Six Tips to Writing Consistently and Productively

I have several “tricks” that allow me to write consistently and productively. They come from self-observing what hasn’t worked for me. Maybe some of these things will help you out too. Remove distractions – there are several things that pull me away from writing effectively. Television is a BIG one. I’ve tried many times to write while watching TV. In every case I’ve never managed any kind of quantity or quality of words. The same is true, to a much lesser extent, with music. In both cases (and with other more minor distractions), the best thing to do is get away from them. Turn off the television or your music. Give your mind the opportunity to only focus on the […]

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Achievement Unlocked

Yesterday, I finished my first full-pass edits for Scouts of the Apocalypse: Zombie War. That puts the book one step closer to its planned June release. Finishing a book in the first place is a big deal. Getting it ready for publication is too, especially when this is my second series to hit multiple books. By the end of this year, I will have four series that have at least two titles. I think that’s a hint to myself that I should finish my book series before I start new ones. It’s just, new ideas are SO much fun to explore, darn it! 🙂 There is still a lot to do. The book will have a second edit/revision pass and […]

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The Best Laid Plans

I have lots of things I want to do. For example, I want to redesign this web page to make it more Young Adult friendly. I want to create a complete set of class materials for my books to make them more accessible to teachers. I want…well, let’s just stop there, shall we? I think you get the point. The problem is, I also want to write books while I give my family the time it deserves. I’m also involved in a few community organizations. This is where the 24-hours-in-a-day limit gets in the way. What I need to do is finish the three books I’m currently working on and then do the other stuff. A web page redesign might […]

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