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The Secret to a Writing Income: Stop Bullshitting Yourself about Your Art

Profanity Ahead WarningI wrote a long, gentle, touchy-feely introduction to this like five times, trying to be nice and ease into what I wanted to say. The more gentle I tried to be, the longer it got before I said anything. So, I deleted all that, and this is all the intro you get:

If you want to be a writer, and you want to make a living with your art instead of doing some shit job that you hate and that has a boss lording over you and an administration telling you what to do while they take all the credit (and money) and you get all the blame … then you need to stop bullshitting yourself. Continue reading The Secret to a Writing Income: Stop Bullshitting Yourself about Your Art

How to Finish Writing Your Novel: The Power of Scoreboards

I get asked “how I do it?” when people find out I write novels. And these aren’t just random people asking, people who can’t imagine writing six hundred or nine hundred page books because they hated writing essays in high school or college, these are writers who ask. I hang out on a number of writer forums and social media groups, and there are many really amazing, creative talents out there who want to write a novel, but they can’t seem to do it. These are the kinds of folks who try NaNoWriMo every so often, but never make it through—or they do make it through, but the novel isn’t done at the end, so, it sort of languishes and dies on their hard drive. It’s frustrating, and discouraging. But I think it’s because most people skip an essential tool: the scoreboard. Continue reading How to Finish Writing Your Novel: The Power of Scoreboards