Want To Be A NY Times Bestselling Novelist And Have Your Stories Turned Into Movies? Then You Owe It To Your Audience To Learn Craft. Period.

Over the last few days I’ve been wrapping up a content edit for one of my clients. I do a lot of content editing in my business for writers who’ve written a draft and now want to get feedback to make improvements.

I’ve never enjoyed a content edit as much as I did doing this content edit for my long-time client, because as I’ve worked with her over the last couple years, I’ve watched her become better and better at story craft. And it shows in her manuscript.

This is her best one to date. As I was reading it, I just kept thinking how proud I am of her for how far she’s come in such a short period of time.

She’s now a storyteller. She understands structure and opposition and she has character arc and a journey with stakes. She’s spent enough time studying and practicing and learning that she can now write a cohesive, engaging story that makes you want to turn the page and keep reading.

Most stories that I read are a total mess. There’s no structure, the plot is thin, opposition is nowhere to be found and the character arc is nonexistent. And this is a HUGE problem.

In fact, many writers never even hire a content editor (even BIGGER problem!), so they never actually find out what’s wrong with their story and how to fix it. And then, even worse, they go off and self-publish that baby, hoping it will somehow make a bunch of sales and even land them on the NY Times Best Seller list.

Fat chance.

And I’m not saying that to be mean. I’m saying it because landing on the NY Times list is already a hard enough thing to accomplish, but throw into the mix a poorly done story with no structure and no opposition, etc., and you’ve pretty much shot yourself in the foot.

There’s no way your novel will ever land on the NY Times Best Seller list or an Amazon Best Seller list or any list, for that matter, if you haven’t done your due diligence to become an actual storyteller.

News flash: just because you’re a writer and have lots of story ideas doesn’t make you a storyteller.

A storyteller is someone who understands what keeps people hooked. A storyteller knows how to structure a story so that the pacing and the conflict and drama unfold in an optimal way. A storyteller has mastered the craft of weaving words into a cohesive tale.

Writers are born, but storytellers are made.

So while it’s damn-near impossible to teach writing to someone who isn’t meant to be a writer, it’s not impossible to teach a decent writer how to be a good storyteller.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: you can write all the beautiful prose in the world, but if you don’t know how to write an engaging, cohesive story with structure and opposition, even your beautiful prose can’t save you from the slush pile.

You must learn craft. You must master the art of storytelling. You must do your due diligence.

Not just for yourself as a writer and storyteller, but for your audience, the people who will eventually read the words you’ve weaved into a story.

If you want to be a professional novelist, you have to care enough about your audience to step into the identity of the writer and storyteller you’re meant to be. You have to be willing to go the distance and learn as much as you can about the craft of storytelling.

I often say you must “master” craft, but the truth is, no one ever really masters it. Not even Stephen King. Because there’s always another layer of learning and always a way to go deeper.

Story craft is like an onion. And most writers are still dancing on the surface of it. But they’ve never actually taken the time to peel off the skin and start to dig deeper into the layers.

And that’s a huge mistake. One that could cost you your publishing career before you’ve even gotten it off the ground.

I spent 5+ years studying story and learning structure and gaining a deeper knowledge and understanding of how all of the pieces of craft work together to create a cohesive, engaging story that makes you want to keep reading (or watching). And I’m still learning to this day.

Because I know there’s always something else to learn.

A year and a half ago, I didn’t fully understand the nuances of writing a scene. I had a good understanding of purpose and mission and how to inject that into a scene and bring the story to life. But I hadn’t yet learned that, just like your story plot, scenes have a specific structure.

But because I’m always learning and growing and going deeper into my storytelling education, I learned about scene structure and began practicing and implementing it on my own stories and watching it come to life on the screen (I watch A LOT of movies).

Now not only is my own scene-writing better, but I’m able to bring that additional layer of storytelling into my work as a story coach and content editor.

And I’ll never stop. Not ’til the day I take my final breath. Because I am a born writer and a made storyteller.

Telling stories is all I ever wanted to do with my life. I wanted to write and create and make up stories to entertain people. From a young age, I saw myself as a novelist and a screenwriter and watching my stories come to life on the big-screen.

I always knew that was the direction I was heading, even if I pushed it away for a long time (and believe me, I did).

That’s why I’m so committed to being a better storyteller. Because I want my audience to LOVE my stories. I want my audience to RAVE about my stories. I want them to leave me 5-star reviews and beg me to write and release my next story.

I care about my readers. Very much.

That’s why I’ve spent so much time learning story structure. That’s why I hire editors and Beta Readers to read my stories and tell me how to make them better. That’s why, even though I’m a story coach and content editor and have worked with hundreds of writers on planning and developing their stories I still continue to watch and deconstruct movies and read books on craft and dig deeper.

Because I not only want to be one of those storytellers who hits the NY Times Best Seller list and has their stories turned into movies, but I WILL BE one of those storytellers.

I will be at the top of my genre. I will be an Academy-Award winning screenwriter. I will be famous in Hollywood and the writing world for my stories. I’ve already decided all of this and set my mind to it, so I know it’s a done deal.

But that doesn’t mean I can just sit on my ass and write a couple stories.

Knowing what you’re destined for and what you’re meant for and what you want to create in your life is awesome, but it doesn’t excuse you from having to then fully step into the role of being that person–that writer and author and storyteller–right now.

Which means being willing to do the things most writers aren’t. It means spending more time studying craft and practicing storytelling than sitting around watching mindless TV. It means investing the money in a content editor or Beta Readers or a story coach or a workshop or course or book that will help you become better. It means doing the work day-in-and-day-out to improve your storytelling skills and your understanding of craft.

It means being willing to accept that being a great storyteller is a life-long journey that never really ends. Because you’ll never master it and you will die still not knowing everything.

But if you show up every day and do the work, you will become one of those storytellers who gets remembered long after you’re gone.

And, really, if you see yourself as a NY Times Best Selling novelist and you can imagine your stories being made into movies on the big-screen, then you owe it to yourself AND your readers to become the best writer and storyteller you can possibly be.

And it all starts with craft. It starts with becoming an expert in craft–and not just knowing what the pieces of storytelling are, but actually being able to implement those pieces in your own stories.

Do the work. Your future readers will thank you for it.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

P.S. If you’re ready to continue your storytelling and craft journey, I have a FREE 3-part video series coming tomorrow where I’ll be teaching you all about the #1 thing your story needs to be an actual story. Stay tuned… (and if you can’t wait another day, go to www.JenniferBlanchard.net and grab my FREE story training + workbook, From ‘Eh’ to ‘Awesome’ and start your craft journey right away.)

Stop Worrying About Not Having Enough Ideas And Turn Yourself Into An Ideas Machine

So often I see writers posting about and talking about the fear of losing ideas or having their ideas stolen. In the world of today, it’s a legit concern, of course.

But that doesn’t mean it’s something you have to constantly worry about or focus on.

I haven’t really talked about this much, but in October 2010, my blog, Procrastinating Writers, got hacked. They stole everything, including Write Everyday, the most amazing writing app my cousin built for me that generated a random writing prompt and then gave you a space to write it in. It was the most popular thing on my blog and brought in a ton of traffic. (Which, if you know anything about websites, is a pretty big deal.)

It happened two years into my blogging journey, when I had already built an audince and had an email list and was selling my own product (an eBook). Readers were emailing me, telling me that all of the links on my site were broken.

When I checked it out, what I saw was devastating.

The homepage of my site was there–and looked totally normal–but when you clicked on the headline to go read the post it took you to a white page with a bunch of random text. But it wasn’t my site.

My site, was gone.

GONE.

It was one of the worst days of my life.

Two full years of blogging, including writing three posts a week for most of 2010. I was beside myself. I went numb.

All of my words. All of the research and ideas and love that I put into building that site… gone.

I didn’t think I’d ever blog again. I gave it up.

For about a week.

And then I had some sense knocked into me by a fellow blogger who suggested I contact her husband for help restoring my site. Thankfully he figured out a way to restore all of my content from an old backup I had. So I didn’t lose all of my posts (just some of them, and that awesome Write Everyday app, damn it!!)

But all of that got me thinking…

What if I DID lose everything?

What if I DID have to totally start over with my blog and do it all again, from scratch?

What if I had to write new posts and come up with new ideas?

Could I do it? Could I really do it all over again?

And it was in this moment that I stopped being attached to my ideas and stopped feeling idea-lack. I realized that I had tons of ideas and I had processes and exercises for generating more of them.

I was an ideas machine. I had ideas coming out of my ears and I could come up with ideas not only for myself, but for other people as well.

I also stopped worrying. I stopped spending any energy or time thinking about or worrying that my blog would get hacked again. (I did set up better protection for my site as to best avoid that happening again, because, of course!).

And as I did this, as I let go of attachment and the feeling of lack around my ideas and realized I could generate ideas whenever I wanted to, I became a whole new kind of writer.

I became a writer who has endless ideas. Who never worries if an idea slips her mind or she loses one or someone steals one, because another one is right there, ready to go.

A quote I used to have written down when I was in high school–and I wish I could remember who said it–went something like this: There are writing ideas in front of you all day long. Great writers see 5-6 of them, most don’t see any.

And it’s SO true!!

Life is the greatest idea source we could ever have access to. And you don’t just have to use your life. You can look at the lives of other people for inspiration too.

If you use life as your inspiration there’s no way in hell you could ever run out of things to write about. Never. It’s impossible, because life is an abundant, endless, infinite muse.

For those who choose to see it that way.

I get emails almost daily from people telling me how much my daily blog posts help them and inspire and motivate them. (I love hearing that!!) And what’s cool is all I ever do (or mostly, anyhow, I suppose I do write about writing and storytelling a lot too) is just write about my life and what I’m thinking or feeling in that moment.

I just pull ideas from the ether and write them down.

I’m an ideas machine. I’m a writer who sees the 5-6 ideas (and sometimes more) every day and uses them to create and put out content for my audience.

And you can be too.

Yes. You.

You can be an ideas machine too. You, too, can pull ideas from the ether and write them down for your audience.

You can be a writer who sees the 5-6 ideas daily. A writer who pays attention. Who asks questions. Who wonders.

A writer who puts out daily (yes, daily!) content, in some way, shape or form.

People are always telling me they can’t understand HOW I create so much content and do so many things. And it really just comes down to paying attention to the ideas and writing them down and being committed to acting on the best ones.

If you want to be an ideas machine and a writer who can generate ideas and creative energy in the drop of a hat, here’s what you need to do:

1. Pay Attention More

Be present in the moment and pay attention to what you’re thinking and how you’re feeling because that is where your best ideas will always be.

2. Write Down Ideas Every Day

As much as possible, spend time generating ideas. I’m constantly making lists of ideas for things I can write about, create, teach, etc. I don’t use most of what I write down, but the act of writing the ideas down always allows the good ones to come through and grab my attention.

And then those are the ones that become books and workshops and blog posts, etc.

3. Believe In Idea Abundance and Know that There’s Always More Where That Came From

When I made the decision to believe that ideas are everywhere and that I never have to worry about losing one or someone stealing one because I always have another, that’s when I became an ideas machine.

4. Create of Iterations

There are no new ideas anymore. Everything has been done before. So all we can do now is put our unique spin on things, by creating iterations of what already exists.

Story planning is not a new thing. I didn’t invent it or put terms to it. But I teach it. I use it as inspiration for my writing. I’ve created content and products around it. Because it’s something that helped me (going back to that whole writing and creating from your life thing) and so I know it can also help you.

What iteration can you create? What ideas can you take and tweak and put your own unique vision and spin on? You’ll never run out of ideas doing this, and each one will be unique and new in its own way.

5. Think Like A Journalist

Look at a situation or a person or place, and ask questions and consider things. Who built this? Why? How did they do it? What does she look like that? What happened to her? What if she was born in a cult? What if her mother never loved her? What if I wasn’t stuck in traffic right now? What if I chose to just take the next exit and see where it takes me?

When you’re inquisitive and you look for the story in everything, you’ll find it. And sometimes it will be something that you actually want to develop further.

How do you generate ideas for your writing? Where does your inspiration come from? Share in the comments.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

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When Something Feels Wrong, Change It

A lot of the times in life and business, we tell ourselves that our intuition doesn’t matter. We feel something but we ignore it because we’re told that’s not the way to do things.

We listen to the opinions of others and trust what they say more than trusting how we really feel about something.

As you may know, I’ve just reopened the doors to the Bestselling Author Mastermind and we’re now accepting new members. I’m SO pumped about this as BAM is one of my most favorite things that I’ve ever created and it just keeps on getting better and better.

But something that’s been nagging me for days now is the new price for joining BAM. I was advised by several people that I should be charging $97 a month for all of what’s included in the BAM membership.

That price didn’t really feel right to me. So I went with a price that was slightly lower and a number that I really, really love ($77). But it still hasn’t felt right.

Because I want this group to not only be accessible for most writers, but I also want it to be the most insane value EVER for what you’re paying.

I believe it is. And I believe it still would be at $97 a month or $77 a month or even $197 a month. The value is more than there.

But here’s the thing… just because you can charge that much, doesn’t mean you should.

Yes, the BAM membership is worth that much, it’s worth much more. You get an insane level of access to me in a private Facebook group, you get tons of kick-ass trainings and resources in the member’s site to help you write, revise, publish and sell your books, you get weekly accountability check ins and work sessions so you can get shit done, you get free access to all of my workshops and digital products that cost $100 or less (and let’s be honest that pretty much means EVERYTHING), and you get to be part of the best community online of like-minded writers and authors who are all heading in similar directions and are super supportive of each other.

So I originally made the price what I was told it should be for all the value I’m delivering.

But it hasn’t been sitting well with me. I’ve actually been thinking about it all day long since I launched on Friday.

And the truth is, I’d do the BAM site for free. I love it that much and believe in it that much. So it didn’t make sense for me to be charging a price that felt out of alignment for the goal I have for the group, which is to make it a killer deal and easily accessible for most people.

If I was in it just for the money, maybe I would charge more. But I’m not. I’m in it because this group is amazing and because it has helped me to step up in my own writing life in so many ways.

I love delivering the trainings and I love having BAM members in my workshops that I run. It’s a blast to get to hang out with the members and get to know them and support them in their writing lives, wherever they are in their journey so far.

So I’ve decided to throw the price I was told I should be charging out the window and just charge what I feel in my gut is the right price.

Maybe I’m totally insane and maybe I’m “leaving money on the table” by not charging more. But I honestly don’t give a fuck.

I believe that you should LOVE your business and LOVE the work you’re doing and I also believe you should always, always, always follow your heart and do what feels good for you.

And the higher price just didn’t feel good to me.

So I changed it.

You can do this too, with anything in your life that doesn’t feel good to you. You don’t have to stick with something just because at one point you committed to it and decided you needed to do it. You don’t have to keep doing something that sucks or that makes you feel like shit.

You get to choose.

And changing your mind doesn’t at all make you flaky or irresponsible, either, as so many people will tell you that it does. In fact, changing your mind and having the courage to own it and then move in that new direction is extremely brave in a world where people will suffer ’til their last breath just to keep other people from judging them for their choices.

The BAM community is a place for learning and for growing. It’s a place for finding out who you are as a writer and author and stepping into the identity of who you want to be.

Running this group has changed so much for me, and it’s also allowed me to finally give myself permission to make a massive change in my writing business and life… one that I can’t tell you about right now (but I will very soon!!).

Being a BAM member will change your life and will make you a better, happier and more productive writer and author. And all for the price of one dinner out a month.

If you’re ready to step the fuck up in your writing life and get your book written or finished or start selling more copies of the book you’ve already got out there, there’s no better place in the world for you then right here in this group.

>> Details and sign up here: www.jenniferblanchard.net/landing/mastermind

Dream life or bust,

 

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

P.S. The price of BAM has gone down but the value keeps on rising!! I just added a new BONUS… everyone who signs up by Sunday July 23 (when the doors close) gets FREE access to my upcoming workshop that launches soon: Freelance to Freedom–how to make money as a writer.

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You Can Make-Believe Your Way Into Your Dreams

A little over a year ago, I became a best selling author on Amazon. I sold 1,007 books in 30 days and hit #1 in the Authorship category.

And when I looked back at what, specifically, I did to make it happen, I was surprised (but not all that surprised) to find out it was mostly the acting as if stuff that helped me manifest it.

Yes, I already had a following and other books out and momentum. But I’d had that for years. It wasn’t until I started to pretend I was already the successful writer and author that I dreamed of being and taking action from that place did things like hitting #1 start to happen to me.

Here’s the cool thing about creating your writing dreams: you can pretend your way into them.

You can figure out where you want to go in your writing life, and then you can make a list of all the things you’d be doing and being if you were already that person, and then you can go and take as many of those actions as possible, as if you already are that person.

Just like you played make-believe as a kid and pretended you were a teacher or a mom/dad or an actor or a cowboy or a princess or whatever you liked to pretend to be (for me it was always teacher, artist and storyteller). You can do that right now with your dream writing life.

Here’s an example:

When I’m developing and planning a new story and I’m ready to write the first draft, I always build a Scrivener file for it. First I create two folders inside the file: 1) Written 2) To Be Written. Then I add a text file for each scene in the order they’re listed in on my roadmap to the “To Be Written” folder. And if I know the name of the story already, I’ll put it on the title page and rename the manuscript as well.

This is my starting place. And then I marinate.

I’ve got the story in my head and the plan down on paper. I’ve been thinking about it, marinating on it, and pulling out pieces and writing them down as they come through for weeks, if not months.

And having the Scrivener file all set up and ready to go really stirs up the inspiration. I find myself waking up in the morning with the opening lines for the story or a particular scene dancing through my head. Ready to come out.

Then I sit in front of the blank Scrivener file and I channel the words down to the page.

Before setting up the Scrivener file, I have no idea what words to use, they just won’t come out. But by pretending I already have the words and setting up the Scrivener file like I’m ready to start writing, the words come to me. Every single time.

Because I’m acting as if. I’m make-believing that I know what to write, and so I do the things I know I’d be doing if I already had the words: set up my Scrivener file.

I have a story plan, OF COURSE, I won’t write without one. But the story plan–while insanely useful–doesn’t tell me the specific words I need to write. It only informs me of what the story is about and what has to happen in each scene.

The words are a whole other beast.

So I use the acting as if principle to make the words come to me. I do this for my novels and for my blog posts and my nonfiction and even for the writing I do for my clients. I even have a client who I’m so in-tune with, when I’m writing her email copy I feel like her voice is being channeled through me. (It’s pretty freaking cool!!)

A little over a year ago, I started to pretend I was already a best selling author. I committed to writing and publishing 9 books that year. I opened myself to the idea of becoming a best seller and receiving the inspired actions to take.

Most importantly, I declared it publicly to my community that I was going to be a best selling author on Amazon in 2016. And to hold myself accountable to it, I started a group called the Bestselling Author Mastermind and I told everyone they could watch me hit #1 and I’d talk them through everything I was doing and how I was doing it.

So when my new eBook hit #1 on Amazon a week after creating this group and declaring publicly that I was gonna be a best seller, I was surprised, but, again, not all that surprised.

Because I acted my way into it.

I pretended it was already true and I took action from that place.

If I was already a best selling author on Amazon, I’d most definitely have a group where I showed people what I did and how to do it, as well as held them accountable to taking action in their own writing lives. So that’s what I did. I started the group and showed them live in real time how I became a best selling author.

When you start to let go of how you’ve always been told you should achieve things and start opening your mind to using universal laws to create what you want, you’ll be amazed at how much easier everything becomes.

Now don’t get me wrong–you still have to put in the work. I was able to easily manifest best seller status because I had built up so much momentum over the years. I just wasn’t open to receiving it until then.

But my point in all of this, is that you can very easily act your way into the writing life you’ve always dreamed of. You just have to step into the identity of who that writer and author would be right now.

It’s up to you whether you take baby steps or huge leaps. Both ways work and both ways will bring you closer and closer to being that writer and author you’ve always seen yourself as.

Dream life or bust,

 

 

 

#DreamLifeOrBust #DailyThinkDifferent

P.S. Doors to the Bestselling Author Mastermind are NOW OPEN to new members!!!! BAM is my high-level support group for multi-passionate writers and authors who want to have the habits, mindset, craft expertise, consistency and follow-through of a bestselling author, while writing and publishing their books and creating their dream writing lives all on their terms.

I’m SO pumped to welcome the new members to the group. I’ve just filled the member’s site with a ton of new content, including all of my most recent workshops. This is the BEST the member’s site has ever been.

See EVERYTHING you get in the member’s site, get the full details on the membership and sign up for the group here: www.jenniferblanchard.net/landing/mastermind

How I Became A #1 Best Seller On Amazon

This was originally supposed to be a video and/or livestream, but to be honest, I had a CRAZY week last week and I just didn’t get around to it. So I decided to just write it up, because writing is what I do best anyhow 🙂

I spent some time earlier in the week reflecting back on the specific actions–both practical and energetic–that I took last year that caused me to hit #1 on Amazon in the Authorship category with my eBook, Align Your Writing Habits to Success. And while most of the actions were practical physical actions (as to be expected) there was a whole bunch of energetic mindset actions baked into all of that.

It was almost hard to decipher the practical actions from the energetic ones because energy is involved in everything (as everything is made of energy).

First, why this even matters–because your energy creates your vibration and your vibration is what attracts and magnetizes things to you. So energy matters and the energy you bring with you to everything you do matters.

So that’s why you can’t (and shouldn’t) just do the practical stuff and think that’s enough. It’s not. And while practical action will get you somewhere, it won’t feel nearly as easy and in flow as when you’re doing those actions along with the energetic ones.

Which is why I had a hard time splitting all of the practical actions from the energetic ones, and the energetic ones from the practical. I did what I could, but don’t be surprised if the practical actions have a mix of energy in them and vice versa, that’s kinda how it goes.

Below are the practical physical actions and the energetic mindset actions that I did to become a #1 best seller on Amazon (for PAID books, NOT free ones)…

Energetic Mindset Actions:

> I decided 2016 was the year it was going to happen

This is major. It’s pretty much the WHOLE thing. Once you actually truly decide something and close off all other options and possibilities, then it doesn’t really matter what you do after that. The specific actions are far less important than the decision.

Because the decision creates a feeling inside you and that feeling raises your vibration and then your vibration causes you to have inspired ideas of actions to take. When you actually take them, that’s what will result in you achieving your goal.

> I believed it was DONE

I had no idea how I’d make myself a #1 best seller on Amazon. I had no idea how anyone did it. I didn’t know anyone who’d done it and I didn’t have anyone I could ask about it either.

But something in me just felt like it was done. I felt like it had already happened. And that feeling of “it has already happened” caused me to have inspired ideas for actions that helped me to make it happen.

> I wrote my reality

For several months before it actually happened, I was writing every single day in my journaling that “I am a best selling author” and “all of my books hit #1” and “I am #1 in the Authorship category.”

As writers and creators, our words have POWER. And we can use our words to create anything that we want in our writing lives and beyond. But you have to be committed to actually doing the “write your reality” journaling exercise every day.

> I visualized

Every day I’d imagine myself going to Amazon and seeing my book at #1. Over and over again this was part of my daily visualization practice. I saw it happen in my mind before I ever saw it happen in my reality.

And when I did finally see it in my reality, it felt totally meant to be. Because I created it.

Practical Physical Actions:

> I wrote more books

When I decided that 2016 was the year I was going to hit #1 on Amazon, I got the inspired idea that in order to do it, I’d probably need to write more books. So that’s what I committed to doing. I committed to writing and publishing one eBook a month for the rest of 2016.

I ended up writing 9 eBooks and publishing 7 of them. Two of those 7 eBooks hit #1 on Amazon.

> I told people I was gonna hit #1

I figured if I told people about my goal of hitting #1 on Amazon, it would force me into having to do it. Because I always do what I say I’m going to (even if sometimes it takes a bit longer than I expect it to).

> I acted on a Divine Download (aka: inspired action)

I received a totally random idea one day to take the content I wrote for a free 30-day writing habit challenge into an eBook. And rather than sit on the idea, I acted on it. I put the book together and I self-published it.

> I purchased Bestseller Ranking Pro

Right after I made the decision that 2016 was the year I’d hit #1 on Amazon, I received an email randomly about a software called Bestseller Ranking Pro, which allows you to get a behind-the-scenes look at the different categories on Amazon and an estimate of how many books you’d have to sell in a month in order to hit #1 in that category. The email was for a 50% discount for a 6-month subscription of the software.

I purchased the subscription and started looking into the different categories my books fit into and how much I’d need to sell to hit #1. Having this kind of information made me feel more confident that I could hit #1 in Authorship.

> I gave myself some massive accountability to make this goal happen

I always find that I’m much more likely to take action and achieve something if I’m being held accountable to doing it. So I started a mastermind group for writers who wanted to step up their habits and mindset, so they could create their dream writing lives (aka: The Bestselling Author Mastermind), and I actually told everyone that they’d be able to watch me become a best seller on Amazon.

I committed to giving my group members a behind-the-scenes look at what I did and how I did it. Giving myself the responsibility of not only running this mastermind group, but also to let all of the members watch me as I worked toward becoming a #1 best seller on Amazon, forced me to step up and do the work to make it happen.

This was a major acting as if moment for me.

> I emailed my community about my new eBook when it was available

When my new eBook, Align Your Writing Habits to Success, was published, I emailed my community to let them know it was available. Sounds simple, but you’d be amazed how many people don’t actually do this!

A lot of self-published authors don’t even have email lists and if they do have them, many of the same authors don’t send emails often enough.

> When the book hit #3, I emailed my community again and posted on Facebook

After I launched that eBook, I just kept pushing forward on my other projects. I wasn’t even paying attention to what was happening with book sales. Until someone emailed me to say my book was at #3 in the Authorship category.

When I found that out, I got super excited and I thought–I wonder if I can get it to #1? So I emailed my community and posted on Facebook, telling people the book was at #3 and asking them to buy a copy if they were interested and/or wanted to support me in hitting #1.

And when I woke up the next morning, my eBook was at #1 on Amazon in the Authorship category.

BOOM.

By combining the energetic mindset actions with the practical physical actions, I was able to achieve my goal of hitting #1 on Amazon. This combination of actions is what I now call Manifestation Marketing.

And the craziest part is, from the day I decided I was gonna hit #1 to the day it actually happened was around 90 days. Ninety days!!!

Imagine achieving one of YOUR writing goals in 90 days! Imagine fully stepping into the identity of the writer and author you’ve always dreamed of being.

That’s exactly what I did in 2016–I fully stepped up and began acting AS IF I was already the writer and author I dreamed of being. So, of course, that’s what I became.

And I step more and more into that identity every single day.

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