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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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Forget Answers – Writers Need Questions!


One of the more common sources of writing resistance and block is the lament “I don’t know what to write!” As if “real” writers wake up every day with a clearly defined writing plan that details exactly where to start and how to progress at every moment. Western education sets us up for the belief […]

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The Creative Necessity of Surrendering What We Know: New Book Update


Letting Go After my last New Book Update post about receiving “Best of Luck” replies from agents I’d queried, I juggled blogging, querying and starting a new novel. It seemed an appropriate time to write posts about managing multiple writing projects. So I did. In February, I took a retreat from this blog to snorkel […]

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Writing Is Not Your Servant: Guest Post by Kathy Hopewell


Dr. Kathy Hopewell, writer, performer, teacher and blogger at The Freewriter’s Companion, candidly describes the disappointment of discovering that writing cannot be a command performance. Thanks to Kathy’s willingness to share her insights, you can follow Kathy’s suggestions for partnering with, instead of trying to dictate to, your writer-self and thus avoid that particular frustration. […]

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Praying for Writing Miracles


If you’re like me, and I have a strong feeling you are, some days, the words and images appear in our mind and flow effortlessly and joyfully out of our hands onto the screen. Some days, we’re afraid they won’t. But it’s certain that if we don’t show up for our writing practice, the words […]

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