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Why Publishing My Novel Is Not a New Year’s Resolution


This is a repost from January 2018 and my top priority is still developing and publishing my Path series of science fiction novels (Essential Path and Freedom Path so far).  So the very last thing I want to do is make that  a New Year’s Resolution! Most New Year’s Resolutions fail in the first two […]

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Halfway through the Dark


Take heart – we’re halfway through the dark. No matter how bleak it seems, we’re halfway through the dark. We are a nation divided, yet we are still a nation. We have been shaken to our Constitutional core, but we still have a Constitution. I won’t assume that you and I see the same causes […]

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Writers Who Don’t Track History Are Doomed…


Okay “doomed” might be hyperbole, but ignoring historical tracking data impairs your ability to correct what’s not working and reinforce what does work for you as a writer. Tracking your Product Time not only keeps you on-track this week and this month, it gives you the long view you need to identify patterns and trends […]

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Fact-Track Your Writing: Tricks of Tracking #4


How much do facts matter in your writing genre? When I was very young, I decided I’d write fiction because surely fiction couldn’t need facts the way journalism and nonfiction do, so I could just make everything up. Then I realized that fiction needs facts to ground the reader in the imaginary world. But when […]

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Track Your Way Out of Writer’s Block: Tricks of Tracking #3


The old saying “Ready, set, go!” won’t work for writers who want to track their way out of resistance and into satisfaction and success. Instead, you need to Set your intentions, Ready the resources and Go track yourself. Set Your Intentions! They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions, but the road […]

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Tricks of Tracking: KISS


The second trick of tracking for writing success is KISS: Keep It Simple and Seen. The system you use for tracking needs to be simple, quick, easy to use and readily accessible. It could be a chart with gold stars on your office wall, a legal pad on your desk, a Moleskine notebook in your […]

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Tricks of Tracking: #1 Track the Right Stuff


How do you measure your writing progress: Word counts? Critical due dates? Action steps taken? I track Product Time, that is, the amount of time I spend doing anything necessary to move a writing project forward. Here’s why. While revising and reworking my novel, daily word counts of Chapter 61 shifted from 1675 to 1700 […]

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The One Thing Writers Must Do Every Day — It’s Not What You Think


Do you think writers must write every day? We don’t. Daily writing is a must for some writers; freedom to not write every day is a must for others. Do you think writers must read every day? Reading is essential for writers, but it is not a daily requirement. The same is true with daily […]

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Regular Writing Isn’t Enough — You Need to KNOW You’re Making Progress


It isn’t enough to make progress on your writing; you need to KNOW you’re making progress. Check out the short Pinkcast 3.12 video below to learn how seeing your progress motivates, rewards and increases your ability to make more progress. Be sure to come back (use your browser’s back button) to read more about a […]

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Keep Your Writing Approach Fresh Guest Post by Cheryl Campbell


Cheryl Campbell is the author of the Burnt Mountain fantasy series and Echoes of War, book one in the upcoming Echoes trilogy. She describes herself as “a techie with a creative side, or perhaps a creative with a techie side.” There is no doubt that Cheryl is creative in both her approach and the results. […]

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