Good morning, dino-mites! The author assistant agency (see my post from last month) has been buzzing with phone calls and barely able to keep up with the requests! They sincerely apologize for the delay and will try to do better in the future. Meanwhile, I've pulled some strings with the agency's president (a good friend … Continue reading Your Imaginary Assistant Has Arrived!
Positive thinking is necessary if you ever hope to accomplish your goals*—whether your goal is something big like becoming a New York Times Bestselling author or something small like how many times you can use expletive construction without driving your editor insane. I know I’d never be able to eat half so many books or … Continue reading Productivity Tip #2: Start the Day with a Positive Attitude
Contrary to the headline, this month is not the best month of the year. Organized Authorosaurus that I am, I write my posts a month in advance, which means whatever you’re reading now I wrote so long ago that I probably don’t even remember what I wrote. That means the headline is referring to April—which … Continue reading A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Celebrating the Best Month of the Year
Have you ever sat down to write for a few hours and instead sat for a few hours, congratulating yourself for productively blinking two thousand times? So what do you do? My first recommendation is to hire a dinosaur to sit on you when you aren’t writing, but if you can’t do that, then the … Continue reading Productive Writing Tip #1: Think Ahead
Once upon a time, an authorosaurus sat writing at his desk. It was cold, bleak, biting labor: withal a foggy brain: and he could not hear the dinosaurs outside go wheezing up and down because he was too preoccupied in his work. The egg-shaped lights on his tree flickered, reminding him that it was past … Continue reading The Tale of Aberdnezer Scrooge
Writing isn’t hard. Pounding out five words per second isn’t hard. Deliberating about plots for endless hours isn’t hard. It’s BACKBREAKING (or more accurately, brainbreaking)! And my characters think I’m tough on them. But I’m not half so hard on them as they are on me. Needless to say, I’m utterly disgusted by my chosen … Continue reading 12 Reasons Writers Hate Writing