We’re reading manuscripts at Pulp Literature Press, and what strikes me first is the talent that comes through our e-portals. But, like most small publishers, we accept very few manuscripts in the end. It’s hard, turning down good writers. Often it’s because we’ve no more room for superheroes and wish we had detectives, or vice […]Read More Writing Time, Part 76. An Editor Dishes
“There are great rivers that feed the lake, like Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky. And then there are mere trickles, like Jean Rhys. All that matters is feeding the lake.” – Jean Rhys One of the best ways to ensure we make time for our writing career is to take a step back and appreciate its importance. It’s a happy […]Read More Writing Time, Part 37. Why Write Today?
“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they’ve got planned for you? Not much.” –Jim Rohn Writing out goals shapes my days’ work. It shapes my days as well. I’m always on the lookout for ways to shake up my day planning and goal […]Read More Writing Time, Part 36. Our Own Plans for a Writing Life
Engaging in a writing career, like all great stories, is about transformation. We are becoming writers in the 21st Century, taking our place alongside other authors on the world stage. Because that’s what the new century and its technology has brought: endless opportunity. We’re all on the world stage. And it’s a crowded and busy […]Read More Writing Time Part 23: Writers and the World Stage
A gifted teacher told me there is only love or fear, a binary view of things that is useful in addressing time management for writers. We already know that attitude is everything in managing our careers, and that if we are excited about writing, we’ll be more likely to write. Wanting to do the work helps […]Read More Writing Time Part 15: Time Management for Writers: Seinfeld Hands Us the Key
Self-motivation is one of the great time management tools available to writers, and one of the most pleasant to employ. If you’re geared up, it’s far easier to sit your butt in that chair and type. One powerful way to self-motivate is to take a minute to contemplate our greater goals. Picture the ideal life we […]Read More Writing Time Part 12. Here’s How Motivation Earns Us Time
Writing yourself into a successful career is in a large part about rewarding your readers with a fabulous book, but at least as important is growing into your own inner certainty that you’re giving exactly that to your readers. How do you know whether you are talented enough to succeed in this challenging field? The […]Read More Writing Time: Part 2. How Do You Know Whether You’ve Got the Talent?
If you want to lead a full-time writing career in your full-time life, consider the happy mathematics of writing books. Writers talk about books taking six months or a year. Or indeed years. And of course any profession will fill the entire time you give it, including every hour of the day, if you allow it […]Read More Writing Time: Doing the Math
“Outline, outline, outline.” – Terry Brooks It’s an easy quote to remember. Luckily. Because it’s one of the most vital bits of advice I’ve ever received at a writing conference. Not me personally, you understand. The room was packed. I have found that revisions (as well as drafts) go quickly and smoothly when I outline over […]Read More Revising with Terry Brooks in Mind
I’m a true believer in time’s bounty. There’s lots of time for everybody and everything in our lives–that is, for everything we truly love to do and everyone we love to be with. My book on time management for writers looks at finding the large and small powerful and enjoyable ways to move a career forward. I don’t […]Read More Time and Time Again: Managing it