5 Words I Made Up to Describe NaNoWriMo

The National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge is a many-faceted thing. To describe the experience, I found myself needing to mash up some fresh word concotions. Technically every month is NaNoWriMo for me. I do between 15,000 and 20,000 words per week of fiction writing. Sure, that’s all pure, gunky draft but it’s out there! […]

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The Productive Author Writing App of the Week: FocusWriter

Distraction is the bane of any productive writer, particularly all you NaNoWriMo’s out there. You can find a slew of distraction-free writing apps, so it makes sense to start with a free one. FocusWriter stands out because it works on a variety of desktops (Windows, Mac, and Linux). It’s also pretty. You can choose among a […]

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The Productive Author Writing App of the Week: Spice Mobile

If only Hemingway or Wharton could be there, prompting you with how to finish that sentence you’re stuck on. That’s where The Productive Author Writing App of the Week comes in: Spice Mobile for iOS and Spice Mobile for Android generates suggestions for you based on its database of literature. Think of it as a “phrase […]

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3 Advantages of Dictating Your Writing

I began looking into dictation for several reasons. Like many people, I have experienced back problems which make it hard to sit at a computer and write all day. I’ve also had trouble keeping weight off since becoming a full-time writer. There, said it! You might relate to these reasons or have some of your […]

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23 Productivity Tricks and Tips for Writers

Productivity is just as important for creatives as it is for business moguls. But as creatives, we don’t have to follow the same old productivity advice. Instead, why not employ our creativity toward designing a writerly life we can actually live with?! Here are 23 such ways I came up with: 1. Define and defend […]

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Finding Esther Williams, or Other Writing Muses

The usual things inspire me to write: reading, traveling, people watching, exercising, showering, interesting conversations, and societal issues. But this past month I’ve been running into more oblique inspirations (read: weird inspirations). According to Steve Jobs, weird associations are par for the course for creativity: “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they […]

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Vanquishing Sugar to Boost Productivity

Once in a while I post about my personal and professional quest to kick the refined sugar habit because its diabolical granules deplete every part of my life, writing productivity included. Let’s just say I’ve lost some ground recently. As in, I’m expecting hummingbirds might try to feed from my veins at any moment. My morning […]

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