Getting Back to Zero

How do you tackle big projects? Do you take them on piecemeal, scheduling bit by bit until the whole thing is done? Or do you go full-force and get everything done all at once? What about if you have multiple things to do? Clean the kitchen one day, the living […]


You’re Full of It 5

We’re all full of it. You, me, writers, construction workers, everyone. And of course that thing we’re full of is time. There’s an old story that floats about as a source of motivation which conflates the time in a day with currency. The idea is simple: You get $1,440 at the […]


Waiting for Monday 2

I fell into a bad habit a long time ago. It would happen when I had a project I wanted to start, or maybe a streak I wanted to begin (like writing every day), or even something I wanted to quit. Sometimes this would happen on a Thursday, which is […]


One Week of Freedom 3

We writers sure do complain a lot about not having time to write, don’t we? Yet there’s a common stereotype that when you’re a writer, people automatically imagine you must have a lot of free time. We constantly have to tell people our writing time is not the same as […]


Writing Advice for a Younger Me 2

There are a lot of things I wish I’d realized when I was fourteen years old and started making my first forays into the world of writing. I was proud of those first fumbles in the dark, even though I realized years later that I should not have been so […]


How to Take Advice

I’m bad at taking advice. I’ll give it freely, but if you give me an idea that makes me freeze up, I won’t even give it a second thought. For me to take advice seriously, one of two things have to happen: 1 – A bunch of other people have […]


Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

If you’re looking for writing advice, there are better places to turn. Blogs and websites in general that post more often and have publishing credibility to back up their advice. If you’re here looking for writing advice or a new perspective on writing, you’ll find it, but keep in mind […]


How to Unplug

Here’s my followup post to “I Hate the Internet.” In that post, I lamented what technology has turned me into (as a writer and a person). This post is all about what I plan to do to solve some of the issues I brought up. These solutions might not work […]


I Hate the Internet

Stay your torches and pitchforks my friends. Please, hear me out. Something’s changed in me. And no, I don’t mean that I’m turning into some gray-haired old guy still struggling to understand this newfangled series of tubes known as the Internet (and what do we call the netting inside of […]


What I’ve Learned from Writing Every Day

When last we left off, I had just finished the outline to a new novel. I’d spent the first five days of the WriteChain Challenge finishing my previous project, then immediately spent eleven days working on and perfecting the outline for my next project. This is day 64, about fifty […]


Write a Little a Day and Surprise Yourself

For the past two weeks now, I’ve been writing a minimum of thirty minutes a day. This all started because of a challenge I read about called the Write Chain Challenge. The idea is to write every day to a certain goal you set for yourself. It can be a goal […]


Just Keep Writing

Talk to any successful author on their success and a number of them will tell you about the power of deadlines. And it’s true – anyone who’s been to school knows this. How many of us have written papers the night before they were due? Beyond that, most jobs come […]