How to be creative in the morning (even when you are not a morning person)

One challenge when writing your first novel (or completing any major project) is finding the right time to do it. I had the illusion that I’d pop on the ultimate writing playlist, sit on the couch, pour a cup of coffee, and the words would come flooding out. Sounds reasonable, right?

In order to execute a creative project, you have to have at least one ounce of creativity when you get down to it. Most people have a time of the day where they feel most creative. But what happens when your schedule is so packed that you physically can’t take advantage of that time? Continue reading

Why you should finish what you started (and how to do it)

All it takes is one “break” from a passion project to completely lose steam.

For me, that break was a month and a half of no writing. My writing project was moving along. I established a steady writing routine. I had a good sense of my characters, who they were, and why they existed. My words-per-day quota was being met. My voice was coming alive. Then, for various reasons, I left part one of my three part novel on the digital shelf to whither away.

Has this happened to you? Do you have an unfinished manuscript, or even short story laying around? How about an outline of a painting that has yet to be filled in? An amazing business idea that never got off the ground? Don’t fret – this post is for you. Continue reading

Building a word count spreadsheet and dashboard

Writing a book can be a daunting venture. How long should it be? What should it be about? When will I find time to work on it? Is it going to be any good?

These are all valid questions, and the answers (or lack of) can be intimidating. I realized early on in my process that I needed to employ the same goal-based metrics-driven strategies that I know to be successful from my project management background. I’ve developed an outrageous spreadsheet and dashboard to keep me on track, and I’m going to show you how to do the same for your own project. Continue reading