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Productivity The Writing Life

Places to Go. People to See. Things to Do

One of the challenges that a writer experiences is isolation. By definition and practice writing is a singular and personal endeavor. No writing can occur when the mind is engaged in social interactions. Yes, we can get our ideas and inspirations from others. But. To write, we need to write alone. The isolation of our […]

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Productivity Thoughts

Fuzzy Thinking and Lack of Focus

Most days, I operate in a fog of sorts. Even if it’s a sunny day outside, my mind can seem fuzzy or foggy. My thoughts are random, wandering into my conscience, making a deposit, then drifting away. If I have work to do, these thought drivels take me away from productivity. I can’t help it. […]

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Travel and Inspiration

It seems that when we travel, we are blessed with inspiration, inspiration to dream, plan, and create. But, travel also introduces a different kind of fatigue we have to fight. We travel in a motorhome with our small pickup towed behind, and our 7-year old Beagle, Chloe, riding on the dash. We are quite the […]

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Starting Anew

Sometimes, you just have to start over. Like the other day. I had been working on a project, and could not make any headway. I concluded that I was on the wrong path. So, I started over. Clean slate. Sometimes you figure it out and get into the groove. But, if you stay in the […]

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Productivity Resources

Scrivener and Productivity

For the past month, or so, between handling our online store products and rebuilding my crashed laptop, I’ve been working out how to best use Scrivener, the inexpensive yet Powerful writer’s organization program. (You can get your version on Amazon  through my affiliate link, here: Scrivener on Amazon. I have been dipping my toes in […]

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Productivity The Writing Life

And Another Day Passes Without a Written Word

Writers write. Good writers write when they can. Great writers write every day. Lately, I’m not not even a poor writer. It has been days since I’ve written anything of value. Wait a minute. What is the measurement of value?

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Productivity Thoughts

A Vision of Hope

Today is Life. Yesterday is but a Memory. Tomorrow is a Vision of Hope. Dwelling on the stains of yesterday’s spilled opportunities takes time away from acting today. It is today that matters. It is today that comes to us a few minutes at a time, and which we can have a chance to influence […]

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Plan Your Writing With an Editorial Calendar

I don’t know about you, but I don’t make much headway on goals by relying on my memory to execute my plans. If I do, I end up with random floundering and results. After all these years, I still have trouble coming up with a daily plan of action every day. My intentions are good, […]

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Productivity The Writing Life

Ways to Stay On task

Some days just get away from me, no matter how hard I try to stay on task. Lack of focus, interruptions, no motivation — Any of this sound familiar? Yeah. Me, too. What Gets In the Way There are many ways to ruin a productive day. I know from experience what they are. I’m on […]

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Productivity The Writing Life

We Reap What We sew

Yeah. I know. I made an error in the title. It is one of the spell-checker OKs that a quick edit would let slide and then, I’m a loser writer-wanna-be. However, over the past couple of weeks, I’ve seen this very phrase. Not in random comments on Twitter or FaceBook, but as front and center […]