Category Archives: cool tips

When to STOP editing

By guest blogger Estrella Azul THERE WAS THIS post that showed up in my Twitter feed one night last week as I was about to go to bed. It was so timely, I just had to read it then and there. As soon as I finished reading, I had to type out a few thoughts….

What I Learned from My First 10K Day

By guest blogger Taryn Blake I SIGNED UP for my first 10K Day in June because I’d been trying for months to write content for a website I want to launch—but I’d been having zero luck getting past the stage of scribbling random notes here, there, and everywhere. At the end of the day I…

10K Day: Science or Magic?

By Milli Thornton We get oodles of feedback about how much people love the 10K Days, but I’ve never stopped to examine in writing why it works. I could probably write a small book on this topic, but to contain this in a blog post let’s look at two sides of the gold coin: science…

What I learned in 15 minutes a day…

By Judy Clement Wall On January 31st, I posted my intent to write wild for 15 minutes a day every day in February. So here’s the good news. I wrote a lot of stuff – a draft of a short story, notes for a personal essay I decided I’m not ready to write, a monologue,…

Eek! Nutritious Lunch for Busy Writers

By Milli Thornton We all know writers with healthy eating habits, right? (That wasn’t me winking. Or thinking of my friend who deifies French fries.) If you’re guilty like me, you sometimes do things you know would not get you the Oprah seal of approval. Go on, admit it. When was the last time you…

Cheap Therapy

By Milli Thornton Sometimes, even when I’m completely eager to work on my current story, I have fear of starting a new writing session. There’s that fear I won’t know where to go next with my story. Or only slightly less intimidating (if I have an outline to work with), that I won’t know how…

Character Journaling for Fun and Profit

By guest blogger Lois Eighmy Okay, it’s not for profit, exactly, though great characters can certainly have a lot to do with whether or not your stories sell. But if you’re not having fun—if you’re not really enjoying the process—what’s the use? I’ve found that the best way for me to get excited—and stay excited—about…

15 Minutes a Day

By Judy Clement Wall I’m conducting an experiment. During the month of February, for 15 minutes every day, I will write whatever comes out. Stream of consciousness. No editing, no stopping to read, no target market, no specific project in mind. Just writing… spilling the contents of my head onto the page (or screen as…

10K Day: Not Sure What to Write About? No Worries!

A 10K DAY has a way of building on its own momentum. But you’ve got to start somewhere, right? Don’t let that initial Blank Mind Syndrome stand in your way! Whether or not you decide to participate in the 10K Day, this post will help—especially if you fall into one of the following categories: (a)…

10 Tips for Using the Fertile Material Writing Prompts

By Milli Thornton HAVE YOU EVER stared at a writing prompt—or a story idea you’ve jotted in a notebook—desperately wondering how to cure your Blank Mind Syndrome and actually write something? Solution: As long as you actually make use of them, the ten tips below are guaranteed to spark you into writing mode. You don’t…