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Writing With Hope


I’m exhausted. I don’t know if it’s that I’ve been writing a lot lately or if it’s just a combination of being a mother to a toddler with boundless energy. Last night I drank Theraflu and headed to bed early, snuggled up to a good book.

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Stop Failing! 11 tips to be the smartest in class now!: A straight forward student’s guide to a quick turnaround to educational success.


How To Self Publish a Kindle E-book on Amazon’s KDP Select — Join the Self-Publishing Revolution

by Rob Cubbon

Get an e-book on Kindle store — there are several things to do that however it is quite easy!

You should put a lot of thought into your title, subtitle, the two categories it’s going to go in, 7 keywords, the description of the book (the blurb) and the cover.

In order to enrol in KDP Select, the e-book you’re uploading does not exist anywhere else. If you enrol in KDP Select you can offer the book for free during five days every 90 days which is a great marketing ploy, and you can also sell the book at a discount for a limited time which is also a great thing to do

I wouldn’t advise you to upload a Microsoft Word doc although that is exactly what I do here It’s better to create a Mobi file with either Adobe InDesign with the kindle plug-in or Scrivener — these will produce a cleaner HTML file than you will get through the Word doc.

Let Hope be Your Guide

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Hope is a beautiful thing for us writers. It’s that prodding positivity that reminds us daily we have the ability not only to get published but to have a following of fans that will love us and our work.

It’s that gentle whisper in our ears that lets us know we chose writing for a reason, because we’re perfectly meant for it.

It’s that peaceful silence that breaks the dam of negativity and tells our minds to rest for awhile- to recuperate and gather back our positivity, because we’ve so got this.

It’s that light knocking on our hearts that begs for us to continue following the road to our dreams without giving up.

It’s that loud shouting in our heads that won’t be silenced until it’s heard, screaming at us to keep writing.

Hope is a beautiful thing for us writers because it reminds us that as long as…

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What stimulates you to achieve?

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Let us now look at what stimulates or at one time stimulated you to achieve, so that you can write that down and have it to review. This brings me to an illustration of an iceberg’s appearance in the ocean. I had used this illustration in a few workshops in ‘Parenting with Teenagers’. The objective was to look at the various issues experienced by both groups—the parents and the teenagers. I will attempt to adopt the illustration here, to create a word picture.

Imagine for a while, if you may, that there in front of you, about one mile ahead, sits an iceberg on the waters. You could see its peak, majestically sitting against the back drop of the grayish blue sky. Now keep that image in your mind.

Many times when I think of the iceberg, I think of the sad event involving the Titanic ship striking an iceberg and sinking, taking with it many lives. But this iceberg can teach each one of us, many valuable lessons in life. One lesson I will like to share with you, has to do with the parts of the iceberg that is visible and invisible; you will always see what is out of the water, if that is what you are looking for.

Many times, what we seldom look at, is what is below the surface of a person’s success. The challenging work, the grit and the loyal obedience to methods of success does not always readily come to mind. What made them able to follow through on their dreams when all else seem to be failing all around them? When their own friends were walking away from them and saying that they are a fool to continue on this path, this journey to their unattainable dreams. Perhaps you have experienced this in your life.

Possibly you have heard the word ‘no’ so many times, or the words ‘you are a failure’, so often, that it is as though you have begun to believe it. In reading this book you would have picked up, anything we continue to do repetitively become a habit to us. It is no different when we allow ourselves to start being molded by the negative words of others. Self-doubt enters the mind affecting thinking, feelings, and subsequently our behaviors. But I want you to look at your life, and see that there is much you have already done, and yet more that you can contribute too.

See in your mind’s eye, that at one time you had a focus, a single belief that the work you are putting in will have results. This is the critical point at which you must find once more your passion, that dream that once stimulated you to get up early and work at it. There can be no longer any justification you can use in your life to say ‘you can’t’. This is a critical moment. The time is now, for you to make that change. You have much to desire which is below the surface, once more show your true potential by getting back on the course that leads to your destination. Iyanla Vanzant once said, “Where in your life are you offering excuses for not standing in your power? I you ready to eliminate excuses today? Excuses are the means by which you avoid, deny, and resist the greatness you know yourself to be.” Once more, continue to make those steps to excellence. You have done it before.

Writing to remember.

The brain is able to process and respond; able to recall information it was exposed to before.

So ask yourself, what path do I need to create or follow, to see my dreams move from just an idea to reality? Deeply think about the process to follow that must be achieved firstly or the steps to make before that other leap is made, and write it down. Then, review it every day you awake and before you go to bed at nights without letup.

My late teens and writing.

In my late teens, I was able to see patterns or categories appearing in the records I kept. Suddenly, I saw clearly, there were activities needed to get done before others, hurdles to cross and much research to take place before I could recognize my goals. I think that making such observations kept me doing the journaling. It also kept me inspired and motivated to continue doing what I was expending energy behind.

Educational goals.
By now you will be recognizing that the process of journaling, or writing down the dreams you have and the possible steps to obtain such dreams, will go hand-in-hand with your achievements. I would like to now share with you the plan writing had allowed me to formulate. At this period of time in my life, I was coming to the end of my secondary school’s experience. By this time, due to the work that I was doing, that of journaling my thoughts and my expectation for the future, I knew it was coming near to another important phase in my life. It was true that from form four and into form five, among the academics we were also coached as to the various career paths available to us students. While this was done in a group I had a feeling that at least if I had a one-on-one session with my form teacher, I may have benefited the most. And so, I arranged to have a meeting with my form teacher.

The benefit of the meeting was particularly noteworthy. I was assisted with information pertaining to choosing of a university. Owed to out meeting, I was able to gain insight as to the financial cost and length of time it will take to complete the undergraduate programme. My form teacher also assisted me in understanding that if I wanted to be a psychologist or to get into medicine I had to go through a graduate programme.

Setbacks and reevaluation in my educational pursuit.
I completed the registration form and within a few months got a call that I was accepted by the University to study at the undergraduate level. Now in my written plans I had sort the fuse together psychology and biology and the correct paths that surrounded the two. Because of the courses I had done at the secondary school level, I was easily accepted into the natural science faculty to study biology. Keep in mind that I was also passionate about the field of psychology. So I enrolled in the psychology and sociology programme, in the Faculty of Behavioral Sciences. I began studying for the double major, Biology and Behavioural Science.

Almost at the onset, the courses in the biology program proved itself to be tough. I distinctly remembered two courses that made me feel like I was swimming against the strong currents of the Atlantic Ocean. Those two courses were organic chemistry and physics. Twice I wrote the exam for organic chemistry and failed. I remember sitting in the exam for physics and feeling like I was in a foreign country with the language I did not understand but needed to get around to find my way home. Like a lost child at the bus station, I almost cried.

Upon reflecting a way forward I made discovery which I may not have seen had failure not prevailed. A matter of fact I made a number of discoveries such as failure can happen, even in the midst of hard work and that sometimes fear and disappointment can have you questioning whether or not you should continue on the path leading to your goals. The one I will share with you though, had to do with the cognitive dissonance or confusion relating to a step in the plan that no longer fit directly with a particular career I talked I wanted to pursue. That was a career in neuropsychology or cognitive psychology. I looked at the career paths of the written plan I had made, my vision and what needed to get me there and recognized that I needed to reevaluate. What I noticed as to the objectives to choosing this career path aligned the more so to educational psychology. After speaking with my academic advisor, the decision was made to drop biology and continue to completion, the degree in behavioral science. Doing a double major meant that I would have had more course credits to complete, and therefore will have had to stay an extra year—providing I had made use of all the semester summer sessions over the years. Thus far I had already completed a number of biological courses and dropping this degree now, at least two years in, would have meant I needed to stay an extra year.

If I did not take the time to diligently record all the steps or processes needed to obtain my educational goals, I may have felt overly frustrated, which in turn could have dampened my view of myself. There many persons in life who do not have these set goals, who do not have a journal of their plans to referred too and can have their self-esteem or self-concept significantly affected should the failure prevailed temporarily. You do not have to fall into this category of persons who feel lost, not knowing where to go next because they had not written down clearly defined goals, and should reevaluation be necessary they are confused as to where to begin.