Category Archives: goals

Advice: A Thermostat of Comparison

The experts tell us not to compare our success against others. Good advice, yet where else are we nubies and neo-pros to go for the information we need to become successful? The very act of seeking to improve our craft … Continue reading

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Happy Solstice – Writing Year 2015

Here it is, the shortest day of the year. A time to celebrate the end of darkness and return of the light.  It’s the time of year I review my accomplishments against the goals I set for myself twelve months ago, … Continue reading

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Blue Skies & Writing Weather

The autumn equinox arrives this week (Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on where you live), marking some of the most spectacular weather of the year. To my mind, the bluest skies of the year come with the first days of fall, … Continue reading

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Expectations

I’m coming up on a couple of major milestones in my life. Six years ago this week, I made a commitment to myself to focus all my efforts on becoming a professional writer. In less than two weeks, I’m going … Continue reading

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Wow Factor: Dreams & Goals for the Long Haul

A writer I much admire, Dean Wesley Smith, wrote an inspirational blog recently about dreams and goals (you can read it here), and it got me thinking. He just finished a year of writing (and publishing as part of his … Continue reading

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Thrill Ride: Nine Questions for Jump-Starting a Novel

Here another useful tool I use when I’m dancing around, trying to find my plot. I find that once I’m able to answer the following 9 questions, the story has pretty well coalesced and I’m ready to start outlining and/or … Continue reading

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My Novel Jumpstart Checklist

Beginning a new novel is hard.  At least for me. Over the years, I’ve developed an evergreen checklist of sorts to help me organize my thoughts BEFORE I start writing.  I’ve gathered most of these ideas from more experienced/successful writers … Continue reading

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