Sometimes we need some help to boost our productivity, whether we're talking about writing or some other activity. Here are a few ways to up your productivity: 1. Accountability You need a way to hold yourself accountable. To set a goal and have a way to track it and hold your feet to the fire. A partner is a good way to do this, someone you report to on whatever basis works for you. For me, I found that daily goals and reporting my results to critique partners who were a
It was something I'd forgotten: sometimes you just need to hang with your tribe. In this case, it wasn't just readers and other folks who love books, though that's one of my major "tribes." My preferred community. No, the last 2 weeks have been about rediscovering and hanging with my writer peeps, about rediscovering my writer self. I can't say this enough -- sometimes we writers need to get out of our comfortable, private offices, and get out there around other writers! I kn
Today I got thinking about why we love romance novels. Actually, life had been challenging and I was thinking about Happily Ever Afters. And that led me to realize that the Happily Ever After is probably one of the biggest reasons we love romance novels - we're promised a Happily Ever After. It's the one non-negotiable "rule" of writing a romance novel. Break all the other rules you want, but don't mess with the Happily Ever After. Readers expect it. If you don't have a Happi
No, you may not put the baby in the desk drawer while you write, even though it seems pretty safe and you're keeping it open! For better tips on how to write with the kids around, keep reading. This is an updated rerun of a piece I wrote a number of years ago, but the points are still good. The teenager I speak of is now fully grown and capable of occupying his own time. The points about electronic "babysitters" are even more valid since our kids now have even more "screens"