Productive Procrastination for Writers

A slippery slope of knowledge and musings to tickle your fancy between writing sprints!

Pace yourself

"While I live a busy life, the pace ebbs and flows." Brad Feld Books are interesting. There are some that you blow through in a matters of hours or days and others that take a long time to read. We sometimes assume that a fast pace is important, and there is some truth to the idea that readers...

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Grow your creativity

"Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks." Yo Yo Ma Let's keep those spring metaphors coming! We've talked about spring cleaning and now let's talk about planting a garden. Although I tend to kill...

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Declutter you thoughts

"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think." Buddha Confession time. I'm a worrier. Not an average worrier—I can take worry to near Olympic levels. Anyone else ever find themselves laying in bed at 2, 3, 4 in the morning imagining new and different horrible outcomes for a range of...

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What do literary agents do all day?

"I wish to be cremated. One tenth of my ashes shall be given to my agent, as written in our contract." Groucho Marx When you're in the trenches sending out queries and waiting (and waiting, and waiting, and waiting) it's natural to wonder what the heck do literary agents DO all day other than...

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Do you feel lucky?

"I've found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often." Brian Tracy St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner, and we're wishing all of you lots of good luck in the coming year. May you be buried (just up to your chin) in...

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Read outside your comfort zone

"One you learn to read, you will be forever free." ~Frederick Douglas We've got a pretty good hunch that you're already a fan of reading. Most of us to come our passion for writing by starting with reading others. And at the risk of admitting that the likeliest cause of my death will be being...

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How to survive negative reviews

"Negativity is the enemy of creativity." ~David Lynch Imagine the moment (or remember, if you've already been there)—after months, perhaps years (decades?) of blood, sweat and tears and finally you've done it. You've got your book out into the world. You might still be reeling from the champagne...

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Where do you focus your energy?

"If you want to be a writer, write a little bit every day. Pay attention to the world around you. Stories are hiding, waiting everywhere. You just have to open your eyes and your heart." ~Kate DiCamillo Here at Chez Cook I have two dogs that are on CONSTANT alert. If you're considering trying to...

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Be kind to yourself

"You're always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company." ~ Diane Von Furstenberg Valentines Day is over and you know what that means? Get out to the store—all the Valentine's candy is half-price today! (Personally I'm addicted to those tiny cinnamon hearts. I could eat those by...

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Critiquing and feedback: doing it right

"Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots." ~ Frank A Clark At some point, most writers will give feedback to other writers on their manuscript or story. It might be in a class, in a workshop, or swapping pages in a critique group. You...

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