Posted in 1. Writing

New Self-Help Guide

UPDATE: I pulled the guide from smashwords because the formatting had too many errors. I am releasing it on Amazon in paperback, because it looks nice there. It’s full color, but not full 8X11. It’s a smaller size pocket guide.

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Are you a writer who gives yourself excuse after excuse for not finishing that story inside you?

You are not alone.

Everyone needs handy tips. Everyone is faced with these 6 excuses at one point or another.

Break the cycle of negative self-talk with this ‘No Excuses Writing’ Guide.

I printed out a copy for myself and realized without a space to write in it, it wasn’t valuable to me.

Adding in lines to write on, guidance, and action steps, it became a more useful tool.

Write down ways to conquer your excuses following my tips, jot down notes from your muse, and more.

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Posted in 1. Writing

The Art of Procrastination

What are the biggest time consumers for you?

My workspace is a mess, so it’s definitely not workspace rearrangement for me!

I think my top two are waiting for inspiration and utilizing social media. I run several websites, social media accounts or pages, and pages begging for tips. Once a book is ready, I will post it on smashwords, Amazon, Goodreads, Reedsy, Bookbub, or wherever I can get reviews and make sales. Those links will get sent out to Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and even YouTube. Social Media is a marketing tool, but not a writing tool.

That brings me to waiting for inspiration. I really shouldn’t, and neither should you. Set yourself up for success by writing a cliffhanger into the end of your day’s work so when you come back to it the next day, you are excited to see where your characters lead you, or excited to write the next scene.

Start a series on Twitter with the hashtag of the day (there are lots of hashtag games: ) to choose from. Follow one and write one tweet a day. I did once and it ended up turning into a short story I’ve added into the space opera for Hawk and Young.

Again, what are the biggest time wasters for you? Leave me a comment below.