How to Estimate How Long a Project Will Take

It's #Preptober for #NaNoWriMo and I wanted to talk to you a little bit about project management. I think it's important in light of the National Novel Writing Month that we all know how to objectively plan how to work on our projects every day. Once you figure out a few key things about your writing habits and capabilities, planning out how long it will take you to complete any given project will be only too easy.

How to Find Time to Write When You Still Have a Day Job

If you've been along to the blog by now, you'll probably know that I have a full-time day job that I do in addition to my writing, because I simply can’t afford to stay at home all day. I wish.  When I was first starting out, I would read all these respected authors and their …

My Own Pomodoro Technique that Works [Pomodoro Series: Part Two]

Last time I talked about the Pomodoro technique and why it utterly failed for me. If you missed the post, go check it out. No seriously. Go. In the briefest recap ever, I loved the idea of Pomodoro and kept attempting it over and over without success, then I assessed why I kept failing so hard …

Why the Pomodoro Technique Didn’t Work for Me [Pomodoro Series: Part One]

Everyone's heard of the Pomodoro Technique by now, right? RIGHT? I wanted to continue our discussion on using our time wisely, and I wanted to talk a little bit about the Pomodoro Technique because it is an important tool for task management big and small. I have to tell you that the moment I heard of this, …

The Formula for Writing a Best-Selling Novel

There is a formula for writing novels. Many of them, in fact. You can look up tons of them on the internet. One that particularly comes to mind is the “Hero’s Journey.” In 12 easy steps, we see the normal person gets thrown into an alternate reality, struggles and must cope with this new state …

Five Word Count Killers (and How to Avoid Them)

Whenever you go to author blogs or hear interviews from your favorite author, the number one piece of advice is always to write every day. While it is good in theory, for an Indie Author, it doesn't always work that way. Starting a writing habit is extremely difficult. Life so easily gets in the way. …