Changing sleep habits—an experiment in productivity

A couple of days ago I decided to try to figure out what was going on in my life at the time of some of my most productive writing streaks—what types of schedules or timed sessions or just overall attitude I had—so I can try a few things to help me make the rest ofContinue reading “Changing sleep habits—an experiment in productivity”

The difference between writing and rewriting

Yesterday I didn’t write as much as I really thought I would. It was my first day with the kid back at school and the house was quiet and I have no one to blame but myself. The problem is that I’m really not sure how I managed not to write more. Still, dwelling onContinue reading “The difference between writing and rewriting”

A creative writing craft resource: Writing Commons

I came across what looks like an interesting resource for newer writers, or anyone who wants a refresher in some basic craft lessons while I was searching for something else. I originally sent the link to my college student kid because college writing is always a chore and lessons to help with that seem likeContinue reading “A creative writing craft resource: Writing Commons”

My writing process in five sentences (and some words about those sentences)

I write a book. I start at the beginning. I write through to the end, taking a few detours along the way usually but always ending up at the end. (3) I read the book and mark errors and continuity issues to check or fix and make sure nothing sounds wrong (that’s a totally subjectiveContinue reading “My writing process in five sentences (and some words about those sentences)”

About trusting yourself and letting go

My most recent book was a lesson in trusting myself and letting go of notions of what I thought the book should be. The comments I’ve received on the book are better than usual, and that is gratifying. I don’t think I would regret anything even if they weren’t, because by the time I’d writtenContinue reading “About trusting yourself and letting go”

Looking for a comments alternative for WordPress

Basically, the only reason I don’t want to move from WordPress to static HTML (after years of thinking WordPress would make it easier to post and give me options away from my computer but in reality almost never finding that to be true for me) is that I like having comments enabled. The fact is,Continue reading “Looking for a comments alternative for WordPress”

Look, unrealistic expectations will kill your dreams

Here’s the thing. When I set out to make writing my source of income, I knew what I was getting into. I’d been married to someone who did contract work for a while cutting lumber and I have a dad who did that for a while, too, and who worked as a mason for some-oddContinue reading “Look, unrealistic expectations will kill your dreams”

Feeling a little less alone today on this journey to improvement

I was going to respond to a blog post I ran across today but found the commenting system was using Disqus which I don’t use and realized I had too much to say for a comment anyway. Here’s a link: Writing under the influence: productivity and motivation tips to help authors write faster. It’s anContinue reading “Feeling a little less alone today on this journey to improvement”

The new plan for 2,400 words a day

I don’t think I went into this in my last post, but I have recently made a small change to my 2,000 words a day plan. I’m aiming for 2,400 words a day instead. Not because I want to actually average 2,400 words a day, because that has not changed. A 2,000 words a dayContinue reading “The new plan for 2,400 words a day”