Prayer—or Plan?

There are those who will dispute this, and they have a point, but mostly I am a proponent of planning your story. Is it the only way to go? No. But ambitious projects—if they are to go smoothly from start to “the end”—benefit from planning. The better the plan, the better the project will go. […]

19 Reasons Why You’ll Never Finish

Spoken from my been-there, done-that, know-it-well life, here is what can complicate a nice, clean run to the finish: 1. Your brain has turned to gelatin. Your muscles are mush. Fatigue sets in. No energy, no writing. 2. Anything is easier than writing. The ironing. The kids. The vacuum. The correspondence. 3. Email and social […]

The Good, the Bad, and the Unclear

What went well these past twelve months, and what could have gone better? I’m supposed to ask myself this every quarter—it’s in the plan!—but that part of the plan, two years running now, has fizzled. Still, it’s not too late: 1.  TIME On a good day, I can look up and be amazed that five […]

A Last Look at the Numbers

There are still 2 weeks before New Year’s, still time to sweep out the old, prepare for the new, our writing house included. The past  2 posts looked at what went wrong and what went right.  Today, for the 3rd and last time this year, I look at my numbers. People who favor words don’t […]

How to Spend your Money

Much has been written on how to make money. Here’s a word on how to spend it in service of your work. 1.  Recognize, please, that at the heart of any creative undertaking is a gamble. 2.  So, put aside your dream, all fuzzy and fantastic, and set the cold, hard plan. State the goal […]

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