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‘To Do’ lists: Writing friend or foe?

In most cases people view writing and the creative process as some frenzied burst of genius that can’t be planned or anticipated.  At least I do, but that’s just my overly dramatic imagination at work.  But in most cases those who flex their creative muscles in any...

What’s Your Motto?

Every sports team, no matter the size or level of success, has a mascot, motto or war cry.  So why shouldn't writers have motto's? It just makes sense that we would tap into the word-play possibilities? And while sports and writing are clearly very different, they...

Executing Your Quit Plan the S.M.A.R.T. Way

Regardless of your quit level (Quit a title, Quit a Company, Quit an industry, etc.), you have to have S.M.A.R.T. goals to make effective change. Let’s break down what S.M.A.R.T.  is: Specific Don’t just set random goals and try to sting them together and call it your...

Having the Wisdom to Quit

I’ve said it before and I am saying it again, every plan for success includes an escape clause. So as you are working towards your goals, make sure that you have factored in the right time to walk away. You read right.  In the words of the incomparable Kenny Rogers...

The Right Atmosphere to Write Right

Having the right place to get and keep the creative juices flowing is essential to the creative process.  Of course this “atmosphere” is different for everyone.  And there is no cut and dry “this is what you have to do” way to determine what will work. Take me for...

The Art of Quitting Your Job

Let me be the first to say that quitting gets a bad rap. I mean what’s so bad about deciding to quit?  Sometimes it is just necessary.  For instance, in order to effectively start a good habit, you have to quit a bad habit; otherwise you won’t see the results of...

The Business, The Indi Author and The Writing…

When I made the decision to self-publish I was not prepared for the intense and consistent work that would follow clicking the “publish” button.  As soon as my first book went “live” I became my manager, agent, editor, formatting and layout rep., cover designer, PR...

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