Using Pressure To One’s Advantage As a Writer

Since I’ve been fairly immersed in pressure this week, I focused on finding more ways to channel it. Here’s what I came up with. Financial Pressure – Rar! I had some writing and publishing expenses beyond my usual monthly investment. Unusual outlays of cash have always created dissonance for me as an artist, because I […]

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Daring to Be Uncomfortable as a Writer

Last night I was at a singles event where a relationship expert presented techniques on how to flirt. And then we were turned loose to flirt. – All introverts just shrieked in horror. – I know because I pick up the introvert frequency. While I’ve trained myself to be a fairly outgoing person, I had […]

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Adventures in Extreme Novel Outlining

I began writing fiction as an interior decorator of rooms that were ill-designed. “Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.” – Ernest Hemingway Specifically, my early stories feature quirks and atmosphere but lack something in orchestration and plot. In other words, I began this adventure as a die-hard pantser who resisted outlining and structuring. Over the past […]

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Leveraging Writing Conferences

As a writer, I’ve learned to love the conference scene. Actually, I’m completely drained by large social gatherings–evidence that I am a legitimate introvert. But here’s why I have evolved to deem conferences worthy of the energy expenditure! This list is in context of a few highlights from Life, the Universe, and Everything 2015 (LTUE), […]

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The Productive Author App of the Week: iWriter Pro

iWriter is an app for Mac and iOS with a few interesting spins on the simple text editor approach to writing and drafting. Created by iA, iWriter offers a quick way to highlight all instances of a certain part of speech, which can be a great way to amp up less-effective verbs or cut way back on adverbs, […]

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8 Cyber Monday Deals for Writers and Authors

Cyber Monday is much preferred to the mayhem of Black Friday. Though both seem to be losing some of their retail impact, here are some Cyber Monday thrills for writers and authors! Keep in mind, these deals are typically offered in limited quantities, so they may sell out. 1. The Productive Author’s HOW TO DICTATE […]

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