I, along with five writer friends, went to see Tony Robbins, along with several other speakers, earlier this week. What a great day. Very motivational and inspiring. And it was wonderful to get out and have lunch with friends in the middle of the week.
I've been a fan of Tony Robbins for years. I've listened to his original "Personal Power" tapes from back in the day many times. I think he's better than an antidepressant to get you feeling positive and energetic about life.
I "get" his brand of self help much better than "The Secret." Affirmations and positive thinking are all well and good but you really need to put action behind your decisions to make good things happen. I can visualize my name on the NYT list, and my picture on the back of a bestseller but if I don't sit my ass down in front of the computer every day and produce a decent page count, I'm not accomplishing anything.
I've completed a synopsis for a story about the brother of my hero from An Unsuitable Mistress. The Desire editors said that connected books were a good selling point so I'm trying to squeeze a little blurb about the second book into my letter.
And I've read through the first half of Front Page Affair. I love my characters but I think I've got some wish-washy motivation going on that needs tightening. I also wrote the first chapter of the next book which is about the middle brother, Simon who sleeps with the younger brother's fiance. That's the scene I wrote and I loved it.
I'm still patiently (not) waiting for my final reader to send back Unsuitable with her comments so I can get that in the mail.