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Writing tips for Bloggers

WRITING TIPS AND TRICKS

Old proven writing tips and tricks that have been used for centuries, unfortunately, some of them no longer apply in the digital age. Readers now have a 140 character attention span and as a writer, you have to be aware of new writing techniques to psychologically keep your readers engaged with your blog.

If you are new to creative writing, you may not understand how crucial it is to load “Tension” into your plot outline. Most books or articles have “Tension Deficit Disorder” this is when the reader is losing interest with your article and can skip a page or two and still the plot or message that you are trying to convey has not moved forward. This is very bad for you.

For new writers, there are three types of writing styles and you will fall into a category by recognising these characteristics in yourself.

  • THE PLANNER – Is methodical and first will set out their broad plot or outline. Secondly, they will plan a detailed outline scene by scene to grow their story and the character development. Thirdly they will construct line by line.
  • THE PANCER – Is an intuitive writer and may, or may not set out a plot or outline. They will literally write out their story by the seat of their pants. However, there are times when inspiration runs dry and plotting may become necessary until intuition kicks back in.
  • THE TWEENY – Is somewhere between a planner and a pancer.

OUTLINING YOUR ARTICLE

The lack of tension even in the plotting stages is a problem when the plot is slow, there will not enough happening to grow each character and to move the story forward. If a page can be skipped by the reader and they can still follow the plot, then you may need to consider removing those pages. Each page must add value to the message or story you are telling.

Without tension, the script is not a page-turner. Tension must make the reader feel sad, uncertainty, uneasy, worried, excited, frightened, aroused or questioning. If you can get readers to question you, you will then get more social comments on your website.

Tension in writing has a powerful physiological effect on the reader. If you have sufficient tension in your story and you make it personal, the reader will not be able to stop reading. This little trick will have triggered an addictive hormonal response in the reader.

Have you ever read a book until 3 am in the morning simply because you could not put it down? Not many books create this condition but the ones that do are usually best-sellers. So, let me explain what is happening to the reader’s body when you have added sufficient tension to your writing.


READING AND HOW IT RELATES TO AROUSAL, EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL CHANGES TO THE READER

1. The human brain looks at how much sensation is generated by a particular activity across the whole body and ranks how seriously to rate these sensations, this includes the primitive or lizard part of the brain which is stimulated by survival, reproduction and fear. If both the primitive and more modern part of the brain are stimulated then bingo! Bango! A cascade of hormones are released. Every person has an optimal level of arousal and we like to keep it there, which makes the hormone dopamine particularly addictive.

When a reader is aroused in relation to reading, the brain releases dopamine as a predictor of the intensity of this pleasurable activity. This increases your focus and endurance which keeps you reading when you should be asleep.

When the reading activity has sufficient tension the dopamine continues to be drip fed into the body systems. If the reading activity exceeds expectations then a dopamine surge makes putting down the book impossible.

Interestingly, if you are interrupted from your reading pleasure, you will be compelled to undertake the reading activity again as soon as possible. This dopamine prediction process is sometimes called “Emotional Memory” which is why it is so difficult to end relationships that are sexually rewarding.

2. We have what is called mirror neurons in the brain. When it comes to chemical response, the brain does not always distinguish between actual experience and shared ones. An example of this why we can get as excited by watching sport as playing it, or empathise when someone cries with grief and loss, or be stimulated by pornography, or have a physical and emotional response to a great book.

Mirror neurons will give you that warm rush if you read a romance or a cold wash of dread if you are reading a horror. The lizard (primitive) part of the brain causes this kind of reaction, and that is why we add tension in our writing.

If a reader has a physical response, this means you have succeeded in your quest to influence the reader and that is essential if you want to sell a LOT OF COPIES.

Think about the first great book you ever read. I bet it pops instantly to mind. Why because it ticked all the boxes for you chemically, emotionally and physically. That book moved at the right pace, was filled with tension, expanded your imagination and left you panting for more of the same.

3. Write your books like candy, have people wanting to read your book against their better judgment because your writing is so gripping. I know when I read the first book in a series and I loved it, then no matter how broke I am I must have the rest of the series. (My poor credit card suffers)

Levels of serotonin are produced which are chemicals related to obsession and compulsion. Serotonin feels as good as dopamine. This leads to impulsive book purchases in a desire for further reading gratification. Human beings have chemical reactions that are intrinsic responses to tension. You need to remember that and write accordingly.


IN SUMMARY

Remember every page must add value to character development and the storyline. If you have content that does not accomplish this, ditch them. We now live in a world of 140 characters.  Everyone online has very short attention spans. You need to move quickly, let go of some dated writing techniques which will no longer work for new generations. This includes keeping your paragraphs shorter. Keep more white space on the page, because this makes it easier to keep reading.

Long paragraphs are more difficult to read. Remember, keep your prose fresh, keep it fast and add lots of tension.

I hope this was useful to you and if you have any questions please feel free to comments below. I would love to hear from you.

Cheers Coucka

 

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HOW TO RELEASE MONEY BLOCKS

HOW TO RELEASE MONEY BLOCKS – HAVING A MONEY MINDSET

Until recently I had never heard of a money block, never mind releasing money blocks, apparently, the whole point of clearing money blocks is to stop low-vibe thoughts and feelings.  Instead, be active and clear the field to introduce positive and abundant thoughts and feelings. I do like the idea of a more positive mindset, so I continued to dig further into this subject.

To remove your money block you first have to become aware of what they are by tapping into the power of your unconscious mind. I found several articles on this mystical magical money-making mindset theory and here they are…

10 Ways on How to Remove Money Blocks

1.  Declutter everything

  • Physical possessions – Simple, when manifesting money, you need to make room for it. You do this by decluttering everything. Start by doing the obvious and clear out old things that you have not used for years. Your wardrobe, your cupboards, bedroom, kitchen, lounge, the files on your computer, get rid of anything that no longer serves you. Cleanse your house and gardens. This clears clutter that has been laying in the back of your mind.
  • Mental baggage – this will be a bit trickier. So we start with the easy stuff first like removing old memberships to websites, or hobbies that no longer interest you, old friendships that don’t seem to work anymore and clients that aren’t a match to you.

2.  Forgiveness

Most people don’t want to forgive others, especially if that person has wronged them in some way. I know I struggle with this especially when that person is vicious and malicious.

However, age has taught me that forgiveness does release a burden from your soul and when you learn to forgive and realise that all forgiveness really is, is a way to set yourself free from what or who was holding you back. You win… Also, there is nothing worse having negative people living rent-free in your mind, dragging you down and making you feel horrid.

How you clear money blocks by using forgiveness are to write a huge list of every limiting money belief you’ve ever had.

Think from birth to present day and try to do this uninterrupted. Then when you feel you’ve gotten everything out, big, small, insignificant, humiliating and so on. Read through each line out loud, feeling the feelings and then say “I forgive, I love you, I’m sorry”.

You are supposed to feel a lot lighter at the end of this. It does sound like a witch’s ceremony but I do understand that confronting mental demons with love is a symbolic self-healing ritual.

3.  Practise EFT

I’ll admit, I find Emotional Freedom Technique rather bizarre, I found this tapping tutorial on YouTube – There will be some of you who will love it, and if you do – use it every single time your blocks come up. It’s a quick and easy way to break through.

I have to admit I watched the video did and said everything Margaret Lynch was doing on the video and I could not stop smiling and laughing. Whether it works or not, I do not know. I just know it made me feel good and I have not had a really good laugh for a long time…

Now I am really open to that extra $50,000 in my bank account that I was tapping my chakras for. I do deserve it and I guess I am blocking it, so I forgive myself for doing that so bring it on universe.

Take a look at the video, it’s only 7 minutes and let me know what you thought of it.

(If you are interested) – Tapping for Fifty thousand dollars – Part 2  https://youtu.be/hqoT-uUlzlE

4.  Gratitude

Giving thanks for everything in your life that you have currently, have received in the past and will receive in the future.

There is an audio by Tony Robbins called The Hour of Power and in it, he talks about the triad, which put simply is regarding the thoughts you think, the words you speak and the way you move determine your current state.

There is a powerful exercise in the audio that you listen to while you’re out on a walk. It helps you to change your mental state into a beaming positive beacon with a huge emphasis on giving gratitude and visualizing what you want for yourself.

5.  Track your money

So instead of letting yourself be on auto-pilot or worse, not paying positive attention to your money at all, make it your goal to check your bank account every day and make a note of the income only. Start a basic excel spreadsheet and track your money. Don’t worry about expenses just yet. Focus on the money coming in and document it in the spreadsheet. This is about clearing your blocks.

Get a little notebook. Write all the sales or money you find.

TRACK IT ALL!!

The point is that you will, over time, see that the abundance is increasing, the money is increasing, the things that are coming to you financially are increasing. And that’s because you’re focusing on it. You’re focusing on the way in which it comes to you, and you’re focusing on the abundance, and it makes you feel grateful.

6.  Write your goals down

There’s a power in setting your goals each day. It’s like a physical affirmation. Whatever your goal is, be it reach $5k this month, book one new client, this week or sell 5 products today. Write your goal down. It doesn’t matter where or when just make sure you do it every single day. Why? Because it gets you to focus, it reaffirms to you what you want and it energetically sets you for the day to achieve what you’ve set out to do.

7.  Join a Mastermind

Sometimes us ladies in business can find it hard to talk about our businesses and our money problems with people outside of the industry, like friends and family. That’s why it’s really great to join a mastermind or find a group of like-minded woman who you can bounce off when you do hit a money block. I can highly recommend Wealthy Affiliates as one of the best masterminds for this.

8.  Use visualization

Visualising is like the adults’ version of daydreaming, and the cool thing is that if we do it well, we manifest our ‘daydream’ into reality! Use visualisation of what you want to move past your limiting beliefs. When they creep up on you, choose in intercept the limiting thought with a more powerful thought about what you’d like to have instead.

I remember when I was very young my father told me that inside of us lives true magic and you can manifest the things you want in life by focus or be visualising what you want over and over again. It’s 100% true that what you think about, you bring about or what you focus on, grows.

I can think of many things from boyfriends to buying houses that I was obsessed about, and they did come to me eventually. I don’t know how it works but Dad was right about my inner magician or did he say vision. It was 50 years ago but I think they are one and the same.

9.  Meditate

There is abundance and money guided meditations by Gina Devee and Gabrielle Bernstein (which you can find on iTunes and download as a free podcast). I prefer to be guided. Find a guided meditation that works for you when your money fears are bubbling up to the surface.

Sometimes you might not clear the block fully on the first round.  As Robert Collier said, “Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.”

10. See a Kinesiologist

This is something I have not done. I’ve heard incredible things about going to a kinesiologist. Some people do swear by it to clearing your blocks, so definitely give it a try!

Do you have any other methods of clearing your money blocks that are different than the ones listed above? I would love to hear from you.

Cheers Coucka

 

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What is the Millionaire Mindset? – The Iceberg effect psychology

What Is The Millionaire Mindset?

In a previous article, I wrote a piece on mind mapping to develop more content creation for my Wealthy affiliate blog. One of the branch ideas arising from that map was how to develop the Millionaire Mindset.

To this end, we are going to look at something called “The Iceberg Effect” and the psychology that is needed to endure and survive trials and tribulations until a goal is attained. In this article, I will be looking at aspects of a personality that makes one person successful and another fail.

When we look at the majesty of an iceberg we fail to understand that we are only seeing 10% or the tip of the iceberg. 90% is unseen and is the foundation for that tiny bit we see above the water line.

It is the same when we see or hear about famous people and their spectacular success stories. The obvious impress is that celebrates had a sudden rise to fame and fortune. It seems like a flash in the pan. The truth is, they sometimes take a decade of trial and error in a long arduous path which eventually led to this person’s success. All of these people have in common a tenacious mindset, this is critical for a positive outcome in any business.

Anyone who has found success in any career, all have in common a deep unswerving desire to attain a goal once it has been set. By writing your goal down or putting a picture on the wall to be seen every day. The goal can be as simple as saying I am a future millionaire and having printed on a T-Shirt to remind them like Kyle did at the beginning of his journey in Wealthy Affiliates. The thing is to never let go of that goal.

The iceberg effect on psychology.

Sigmund Freud used the analogy of an iceberg to describe the three levels of the mind. The conscious, subconscious and unconscious mind. It is in the unconscious and subconscious mind that the creative juices really gets you going and by doing mind maps you can tap into that vast resource and pull ideas to the surface of your mind to help you achieve your goals.

A similar diagram has been used as a teaching tool in most high schools throughout the world. It looks a little different but when you compare the two you will see that there is a correlation between the two.

Beneath the surface, deep underneath the conscious mind must be the desire to succeed, it is a part of the unconscious mind and if it is not there, then the driving force that propels everything else will slowly die away over time. Desire is the fuel to success and then it is followed by.

  • Planning a pathway to success.
  • Focus and strict adherence to daily goals to attain success.
  • Taking risks to meet goals. These can be scary and most people usually balk at this hurdle. At this point, you need to ask yourself “How much do you want this goal?” Is the unconscious part of your mind strong enough to drive you into risk situations?
  • Endurance to continue on when failure occurs.
  • Keeping the faith that success will come. Faith is a power all of its own. You have to believe it is going to happen.
  • Persistence and the belief that you have not failed unless you give up. Steve Jobs, the inventor of Apple iPhones once said. “I always look at my failures to understand the new directions I must take for success. Failure is a teaching tool.”
  • Develop a learning mindset, which is one that enjoys new challenges, and is willing to embrace new ideas. Listens to those who have walked the path to success and are willing to teach you. The most important thing of all is…
  • Never give up!

It all starts in the conscious mind, but it is also brewing like a beverage in the subconscious and unconscious mind. Have you ever noticed that when you start to think about something other related ideas start popping into your mind like an endless spring? These ideas will bubble to the surface of the mind to help you achieve your goal. Once you have finished with that idea, your unconscious mind goes back to sleep.

Many inventors such as Thomas Edison failed hundreds of times before the light bulb was finally invented. Image how the world would look like today if he just gave up. His next try could have been a success. Instead, we would still be using candles instead of electricity.

There are going to be things in business that will frighten you.

It may be that you need to start teaching others and giving speeches in public, or develop an eBook of your own to sell. This is an opportunity to brand yourself and your business and yes it is scary. However, if you do not have a strong sense of identity and no belief that your methods are solid and attainable for everyone. Then no doubt you will balk at this idea, or indeed undersell your book, or find a way to dodge lectures.

Letting go of this negative mentality is necessary because, if you have great value in your book, if you have spent many long hours trialling your methods and recording evidence of proof that your methods work, then you are as valid as anyone else that ever produced a book. You need to believe that you deserve to put a reasonable price on your efforts.

A Millionaire Mindset is one that

  • Lives outside the comfort zone
  • Is prepared to take calculated risks
  • Do the impossible in the face of adversity
  • Accept failure as a teaching tool to get a better result the next time.
  • Be flexible in difficult situations
  • Take the time to learn new things and always, always
  • Never give up!

A few years ago no-one had ever heard of Jason Stone who is now a multi-millionaire and owns a company called Millionaire Mentor. He is famous in the blogging community for his so-called meteoric rise from the lead driven engine of “Instagram”.

I have a video which will give you a look at Jason Stone’s promo. He has come a long way in the last few years. Now everyone can see the tip of his Iceberg and it looks pretty damned good. I hope it inspires you to keep motivated and go for your goals and dreams. Just remember he trod a rocky road before he achieved his goals.

I hope enjoyed this article. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to leave a message for me. I would love to hear from you.

Cheers Coucka

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Affiliate Marketing Classes​

Evergreen Wealth Formula 2.0 is an accelerated Affiliate Program by James Scholes.

James is based in the United Kingdom and he definitely gives value. He has a wealth of online business experience and James is prepared to back up his teaching method by being available to you by email to answer your questions. He will usually get back to you within an hour if you have questions. But you need to understand that he is probably on a different timeline and sometimes he goes to bed. So he has a robot that will leave you a message letting you know he will get back to you.  There are many affiliate program in the world and they are all going to approach selling in a different way. We new affiliates need to look at people that are successful in their field and emulate them.

I do believe this is NOT a scam, as James gives you masses of free information and he makes himself available to help you with any issues you may have. Starting out as a new Affiliate is a bit scary as there is so much to learn. I have personally gone through all of James free training and I have learned so much.

James is a very direct, no BS Englishman and he sets out his training in a very black and white method. He gets results and so have I since I began to implement some of his teachings. I am starting to get a lot of traffic outside of Wealthy Affiliate. All of these Evergreen Wealth Formula Pages will give you free training and James is always putting out great content all the time. There is an option to join up for the Evergreen – How to Make $500 in $5 days which take you to the next level of training where you can automate your income. I am in the process of doing this at the moment. Because I am an old lady, it is taking me a little longer as I am not the smartest cookie. But James has never failed to answer my problems and give me easy solutions to fix any techy hitches. I have to say I am impressed and I am using this information in conjunction with WA classes.

There are many affiliate programs in the world and they are all going to approach selling in a different way.  So if you are interested in accelerating your business so that it starts pulling in money quickly. Give these pages a look. You have nothing to lose except your time, and you have everything to gain.

If you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comment box.

Cheers from Coucka