Write Your Book! Fail Often, Fail Fast, Fail Forward #ThrowbackThursday

Write your book.

Write your book. Come on, do it. Stop saying, “one day I’ll write a book”. In fact, stop saying, “one day”.  Stop being afraid. Are you afraid of failure? What’s the worst that could happen? You fail. You’ve never done that before? What’s the best that can happen? You succeed. Maybe you’ll never make the New York Times bestseller list, but not many do. At least you’ll be able to say you’ve written a book.

Take it to the next level. Publish it! Yes, put it out to the world. Be bold. Be brave. Write your book and claim authorship. Self-publishing tools are so easy and available. If I can do it, and I’m hanging onto the tech world by my fingernails, then you can do it. If you need guidance, check out my self-publishing Pinterest board.

Are you afraid of success? Some are. By succeeding, the world validates you and your talent.  Success is a rare thing for those who don’t believe in themselves. It might skew their world. Be bold and change your world.

Take a risk. I’ve taken many over the years. I wasn’t born or raised as a risk-taker. In my time (let’s talk Don Draper) little girls grew up to be wives or mothers. Careers, if you were so bold to seek one, were limited to secretary, teacher, stewardess, and nurse. Oh, and clerical, a career (!) I entered, which morphed into analytical research.

How I changed into a risk taker

My husband, Mr. Hello-how-long-have-you-worked-here, Mr. Extrovert, pulled and prodded my true personality to the forefront. I’m still an introvert, by I’m a highly-functioning one, which means I can walk and talk in public at the same time; I can take command of a room full of authors; I’m proud of my writing and WILL talk about it; and I’ve been known to strike up conversations with strangers. (Gasp!)

One of the first steps I made in the “write your book” journey was to join a writers group. Then split off and start another. Then WRITE THE DAMN BOOK. And—get this—finish it and send it to a publisher.

Non-writing related, we’ve failed often, failed fast, and failed forward many times. We’ve started many businesses. Some have failed (pre-internet gift baskets), some have succeeded (office cleaning, which paid the mortgage every month). Though we don’t consider it a fail, some might because we didn’t “stick it out”—In 2012, we quit well-paying jobs, sold our house and most of our possessions, and moved to Hawai’i. We lived there for three years, six months and twenty-one days. Was it a fail? Yes and no. We never regained our income, but we lived in paradise.

We took a risk. In our minds, it paid off. It might not have. That’s our view of life. Try it. Go on to the next thing if it doesn’t work.

Fail often, fail fast, and most importantly, fail forward. We wouldn’t be where we are if we hadn’t tried.

Now it’s your turn. Write your book. Take a chance. Believe in yourself.



This has been a #ThrowbackThursday production, dipping our toes into the memories of October, 2018.

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How to Write a Book in a Month

November is National Novel Writing Month

As most writers know, November is National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo. An estimated 400,000 aspiring authors will attempt to write 50K words in 30 days, November 1st to 30th. It’s a daunting, challenging task to write a book in a month.

I’ve officially participated in November, April (spring NaNoWriMo), July (Camp NaNoWriMo), and unofficially on my own timeline. I always make the 50K count because a) I like a challenge, and b) nobody tells me what I can’t do.

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Cool Links 10-20-18 Librarians, Jack-O’-Lanterns, Toy Train Tracks

Cool libraries, wild Jack -O’-Lanterns, and toy train tracks are among the cool links 10-20-18 edition.

20 Incredibly Creative Ways Librarians Spread the Magic of Reading

Librarians are the backbone of our library system (one might say the spine). To encourage kids (and adults) to read, they’ve put on some awesome displays and events.

Stuffed animal sleepover, anyone? Bring your favorite stuffed animal to the library and pick it up the next morning with their book recommendations.

A dress made from book covers? Yes, please.

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If fictional characters used Twitter—read their Tweets on this bulletin board.

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My favorite—a blanket fort in the library! What could be more awesome than exploring the magic tunnels between rows of books?

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Most of these ideas can be adapted for use with your little reader. For the complete list, go here.

Cool links 10-20-18, Wild Jack -O’-Lanterns

Halloween is less than two weeks away. It’s a favorite time in my household as my husband’s birthday is the day before. He was almost a Halloween baby. Frightening!

If you’re into elaborate pumpkin carving (and who doesn’t want to be?), pick up some inspiration here.

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From pumpkin pi (not pie), ghouls, and skeletons, these carvers showcase their talent!

The world’s longest wooden toy train track

Our final entry of Cool Links 10-20-18 follows a toy train track, the world’s longest, in fact. BigJigs Toys in Britain teamed with a design firm to build a 2.1 mile (!) long wooden toy train track. It broke an existing Guiness Book of World Records record (is that redundant?) and took over three hours to build plus another hour to push a toy train down the track. I wonder if the train itself was necessary to break the record? Heck, if I build anything that long, I’d want to make sure something rode it. Imagine being a minature railroad engineer!

Future and past posts

I’m on vacation from retirement (yeah, well deserved after 32 years), and then I’m attending the 20BooksTo50K indie writer conference in Las Vegas (just a 4 hr drive up the road), so my blog posts have been sporatic, at best. I’m hoping to add more original content by mid-November, but I never make promises I can’t keep.

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I hope you enjoyed the Cool Links 10-20-18 edition. See you when I see you. Until then, blessings.

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Cheryl (ProWriter)

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