Posts Tagged ‘Writing Life’

Writing a Sentence and Starting Your Novel

Writing a Sentence and Starting Your Novel

“I’m working on a novel.” – me and about every writer I know. Before I started writing, I would actually spend time reading books for enjoyment and knowledge. Now that I’m working on another novel (really), my reading is a little more critical. Justify My Writing Existence Being painfully truthful, I read books in my…

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What Do You Do When You’re Bored With Your Novel

What Do You Do When You're Bored With Your Novel

I’m about 20,000 words (20k) in on a novel and am a little bored with it. Maybe it’s not boredom. Maybe the problem is I’m excited about another novel series I want to start. Committed vs Being Committed The result is that I’ve stalled in working on my novel. I make up excuses not to…

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Are You Working in a Winning Creative Environment

Are You Working in a Winning Creative Environment

Every day you sit down to write. Familiar surroundings, sounds, timing, lighting. A drink by your keyboard. Your phone turned off or at least flipped over. Your fingers hover over the keyboard. Your mind ready to work. Everything is familiar. You’ve been successful at writing in this environment before—you’ll be successful at producing another great…

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Could Someone Please Tell Me, “Am I a Writer, Yet?”

Could Someone Please Tell Me, "Am I a Writer, Yet?"

How do you know when you’ve become a writer? When have you earned this social badge? Is it when… Own a blog. Written several blog posts. Written a blog post on another venue. Keep a daily journal. Have an idea for a novel. Started a novel. Started two novels. Started three novels. Have another brilliant…

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You’re the Best Representative of Your Own Personal Brand

You’re the Best Representative of Your Own Personal Brand

On our way home from running a few errands, my wife and I stopped at Walmart to pick up a couple critical grocery items—like Oreos, you know, the critical stuff. Walking by the electronics section, there were two cable television sales representatives chatting and laughing with each other, oblivious to the foot traffic around them.…

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I’m Going Crazy and You’re Probably Already There

I'm Going Crazy and You're Probably Already There

The endless pursuit of writing ideas sometimes turns into an overwhelming attempt to capture every tidbit of information that flows through your eyes and ears. The result can be sheer and utter madness! Life used to be so simple before I started spending time writing. The daily need for subject ideas sends my left eye…

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Small writing on Medium is Large

The perfect read-time of Medium articles and how it affects my reading and writing. When you scan through articles on Medium, what helps you determine which articles to read? Do you look at the Title? Do you look at the Featured Image? What about the amount of time that it would take to read the article?…

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Discovering a Box of Needles in the Medium Haystack

Finding and following your community. The Numbers Game Not long ago I read an article by a fairly prominent writer on Medium speaking to those that were interested in gaining more followers on this venue. His method seemed legit in actually gaining following through a mere game of chasing the masses and the attrition of a…

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“I was seeing another application, but it’s over now, it was just a fling”

– Me, to Evernote. I’m having trouble being totally loyal to my applications. I’m always looking for the next-latest-greatest-whiz-bang-cure-the-world-of-all-its-problems application. And guess what? I still haven’t found it yet. Yet. Why can’t I just be content with the apps that I have and not let the bells and whistles distract me? After all, it should…

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