A Day in the Life

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Jeff Goins Saved My Life

on November 5, 2014

I sat at my computer as I normally do – stressed out and lacking in thought. I stared at my blank page of MS Word and growled. This was not going to be a good day for writing. “Why is Microsoft torturing me – again?” I thought. Three times I had re-written my 3,000 words. I moved them about the page. I copy/pasted them into OneNote (for more sharing capability). Nothing was working. Since I was not going to be writing, I turned to my second love – reading. I like to read blogs. They inspire me. The one I chose yesterday was no exception. I turned to Jeff Goins.

The first headline that caught my eye was “Why I Will Never Use Microsoft Word Again”. Since I was really feeling that pain, I decided to give that post a go. In his insightful post, he described his trials and frustrations with the dreaded word processing software. He had been using it for years and was fed up with it. He said that he had “finally seen the light”. He had found Scrivener. Many authors use this handy piece of software, including Michael Hyatt and Andy Traub. And now, so do I.

I went on over to the link above and checked out Scrivener. I noticed the 30 day trial that is offered. So, I downloaded it, watched the how-to videos and read their in-software tutorial. I have one word to say – amazing. It was totally love at first sight. I immediately imported everything I have written into it. I moved words from Word and OneNote. I even moved all my research into one place. Scrivener will hold just about anything. It now houses my wiki links, PDFs, sound files, video files, pictures, manuscript, notes – everything. The best thing is, if I don’t like Scrivener, everything will export right back to its original format. I can also save my manuscript as a PDF or Kindle format.

OK, so this isn’t an ad for Scrivener – I promise. It is about Jeff Goins and how he saved me. Well, after using Scrivener for a couple of hours, I could feel the stress levels plummeting. So, I went back to his blog and read some more. I read “10 Steps to Finding Your Writing Voice“. In this article, he explains that you should find your voice in order to “set yourself apart”. It will make you stand out from the crowd. It will also keep you from getting burned out. After completing his exercises, I think I am finally finding my voice. I was always afraid to use my voice. I found that riding the fence does nothing for your readers and it makes the work stale. I really need to stop that. I looked through my blog and studied the statistics of each one. I found that the post I wrote during my depression was the most popular – because it is real and in my own voice. I wrote it from the heart. Afterwards, I was afraid that it would get some negative feedback (mainly from my family). Some of them can be rather harsh. But I left it anyway. I am glad I did.

Thank you, Jeff, for inspiring and enriching the bloggosphere. You are an amazing writer. I look forward to many more posts.

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2 responses to “Jeff Goins Saved My Life

  1. Jeff saved my life too in exactly the same way!

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  2. Sonja says:

    It’s great to hear from a fellow blogger and Jeff Goins fan. Thanks for the comment! I wish you luck and love in the future.

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