Tag: time management

Productivity & Time Management, Writing Tips & Career Advice

More Focus + Fewer Projects = Increased Productivity


I am the poster child for having the focus of a squirrel caught in traffic. At one point, I had no less than six novels going, plus a bunch of half-baked short stories and several freelancing projects. Oh, and I thought it would be a good idea to learn nine languages on DuoLingo. And I’m …

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Surviving the Creativity Dark Ages

Dark Ages

Sooner or later, in any creative/artistic occupation or hobby, it happens: The Dark Ages of Creativity descend upon you. Your creativity dries up or there’s simply no time or energy left to create. The love of the work which once fueled you turns to hate. (Or at least a mild loathing.) You can’t see a …

Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Productivity & Time Management, Random Generalizations & Observations

Good Things Happened When I Killed the TV


Over the years, I’ve gone through phases where I experiment with cutting the TV cord for a while. Each time, I notice several areas of my life improve. Inevitably, though, I become weak and TV slips back into my life like some recurrent addiction that I cannot shake. Recently, however, I’ve gone the longest ever …

Marketing & Platform Building, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Overwhelmed? Start With One Thing.


Before I hit my groove as a freelancer and novelist, I wasted a lot of years cowering under the table, completely overwhelmed by the idea of working for myself. I was scared of marketing and accounting, hampered by the fact that I knew nothing about either. Lengthy novels seemed like a marathon I’d never finish. …

Writing Tips & Career Advice

Writing One Day at a Time

One Day

Like many people, I’m at a place in my life where things are confusing and often overwhelming. I’m caring for aging relatives and worrying about their health, finances, legal issues, and long term care. More and more often, I’m venturing into topics I know nothing about and making decisions I don’t feel prepared to make. …