Recently I was talking to my daughter when she brought up how she was asked to do an art piece and how there was a kerfuffle when my daughter brought up payment. It was expected to be done for free because “well, it's just art.” That because it was an artistic endeavor it didn't mean … Continue reading Know Your Value
Discovering your most productive time of day is just smart. Timing and environment can have a profound impact both on how quickly we write and on the quality of what we produce. But I suggest you can become more productive as a writer by paying attention to the length and frequency of your writing sessions.
It's easy to find yourself pulled in many directions. In a multimedia/ social media world you can get swept up in the flood of news and information. Face it, politics, weather, justice, memes, family issues, etc are a part of our everyday and there's no way to escape it all. With that being known what … Continue reading Spending Your Energy Wisely
Sometimes we have a retreat, and we want to write ALLLLLLL the words ALLLLL day, but we get there, and... our brains don't cooperate. Sometimes we're trying to finish a project over several months time, and it's just not...happening. Here are few tips to help you reset and start writing again: 1. Take a … Continue reading 13 Ways to Get OUT of Your Writerly Funk
I have a slight (okay, huge) problem with staying focused on tasks that I don't want to do. Sometimes it's because I find a task boring--like housework. Or it's repetitive, or I don't see the point, or . . . I love it, and I find it interesting, and I want to do it, buuuuuuuut it's … Continue reading Focus
The year is drawing to a close, and one of the themes that seems to be on everyone's mind is time. It's certainly on mine. A couple of months ago, I was asked to speak to a group of students at the university where I teach. The topic? Time management. My gut reaction was, "Let's find … Continue reading Considering the Cost
Full-time writer. Ever since I was a teenager, I have entertained dreams of this concept. Now I am well into my *cough* forties and not a full-time writer, though I personally know a few of these magical creatures. I have another career that demands quite a bit of my time, and I'm perfectly aware that I'm not as … Continue reading How Your (Other) Career Can Make You a Better Writer