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 idea that came to you a year ago, built upon itself by occupying your free thoughts when you didn’t even realize you were daydreaming, and came to become a wave so large it blotted out the sun. It pushed your current WIP, day job, social life… everything… into the back seat of the car.
Yes? No? Stop saying weird stuff, Dave? Continue reading “Write In Weird Places II – The Metro”
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. Continue reading “April Challenge – Week 3 Recap – Write Slow”
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 more detail, here is this week’s recap: Continue reading “April Challenge – Week 2 Recap – This S*** Is Getting Tough”
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 day) Step up at the gym, and Quit drinking (boooooo!) … Continue reading April Challenge – Have You Ever Eaten Four Bananas?
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 always end up asking myself if there is more I … Continue reading Why To Make A Change – April Challenge
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 help you get more done than you ever have before, … Continue reading Why You Should Wake Up Early
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 all the time, in commercial campaigns and incentive programs at large companies, and, yes, even in writing… ever heard of NaNoWriMo?
Maybe people have short attention spans, or maybe the promise of a reward that’s only two weeks away is just irresistible; either way, short challenges work. Public ones work even better. Continue reading “15 Days to Done”