How to write 10,000 words a day

Originally posted on The Thesis Whisperer:

One of the most popular posts on the Thesis Whisperer is How to write 1000 words a day and not go bat shit crazy. Last year a Twitter follower brought to my attention a post called How I went from writing 2000 words to 10,000 words a day by the fiction writer Rachel Aaron.

I did a double take.

Can you really write 10,000 words a day? Well, Rachel says she can, with three conditions:

1) Know what you are going to write before you write it
2) Set aside a protected time to write, and
3) Feel enthusiastic about what you are writing

I read the post with interest. Much of what Rachel did conformed with what I suggest in my earlier post, but I couldn’t bring myself to really believe Rachel’s productivity claims. To regularly write 10,000 words: It’s the dream, right? Imagine if you could reliably…

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I Married Mr. Miyagi



Originally posted on Waiting on a Word:

This year for Christmas, JC got a Chia pet. Technically, it’s a “Chia Gnome,” but I like to call it a Chia Hobbit. Unlike Eugene the Elf, Chia Hobbit is not creepy and does not freak me out. He’s a happy Hobbit who sits pleasantly in our kitchen, spreading luck and joy.

My husband is especially fond of Chia Hobbit. In fact, he takes great care of the cute little bugger. Every day he makes sure Chia Hobbit is sufficiently hydrated (he has a hole in his hat so you can fill his fat jolly body with water), and even tends to Chia Hobbit’s growing beard with an eyedropper. Whenever he walks by Chia Hobbit, he checks the hole in the little guy’s head and makes sure he’s full, then lovingly squirts water on his beard.

The result? The best Chia beard ever. Behold the growth …

Starting out…

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Character Editing: Creating A Complex Main Character … A Writer’s Journey

No, I’m not done yet!!

I am still editing characters for my novel.  But… all the ultraminor, minor, and most of the major characters have been edited.

Today I am editing the main character. The main character interacts with many of the other characters, in different settings, and in different situations. This is why I left the main character for last… because character editing is difficult, and the main character is the most important.

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Husband of the Year – 2015

Wife: Ouch… my tailbone feels out of whack.

Me: Oh, that’s not good. I can go to Walmart to pick up some whack of you’d like. Is there a particular brand of whack you prefer?

*wife did not answer*

But, to my credit, I proved I was a good husband because I listened to my wife’s problem and I was willing to get something at the store to fix it. Yay me!!

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Twitter Quitter

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Twitter logo,

I am not quitting Twitter. However, I did trim a lot of people from the list of who I follow. This may get even smaller in the coming weeks.

The reason for this is because of the constant stream of erotic images (and gory images) that were popping up in my Twitter feed. I was following various groups that promoted independent authors. Some of those independent authors write erotica, and/or violent stories.

No problem. I believe in freedom of speech and artistic expression. I even like zombie flicks from time to time. But in my goal of supporting independent author networks, I was inadvertently allowing graphic images to stream through my Twitter feed. In addition, some people were using online services to automatically re-tweet the tweets of other users. These auto-re-tweet services caused some authors who did not write erotica to ALSO broadcast erotic images onto my news feed.

So… I deleted a lot of people from the Twitter users I follow. I support indie authors. I support freedom of speech. But I do not want to see erotic images (or gory images) in my Twitter news feed. If, while I used RoundTeam, I inadvertently broadcast a graphic image onto YOUR Twitter feed that bothered you… I apologize.

Best wishes for the New Year.



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