• #MondayBlogs,  Discipline,  Inspiration,  Perils of a Mom Writer,  Time Management

    You Could Shoot For The Moon, Or You Could Try Just Getting Out of Bed (Why Having Low Expectations Isn’t A Such A Bad Strategy)

     This post is for you if you have any of the following: 1) A schedule that is so busy that you barely have time to go to the bathroom. 2) A belief that the only way to accomplish writing goals is to have hours and hours of uninterrupted time to yourself. 3) A vision that real writers have offices with lockable doors or lonely cabins in the woods or private islands or other extreme work space.  I’d like to suggest that while you may be busy, you can still accomplish much in very small increments of time, even if it means working at your kitchen table. I also believe that…

  • #Top10Tuesday,  Inspiration,  Motivation,  Time Management

    #Top10Tuesday Top 10 Signs You Are A 10 Minute Novelist (And You May Need To Join Our Group!)

    Are Your Big Writing Dreams Worth Finding the Time? 1. The baby wakes you at 4:30 and after you settle him back down, your first thought is “How many words can I get in before the whole family wakes up?” 2.While watching a crime show, a prosecutor mentions “solitary!” Your first thought? Solitary confinement? That sounds heavenly! I could get so much done there! 3. You’ve said to yourself “one of these days, when I have the time, I’ll get that book written!” Except that you’ve said it so many times no one believes you. 4. You treasure time alone in the bathroom to collect your thoughts and you may…

  • Motivation,  Organization,  Perils of a Mom Writer,  Time Management

    Three Tricks I Used Around My House That Gave Me More Time To Write

    Back in the early days of my original blog, my computer was in my kitchen. It was easy for me to go back and forth between Mommy responsibilities and my writing passions. But I was always looking for ways to make the have-tos more time efficient.  Keep in mind, these all come from a Stay-At-Home Homeschooling Mother of Five point of view. I fully understand that everyone doesn’t live their life like mine (poor you!) but perhaps my ideas will stimulate some of yours! Here are the first three tricks I used to train my family that gave me more time to write!  #1: Delegate! If you’re a mom, start…

  • #Top10Tuesday,  Blogging,  Social Media,  Time Management

    How Top 10 Lists On Your Blog Can Feed Your Content Monster

    When you create a blog, it’s like you create a little monster. You have to feed it content. You have to maintain it. You have to disinfect it against spam. You have to bring your friends to come and see it. You have to think about SEO and tags and categories. You have to decorate it with pinnable art. You have to broadcast it to the world with Twitter and hashtags and other things no one thought about ten years ago. And it never ends! The little monster is never satisfied!  A blog is a little beast sometimes. And it’s slobberly appetite can be intimidating. A happy blog (and one that…