Welcome to 2018! Looking back, 2017 had its ups and downs, but it was a pretty good year for me. I published Blindsided, and finished writing and revisions for Running Blind, created two new online courses for Scrivener 3, and gave my first international workshop in Canada. I got into journaling for keeping track of my
At the beginning of the year, I was writing Blindsided, the forthcoming third book in my Men of Steele series (look for it in February!), while simultaneously creating a new training platform and expanding my Scrivener course materials to include more screenshots, more detail, and videos. I set deadlines for both, happily announcing them to
Despite the craziness of landing in a new town and house hunting last week, I managed to get my latest post written for Writer Unboxed on time. (Yes, I probably should have written it long before the move so I wouldn’t have to stress.) What I failed to do was let you know about it! If you’ve ever wanted
In my first job as a programmer, my company’s sales team consistently promised clients super-short turnaround times that we couldn’t meet without working serious overtime, sometimes as much as 16-hour days. Talk about stress. Had they given us another day or two for each project, I might not have been so glad to quit when
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. ~ Seneca When we follow our passion, we’re much more likely to meet the luck that makes something really cool happen. ~ Gwen Hernandez, on the Behind the Prose podcast In 2010, as a newbie writer looking for blog content, I started writing about my favorite software: Scrivener.
Sometimes, we have to let go of our expectations. Of life, of others, and of ourselves. Okay, well, we don’t have to, but we’ll probably be really unhappy… I got a good reminder of this last week when I had a couple of trusted writer friends read my upcoming book. While they had good things
In the last two calendar years I wrote 245,000 words of fiction without completing a single novel. In fact, until Monday, I hadn’t written “The End”—actually I don’t write that anyway—on a fiction manuscript since I finished the first draft of Blind Fury in December 2011. Which makes Monday’s finish of the first draft of