Category Archives: Goals

Gone But Not Idle

I only posted one update over the past couple of weeks because I was visiting family, and for at least a week of that time, I didn’t have an internet connection.  Some people might find no internet liberating, but I’m … Continue reading

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In Which I Find an Artist

I’ve mentioned several times that I’ve been working on a novella series that I intend to self-publish. It’s called the Calypto Cycle, and is part noir spy thriller, part superhero, and part mystery set in an alternate 1920s eastern Europe.  … Continue reading

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Is That My Name on the Cover?

A writer I know developed something she calls Writer Bingo, where she made up a Bingo card where each square has something she considered an important or desirable writing milestone.  It might include things like “first personal rejection” to “first invite to … Continue reading

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The No-BS Rules For Writing Success

People like to talk about rules for writing, but I’ve found that almost all the rules people talk about are a bunch of BS.  That especially applies to all the rules about how to construct a story, how to start … Continue reading

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The Year of Getting Back on Track

It’s 2016.  It’s the Year of the Monkey (or will be in another month).  For me it’s the year I get back on track with my writing. One of my failures last year was that I set no writing goals … Continue reading

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Looking Back at 2013

I’m a goal-oriented person and every year I set writing goals for myself.  Goals are important for me because they give targets to strive toward, and allow me to see progress.  Without tangible goals, it’s easy to lose site of … Continue reading

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Making Up Ground in NaNoWriMo

After the first ten days of November, I found myself behind pace to meet my NaNoWriMo target.  I had a good excuse (I was traveling), but excuses are worth less than the paper they’re written on, especially when they’re not written on … Continue reading

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One-third of the Way There: A NaNoWriMo Update

For me, succeeding during National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is about consistency.  I need to write every day or risk falling so far behind that I can’t catch up.  For the past five years, that’s how I made it. … Continue reading

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Where Do I Stand Heading Into the Home Stretch

I’ve been unmotivated to write my third-quarter progress report for my 2013 writing goals because I’ve been afraid of what I might see.  I’ve been so focused—I might even say consumed—by doing novel edits recently that several of my other … Continue reading

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Ack! NaNoWriMo is Here Already

Where did October go?  Ordinarily I wouldn’t comment on the ending of a month, but with October ending, it means November is starting.  November means National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo.  For those not familiar with NaNoWriMo, it’s a celebration of … Continue reading

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