Writing bloggers: Here is how I write a novel: One, I take the idea and put it in a special box. Two, I start working on character profiles. Three - Me: I AM CHAOS. The more I write and edit, the more I find I rarely do something the same way twice. The only thing … Continue reading Writing Routines: the Writer, the Myth, the Legend (good luck trying to follow my train of thought here)
First Rule of Having an Effective Writing Session: understanding that there is no way to make sure that every. single. writing session is effective. While there are tips and tricks (finding the right time of day, the pomodoro method, getting rid of distractions, calling up Gandalf) there never is a guarantee. There is no magic … Continue reading There is no Guarantee of a Good Writing Session
I got a little secret for you. Here, come closer. THERE IS NO PERFECT WRITING ROUTINE. There. I said it. It's easy to become the writer who is constantly searching for the perfect writing routine/method. They bundle their belongings on a stick and go out searching, searching, and searching, like they are looking for El … Continue reading How to Find the Perfect Writing Routine
Should you treat writing like work? First, there are a few questions you need to answer: Do you want be published? Do you want to make a career out of writing? Is this your calling? If you have answered yes to any of those questions (or all three), then yes, you should treat writing like … Continue reading Should You Treat Writing like Work?
The problem with being a writer (and there are many) is that even if you are writing full time, it really never is a 9-5. Because even if you quit at 5, sit down on your couch, and turn on your favorite show, there is something looking over your shoulder, a dark cloud looming over … Continue reading It’s Hard to Take a Vacation When You’re a Writer
You are a writer. You read novels and books on writing craft. You spend hours practicing writing and editing. You go to conferences and writing workshops. Well, that's great. But that is keeping the writer alive. It's not keeping you alive. Yes, we are actually human beings after all. While I am no health professional, … Continue reading How to Stay Alive as a Writer
We like to get stuff done. Nothing better than checking something off a list, shutting a computer with everything finished, or collapsing on the couch after getting all that stuff you needed to get done, done. Writers like to know that they are finished for the day. The edits that needed to be made were … Continue reading Should You Set a Daily Word Count Goal?
If there is one maxim that haunts the life of every writer, it is this one. You should write everyday. The saying has been around since - well, not since the dinosaurs roamed the earth, but it has been around for a while. Since it's been around for a while, it has gathered a bit … Continue reading Should You Write Everyday??
Writer's need routine because...well, routines are just helpful in general. When we talk about routines for writers, the question usually comes up "when is the best time of day to write?" There is a theory (meaning: I have read a few "prestigious writers" that have said this) that the best time of day to write … Continue reading When is the Best Time to Write?