Don’t worry…

After my last post, I just wanted to assure folks: I haven’t relapsed.

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Sunday Word Count: 48,000 words…


* Update * — I think my heading is a little misleading.  48k total for my work in progress, up from 37k last week, so my “word count” for the week is actually 11k.  I’ll make it more obvious next week.

I’m actually writing this on Saturday night, but whatever, life’s too short — unless you’re Dan Jenkins.

This week has been amazing, from a word count perspective.  No beta reading, just a little Koontz to keep my “random seed” fresh. And at the end of the week I’m sitting on 48k of fun for the whole family.

For those of you with writer’s block, here’s how I’ve been dealing with mine:

1) I’m in charge, not the manuscript.

2) All that expectation that the next book has to be perfect or I’ll go to 1-star prison? Whatever, talk to the hand, I’m in charge of this ship, and if I want to ram it into that reef over there that’s my business.

3) What else do I have to do today? Hmm, guess I’ll write.

4) Oh yeah, when I’m stumped for a thousand words, drink something with alcohol in it — it helps. (not a long-term solution of course)

Last week: 37,000

This week: 48,000

For me: wow.



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Woops, forgot to mention…Editing For Indies Webinar

Simon Whistler

Simon Whistler

Simon Whistler is hosting a webinar titled “Editing for Indies”, with Alida Winternheimer as presenter.

Merely signing up gets you:

The “Editing for Indies” guide.
PLUS a special offer for Alida’s editing services!
PLUS live at the webinar we’ll be giving away: 5 advance copies of Audiobooks for Indies and a one-hour consultation with Alida!

Alida Winternheimer

Alida Winternheimer

The webinar is on a Saturday, August 9th, and isn’t too long — about 1.5 hrs.  Seriously, check it out, because whom doesn’t need a little editing now and them?

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P.T. Hylton’s a 100 percenter…!

I thought this was interesting because I sort of agree :)

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Rocking Self-publishing podcast episode 57

I wrote Simon Whistler and jokingly told him this episode was so good I almost didn’t want to tell anyone about it.  It covered: pen names, word counts, price points, writing in multiple genres, writing rules by various great authors, the future, the past, the kitchen sink, the bathroom sink, you name it.  If you’re an indie author and want to listen to something both inspiring and informative, Here It Is.


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Molly Greene: 15 Tips To Increase Your Productivity

Particularly loved #7 — my “in” is now thoroughly “trigued.”


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…and the power of confessing in public

One_Million_Years_BCLeanne Neanne and my wife over at dot2trot are big inspirations.  Yesterday, Dot posted her weekly weigh-in, and today I got my notification from Leanne that she’d also posted something. Lo and behold, she’s down 1.7 pounds this week. She also posted about her Fitbit gadget/thing, which allows her to keep track of all the running and jumping around she does.

Dot posted something similar the other day, and a guy at work has one and takes the stairs all the time and avoids the elevators. I get tired on elevators, but I’m a writer so it’s ok.

Back to the Fitbit: apparently you can compete with your friends about who’s struggling up the most flights of stairs and all that.  On the surface, this sounds crazy, right?  But humans are funny.  We love to win, we hate to lose, and this kept the dinosaurs from killing us a million years ago.

It’s a little like my Sunday word count thing: confession keeps me honest.  Mostly with myself. Net result? I get more done, and dinosaurs leave me alone.


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