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Have you long dreamed of writing a book, but for one reason or another have yet to sit down and do it? Author Meg Nocero's story might inspire you. In her own words, here's how writing began as an outlet for surviving grief - and ended up changing her life.

In April of 2011, not only did I lose my mother to breast cancer, I also lost my way. To navigate the grieving process, I turned to writing as a healing tool. I started simply. I would wake in the morning and read from a book that resonated with me. When a quote or a passage spoke to me, I grabbed my journal and channeled at least three pages of longhand about what I felt my mother would want to communicate to me about it. One day led to the next, and this routine led me to complete my first book, a self-help guide called The Magical Guide to Bliss: Daily Keys to Unlock Your Dreams, Spirit & Inner Bliss. My intention is for the book to empower readers to step into the unknown and wake up to a universe packed with possibility, because that's exactly what happened to me as I wrote it. In addition to allowing me to feel connected to my mom, it helped me muster the courage to make a career change after twenty years as a federal prosecutor. I'm now an inspirational writer, speaker and coach, which I believe is my true calling in life. Even now I turn to my book daily for clarity and direction. It is my morning meditation, it is a place where I transform dreams into reality, and it is liberating and healing in a way like no other. It is where I wrote my way out of darkness to rediscover my inner light. It is what helped me transform into a beautiful butterfly.

If that's not a reason to sit down and start writing, I'm not sure what is. Thanks to Meg for sharing her story! To learn more about her, visit


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Last year, an old friend called me out of the blue. It had been ages since we'd talked, so I was thrilled to hear from him. He said he'd decided to write a novel and wanted to bounce the premise off me. Knowing how funny this guy is, I couldn't wait to hear his idea - and I wasn't disappointed. What he had in mind was hilarious. I told him as much, wished him the best, and said to keep me posted.


I emailed him on his birthday a couple months ago and asked how the novel was going. He said he'd written a couple chapters but had gotten sidetracked by other things, so it never really got off the ground. Needless to say, I was disappointed. But I wasn't surprised.


When it comes to writing a book, there's a huge difference between getting motivated and staying motivated. Crafting a novel is not something you can power through in an afternoon, like going for a run, or cleaning out the garage. It takes diligence and commitment, and a lot of hard work. But as we all know, it can be done.


How do I stay motivated when I'm working on a book? I set a daily quota for how many words I'm going to write (usually 1,000), and I don't go to bed until I've reached it. (I don't use weekly word targets because that only invites day-seven procrastination.) Some authors write every single day, whereas I write Monday through Friday. The key is to choose a schedule that works for you, then stick to it. If you respond well to rewards, then do something nice for yourself at the end of each week.


Quota and reward systems aside, when it comes to self-motivation, the term speaks for itself, i.e., it's entirely up to you. Just like no one is ever going to force you to run a marathon or hike the Inca Trail, no one is ever going to force you to write a book. As for my friend, for now it's just not that high on his list—and may never be. And that is completely fine! If it's high on your list, however, then do it. You won't regret it. I promise.


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Maria Murnane is a paid CreateSpace contributor. She is the award-winning author of the romantic comedies Perfect on Paper, It's a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, Chocolate for Two, Cassidy Lane, and Katwalk. She also provides consulting services on book publishing and marketing. Learn more at


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