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Making the rules

Normally when I want to focus on my writing, I shut down email and Twitter until I meet my time or word count goal. I tend to do this in stretches, reward myself with some social media, and then shut it off and write again. The last few months though, I’ve been either moderating or

Save it for later

I constantly come across blog entries that I want to read, usually relating to writing, though not always. Often I don’t want or have time to read them right then, but I don’t want to forget about them. Nor do I want a bookmark for every entry I’d like to peruse. Plus, I don’t sync

Playing hooky

I’ve been playing hooky from serious writing this week. I need to make some plot decisions, but I was also starting to stress out a little too much. Normally, writing is fun. I love it. When it stopped being fun, I decided to take a few days off from my manuscript. I read a couple

Still in the ballpark

In an effort to stay positive, I decided to celebrate my writing hits for 2009. I took the misses into account when writing my daily plan and 2010 goals, but today’s post is all about getting, and staying, in the game. Even if I’m not batting a thousand. (Sorry, I’m having too much fun with

The written word…without Word

You’re probably intimately familiar with some sort of word processing software, especially if you’re a writer. But, while Microsoft Word and similar programs are great for formatting a finished manuscript, business letters, and other documents, they may not be the best software for writing a story. There are several programs out there for writers, and there’s