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The Writing Life

Thinking and Writing

Now and then I get to thinking. Yes, it does hurt a bit. However, thinking is the first step in writing. Without thought, our writing goes nowhere. Take today, for instance. Please!

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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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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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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 […]

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The Writing Life

Maintaining My Energy

The aches and pains of growing old can distract me from getting busy with life. How do I keep my energy levels up and my attention span longer? When I was a young man, I had unlimited energy. I ate with abandon, I could work for hours. I was strong and virile.

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The Writing Life Thoughts

My Writing Passion

(More thoughts from 20 years ago.) Writing is almost magical sometimes. I find it interesting how a word captures, encapsulates, and solidifies a thought. By changing one word, or the punctuation, a sentence takes on a totally different cloak of meaning. I am interested in transferring clarity of thought onto paper. How do some words […]

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Music to Write By

Back when my children were children, and doing homework, I was against music accompanying their studies. They played it loud, and it annoyed me. When I was in school, I studied in silence. They could do the same. These days, there is more and more support for using music to improve study and learning. Of […]