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I didn’t plan to write at three times my normal pace when I went on a writing retreat this month, but that’s exactly what I did. It’s important to evaluate your successes to find out what you right. That way you can hopefully continue to replicate it. I thought you might enjoy being in on my analysis, so I’m evaluating what caused my writing productivity increase in this update. Here are the pertinent factors: Continue Reading>>
It’s annoying, right? Infuriating too. When was the last time you didn’t beat yourself up, because you struggle to fit enough writing into your day to meet your word count goal and put words down? When was the last time you weren’t left feeling guilty that you hadn’t done any writing at all? Continue Reading>>
Have you ever pictured what living a perfect life would look like for you? Perhaps you would exercise regularly, eat right, take time for hobbies, engage in recreational activities, travel, complete your household duties, keep up with family responsibilities, and ace your job — all while having plenty of time to write. Continue Reading>>
You look up from your computer after a productive writing session only to remember that you forgot to take your child to the dentist today. It’s also your sister’s birthday, and you meant to call her. You’ll have to deal with that later, because right now you have to scramble. Your spouse will be home any time, and it was your turn to make dinner. If only you’d remembered to thaw something, you wouldn’t have to run to the grocery store. Sound familiar? Continue Reading>>
No matter what you do, you can’t seem to win. Focus on home and family and your writing doesn’t happen. Put time and energy into a writing project, and you could write absent notes to friends and family in the dust on your furniture. Working long hours to accomplish your writing goals, cook, clean, run errands, and serve your family is neither fun nor fair. There’s a better way, thankfully. Continue Reading>>
Ever visit a website where text, pictures, scrolling “thingees” and flashing gizmos cram every available space? A video auto-plays, and the sudden sound coming from your computer makes you start. Pop-ups lie in wait, ready to disrupt you when you’ve barely started reading. Nine-to-one, you backed right on out of there. New website owners often make the mistake of overwhelming their visitors. What if book publishers published books without margins? Continue Reading>>
There’s nothing better for an author than receiving a writing-related gift. Its not just about the present but what it means to know you have the support of those you love. Selecting gifts for writers is not all that easy. Do your loved ones a favor and send them to this page with a few well-chosen hints. Continue Reading>>
You thought your writing life would turn out differently. No one believes in you as a writer. Even your family discourages you from reaching “too high.” You’re stressed about money, time conflicts, or both. Paying for memberships, workshops, conferences, and advertisements has you tapped out. Platform building takes more time than you thought. You hate marketing. The sheer number of books in print intimidates you. Your book isn’t selling. The publisher you most wanted to sign with ignores your submission. A contract falls through. Your agent stops replying to emails. No one shows up to your author Q&A. Amazon’s rankings bury your book. Writing isn’t fun anymore. Continue Reading>>
With National Novel Writing Month (also known as Nanowrimo or simply Nano) upon us, I’ve decided to unveil the writing productivity technique most responsible for helping write two novel-length books (about 125,000 good words) over the short summer months. After landing myself in that fix, I recovered from banging my head on the keyboard and set myself to explore ways to write faster. Continue Reading>>