Writing During Holidays

For many people, holidays are a time for family andd friends. But if you forget to take time to write, you will pay for it. So what to do? If your holiday means family, friends, and special activities, not only can you still write – you can take advantage (in a good way) of these […]

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Writing Life: Thankfulness

Today is not a post about craft but about thankfulness. How often do we take the time to just be thankful for our ability to write creatively? The ability to create something with words that touches heart, imaginations, and minds is incredible. We transcend the typical and craft something new. We each use our unique […]

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Procrastination Plan: Boredom

Sometimes, procrastination happens not because of fears, competing demands, or insufficient time. Sometimes the cause is boredom with the project. Here’s a few of the reasons a writer might become bored. Over-plotting. Even though many writers are helped by outlines, over-plotting can take away the fun, enthusiasm, and adventure of writing a first draft. How […]

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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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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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