procrastination usually takes the form of doing something that is unimportant or doing something mindless. If you procrastinate, you’ll know how painful and frustrating the behaviour is. One part of you wants to leap forward, the other part wants to play computer games, clean the spare room or watch tv. It’s as if there is some tug-of-war going on inside you. So, how do you begin to overcome this particularly tricky conundrum and actually get yourself moving? In her book, The Seven Secrets of the Prolific: The definitive guide to overcoming procrastination, perfectionism and writer’s block, Hillary Rettig discusses why we procrastinate and how to resolve our negative habits. Rettig describes the ‘prolific’ as people who have a way of moving past blocks that procrastinators or as she prefers to call them, ‘perfectionists’ cannot get past. While one character-type spends days or weeks getting past a particular roadblock the prolific find a way round in minutes. To get beyond the roadblock, Rettig recommends three ‘productivity behaviours’: Show up when you are scheduled to show up. Do what you are supposed to do at the scheduled time. Do it uninterruptedly for a long period of time (with only a few short breaks). For me, there is a stage before this can happen – and it is a solution Rettig refers to for the severely stuck writer – and that is simply turning up. It was a strategy I employed a few years ago when I was confused and overwhelmed to the point of total inertia. I was so allergic to my office and my desk that in the end I simply set...

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