Tag Archives | Productivity

Writing Between Interruptions

Pulled from the files of “things I didn’t think about when I sold a series.” Last summer, while I was waiting on my edits for Incarnate 3, I started working on another series. I was crazy about it. I wanted to do nothing but write the book. We were meant to be together. I called it Broadway Story (even though it has nothing to do with musical theater). Then my edits for Incarnate 3 came […]


Tips from a NaNoWriMo Old Timer

This is my third year doing NaNoWriMo, so maybe calling myself an “Old Timer” might be a bit of an exaggeration…but I DO feel qualified to give a few tips. First off, let’s cover the basics: To “win” NaNoWriMo, you need to type 50,000 words by the end of November. This isn’t a full book, but it’s a darn good start. If you can type at least 1,667 words per day, you’ll reach 50,000 by […]


Self-Discipline for the Distracted Writer

Recently, I wrote here on Pub(lishing) Crawl about persistence and the importance of not giving up on your writing. If you’ve been a longtime reader of this blog and its predecessor, Let the Words Flow, you know that Susan Dennard has written several great posts about her BICHOK approach to getting work done. (BICHOK = Butt in Chair, Hands on Keyboard.) But what if you are being persistent and your butt is in the chair, and […]


Finding Time to Write: Making Hard Choices

Today I want to talk about writing, and what it takes to get it done. I have a very full time job, an awesome husband, a (sporadically) active social life, and I’m up to date on How I Met Your Mother. I’m teaching myself French in my spare time, I get to gym, I blog and believe it or not, my house is mostly clean. And here’s the thing: it’s hard. If you’re waiting to […]


Listen Up! My Secret Solution To Stealing Creative Time…

How do you make the most of every minute you have? Soon I’ll be blogging about how to squeeze every moment you can out of your writing day, but today I’m going to share one of my top secret tips. When it comes to making the most of the time you have, nothing beats audio. You can listen to the new must-read story while you go for a run, soak up a lecture on craft […]