Tag Archives | Productivity

On Building Habits

I mentioned in my last post on PubCrawl that I had recently resigned my day job and was refilling my creative well. It’s been a few weeks now, and while my creative well has been replenishing nicely, I confess to feeling a bit adrift when it comes to, well, a schedule. If there was one thing about having a day job I did like, it was that I had a routine. I’ve confessed here and elsewhere […]

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Tips from Industry Pros: Before During and After a Conference

Networking is so key to a writer’s career and conferences are a great way to combine networking with craft. Whether you choose to attend more craft-based programming like Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) nationals and regionals, Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), and Midwestern Writers Workshop (MWW) or more industry focused conferences like BookExpo America (BEA) and American Library Association (ALA)–most of attendees include publishing professionals and writers for anywhere from […]

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The book-a-year schedule

Earlier this week, I tweeted that it turns out writing a book a year is actually really hard. For some reason, I hadn’t expected that. I’ll back up. Before I was published, I could write two or three drafts a year, and even sort of revise them. One year I wrote five manuscripts. (What is sleep???) Naively, I thought that if I could do all that, then a book a year would be easy peasy. I […]

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Getting your brain in the book after a long break

Recently, I’ve been working on Fallen Isles 2, trying to get the first draft finished before the end of the year. But I’ve had to put it aside a few times, thanks to more immediate deadlines, travel, and other authoring things. One of the things I hadn’t realized before I started writing professionally was how many times I’d have to put aside a draft and come back to it. Maybe an edit letter comes in […]

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More about waiting

Sometimes, it feels like nothing is happening. Even published, with lots of new demands on my time, there’s occasionally a moment of feeling like everything is going stagnant. For me, this is usually in that weird quiet time a few months after a book has come out, but before anything fun starts happening with the next one. Other writers hit that wall of NOTHING IS HAPPENING at other points. My impulse is always to make […]

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