Strategies to Reach 50k: Stamina

One often overlooked element of writing is stamina. Writing stamina is linked not only to attention span, imagination, and will-power but also to physical well-being. When you really get into a project, you may forget to take care of yourself. As a result, your writing stamina goes down and you start producing less. If you […]

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Strategies to reach 50k: Accountability

While internal motivation is by far the best motivator, a little accountability can go a long way. Accountability leads to other people encouraging, suggesting, and asking about your book Their interest and support (or skepticism) can be powerful prods to keep you writing. These people can be perfect strangers. I go out and work in […]

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Writing Fears: Chances to Be Better Writer

Fear of failure can become a powerful tool if used correctly. Motivation, character insights, and growth as a writer… all can come from examining and facing your fears. Wait, what?          Fears of failure, fears you aren’t good enough, and fears you will fall behind your friends. All these have implicit goals in them. And […]

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Personal Philosophy: Priorities

      No series on personal philosophies would be complete without a look at priorities. Priorities help you get on track, stay on track, and even find the track in the first place. Your priorities reflect both your ideal and your actual creative life-style. Your choices affect both long-term and short-term creativity, productivity, and stamina (some […]

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Personal Philosophy: Critics and Critiques

      This isn’t a how-to for how to deal with criticism. It’s about identifying your personal philosophy about them. Love them, hate them, fear them, avoid them. But why? And what are your ideal critic and ideal critique?       Let’s start at the end. What is your ideal critique? I would love for someone to […]

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Personal Philosophy: What It All Means

      What makes any book great? Great plots, characters, settings, and world immediately come to mind. So does a narrative style that pulls the reader into these and leaves the “real” world behind. But all that is common advice, not necessarily personal philosophy. What’s really important is what “great” means to you.       Great can […]

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Personal Philosophy: Topics and Themes

Part of the appeal of writing is the opportunity to write whatever you want. That’s the theory, anyway. (The drawback is that you don’t get to write however you want.) Many writers actively look for inspiration from the outside world in the form of news articles, overheard conversations, and research. But these strategies are grounded […]

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Personal Philosophy: Why This Genre?

Outsiders tend to group “writers” in one big pack. But there are many types of writers. But writers are selective in what they write – usually just a few forms. Knowing your reasons for writing these genres and styles can help you keep going or know when it is time to change. Define your genre(s). […]

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