• Writing,  Writing Life

    Five Things No One Tells You Before You Start Writing

    If you’re a parent, or perhaps you have relatives or friends who are parents, do you ever wonder why no one warns about what parenting entails? If they did, the human race would eventually die off. Simple as that. Deceptive, yes. Helpful, no. The same may be true of the craft we enjoy–writing. Have you noticed how many things you never knew about writing before you started writing?  There are many, but for purposes of saving time and getting back to our beloved craft, I’ll limit this list to five points. 1. Writing is a solitary activity. Did anyone tell you this? No? I didn’t think so. No one told…

  • Writing,  Writing Goals,  writing resources,  Writing Time,  Writing Tips,  Writing Tools

    How to Increase Your Writing Productivity

    In a perfect world, our days would be filled with limitless hours of writing time. However, ours is not a perfect world. At least mine isn’t. Despite living in retirement, my days are still filled with what seem to be unending household chores, yard and gardening chores, errands, maintaining a small business other than my writing, and more. I am not an expert on increasing writing productivity. Perhaps like you, I struggle every day trying to find the time to write. If you look around–in books, on the Internet, magazine articles, there is a plethora of advice on how to increase your writing productivity. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve found: 1. Eliminate Distractions.…

  • Writing,  writing resources,  Writing Tips,  Writing Tools

    6 Blogs to Recharge the Writing Life

    Writing is solitary. In fact, the singleness of writing can become the elephant in your writing space. So much so, some writers lose the initial spark experienced when beginning that next book, essay, or blog post. Perhaps you’ve been working on building your platform , and no one seems to be clamoring at your blog or on your Facebook fan page. And all you have for your hard work is a throbbing headache. What to do to get back in the writing groove and use some of that creativity to work on your memoir, novel or yes, even the dreaded platform? Look to the writing and blogging community-at-large. After all, this…

  • Goals,  Time Management,  Writing,  writing resources

    Tips for Participating in Writing Challenges

    On the first day of the new year, Jeff Goins’ 500 Words A Day Writing Challenge began. Jeff’s posts on this challenge had entered my inbox. I read them, and I thought: “I already have goals set. Probably shouldn’t sign up.” With each post I read, I was tempted. Jeff makes a good case for his challenge. You’ll note in his post at the link above Jeff shares the following: Here’s what I know about writing: It happens in small bites. Step by step. One little chunk at a time. This sounded easier. I pondered the possibilities for three days and on January 4th I began the challenge. I talked with…