Books That Changed The Lives of Writers…

Books have been known to inspire, motivate, encourage and change the lives many individuals. Entrepreneurs Strut their stuff gleaning pages of business books to find success strategies. Careerist search to find the secrets to a better job/life. Children Gingerly fantasize of fairy tales, lovers dream, and some gravitate to the scares of horror, action or adventure.

We dare not forget books that have spiraled into movies that entertain readers and non-readers alike. Well known authors such as Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, John Grisham, and many more, spring to mind.

Curiosity sparked, one publisher asked writers to share the name of a book that has  changed their lives. The responses came in droves. Here I share a few:

  • Outliers
  • Transparency of Evil
  • Alchemist
  • Night
  • You can heal your life
  • The Secret life of the Bees
  • Rich dad Poor Dad
  • Catcher in the Rye
  • The Four Agreements
  • Unlimited Power
  • The Bible
  • Good to Great
  • The Power of the Subconscious Mind
  • I am That Girl
  • Conversations with God
  • Who Moved My Cheese
  • Hummingbird
  • What I know for sure
  • The Grand Design
  • Love Warrior
  • Into the Wild
  • Just Kids
  • The Giver
  • The Mastery of Love
  • When The Enemy Strikes
  • Code of Extraordinary Minds
  • Life is Good
  • Think Like a Man
  • Atlas Shrugged
  • On Writing
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • The Power of Now
  • The Game of Life and How to Play it
  • Excuses Begone

Do you share the sentiments of any of the books named by responding writers? Can you add any?

Cheers!

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Believe That You Can…

In order to Succeed, You Must First Believe That You Can…

 

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Does Being Rich Make You Successful?

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I have always been fascinated by the topic of Success. So much that I decided to do three (3) years of research on success and leadership. I interviewed leaders at the top of their organizations to find out what they considered to be the traits that led to their success, and the Challenges they had to overcome. Then I was lucky enough to have the findings published in the Journal of American Academy of Business Cambridge (JAABC), as well as other books.

These days when I go around to speak or attend conferences and events, I take the opportunity to find out what success means to individuals. Listen to Miko Branch Founder and CEO of Miss Jessie’s as she shares her definition of success. Miko is recognized as Pioneer for transforming the haircare industry for natural and curly hair.

Brian Tracy asked the question “Does Being Rich Make You Successful?” Responses came in many forms from those responding “YES–But“, to the more common “No’ responses giving their reasons why.

Thinking further about this Pest-like Lusted phenomenon that defies many, I heard of an ailing executive rolling in the $$$, who had an incurable condition. He was asked the question to which he replied that he would give all his money in exchange for life.

Isn’t that crazy? What most dream and become obsessed about, those who have it would exchange it for life’s normal everyday living.

Define Success

Personally, I believe it is important to define what Success Means to you. It’s no Coincidence. How will you know when you have achieved it? Defining it helps you to visualize your expectations, whether it is to be ‘rich’, get an education, start a family, land that dream job, or become that all time successful entrepreneur. Whatever your goal for success, take the step today to achieve it.

Now its your turn. Do you believe being rich makes you successful? Can’t wait to hear your take.

Cheers!

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Tailored Writings…

Always a pleasure to share Tailored writings with readers, booklovers and fellow writers. Looking forward to this occasion when we will Speak, Sign, and Sell. Copies of Success Strategies available at Here

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Content: 13 Ideas Stimulate The Thrill of Victory…

When the words won’t flow, we beat our head against the wall. It’s like a Jangle shadow that defies. We mourn, cry, feel sad, down, and lack  motivation. True for most of us. Sally Hogshead has a 21 tips series that she shares. She recently shared a piece entitled 21 Juicy Ideas for Fascinating Content. Of the 21, I found 13 personally inspiring that I intend to Edibly put into action. Here I’ll share:

  1. Start with information, then add insight
  2. Go on a rant
  3. Ask a provocative question
  4. Write about something for the first time. She calls it give First Dibs
  5. Give an unexpected gift
  6. Critique your own brand (or yourself)
  7. Educate people about a potential problem
  8. Ask for opinions
  9. Give a behind-the scenes glimpse (i.e. show us a new side of yourself so we understand who you are)
  10. Find the Good (spotlight customers, employees or the competition…yikes!)
  11. Identify our secret hopes (share that you understand what we aspire to become)
  12. Describe anything that fascinates you (share why)
  13. Dare us (your challenge us to take one step outside your comfort zone)

I find these content creation tips a thrill, and will try to follow those I have selected in creating my own content in the next few weeks. What about you? Anything sparks your interest?

Do share.

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NSU | FCE Graduate Publishes 2 Books on Her Research… 

It’s humbling yet satisfying when hard work pays off. Such an honor to be recognized by Nova Southeastern University. The Quill of Life’s writings.

Never Give Up on your dreams.

7 Books 📚 Every Writer Should Read…

Whatever your reason for writing it makes sense to read a lot in order to write with finesse that satisfies yourself or your audience.


Writers write for many different reasons. Never Meaningless, the reasons are specific to each writer. Naturally writing for Ordinary work as in preparing policies, reports, or memos differs from the writing writers do, which often is for their own satisfaction. Some writers write poetry. Some write short stories that ignite passion, joy, or pleasure as in fiction writers. Others write non-fiction sharing their own true stories, those of a loved one, or some about topics they care about as in Success. Whatever your reason for writing it makes sense to read a lot in order to write with finesse that satisfies yourself or your audience.

7 Books to Strengthen Writing

Here are 7 books that will help to strengthen your craft:

  1. Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr.
  2. Working People Talk About What They do All Day by Studs Terkel
  3. How Fiction Works by James Wood
  4. The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross
  5. Kill All Your Darlings by Luc Sante
  6. On Writing by Stephen King
  7. Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t by Steven Pressfield

Happy Reading!

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9 Steps To Writing Your First Book

Write. Just Write. When writing, forget about being perfect. Just focus on getting the information out of your head and on paper

It’s such an exciting time to think about publishing your very own book! It certainly was for me when I did my research and got it published in the Journal of American Academy of Business Cambridge (JAABC), as well as my books on success strategies and leadership. I am now busy writing a new inspirational book. Tons of Lush near Edible excitement especially when you receive the first printed copy! Woo-hoo!

I have been getting requests from interested first time writers and decided to share my personal thoughts on how to get the writing done in order to get published. To be honest I understand the Seriousness of this goal. So here are my own 9 steps to get you going.

9 Steps to Getting Your Book Done

1.Develop that mindset.
Goal achievement begins in the mind. Think of the saying “if you can imagine it you can achieve it”. So get your mind focused and begin the steps to achieve!

2. Write What You Know
Write what you know but be realistic. Don’t start learning a new skill in order to write a book. Use your own life experience. Do you have a skill? Are you an expert at something such as managing a business, a hobby, relationship experience, or other? Why not consider writing your biography ….your own life story. Whatever you decide, make sure it is important to you and something that you are passionate and knowledgeable about.

Write. Just Write

3. Write. Just Write.
Once you have decided what you’re going to write about, just write. It’s that simple. Write in your laptop, iPad, desktop, phone, or even the old fashion hard copy steno-book. Your choice. Just write.

4. Forget About Editing During The First Draft
When writing, forget about being perfect. Just focus on getting the information out of your head and on paper, or whatever means you choose to write in.

5. Take Breaks.
Go to places that inspire. Walk on the beach. Embrace nature. Do your favorite activity. Watch a movie. Read. Pamper yourself. Simply do something that inspires you. Something that ignites your passion… your writing

6. Capture Those Thoughts
Lest we forget, always keep a medium to capture those thoughts handy. It’s not uncommon to see something that inspires you even though you’re not in that ‘writing space’. Just get it written down… somehow. Missing that moment often leads to frustration when you get back to your space and can’t remember what you wanted to write.

7. Set Deadlines 
Defining a deadline for completion helps you achieve your goal. So for example if you decide to get published by year end, then set a plan to write everyday, every weekend, or plan a vacation getaway or retreat just to write. Plans are like road maps or GPS. There is a starting and an ending point. If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there… and I dare say that  you may not like where you end up.

8. Don’t Be Hard On Yourself
Enjoy the ride. If you miss a day, two, three or more, don’t get stuck. Just get back on track and write.

9. Don’t Quit
Achieving a goal has never been easy. Be Aware. Keep the momentum going. Cry if you must at times but keep going. If it will help, get an accountability partner or coach who will help you achieve your goal.

So there you have it . 9 Steps to becoming that author you’ve always dreamed of. You have it in you… so go for it!

Cheers!