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How to Set Up a WordPress Blog in 5 Minutes – Exact Instructions with ScreenShots

Set Up WordPress Blog in 5 minutes

How to Set Up a WordPress Blog in 5 Minutes Using BlueHost – Exact Instructions & Screenshots

This free tutorial gives specific instruction on setting up your blog with the webhost called Bluehost. I host some of my sites with Bluehost and it couldn’t be easier to get started with them! I am very pleased with their hosting, dashboard, customer service, and of course great pricing: $4.95/month – can’t beat it! – Plus they will give you a free domain URL too! Continue Reading →

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Complete Guide to Set Up a WordPress Blog and Make Money

How to set up WordPress Blog and Make Money

How to set up a WordPress Blog and Make Money

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Are you a writer? Would you like to make some good money writing about topics that interest you? Then starting a blog is something that I highly recommend. Because of my experience and success, I’ve had a couple friends and family members ask me how to set this up. I thought I would share it with everyone here for free. This is a Complete guide to starting a WordPress Blog and earning money from it. And as a bonus you can download a free checklist to keep you on track. Here are the topics that will be covered: Continue Reading →

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The Secrets to a Healthy Life

 

Secrets to a Healthy Life

For those of you who want a healthier heart, a safe and simple weight loss program, and a longer, richer, more energized life, I am excited to announce that my new ebook, The Secrets to a Healthy Life, is finally available. It is priced at only $9 $5!! It is a concise guide that gives you everything you need to know to become healthier, more vibrant and alive with joy. And you risk nothing by purchasing it. It comes with an unconditional money-back guarantee if you don’t find value in this ebook.

It is a short read with powerful guides and tools to track your success. It has crucial information about improving your health that simply does not reach mainstream America, Europe, Australia and beyond. The doctors in our system are too bogged down with patients to discover and deliver the correct advice for health. It’s often easier for them to prescribe a pill and move on to the next patient. That’s simply not good enough for you!

Who should read this book? Everyone! Seriously, anyone who deals with one of these concerns listed below or anyone who simply wants to live their longest, healthiest, and happiest life with no need for drugs should read this book. I guarantee you’ll find value or I’ll refund your full purchase price. You have nothing to lose!

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How to Get Unstuck: Overcoming Writer’s Block


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Break the Procrastination Habit Today

Does this ever happen to you? You sit down to write or create something and you end up doing everything but writing and creating. And then suddenly it’s the end of the day and you think “How did the day slip away from me? Arg!” It slips away because we find ways to procrastinate, often in the name of getting things done. The truth is we need to make our writing, art, and creation time a priority before we can overcome the procrastination habit.

Why Do We Procrastinate?

The reason people procrastinate is usually because of a few reasons:

  • Seeking Pleasure. You’re looking for a little serotonin fix a la checking email, blog stats, or some other compulsive pleasure producer.
  • Avoiding Pain. You’ve got your mind thinking only about the work and not the pleasure you’ll get from completing your creation.
  • Lack of Direction. You’re not sure what the next step is in your writing or what you are trying to create.
  • Faulty Prioritization. You have other things to do and you are inadvertently prioritizing them higher than your creation work. (a.k.a. procrastination by doing things)


How to Break the Procrastination Habit and Get Back to Creating

1. Make a Mental Commitment. Commit to doing your writing/creation work first before anything else. If you are reading this then it is probably important to you. Focus on how good it will feel when you complete solid progress on your creation work each day. The other things on your list can be done later.

2. Plan Your Day. Write out what you need to accomplish today including your creation work. Then prioritize each item with creation work being #1. Then schedule each item into a time slot for the day. Be realistic about your time frames and be sure to include transition and buffer time in between activities. Keep some time open for unplanned items. When your other tasks have been scheduled then your mind will be free to focus on writing and creating.

3. Clear Your Desk. Set a timer for 3-5 minutes and get everything piled up or put away somewhere else. Leave another 5-10 minutes at the end of your creation time to organize and put everything in it’s place. Don’t get sucked into organizing the items on your desk. Just move them out of sight so they won’t be grabbing your attention while you’re trying to create.

4. Clear Your Computer. Close all windows that don’t relate to what you’re creating. If there is anything you need to look at later, write it down in your capture notebook to review and prioritize later. You’ll be amazed how much unnecessary stuff will be eliminated from your life this way.

5. Start Writing or Creating. Just write/create. Don’t stop. Don’t censor or edit. Anytime you come to a sticking point, find a way to highlight it and come back to it later. Examples:

  • Title: Just fill in a crappy working title. Once the piece is written then it will be easy to bring the title into focus.
  • Items to research: Highlight and return to it after the piece is written.
  • Items to hyperlink: Highlight and create your links after the whole piece is written.

6. Writer’s Block. If you’ve been procrastinating because you can’t find the words, don’t know where to start or what comes next then it is time to get away from your computer. Transition to the simple tools of paper and pen. If you’re still blocked, get away from paper and pen and find a place to daydream. Try both lighted and dark rooms. Try closing your eyes and ask yourself:

  • What am I trying to accomplish?
  • What do I want to create?
  • What do I want to say?
  • Who is my audience?
  • What do I need to communicate?
  • What action (if any) do I want my readers to take?
  • How do I want them to feel?

Take as much time as you can. Really daydream. Don’t censor yourself. Be wild and free and loose with your ideas. There will be plenty of time later to hone your creation later. When you’re done, say after 20 minutes, then grab a piece of paper and quickly write down the main ideas you came up with.

7. If You’re Still Stuck in the Muck. You might be trying to hard or you may need a significant break. The cure is to get away from the task altogether to allow your conscious mind to unwind from the project. Don’t worry, your subconscious mind will continue to process and solve your next steps. Try doing something completely unrelated like going to the zoo, playing a sport, or going to see a movie. When you return you should have a better perspective and a renewal of energy. You may discover that you were going down the wrong path completely and you need to start anew. Even if you are contracted to create for someone else and you’re not into it, make it a goal to find a way to get excited about the project and have fun.

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How do you get unstuck? All comments big and small are very welcomed!

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NaNoWriMo Success: How to Write a Novel in 30 Days

National Novel Writing Month

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Did you kow that tomorrow is the start of National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo for short? So what is NaNoWriMo? It is an novel writing challenge that anyone can join. The challenge: “to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30.” To sign up and join the fun and the insanity just go to NaNoWriMo.org.

NaNoWriMo Success

If you decide to join, this article will give you some tools, resources, and other guidance to help you achieve success with writing your novel in 30 days. The NaNoWriMo challenge is no simple task. At the very least you’ll need heaps of discipline and a lot of hard work. At the most you may also want to do some planning. You say, “Well it’s only 1666 words per day. I can do that!” And you can, but it’s not going to be easy. But follow along and hopefully you’ll have some fun!

Tools You’ll Need to Write a Novel in 30 Days

  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Computer
  • Brain
  • Caffeine (optional)

Optional Tools and Books for Writing a Novel in 30 Days

Free Novel Writing Resources

  • The Snowflake Method – excellent free online guide to planning and writing a novel.
  • Dark Room – free text editor for writing without distractions. Download different colors.
  • Google Docs – free online word processing application that is simple and easy to use. I use it all the time!
  • AbiWord – another free online word processing application.
  • Zoho Writer – and yet another free online word processing application. (Not that you need distractions but they have some other cool stuff too.)
  • YWriter – this is a free software program you can download that helps you organize writing a novel


Planning Methods for Writing a Novel by November 30th

Seat of Your Pants
Start with a nugget of an idea and just start writing. Many people write this way. Some even find success in this method. This keeps things interesting for the author. On the other hand writers often find frustration with this method because of the need to go back and rewrite large passages when the story line needs to change halfway through the book. Planning doesn’t eliminate this problem completely, but it certainly happens less when you do some planning.

Character Dictates the Story
Let your story begin with an interesting character. You’ll want a character who is ready for some kind of change in his/her life. Flesh out everything about your character and let your character tell the story to you. Here are some things you can “discover” about your character as you bring them to life:

  • Physical characteristics
  • Desires
  • Fears
  • Weaknesses & Strengths
  • What is the force that is acting upon your character that will back them into a corner and that will make change inevitable?

Plot Planning
Plan out your story according to Who, What, Where, When, How, and Why. Map out each of these questions starting with What the story is about. You should plan for several major disasters. Then move on to flesh out each of the other areas such as the main characters. Outline your chapters with a sentence or two about what will happen. Then start writing the story. For a great guide on this type of planning and writing check out the SnowFlake Method which is a free guide to writing a novel.


Other Success Considerations

Make sure that you set yourself up for success by establishing good support systems and habits:

  • Get enough sleep each night or you won’t have the juice you need to write!
  • Eat Well. Get the fuel you need so you can get it all done.
  • Frequent Breaks. Don’t try to do it all at once. Studies show that you are much more productive when you take breaks.
  • Support Buddy. Establish a buddy you can go to for support. Create a reward for their support at the end of the month!
  • Motivation. Know why you are writing this novel. Write it out and tape it in front of your writing area.
  • Variety. Keep it interesting and find inspiration by writing in different places especially when motivation is lagging.
  • Reward. Establish a reward for your hard work upon completion of your novel.


Join Me at NaNoWriMo!

You can visit my profile and add me as a buddy here.

Please Share!

Please share with us your progress on your NaNoWriMo novel in the comments! Check back often to keep us updated and find some encouragement from fellow writers!? All comments big and small are very welcomed!

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How to Focus Your Mind


Do you struggle with keeping your mind focused?

My latest guest article at Dumb Little Man gives some helpful tips on staying focused and getting things done.

Please check it out and let me know if you find it helpful!

DumbLittleMan.com: How to Focus Your Mind

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How to Write Faster, Better, and Easier

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How to Write Faster, Better, and Easier

I have a guest post at PickTheBrain.com today.

This article outlines a writing routine that once adopted will make your writing flow faster, easier, and the end result will be better writing.

If you’ve ever wanted to improve the speed and quality of your writing, I think you’ll find these tips useful. Take a peek. If you enjoy it, please vote for it on your favorite social network such as a Digg, Stumble or Delicious. Thank you!

PickTheBrain.com: How to Write Faster, Better, and Easier

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