October Goals 2018

It’s October, one of my favourite months.  When the weather gets cold, the nights grow darker and there’s the hint of winter in the air. 🙂

Since we are in a new month, it’s time for goal setting!  For those new to my blog, what I do is set myself a list of goals for the month.  These cover several aspects such as writing, blogging, personal etc. I also keep them on My Goals page where I update the progress.

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It’s happened! I’ve actually started a Newsletter

Ari Meghlen Logo. Writer logo, quill

Yes, I have finally managed to get myself organised and my newsletter set-up is now launched!  You will probably see a few banners around and the odd pop-up.

Free Stuff, you say?

We all love free stuff. 

So, who am I not to jump on the bandwagon and give you something free (whether you want it or not)!

When you sign-up for my newsletter you will get a free downloadable copy of The Mini Plotter Workbook that I made.

The Mini Plotter Workbook by Ari Meghlen

What sort of malarkey will be in these Newsletters?

Good question! 

I will try and keep them full of different and interesting things and they will most likely include random collections of:

  • Book reviews and recommendations
  • Sneak peeks into my books and any updates on my writing projects
  • Beta-reader and ARC reviewer openings
  • Info on my writing processes
  • Fun facts about me, my worlds (and the odd cat photo)
  • and anything else I can think of 🙂

Also, please share your thoughts on what you want to see in these newsletters.  I want your input people, so start…you know…inputting.

(Also, do let me know if anything doesn’t work such as links/graphics/if you don’t get the freebie email!  Seriously people, I need to know!)

Anything else?

You want more?  Sheesh! 

Okay well, all you awesome people on my mailing list will be given first notification of any contests, giveaways and promotions I run.

You’ll also get access to The Library on this blog where I will be adding extra content including exclusive free downloadables as I create them.  See!  More free stuff.

What’s the frequency, Kenneth?

Brownie points for anyone who got that quote ref without having to Google it. 

I will be sending my newsletter out once a month, last Tuesday of the Month.  Trust me I don’t think I could manage any more than that!

On the odd occasion, there may be an extra one or two emails that appear sporadically but that will really only be if I have some big announcement or I’m running a giveaway.

Oh and don’t worry, I don’t do spam because well… I’m a vegetarian. :p

So…are you interested?

I hope you are! 

Click the banner below to subscribe (will take you to a landing page), revel in your freebie (that should pop up in your emails, do give it a few minutes and check your spam!) and then sit back and wait for the next thrilling installment.

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Don’t worry, whether you sign up for my newsletter or not I will still continue to crank out new content on this blog every week.   Except this week, because I really needed a break 🙂

Thanks for all your patience this week, regular scheduling will resume on Monday.

Happy writing & have a great weekend

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How to gain better focus and get stuff done

Recently I wrote a post about How my new schedule made me super productive, which became quite the popular post.  

Now that article was specific about how I block my time for certain tasks which has allowed me to get larger amounts of work done and also increased my focus (believe me, I was a true scatterbrain normally).

Apparently, I was not alone when dealing with the issue of focus and I received feedback from people both on this blog and in emails from people telling me the difficulty they have in getting things done.

I decided today’s topic was going to discuss some advice I have for aiding focus and being more productive in general.

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How to get the best out of using Pinterest

It’s Thursday and as promised, I have a new series for you!  Welcome to the Social Media Series.  Now, it won’t be as long as my Blogger Series and I am admitting right now I am no expert.  Also, this will not be on ALL social media because I’m not on all of them.

I have been asked by people about using social media for boosting exposure and building a brand.  Now I came late to social media.  I mean I joined some of them in 2016 and let them just gather dust for a while. 

However, I have started to make a concerted effort last year to learn what works and what doesn’t.  So this is what this series is about.  Things I’ve learnt, things that have helped me (or hindered me).  Hopefully, some of this will be useful to you guys too 🙂

Title Image: The Social Media Series: How to get the best out of using Pinterest. Image: Social media icons

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How my new schedule made me super productive

After I failed my monthly goals in July, I decided I needed to try something new.  I have more tasks and work requirements on my plate now, but still the same 24 hours in a day.  So something needed to change.

So in August, I instigated a new schedule to see if that would help.  And wow did it ever!  This was why I managed to complete almost all of my August goals and started a few new projects.

The biggest surprise was writing 14k for my new WIP in just 3 days. 

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20 things I want to share with you about blogging

Happy Thursday!  This will be my last post in The Blogger Series.  I have loved writing this series and was overwhelmed with how popular it became and how many questions and comments I received from people who found the information useful.

Both those who are thinking about starting a blog as well as those who already have one.  I hope that those who have been considering starting one, find it a little less daunting now.

All the posts will remain accessible in my Blogger Series section.

Title Image: The Blogger Series: 20 Things I want to Share with you about blogging.  Image: Laptop on desk

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