Jim Woods

Helping You Write and Live Great Stories

5 Reasons Why Writing A Book Will Change Your Life Forever

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Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a writer, writing a book can change your life forever. In all honesty, you don’t know if you are a writer until you actually write. You are just guessing at that point and fear loves to stop you in your tracks.

Blog posts are too easy; you can write and publish a blog post in just a couple minutes and even get immediate feedback from it. It’s time to create something more rewarding and lasting.

Writing a book will change your life. 

Here are five ways you can see this in action:

1. Writing a Book Helps Spread a message.

Nothing on the planet spreads a message like a book. Sure, you could argue for doing a video instead, but videos have scripts, so you have to plot out your idea anyways. Anyone can craft a great book because the costs are very low; the only true costs are your time, an editor and cover designer. With video, the costs are much, much more.

2. Move Past Your Fears.

Writing a book is challenging and requires effort. Four out of five people say they have a book in them but very few people write a book. Going through the book writing process will cause you to grow in leaps and bounds. I’d even argue writing one book has much more impact than MANY blog posts. Writing a book is what separates the real writers from the amateurs.

Want to do something remarkable and that helps you stand out? Do what other people are not doing.

You know you want more than the status quo.

It may sound crazy to some, but you know you want to change the world in some way, right?

3. Find New Career Opportunities.

When I wrote my first book, I was able to make new connections which quickly led to new opportunities. Start passing out your book at conferences and networking events and you WILL get a response.  When you write a book, others will look at you as one with experience and knowledge.

Wouldn’t it be nice in your next interview to say, “I’ve written a book about that topic,” instead of “I’ve written several blog posts about that topic,”?  If you were the hiring manager, who would you hire?

4. A Book Will Provide You With Additional Income. 

Writing one book likely won’t allow you to quit your day job altogether, but I was able to make additional payments on my mortgage. I owed over 30K more than my house was worth. My first ebook–combined with a refinancing–allowed me to get from under that debt and sell my house without paying anything but closing costs. Pretty amazing right? In my case, my ebook DID change my future forever.

In my case, my ebook DID change my future forever.

While book sales always vary, if you write a really good book, with a great cover, great title, great description that shows how it helps customers with a specific need, you can rest assured you will sell some copies of your book. One dollar from writing income is infinitely better than zero, isn’t it?

5. Writing A Book Can Help Launch Your Business.

Writing a book is a great introduction to you and what you are about. It can be as short as a manifesto for free–which if done well can be shared and really make a mark. Jeff Goins made a dent in the blogging world with his Writer’s Manifesto. Dan Miller changed how careers are viewed with his great book  48 Days To The Work You Love. Once you figure out your core message, a book can absolutely help you stand out from the rest. (If you don’t know your core message, I’d be glad to help–just contact me.)

Don’t you think some of the 5-6 million people on Amazon might be interested in your business?

Don’t wait any longer. Every day you wait, the market gets more crowded and more saturated.

The time to write a book is NOW. To help you with this process and to simplify it, I’m offering the ULTIMATE excuse remover titled Write Publish Share. This course gives you complete access to everything you need to write your book.

A great cover designer? Write Publish Share has a great one for affordable prices. A fantastic editor? The course has that too. Personal coaching? Absolutely. Level 2 of Write Publish Share even includes two coaching sessions with the package.

But you have to sign up in the next 48 HOURS to be a member of Write Publish Share. I’m closing the doors in less than two days!

I’d like to offer you a limited sale: for the first twenty-five people to sign up for the course, you can get AN ADDITIONAL $50 off the price by using the code wpsfriend ( just enter this in the discount code box)

Here’s a snapshot of Write Publish Share features:

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There is nothing to hold you back from writing a book. It’s time to change your life by sharing your story with the world.

Got an idea for something you would like to write about? Please tell me in the comments or even feel free to email me about it (all info is 100% confidential).

 

 

The Insanely Easy Way to Write a Book

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You’re married. You’ve got kids. You work a full-time job. How on earth can you write a book now too with your full schedule?

Most folks say get up early and this works well for some.

Those who are night owls and want to stay up late and sleep in late.

Both options don’t really work well with having a 9-5 job do they.

You end up being a sleep-deprived zombie, right?

So what’s a writer to do? Early mornings don’t work. Late nights don’t work. Abandon all of your dreams?

Of course not.

Here’s the secret I used for about two years and it led to two successful books that sold thousands of copies—try writing on your lunch hour.

So simple it’s stupid right? There’s a little more to it than that.

Here’s a breakdown of my approach:

Step 1: Jot down a few ideas right before bed.

Your brain will keep working on those while you snooze. The next morning glance at what you wrote while having breakfast. When you sit down to write later at lunch, your subconscious has been cranking away on what you want to write about. You will often be able to accomplish more in one hour or 45 minutes of focused writing than you will in hours and hours of unfocused writing.

Step 2: Absolutely kill it during your lunch hour.

It’s writing time, so don’t waste your time on Facebook, Twitter and the billion other distractions out there. Focus on your ideal reader and chat with them. This isn’t rocket science. Embrace the long tail. If your ideal reader is married men who love 24 and Breaking Bad and are in their 30’s you are likely not going to resonate with single women in their 20’s who hate Breaking Bad. That’s fine. Just talk to your peeps for an hour and write JUST FOR THEM. Trying to please everyone is a great way to fail every single time.

Sure, following this plan may mean you are not the most social person at your day job. If going to lunch with co-workers is that important to you, schedule in one day a week to eat lunch with co-workers. Just keep in mind that momentum is very important and stopping your routine midweek will likely throw you off track.

Step 3: Work on the weekend.

When you’re married, you absolutely, positively must have your spouse on board with you. This could mean working at a coffee shop on Saturday morning from breakfast until lunch or maybe going out to the library when the kids go down for naps and coming home for dinner.

But here’s the real secret to writing a book: have a plan and combine it with accountability.

A paid mastermind or coach is best so you have some skin in the game. Free is nice, but you have no real commitment at all to something that is free. This small investment into your writing career will help you grow like nothing else.

To help you with this, I recently launched the ULTIMATE course called Write Publish Share which takes you from the fuzzy idea stage to the completed manuscript.

Are you ready to finish that book you’ve started? Want to actually bring in some income from writing? Are you dying inside to share your story with the world? If so, this course is for YOU.

Best of all, this course is designed to fit into YOUR schedule. Write Publish Share is the ultimate excuse remover. I kept the price very affordable so ALL writers can write a book now.

And one more thing…

I wrote an entire book that comes with the Write Publish Share course. Here’s the cover. It’s 120 pages long and filled with practical info, screenshots and encouragement to take you through every single step of the process.

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There is no one who wants to help you share your story more than I do. Email me and let’s chat about your book. I would love to give you some awesome practical advice you can implement today.

No more waiting. Write your book now. I’m closing this course on 4/15 and won’t be opening it up until late summer.

Because you’re a reader of my site, I’d like to offer you a limited sale: for the first twenty-five people to sign up for the course, you can get $50 off the price by using the code wpsfriend ( just enter this in the discount code box)

Sign up for the course by clicking HERE.

What kind of book do you want to write? If you’ve already started your book, what is it about?

Dream Jobs Don’t Just Exist

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Grow up.

Graduate high school.

Pick up a degree.

Get a job.

Now you’ve got some money, maybe you settle down.

Have a family.

Get a house with a white picket fence.

The great American dream.

And you are satisfied for a while.

Time goes by and you realize you’re unfulfilled.

There has to be more than this.

You hear about the concept of the “dream job”.

But what does it mean?

This fuzzy, undefined goal is a lot like chasing a unicorn.

For years, I searched for my “dream job”.

And I never found it.

I had to create it.

Dream jobs don’t exist–you must create them.

This means creating opportunities for yourself.

You can’t wait around to win the job lottery or for a genie to give you three wishes.

All jobs have parts that really suck.

The real problem lies when the parts you hate are greater than the parts you love (or even like).

To avoid this problem, you must continually learning new things.

Build on your interests and passions from the ground up, one piece at at a time.

Get out there and experiment and try new things.

Fail—A LOT.

And eventually success comes.

You don’t deserve a job you love because you are breathing.

It is infinitely easier to settle for the status quo.

It’s comfortable.

The masses are there.

Weekends spent drinking beer and watching football.

With the tools available now, there is no excuse for not pursuing more.

The only thing stopping you is fear or laziness. Or maybe both.

Fear wants you to spend your entire life in front of the TV.

God knows that’s the easiest thing to do.

Nothing like a legacy of leaving a big-ass dent on the couch, right?

If you want more, throw a wrench into the system.

Do something a little crazy.

Sanity is very overrated.

Thousands of days in a cubicle farm doing something you hate to buy a bunch of crap you don’t need is the saddest–and most boring–story ever.

Stories require conflict–more conflict than you can imagine.

What could you do that your friends and family might think you’re just a little nuts to try?

Don’t sit back and watch life happen to you.

Lean into what scares you instead of letting it paralyze you.

I used to be an accountant until I realized going to work was like having my soul sucked out of me like a straw.

So I took the plunge and now I’m a full-time writer, editor and coach.

What plunge do you need to take?

Email me now and I’ll help you figure this out if you’re stuck. I know how it feels and it is beyond frustrating.

If you know what it is you want to do, please share in the comments. Thanks.

The Crazy Life Hack I Made For More Focus (Or Why I Said Goodbye To My Smartphone)

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After months of talking about it to my wife, I finally did it.

I replaced my iPhone with an old school flip phone.

Why?

I desperately needed the break. My smartphone became a digital leash on me.

Everywhere I went, I had to have it close by.

Check email.

Check Twitter.

Check Facebook.

Check email.

Play Tetris.

Check Facebook.

Repeat.

Repeat.

Right after making the switch, I wanted to take a picture with my phone of my kids.

Sounds pretty simple right?

Well on my “new phone”, it takes me 10X longer to take the picture let alone send it to someone.

This is tremendous blessing in disguise. Now, I am forced to stay in the moment instead of trying to document the moment.

I’m much less concerned about updating Facebook with a cute picture of my kids.

And this is a good thing for me.

Mental energy is finite.  

And when something drains you, it is time to get rid of it.

And I have been running on empty because of my obsession with my phone.

For me, the choice is simple—do I want to create and accomplish things or do I want to spend my time playing with my phone.

Focus comes at a cost.

I’m forced to be more disciplined.  Having a smartphone near me all day is not far off from having a cookie jar next to me while I’m on a diet.

Email can wait. So can social media.

I know this is really a discipline issue at the core.

Instead of struggling constantly, it is much better to just say goodbye to the problem altogether.

Plain and simple I was addicted.

Discipline hurts.

I refuse to choose my smartphone over being present and doing the work I know I need to do.

How about you? Do you struggle with your phone? Do you think I was a bit extreme? How do you manage to not be always tied to your phone?

The Ultimate Strategy to Maintain Sanity Online in 2015

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The internet is often like high school.

There’s the cool kids (popular blogs), the jocks (sports junkies), the nerds (tech lovers) and the band geeks (musicians).

When things aren’t going well, it is really lonely.

Judgment from a faceless crowd stings.

You may even feel like a loser.

But know you’re not alone–not by a long shot. 

Something inside longs for continual praise–especially online.

Seeking approval is completely normal, but what if the only REAL approval that matters is from those you love?

“You can’t please everyone, and you can’t make everyone like you.”

–Katie Couric

On many days, worth is measured in the number of Twitter followers, likes or web traffic.

A retweet equals a smile, and silence or  negative feedback brings a frown.

People pleasing and comparison with others kills dreams and drains the joy out of life.  

You may think I’m being overly dramatic–but I’m not.

Continual comparison stops growth and progress.

So what can be done about this problem? Well, here are three things you can do–and I included several links for apps and plugins here–all with free trials!

Three Ways To Keep Your Sanity

1. Limit The Time Spent Online.

Know how much time you are actually spending online. To really stay on top of things, get a plug in like Time Tracker and pay attention to the numbers.

And don’t forget the phone. Moment is a new app for iOS which helps you be aware of how much you are using your iPhone or iPad. It even offers a family option so you can know how much time is being spent on other devices. The Android version coming soon.

2. Avoid Known Problematic Areas.

Spending too much time on any specific websites? Facebook or Twitter are my main distractions. Or reading tons of blog posts instead of reading books. You already know which websites are problems for you; get a plug in like Stayfocusd to keep you on track.

Got some negative friends? Avoid them like the plague. Your attitude will improve dramatically. The Debbie downers are draining your joy and mental energy more than you think.

3. Set Guidelines and [Gasp!] Actually Follow Them.

To accomplish the goal of having less stress and craziness, you have to customize it to fit you. Ask these questions and be honest with yourself:

  • What do you really want to do?
  • What are your goals? Why?
  • Are these things in sync with your priorities?

Now go do that. 

My friend Sarah Mae recently shared a great post by Emily Freeman here. This list resonated so much with me I had to share a portion of it in this post.

Here are some of Emily’s words for her strategy for 2015:

I will tell stories.

I will be myself.

I will write to connect, not compete.

I will remember fear is a normal part of the process, but courage gets the final say.

I will not be a jerk.

 

Pretty incredible right?

I want to do all of these and also be more honest with every word I write. No more acting like I’ve got it all together. More raw, less filtered and less censored. This is an important part of honing my voice as a writer. Calling a spade a spade is something I do in real life; I want to do this more with my writing.

Now, how about you?

What are some things you want to do maintain sanity online? I want to hear from you!

Please feel free to share in the comments–thanks.

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