Ready to establish a consistent writing habit, once and for all?
Monica Leonelle digs into the best literature on forming habits and shares the top strategies professional authors are using to make sure they write each and every day. Each tip is easy to implement and will get you writing more in the "in-betweens" - the inactive moments of your life where you are commuting, waiting in line, or otherwise physically stuck with your brain unoccupied!
If you've struggled to find time to write due to a day job, family, or an active, busy lifestyle, this book will help you clear your blocks around writing for good and get you writing more often, just a few words at a time.
For writers who still haven't found their rhythm and don't have time for long experiments, tracking spreadsheets, or full pomodoros - establish a writing habit that actually fits into your life!
Bonus: This book includes the full 8x8 Challenge: Eight days to implement the very best shortcuts to writing more, eight minutes at a time! Get access to the live version and do the challenge with Monica herself.
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I actually listened to the first part of the 8-Minute Writing Habit TWICE. I've been a published writer for 40 years (yep, 40!) and have never (no, never!) experienced writer's block. However, I still found Ms. Leonelle's soul-searching narrative revealing even at my stage of the word game. I would definitely listen to Part One again; the other two parts, not so much. Though Part Two and Part Three offered some interesting insights, I discovered no "novel" ideas in the sections.
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And, the many other books out there that teach the systematic approach to time management BEFORE teaching the writing craft itself!
Again, I found the first part of The 8-Minute Writing Habit invaluable.
I tend to be too regimented and have incorporated Ms. Leonelle's "Plan C" into my life; do the minimal amount required to check the to-do item off your list. This idea eases my stress; good stuff.
Excellent writing advice.
The whole premise.
Every chapter was my favorite - I needed them all.
My writing life can be far more productive and fun - in 8-minutes a day!
Okay, so I'm on a Monica binge-reading fest; I'm borderline obsessed! It's all Monica all the time right now, and it's so awesome!
This is another absolute must read in the Growth Hacking for Storytellers series. The 8-Minute Writing Habit highlights the framework in Nail Your Story and will help you develop a writing routine that integrates easily with your life.
Once again Cindy Piller does a fine job with the naration.
Many great ideas, but my favorite takeaways are: taking your writing mobile, the plan c method, and using the method of decent.
I've read / listened to other writing craft books by Monica (Write Better Faster and Dictate Your Book) and have found them invaluable. This book serves as a great "first part" of those books presented as a series. While listening to this audiobook I dearly wished I had heard advice like hers decades ago.
I've always felt it was in me to be a writer. In fact, the idea of being a writer just would not let me go. Writing had always been this mysterious and overwhelming endeavor to me. It wasn't so much that I was intimidated by it, which I was, but more that I felt like I couldn't really truly begin until I had enormous amounts of time to dedicate to study and practice. I felt like if I didn't have enormous amounts of time to meditate by the bodhi tree drinking herbal tea then there was no real reason to even try to begin. This attitude delayed my even beginning in earnest for years.
What I like best about approaches like Monica's is that she demonstrates, in concrete terms, how one can succeed in writing by treating it like any other project with specific goals, milestones and actions. When I was learning martial arts the instructors didn't tell me to "just martial arts already" but instead showed me specific actions and forms and then told me to practice. Monica's writing is like that.
After listening to "The 8 Minute Writing Habit" I had the opportunity to reflect on the successes I already had in life and could clearly envision how I could achieve in this area as well.
Monica's writing is also accessible. She clearly remembers what it is like to be a beginner and would probably describe herself in that context still. I am really glad she wrote this book. I only wish I had internalized advice like this years ago.
I really like the concrete and specific advice she gives on creating the writing habit. This book begins one on the journey from the intention to write in some vaguely, preposterously organized 'someday' into this very messy today. I know that one day, Lord willing, I will be a successful writer as I define it. Advice like Monica's will have helped me get there.
Having heard Monica in several podcasts, ("The Creative Penn", "The Self-Publishing Podcast" and et cetera.) I was a little thrown by the decidedly non-monica voice on offer here. However, the warmth of Cindy's voice won me over in the end.
This book is about more than developing a daily writing habit. It's about finding ways to deal with the thoughts in your head that keep you from actually writing words on the screen. That's why this book over delivers.
Monica also gives you pointers on setting up a daily writing schedule is. (I personally find my fastest dictation speed is when I do five minute writing sprints rather than eight.)
I recommend this book to any new writer who wants to write something but can't seem to silence the critical voices in their head.
no. this book should have been titled "how to market my book for me because i trick you into giving my book shout-outs on every social media platform imaginable."
no. i grew weary of hearing "if you want me to know how you're doing with your writing, just go on facebook, twitter, pinterest, jdate, grinder, craigslist, etc. and hashtag '8 minute writing habit' every chance you get" every 4 minutes.
none. i have no opinion of the narration itself. i guess she did a fine job. it's the book content that is pedestrian.
i would have cut all but one of the many of the authors 'calls to action' for readers to hashtag 8 minute writing habit in every social media platform under the sun. it's a thinly veiled attempt to get readers to make this subpar book 'go viral.' i'd recommend the author write a better book and hope for it to go viral based on its own merits.
so, I'm always looking for MORE TIME. I have a disabled daughter, my 81 year old mom lives with us, and requires a lot of love, and of course... full time 5th grade teacher. So, time. well, this book found it for me. just finished, but with the amount of hospital time I do, waiting on others... I can get my screenplays and novels done with her simple solutions.
Simple and straightforward strategy for success, Monica breaks down the Writer's Block wall with easy to implement "baby steps" - writing in 8 minutes a day!!!
I'm something of a legend around here.
Motivation. Invigoration. Success.
This book really helped to change limiting beliefs I've had about writing, enabling me to commit even more strongly to writing. The 8-minute writing habit is a really good means for capturing that bit of time on the train or between tasks at work to create a few hundred extra words a day.
There is no fluff in this book. Every word is devoted to valuable information and it warrants listening to again and again. Great stuff!
Chock-full of practical and easy-to-implement ideas to help writers who are stuck.
Love the idea of taking my writing mobile. It's so easy to get stuck in the mindset that all the stars need to align in order to get writing done.
Haven't heard any of Cindy Piller's other performances but I thought this one was great.
Don't wait for the stars align - you can write anywhere, anytime!
I know this will be an audio book I return to again and again. So many great ideas - I'm trying the ones that resonate now - will go back for more later :).
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