Month: January 2016

Marksmanship

Spend 15-30 minutes sending out queries or LOIs. But what if I don’t have anything to sell? Simple. Make up a title. Write 3 sentences about it. Send it to someone. If they say they want to see more, write more. Look, kid, until you ask, the answer is always no. The more you ask, …

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At Ease

Take 5. Get on your feet. Stretch. Walk. Run. Do some jumping jacks. Get your blood flowing. Get up off your rump and do something athletic. Even my great-grandma does the two step. Don’t think because you’re young and good looking that inactivity won’t catch up with you eventually. If you only have a couple …

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Live Fire

You’re warmed up and fueled up. Now it’s time to put up. Write hard. Write fast. You’re on the clock. Give yourself 45 minutes. But that’s not enough time. Tough luck. You can write 600 words easy, 750 with a little practice. That’s 3 pages of your novel. That’s half of a magazine feature. You’ll be …

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Mess Hall

Grab some grub and a cup of joe. Real recruits in basic training are give 7 minutes to eat. I’ll give you 20. Did I tell you to look at Facebook while you eat? That’s right. NO SOCIAL MEDIA. Little Johnny’s first day of kindergarten pics can wait. Simplify. Just eat. I know, it sounds …

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Morning P.T.

It’s time for stretches. Fire up your laptop and write for 20 minutes. If you have a blog, write your daily post. If you don’t have a blog, get one. Even a slow writer can churn out 250 words in 20 minutes. That’s a decent post. I don’t care what you write about. Just write. …

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Reveille

Rise and shine, sweetheart. Get up, wash up, and clean up. Don’t dilly dally. War doesn’t wait. 15 minutes for the basics should suffice. 15 Minutes? You’re a writer now. Find a way.