365 Challenge: Day 361 – Tips

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Tips: (a) monetary gratuity for doing a good job, or (b) new segment sharing advice for writers on the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog

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Today is the 5-day countdown until the 365 Daily Challenge is complete. I’ve chosen tips as the word to discuss in my post because it will be one of the bigger segments on my blog in the coming weeks. I have a few other reveals in the next few days, but this is the first of the vision unfolding before our eyes… I’m not entirely certain how it’s going to come together, but I plan to spend the next two weeks mulling over the approach, style, and content I’d like to share. Along with last Sunday’s flashback word mentor, I want my website and blog to represent a big piece of who I am… someone who likes to help other people by sharing all that I’ve learned on my own journey. Through the 365 Daily Challenge, I often suggested tips or provided advice on a few topics. In the enhanced blog, I want it to be a more formal approach where I have a few different segments or arcs throughout the month.

A few of the areas I’m considering:

  • Tips for writers. While I’m a fairly new author, I have been writing for years either professionally in my business career or creatively in my personal time. Providing tips doesn’t imply I’m an expert… I’m certain my editor will concur with that statement! I have loads of mistakes in different drafts of my books as they’re being written. In the first published version of Watching Glass Shatter, it contained a bunch of grammatical and proofreading issues (all later corrected) because it’s hard to find your own mistakes after re-reading the same thing repeatedly. Once I brought in an outside editor, it was life-changing. And so… I look at tips as a way to share things I’ve learned, explanations on how I write, or thoughts on options for others to try. These tips could include things like: (1) how to build characters your readers can connect with, (2) what are filter words and how do you remove them from your novel, (3) what ways/tools can you use to find duplicate/repeated words in your drafts, (4) how do you use Twitter to find new readers, or (5) how do you build a timeline and outline before you begin writing without going crazy.
  • Tips for life. The world is a big place. Our education can be formal or informal. I’m often surprised at the types of things people don’t learn along the way, but probably should have. Things that help you build a stronger, happier, and more efficient life. Many of these things I was lucky enough to be taught throughout the path. Some I learned only after failing miserably along the way. And in a few small cases, it just came naturally to me. But that’s now how it happens for everyone else, nor do people truly get the ‘life education’ they should get early enough to make an impact. These tips could include things like: (1) how to manage your money when you’re first starting out after school, (2) how do you handle constructive criticism, (3) how to think for yourself and not just go with what others want, (4) what do you need to do to achieve a balanced day, or (5) why is it important to trace your ancestry?

Both of these items are only partially fleshed out, but I’m passionate about the necessity of these lessons and experiences at an early age / period in life. I spend a lot of time thinking inside my head about how much we all face the same issues, yet we fail to truly enact the change to make the future better. It usually comes down to not having built your life with these principles at an early enough stage. I’m far from perfect. I make mistakes all the time. But I have a strong foundation and easily find my way back to peace. I would love to share my approach with others in the hope it helps even just a few. I’m thinking through how to make this work on a blog — also always open to suggestions. I thought I’d share just a little in today’s post about how I see tips playing a bigger role on my blog in the future. Looking forward to everyone’s ideas and feedback.

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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62 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 361 – Tips

    scr4pl80 said:
    March 13, 2018 at 2:10 AM

    I’m sure we could all use a few life tips from you, Jay!

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    Priyasha said:
    March 13, 2018 at 4:15 AM

    Great ❤

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    theloyalbritwit said:
    March 13, 2018 at 6:42 AM

    If this is the route you decide to go down, I think it’ll be good information and a great change of pace! Anxiously waiting! 😄❤️

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    I’mlooking forward to your tips Jay.☺️

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    LA said:
    March 13, 2018 at 7:53 AM

    Love this post!! Looking forward!!

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    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    March 13, 2018 at 8:10 AM

    Sometimes it’s the people that make the most mistakes who give the best advice!! 👍🍻

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 13, 2018 at 8:16 AM

      You are probably quite right! Perhaps you will need to guest post with awesome advice like this. 🙂

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        thebookwormdrinketh said:
        March 13, 2018 at 8:21 AM

        Ha ha!! Anytime! I’ve done my fair share of stupid, so I’m just TEEMING with ‘good tips’ although I don’t know how useful it will be to tell people things like: if the police ask you what you what you are doing “it’s ok officers, we were listening to the beatles” is NEVER a good answer.. But, I can make it work! 😉🍻

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 13, 2018 at 8:24 AM

        ooh, why do I feel like I can see you doing that???? haha! teeming is such an awesome word.

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        thebookwormdrinketh said:
        March 13, 2018 at 9:32 AM

        It really is! And I’m glad people can see me doing stupid!! Lmao! I seriously hope that never changes!! 💖💖👍🍻

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 13, 2018 at 4:29 PM

        always a silly kind tho 🙂

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        thebookwormdrinketh said:
        March 13, 2018 at 4:29 PM

        Definitely! 😄🍻

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 13, 2018 at 8:25 AM

        Hmm… none of your posts are showing up in my reader. I thought you weren’t posting for a while… just checked your actual page and saw I’ve missed a lot. How does this happen???? LOL

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        thebookwormdrinketh said:
        March 13, 2018 at 9:31 AM

        Ha ha! Ya. I have that happen all the time! I usually have to go to my follower list or check blogs when I get comments and likes to find people! I feel really bad about it when it happens, but hopefully people undeestand! 🍻👍

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    Roda said:
    March 13, 2018 at 8:14 AM

    Lots of exciting things!!

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    Nancy said:
    March 13, 2018 at 8:20 AM

    Great post and I really like the idea of tips for life and writing. My friend, N. N. Light, shares her feelings on life through her inspirational thoughts and many times, it’s exactly what I need to hear at that very moment. 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 13, 2018 at 8:23 AM

      I’ve read her book. It’s really fantastic. I’m glad you’re a follower. And thank you!

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    The Cozy Pages said:
    March 13, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Sounds like a wonderful direction to follow. I’ve heard said that you don’t have to be an expert to coach. You just have to understand what the person you’re helping is going through. As someone fairly fresh out of the beginning stages, you’re in a good place to help others. You still remember the tribulations! 😉

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    tahenryauthoress said:
    March 13, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    I started teaching my first self publishing class at my local library after I published only one book on the basis that if I could do it, anyone could do it. Once you’ve done something, you have knowledge to share.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 13, 2018 at 4:30 PM

      Yes, you are right! Plus it creates a larger team perspective and feeling. Great addition!

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    E. Michael Helms, writer said:
    March 13, 2018 at 11:04 AM

    Sound tips, Jay, all of them! One more, if I may? “Common sense can be more valuable than the best of educations.” 🙂
    –Michael

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    Create Space said:
    March 13, 2018 at 11:40 AM

    Looking forward to learning lots more from your posts…

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    watchingthedaisies said:
    March 13, 2018 at 12:28 PM

    Looking forward to reading your tips Jay. I always learn so much from other bloggers and writers. 🌼

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    Jessica Rachow said:
    March 13, 2018 at 1:12 PM

    Sounds like a great idea, can’t wait to read your tips. 🙂

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 13, 2018 at 4:31 PM

      Thank you. You’ve had some good ones yourself, too!

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        Jessica Rachow said:
        March 13, 2018 at 4:56 PM

        Thank you! It’s always fun to share tips. I learn so much from other writers. It’s a great community! 😊

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    inspirationpie said:
    March 13, 2018 at 2:12 PM

    Great idea, Jay! I’m looking forward to your tips posts. We all have little things that we learn along the way and sharing them benefits us all. And there is still always so much more to learn! I think it’s great the way you are always so helpful and supporting others. Cheers!:)

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 13, 2018 at 4:32 PM

      Thank you. I enjoy it. I wish I had more time… maybe it should be a guest posting thing, too…. so I can respond as well as provide tips!

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    Jenn @ Bound to Writing said:
    March 13, 2018 at 2:56 PM

    Such a great idea! Tips from other authors is something I love to read!

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    Beware Of The Reader said:
    March 13, 2018 at 4:08 PM

    I’m curious to read about all your tips Jay! Could you maybe add tips about blogging too?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      March 13, 2018 at 4:33 PM

      I could certainly try! We’ll have to brainstorm together!

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        Beware Of The Reader said:
        March 13, 2018 at 4:35 PM

        I would so love it Jay!!!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        March 13, 2018 at 4:38 PM

        One of us must email the other in the next day to start the dialogue! 🙂

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    mistysbookspace said:
    March 13, 2018 at 7:25 PM

    Can’t wait!!

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    theorangutanlibrarian said:
    March 13, 2018 at 8:57 PM

    These all sound so interesting!!

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    Rae Longest said:
    March 14, 2018 at 8:48 AM

    I’ll take a tip on anything anytime from just about anyone. I know tips from you would be helpful.

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    mainepaperpusher said:
    March 14, 2018 at 12:20 PM

    Bring it on, my dear. I need all of the tips I can get! ❤️

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    robbiesinspiration said:
    March 15, 2018 at 2:11 PM

    I am always happy to have an opportunity to learn from other writers, James.

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    vishalmorjaria said:
    April 6, 2018 at 3:21 AM

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