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Well Jake,

It’s off the ground. I launched my blog Authorpreneur’s Journey.

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I clocked 2 hours of work, published the first post, scheduled a second and have two others in the works. I also created a Facebook fan page, and created a dedicated email account for the site.

It doesn’t feel like I know what I’m doing, but I’ll figure it out along the way. I felt more apprehension than elation last night. I know where I want to go, but not sure how I’m going to get there, but I’m determined to work my ass off to make it happen. Scott Adams (yep, of Dilbert) says passion is bullshit, and that working hard makes passion grow.

The next 66 days will show me how much progress I’ve made, and are making, and how I feel about what I’m doing, by November 5th. Why 66 days? In a real study done by the European Journal of Social Psychology, it shows it takes 66 days to adapt a new habit, but can take up to 284 days (8 months) to become a routine part of your lifestyle.

It was often touted that 21 days was the magic number, but it’s a myth and never held true for me either. There are 5 – 66 day periods in a year. As I work on this first 66 day period, I will figure out what I want to make a new habit in the next 66 day period.

I have to keep reminding myself, this will be worth it eventually. Right now it’s all about effort. I have zero followers, zero novels, and zero income. This is a 2-Year Plan. In it I will learn (1.) How to write a book or novel. (2.) How to get it edited, formatted and covered. (3.) How to get it published in various venues. (4.) How to build a reader base (5.) And how to monetize what I’m doing to make a living as a writer.

I just need to remember: If I don’t do this, where will I be in 2 years (besides older)? And if I do do this, where could I be in 2 years? I used the same reasoning when I went back to college as a late bloomer – except then I had a 5 year horizon. Taking action made all the difference…

~Werner


Hey Werner

Congratulations  on your launch.

I agree about the 21 day myth. Let’s see where you are in 66 days.  You know what that’s like. Folks with the best intentions go on a diet, go to the gym, try saving for a vacation – it all goes busto in 2-weeks. Don’t get me wrong, I hope you make it – I’m just pointing out the odds.

I know you’re looking at a two year plan, but it’s still quite a mountain to climb. Me, I can’t be bothered with all the other stuff. I just want to write.

Jake


Hey Jake,

Thanks for the support…I think?

Tell you what, to be accountable, I’ll send you updates on what I’m doing – so you’ll see I’m not just trying, but I’m doing.

“Do or do not. There is no try” -Yoda

As for “just wanting to write,” how’s that going? How’s the job? Still dread going in every morning, or are you starting to finally love it after all these years?

~Werner


 

Werner,

You’re on. Send those updates. If I don’t see one every couple of days, I’m going to call you out. That’s my new habit ;)

A Star Wars quote? Seriously?

The job’s fine btw.

Jake