Write In Weird Places II – The Metro

Have you ever been so entirely snared by a story idea that everything else immediately takes second place?  I’m not talking about a bolt-of-lightning idea – one of those rabbits that comes out of nowhere and invades your thoughts for a day or a week – I’m talking about something more long term.  A story […]

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April Challenge – Week 3 Recap – Write Slow

It’s hard to believe that there are only 10 days left in April, isn’t it?  Where does the time go?  What have I accomplished?  Why isn’t my book done yet? This week of intense writing has taught me something extremely valuable, something for which I think I’ll be grateful for a long time to come.  […]

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April Challenge – Week 2 Recap – This S*** Is Getting Tough

Happy Saturday, everyone.  Today is April 15, which means we’re halfway through the challenge.  If you missed either of my last two posts, you can find them here and here. The moral of this week was pretty simple and obvious: This s*** is getting a lot harder. Before I get into any of that in […]

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April Challenge – Have You Ever Eaten Four Bananas?

Early mornings, late nights, a trillion words written, loud music, standing desks, and bananas – week 1 of the April challenge was a massive success. If you haven’t read my post about what I’m doing this month, check it out here.  As a quick recap, I promised to: Write 90,000 words in April (3,000 a […]

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Why To Make A Change – April Challenge

Write 90,000 Words.  Step Up At The Gym.  Quit Drinking (Temporarily). It’s time to make a change, and have some fun while doing it. Over the past few years I’ve been getting better and better at self-motivation, productivity, and juggling the multiple things I care about (friends and family, fitness, work, writing, etc.), but I […]

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Why You Should Wake Up Early

Divisive post, I know, especially to a group of people that (probably) mostly consists of night-owls.  Here, I’ll post your reply for you: “Shut up, Dave, I work better at night.  Don’t tell me how to live my life!” But I’m here to tell you that if you’re looking for an extra boost, that surge of productivity that’ll […]

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15 Days to Done

What is it about a challenge that motivates us so much?  Why is the pull of a one-week challenge so alluring?  There is something a little magical, and a little scary, about setting a short-term goal for yourself and driving towards it with all the power you can muster.  You see it in the fitness industry […]

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Words On A Plane

A couple weeks ago, after a work trip to Montreal, I was going to write a blog post about how much I love working on planes – they’re actually one of my favorite places to write.  I’d gotten through a couple of paragraph before I thought, “Hm, shouldn’t I wait to write this blog post […]

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Broken Promises

One Sunday morning a few months ago I woke up with this story buzzing around in my head. On most mornings I wake up, take a shower, make a cup of coffee or grab breakfast, and spend some time just relaxing before I do anything remotely productive. Not on this Sunday, though. On this Sunday […]

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How to Write in a Coffee Shop

Be extra nice to the staff If you’re going to be there for longer than 60-90 minutes, go up and buy another drink Don’t make a mess You made a mess.  Clean up your mess Don’t make overly creepy or lengthy eye contact with anyone If you try to strike up a conversation, be mindful […]

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