Are you tired of writing intermittently? Would you like to install a lifelong writing habit, one that gets your butt in the chair every single day? Then this is the book for you.
Lifelong Writing Habit draws on well-tested neuroscience to help you install a daily writing habit that will endure for life. It contains a simple-to-understand system, with actionable steps at the end of every chapter.
It's time to make a permanent shift in your writing. Let's get moving!
©2016 Chris Fox (P)2016 Chris Fox
I read tons of self-help books. I have read many in this genre of how to write, write faster, continue onward and so forth.
This book is a keeper because it gives practical straightforward advice and illustrations. The bottom line is you have to make a decision to write and find the time by manipulating your day. Like all books it tells you to track your writing and make goals. The author makes it clear that it is up to you and if you want to succeed you will take the time even if it is 5 minutes a day.
I enjoyed the narrator and the subject matter very much. It is an encouraging book but at the same time it is one where it is on me and not on anyone else. I have done most of the exercises and plan to continue to implement what I've learned and I may be reading the rest of his series. I think I like it the most because it is an engaging style to listen to and to read. If you want simple as in easy to comprehend and implement this is a book for you but at the same time it is not simplistic.
if you're uncertain, I think you should get a sample of the book if you can ( ebook) or whatever and see if it is something along the lines that you need. I found that it is going to work very nicely for me.
Searching the gateways to the meanings of life.
This is an amazing book. It tells the story of the author and how he became what he is today. The process of becoming what you want takes more then reading about about how to write. I'm this book he breaks down how to become a writer by changing your habits by creating habits. He gives you tools and resources for becoming the person you want to be. Awesome work Chris!
Fox's short book gives clear, concise guidance on becoming a writer. It is a part self-help, part how-to book. In less than two hours, Fox gave far more useful recommendations than Steven King's book "On Writing". I tried to get through King's book, but lost all patience when Steve started blathering about an amateur band that he was in. In regard to writing, Steve's suggestions were to get an English degree and put together disjointed ideas in interesting ways. Gee, thanks Steve. Whereas King indulges in useless autobiographical drivel, Fox gives worthwhile advice in less than two hours. This one is a keeper.
Author of the Awakening: Fractured Memories Series
It's a great book to listen to on your computer so that you can quickly access something to record your ideas and your tasks. I found myself hyped to put into practice some of Chris' exercises right away and have on most exercises. Reviewing and implementing some of the larger items over the course of the week, but focusing on the core writing habit.
I love that Chris covers the area of mental clutter and how it can have a negative impact on your overall productivity. I'm going through a massive cleanse right now, decluttering my workspace and dumping all of my to-do items into my preferred task management system 'Trello'. I've also refined my existing word count tracking from calculating how many words i need to write for a deadline, to just tracking and aiming to do better. My previous method caused a lot of mental paralysis that resulted in my just ignoring it just to get on with my writing.
I've not listened to anything from Ryan Kennard Burke before, so I have no basis for comparison.
I haven't learned anything new per-say. I found it interesting to see how he implemented some of his own tactics to reprogram his habits, and I'm willing to try them for myself to see if it can yield to improvement in my own failing habits. Procrastinating by doing mutually important tasks is still procrastinating... *lowers head in shame*
On his chapter about continuous learning and listening to podcasts: absolutely! A hungry mind is a creative mind. Don't limit yourself to just writing podcasts (though they do serve as good creative mojo), listen to all sorts of podcasts that suit your interests, the themes of your latest creative work and more. Don't limit yourself!
I'm of two minds of the naysayer chapter, but I felt that he articulated the difference between 'you can't do it' and 'your finger painting is crap' rather nicely. It could have used repeating as I come across many authors who feel that anything said that may not connect with their reader/market is the equivalent of naysaying.
I bought the ebook when it first came out and have read it several times since. Having the audiobook now helps me absorb the information.
All of the advice in here is sound and can be found in other sources, but most of those sources are long winded in order to fill certain shelf space requirements. Chris Fox is direct and quick to get to actionable steps.
Each chapter ends with exercises that make perfect sense for not only writers, but anyone looking to get ahead. If you take out the word "writer" then this is just an excellent book for trying to build habits for success. Just like the ebook, the exercises are all collected and repeated at the end, which is even more useful in an audiobook as it's more of a pain for me to flip between chapters. Do the work if you want to get anything out of this.
Burke is a fantastic narrator who matched the tone perfectly in each chapter. He'll add excitement when the book is pumping you up, and he'll add an edge when the book of giving you a push. He also got the jokes some narrators might have missed, which always bothers. No complaints on the narration.
All and all, I'm so happy this is finally on audio! Buy it!
Interesting use of other author's resources to create a "how to." The author doesn't offer anything but quotes from other writers. His "ideas" amount to common sense, like turn the Internet off if you're not getting writing done. He claims to make $250k a year and then describes the day by saying he takes the bus to work. He's read all the same books that most salespeople have read, and then goes on to quote those best sellers.
This was a great read, full of practical information and easily applicable advice; so glad I was able to read it. Will be on a look out for an audio-book version to add to my library!
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