WorkIt Wednesday: Get Up and DO Something
WorkIt Wednesday / June 1, 2016

I’m deep in the guts of revising my publishing schedule, so my WorkIt Wednesday is going to be simple. I don’t want to get stuck in this chair all day; it’s not healthy. But I do want to get this done. So here is the challenge: Movement For every hour, do five┬áminutes of movement. Stretch, go for a walk, do a quick tidy about the office, or throw in a fast bout of yoga. Do not sit for more than an hour at a time. Use a timer to accomplish this. Writing Remember that book we’ve been working on together? Let’s plot our schedule from plot to finish. Need a guideline to help you get there? Here’s roughly what I use: Day 1: Idea, outline, researching, rough cover idea Day 45: finish rough draft Day 65: finish first pass edit/ rewrite & send to beta readers Day 95: do second rewrite/ edit Day 115: send to editor Day 135: do third rewrite/ edit Day 145: proofread, finish cover, format Day 166: submit books, pre-release, ARC copies Day 180: (yep, six months later) release book Your turn! If you’re feeling really brave, share your timeline here. I’d love to see it….

WorkIt Wednesday: Create-a-Plot and Pushups

This is a two-part WorkIt Wednesday, as always. For the physical part, my goal is to hit 100 pushups throughout the day. I can do a single pushup or all 100 at once (no, really, I can’t). As long as they’re all done by midnight, I reached my goal. Define a pushup: Because not everyone is at the same level, you can do any type of pushup you want. Do you have some physical limitations? Do wall pushups. Maybe you have some minor lower back issues? Do knee or “girl” pushups. If you can, do the regular pushups. If you’re feeling really ambitious, go for one-handed pushups or another variation. You don’t have to do the same kind all the way through, either. Start out at the hardest level you can and, if you need to, finish up with wall pushups. The goal is to get all 100. There’s a good tutorial here. Now for the written part of the day, inspired by this article on The Write Life. Depending on which resource you go to, there are only seven/ twenty/ thirty-six plots in literature. For simplicity’s sake, we’re going with seven for this exercise. Also, because I’m a simple…

WorkIt Wednesday: The Five-2K Challenge
WorkIt Wednesday / May 18, 2016

I’m going to put a challenge out there for everyone. I’ve already made it to certain friends. Now I’m opening it to you. For the next year (or one year from whenever you decide to start), do the Five2K challenge: Write 2k Run/ walk 2k Edit 2k Read 2k Eat 2k calories (2000 calories) Do this daily for one year (52 weeks). Tag your progress with #Five2K. Miss a day? Don’t stress. Make up your 2k on another day. 2k walking or running is only 1.29 miles or so. Do a little extra one day and “bank” it toward another day. Didn’t write enough? Have a marathon writing session and get in 10k at some point. Same with editing. 2k words is, roughly, eight pages, although your average will vary. Do it for the fun of it and as a way to push yourself. Do it for the cool name. Are you with me?

WorkIt Wednesday: Challenge 1
WorkIt Wednesday / May 11, 2016

I’m going to try something new on Wednesdays until either I get bored, I get no response, or I think of something new to do: every Wednesday, I’m going to post a challenge. You will have 36 hours (out of respect for those in other time zones) to do both the physical and the writing part of the challenge. I’ll randomly select one winner for a free ebook every week. Eventually I may solicit giveaways from other authors. You don’t have to sign up for anything. You don’t have to promise me your firstborn child– in fact, if you send me any children, I will disqualify you for life. All you have to do is respond in the comments before the 36 hours are up and tell me how you did. Simple, right? Week One Physical Challenge Let’s start off somewhat easy. Get in 10,000 steps. Period. You can post a picture of a tracker or you can just do it. (10,000 steps is about five miles, for those who track distance, not steps.) Week One Writing Challenge Write a flash fiction short story with this first line: A man that don’t believe in destiny don’t need to know what…