Killing the Productivity with Motivation Addiction

Whether I release 6 titles or 1, absolutely none of it is going to get done unless I get it done.

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I’m always on the lookout for tips and insights into the publishing biz, or how to be a better writer, or just general items of interest. (Hey, I’ve gotta have some fun.) I don’t know how I did it, but I found Dean Wesley Smith’s web site, and by extension, his series called Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing. It’s full of great stuff! Which is both good and bad.

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Notes from the Field: December 4 2017

If anyone can tell me how I went from thinking, “One day, I might write a book,” to being on my fifth manuscript in seven months, that would be great.

If anyone can tell me how I went from thinking, “One day, I might write a book,” to being on my fifth manuscript in seven months, that would be great.

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Book Update: Initial Draft Finished!

The end of the book kept eluding me, but at 1:00 AM today I typed the last sentence of the initial draft of Crossed Out: An Ana Lode Thriller.

The end of the book kept eluding me, but at 1:00 AM today I typed the last sentence of the initial draft of Crossed Out: An Ana Lode Thriller. I must be maturing as a writer, because I didn’t bawl my head off when I finished.
Instead, I had a warm feeling of accomplishment. Progress!

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Crossed Out: Cover Mockup V2, Rev1

Yes? No? I’d very much appreciate any feedback anyone cares to give.

So!

After some persistent sleuthing I found the source image for the first image that ever caught my eye on Google Images, and as it happens, it’s okay to use commercially under the terms of Creative Commons 2 (or 4, depending on whom you believe). Thus, I can tell you the photo comes by way of the Republic of (South) Korea Defense Media Agency.

Here is my revised book cover mockup for Crossed Out: An Ana Lode Thriller:

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Learning by Doing, Redux

Sure beats doing the same thing over and over in a vacuum, and wondering why things aren’t getting any better.

I do my best to study the (self-)publishing biz 5 days a week, for at least 30 minutes per day. This includes but is not limited to: Writing advice, publishing advice, business advice, coping advice, and so forth.

I fell down the rabbit hole that is Scott Berkun’s web site, and found a page that automatically made me cringe, expecting the usual. I was pleasantly surprised to read the following, on the subject of “how to be good at anything“:

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Notes from the Field: November 6 2017

News flash: I’m writing a book! How’s that going?

Munch munch munch Oh, don’t mind me, I’m just eating my own dog food. Struggling writer, you ask? No, I just really like my partial first draft of Crossed Out: An Ana Lode Thriller! Is that wrong?

(It’s wrong, isn’t it.)

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