LILIWIOFE is not a story, a tale or a novel. It is a diary. Some of you will ask, "but why a diary? What possible use could a diary have in anyone's life?" This diary is far more than just a method for attacking one's goals head on and recording the tasks one needs to do, in order to achieve them. It represents the act of taking action, in a physical sense. When an individual writes something down by hand, there is a commitment to oneself and the likelihood of following through with a dream, to make it reality, is far more likely. The brain switches on because the senses have been initiated.
However, for me this diary represents time - something we all have, but in limited supply. It is a full year, that we can choose to engage with our dreams or flitter them away on something less meaningful. And sometimes, it is not just a year. It could be as much as six years, just gone in an instant and you don't know where those hours, days, minutes have flown. Time has a funny way of healing one's heart. You don't plan to lose time or put your life on hold - it just sort of happens without you realising it and before you know it, you have not moved in the direction you set out to or something else has taken its place.
Since my father's passing, six years ago - life has just up and flown away and with it a great deal of my confidence. He was the person to whom I discussed my ideas, my plans and creations. We were very similar, in many ways. This diary represents a promise - not to waste a minute, an hour or a breath. It is a commitment that I can physically see on my shelf, see what I have achieved and how long it has taken me to create those dreams I had planned, prior to him being consumed by cancer.
Dad was a man who was energetic, creative, passionate and had dreams like the rest of us. We don't know what Mother Nature has in store for us, where we will be, who it will affect, how we will react or how we will claw our way back when the dust settles.
All I can tell you, is that we should not let 'time' steal our plans for achievement, joy, love or life. So many times we hear, "oh I'm just killing time; I don't have the time; I lost time; I can't give you my time." The list goes on. I'm sure, you could think of your own phrases that you use on a daily basis, as to why 'time' is stealing what you set out to do. Yet, my point is simple - we don't have time. It is gone as quickly as you can say the word, 'time'.
It doesn't matter if some of you don't get what I am saying - that's okay. In 'time', the penny will eventually drop. But for me, I am on a quest to do as I say and complete what I started six years ago...and on my way, I hope to help a million others to leave their comfort zone, before 'time' up and flies away. Living a life without fear and taking a chance on getting it right, takes a lot of guts. You have to shelve the voice inside your head that says, 'what if it doesn't work out; what will they say if I fail...' There are so many what if's. But what if, you get it right? What an honour that would be to yourself? What an achievement it would be to be proud of your growth and the person you have become. What an honour it would be to share those milestones, with others who have struggled similarly and overcome the hurdles.
This is my plan. You are my witness - help keep me accountable - failure is not an option.
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Yes, 2019 is coming to a close and although this end of the publishing world has been slow going, there is always the incoming year to make amends - to put things right.
We don't always get given our ducks in a row; sometimes our ducks are flapping, honking resting in the straw and definitely not always flying straight as we intended. I guess that is the way of the world and the way of the world of business. Ah, the chances one takes in becoming an entrepreneur...
However, nothing stays the same forever - eventually the tides turn; eventually the seasons change and the fruits of ones labours stays steadfast on the branch of success and will ripen fully.
So for 2020, as I wish for ELK Publishing to ripen its fruit fully, I too wish the same for you in your corner of the world. I pray all runs smoothly for you - I pray you find balance between business and family; find balance among spending time with colleagues, your family and yourself - because you too are important. Without the right frame of mind there is no family, no business and no going forward in your business. Yes, I believe the right frame of mind and balance are the key elements in my festive greeting, this year. :)
and the direction you seek to travel,
will bear easy roads.
Writing a book doesn't have to be a difficult task. Yes, it can be time-consuming, but if it is something you really enjoy - writing a book as well as illustrating it, can be extremely rewarding - especially if you know, you have done the lot.
I think the hardest part, has to be slotting in regular periods during the day or evening to partake in the act of writing. It is really easy to get side tracked and say to yourself, 'I'm not really in the mood to write,' or 'I'm stumped - so I won't write today'. Both are not really useful to developing consistent opportunities to write. A little everyday gets you into good habits; just like brushing your teeth and yes, you'll get so expert at it, your work will begin to shine. You just have to make time, no matter how small.
150 words written everyday, over the course of a month will give you a 4,500 words start on a YA novel - usually around 60,000 words. This means you'd just about be finished writing your book, in 1 year. If you put in double the effort each day - you'd be finished in 6 months - double that again and you'd be done in 3 months!
Remember, the 10,000 hour rule will only make you accomplished, three times that will bring you to virtuoso standard. :)
Halloween is meant to be fun - full of dressing up; enjoying pumpkins and sweets and finding infinite homes to visit that have joined in the fun of making an awesome scary scene! Enjoy, but be safe!