Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons I Make a Schedule
Top Ten Tuesday / May 24, 2016

Yesterday, I mentioned having deadlines for my writing. Today, I’m going to list my top ten reasons for why I have a schedule: A schedule lets me know where I’m going. For those of you who haven’t figured it out, I’m all for spontaneity as long as I have a map. Let me wander freely, yes, but tell me where I’m going first. A schedule pushes me to complete things. A lot of us (not all of us) like to have a deadline to work toward. I love deadlines. I do my best work with deadlines. A schedule gives me an excuse to make lists. I also love lists. Schedules are just detailed lists. A schedule helps me not forget anything. Have you ever finished a project only to realize you forgot the cover? I never have, but I also have a schedule that clearly states when the cover needs to be started and finished. A schedule reduces tension. Because I always know what I need to do or haven’t done, I can stress less about the process and just worry about the writing. A schedule lets me tell other people where I’m at. If you have an editor, a…

Motivation Monday: Getting Past The First Chapter

I’m going to assume if you’re reading this you’ve taken me up on my challenge to write and publish an indie book. If you haven’t, go back and read the earlier posts first. I’m pretty sequential for a Figment. Doing things in order is always a good idea. You have an outline (or you’re humoring me and pretending). You know why you’re writing. You have a first chapter. And now… you’re bored. Or you think you’re blocked. Here’s my take on it: there is no such thing as Writer’s Block. Before I get a bunch of angry replies, let me clarify. People to get blocked, but it’s not truly writer’s block. Writer’s block is this mystical thing where your muse has deserted you. Sorry, cupcake. While there are real muses, they don’t cause writer’s block. Here are some reasons you can feel blocked, though: Your story is going in a dead-end direction. If your story isn’t making sense, your subconscious may be trying to tell you to turn it around. Break the rule about not editing and go back and find what isn’t working. If you can’t find it, get a trusted but brutally honest friend to tell you. You…