The Ticket to Huge Progress

The Ticket to Huge Progress

The Ticket to Huge Progress Dear Blog, Last week, I came up with a plan to take back control of my writing projects and my focus. I've been floundering around lately and not really getting much writing done on any of the projects, other than the first 9,000 words of the new shiny ideas. Since this is a full-time arrangement, it's only acceptable that I'd be able to make a ton of progress. And I have an aggressive publication schedule planned this year anyway. I had to make some changes. So, last week, I decided that I would allow myself 14 days to complete one project - the latest book in The Hexon Code series. Since I made that plan, I've added almost 20,000 words to my manuscript. And I'm thrilled! I was lucky to manage 1,000 words a day before. Now I'm pumping out a minimum of 3,200 words per day. And the best part is, they are decent words. I didn't want to use writing...
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It’s Time to Focus!

It’s Time to Focus!

It's Time to Focus! Dear Blog, The other day, I wrote about distractions as well as stress and overwhelm due to self-imposed deadlines (check it out here). Well, today, I have some excellent news and a great tip. I shared my inner monologue on Facebook and Twitter the other day. It went like this: After I posted that, I proceeded to choose my three projects... But then I got to thinking. I've been spreading my writing focus too thin (clearly) and it feels like I'm getting virtually nowhere (no surprise). And in six months, at my current rate, maybe I'll have five new books to release. That's a huge maybe because I keep getting distracted. But the more distracted I get, the more frustrated I become because every time I turn around, I'm barely any farther ahead on one single project than I was a few weeks ago. So, something clearly had to change. Hence my inner monologue. Which is quite common with writers. We get these...
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3 Big Misconceptions About Novel Outlines That Every Writer Needs to Know

3 Big Misconceptions About Novel Outlines That Every Writer Needs to Know

3 Big Misconceptions About Novel Outlines That Every Writer Needs to Know   Do you avoid creating novel outlines because you don’t think they will be helpful to your work? Novel outlines can be extremely helpful to writers. But many writers avoid creating them. They think the cons outweigh the pros.   But here are three big misconceptions about novel outlines that writers need to know.   False Belief #1: Outlines are written in stone. Often, writers avoid creating outlines because they think they’ll be tied to what’s written on the outlines. That they won’t be able to stray from them and write what really comes out. But that’s not necessarily true.   The main purpose of a novel outline is to outline the story. That’s it. If a new twist pops up that would have your readers at the edge of their seats, you’re free to make the change.   There is so much that goes into a novel that an outline isn’t going to cover everything. By default, there’s...
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