How to Motivate Yourself: 3 Steps Backed By Science

Originally posted on TIME:

You make goals… but then you procrastinate.

You write a to-do list… but then you don’t follow through.

And this happens again and again and again. Seriously, what’s the problem?

Why are we so good at thinking of what to do but so terrible at actually doing those things?

The problem is you’re skipping an essential step. Here’s what it is…

The Mistake Every Productivity System Makes

Productivity systems rarely take emotions into account. And feelings are a fundamental and unavoidable part of why humans do what they do.

We can’t ignore our emotions. Because of the way our brains are structured, when thought and feelings compete, feelings almost always win.

And we can’t fight our feelings. Research shows this just makes them stronger.

Via The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking:

…when experimental subjects are told of an unhappy event, but then instructed…

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Why Is The Media Ignoring Author Exploitation By Publishers?


Holy mother of Gawd…this is mind-blowing. I guess I won’t go the route of Author Solutions.

NOTE: I notice that the writer of this mentioned that Writer’s Digest went to the dark side by sending subscribers an ad for AWAI (American Writers and Artists) and calling it crap. I respectfully disagree with it being crap. But don’t listen to me, just go to their site online and make your informed decision yourself. Here is the link:

Originally posted on David Gaughran:

prhasiThe Amazon-Hachette dispute has caught the media’s attention. But what about the story the media refuses to cover?

The media is more concerned with one-sided accounts of Amazon’s perceived actions – when no one really knows the exact nature of the dispute.

The media is more concerned with what Amazon might do in the future, than actual author exploitation by the world’s largest trade publisher: Penguin Random House.

Penguin Random House owns the world’s largest vanity press – Author Solutions – which is currently subject to a class action for deceptive business practices, breach of contract, unjust enrichment, and violation of business statutes in California, New York, and Colorado.

The court papers cover the same ground that I’ve been blogging about for the last three years, that Writer Beware has spent even longer documenting, and others like Emily Suess and Mick Rooney have covered in extensive detail.


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How to Write a Novel in Three Days

Originally posted on Unearthly Fiction:

From my new ebook, Writing in Overdrive: Write Faster, Write Freely, Write Brilliantly [Kindle Edition, estimated length 173 pages, available at for $2.99]

Is it possible to write a highly-acclaimed novel in just three days?

Science fiction and fantasy writer Michael Moorcock proved it can be done. He has earned a reputation as one of the field’s most celebrated authors. As both a writer and longtime editor of the British magazine New Worlds, Moorcock has been a major figure in the “new wave” science fiction movement. His existentialist time travel novel Behold the Man won the prestigious Nebula award, and he is justly famed for creating the unforgettable fantasy anti-hero Elric of Melniboné.

Writing in Overdrive by Jim Denney

Writing in Overdrive
by Jim Denney

In his early career, Moorcock eked out a living writing adventure novels in the low-paying pulp fiction field. To boost his productivity and his income, he devised a…

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Current quest on the craft of writing

I’m currently searching for ways to get words down more easily for the first draft.

The more I look, the more I am considering what I thought earlier last week.

That all the rules I have read on writing, is for the editing phase.

Correction: most of the rules. I am a believer in planning or outlining. At least have a tentative blueprint to see where you are going. Maybe.

Writing by the seat-of-my-pants may be my style. Or a mix of both.

I will never know until I actually sit down and write.

I did write 50,000 words in 2012 for Nanowrimo. To call it a novel…probably not. But I wrote it with a minimal plan in mind. Just ideas I put into notes for a few years and a little bit of pain from my life.

Just get to it and write.

Also found this on PsycheTruth youtube channel. PsycheTruth is one of my favorites. Lots of great information. I was surprised to find that it had videos on writing. This author I didn’t know.

Inside Creative Writing by Robert Olen Butler

I was going through the Writer’s Digest videos on youtube when I came across Robert Olen Butler. Here is the first of many videos where he describes the creative process. He also takes you along how his creative process works.

I think it is worth watching to get any idea on how another writer accomplishes his/her craft.

Amazon: You Need To Change Your Idiotic Customer Reviews Policy Right Now


This is an excellent post.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

It’s hard to feel sorry for a wildly successful author, but in the case of Michael Lewis I’ll make an exception. Just this once.

Lewis’ latest book – The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine – was published less than a week ago and has already reached the number one sales rank spot on Amazon. It’s an impressive feat, especially for a serious piece of non-fiction writing with nary a wizard, a vampire or an ancient code that’s – holy shit! – hidden in plain sight to boost its sales. But the feat is made all the more impressive by the fact that many of the book’s reviews are, without a word of exaggeration, so negative that they’d made a Nuremberg verdict look upbeat and generous.

At the time of writing there are 64 one star reviews – more than the total number of 2-5 star review combined – sending…

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Dealing with Rejection

I originally posted this in a Nanowrimo group on Facebook. Going back to see if anyone liked it or commented on it, I noticed it was buried under the sheer numbers of postings other folk put down. Instead of whining about it, I just going to repost it here. It seems that everyone in the group wants to be heard and that is ok. I will work with it.

I was looking at how to face rejection and tips to help with the inevitable rejection I will some day face. At Writer’s Digest, I read this article.
In the middle is an advertisement by author of the article Holly McDowell. I was about to skip reading it but something caught my eye.
She writes digital serial novels. The cool thing that caught me was that if you read to the end of her book, you can vote in which direction the story should go.
Besides choose-your-adventure books as a kid, this is the first time I read of an author enlisting the aid of her readers like this.
This is a really cool idea. Might have to try it someday.