Category: Writing

How to write a book in a year (guest post)

(Laura's note: Got a book idea? Of course you do! So does everyone! Getting it written is a different matter. Today's guest post is about one blog reader's plan to finally get her book written by the end of 2017.) by Jennifer Dabbs Sciubba One of the items that has made it onto my New Year's Resolution list every year as long as I can remember is to write a novel. Not t… read more »

Paperback plus new book news

I have a few book-related announcements to make. First, the paperback version of I Know How She Does It will be out on January 3. This version has a new cover (see Rosie-with-a-watch, left), and a new afterward talking about my time-tracking journey. Pre-orders are always helpful for authors, so if you have been thinking about getting a copy, please use the… read more »

Revising (a NaNoWriMo update)

For the past two years, I've participated in National Novel Writing Month, a 30-day challenge that requires you to write a 50,000-word novel during November. I decided to do my own twist on it this year. I committed to spending 90 minutes daily during November revising the novel I wrote last year. I am happy to report that I have stayed on pace so far. Some days I d… read more »

A twist on #NaNoWriMo

Over the past two years, I have participated in National Novel Writing Month, which involves writing a 50,000 word novel during the 30 days of November. This is roughly 1700 words a day. I didn't find the process all that challenging, but I have a big advantage there: I did not need to squeeze my writing around another job. I just took on slightly fewer profess… read more »

Time strategy #3: Hollow the stone

When it comes to time, the human brain has many foibles. We overestimate what we can do in the short term. Sure, I will respond to 1000 emails in the next hour, and write that report too! But the corollary is also true: we tend to underestimate what can be done in the long term, even with very small actions. Small things done repeatedly have great power. One of my fav… read more »