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NaNoWriMo 2017: I Did It My Way

Uhh, Leanne, it’s mid-November. NaNoWriMo started three weeks ago. Why are you posting this now? Well, mostly because I’ve been so wrapped up in actually doing NaNoWriMo that I haven’t had time to blog about it. But the lateness of this post also makes a point: you can tap into the NaNoWriMo spirit anytime you want! It doesn’t have to be November 1. It doesn’t even have to be... read more

Work Smarter, Not Harder

They say if you want something done, ask the busiest person you know, because that person knows how to work smarter, not harder. In American society, we often brag about the amount of time we spend working: “I put in sixty hours a week;” “I can get by on five hours of sleep.” But people who brag about time spent are not necessarily the people getting the most done. Longer hours... read more

Writing Process: 7 Productivity Boosters

Draft 2 of Blizzard, my novel set during the Blizzard of 1888, turned into something of a beast: it was a complete re-write that took very little material from the first draft. I worked almost exclusively on it from mid-January to mid-May. Along the way, I adapted my writing process and learned some new tricks to help myself work better and faster. It should be noted that these process tweaks are only... read more

How It Feels When Your Habits Begin “Tightening”

Last Friday night, around 8:00 PM, I was tired. It had been a full day for me and a stressful one for the world. I was ready to get into my pajamas and snuggle with my baby girl on the couch with a mug of tea and some mindless television. Instead, I cleaned the bathroom. Let that sink in. I was tired and stressed. I needed comfort. And instead of allowing myself that comfort, I cleaned the bathroom.  Why... read more

Tips For Achieving Daily Goals With An Unpredictable Schedule

In 2017, as in any other year, there are many things I want to accomplish. Last week, I posted my list of goals for the year. Those are big-target goals: abstract ideas, not concrete plans. How do I accomplish them, particularly as my schedule will be wildly different throughout the year? Right now, I’m home with my newborn daughter, and my husband and son are out of the house most of the time. In... read more

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