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Reward system: Nintendo game

The Reward System Works

Does the idea of writing 200 pages seem unsurmountable? Break the task into smaller tasks and reward yourself along the way. The reward system is part of the process of writing, and it works. Reward Productivity; Alleviate Guilt My message to you is that you can set modest goals along the way to your finished products. When you achieve any goal, give yourself a reward: a half hour of TV without guilt or a phone call to a friend after writing three pages. Use the reward system not only to reward productivity in writing but to alleviate guilt if you think you should be doing something else — like earning a living. Unpack five boxes and write for an hour. Finish your taxes and write for an hour. You can’t […]

Burst of colors representing burst of free time for writing

Time for Writing Your Book: Find Those Hidden Nuggets

As a book coach in my early days, I was too nice when my clients told me they didn’t have time for writing. I didn’t want them to feel like failures so I allowed them to feel victorious if they wrote three times a week even for just a few minutes a day. Yes, that’s better than nothing. Those Bursts of Free Time But strive to do better than the minimum. If you’re a writer, writing is your job. You show up for work whether you feel like it or not. You find time for writing every day. As Stephen King said, “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work.” Write everyday no matter how much or how little you write […]

Finding time to write at work

Time to Write a Book? You’ve Got Plenty

I titled my book about how to write a book You’ve Got the Time because “I don’t have time to write” is the #1 excuse I hear from would-be authors for why they can’t write their book. You have time to write your book even in the busiest of weeks. Go with Your Flow If you want to be more productive, become familiar with your body clock. Go with your flow, not against it. Figure out what hours are left after your workday is finished. If you work a day job, your remaining hours are in the early morning, late afternoon-early evening, and late night. Those are your choices. Which work better for you? Your Best Time to Write If you aren’t sure, try them all and see which best […]

Writer's space: Ken Wachsberger at his home office

What Is Your Writer’s Space?

My supervisor at a college where I once taught said to me one day as I was freewriting in my journal, “Ah, the life of a writer. Sitting along the bank of a river, leaning against a tree, feeling the breeze in his hair as he writes.” Well, maybe that was his ideal writer’s space. (I was actually sitting at my desk in a cramped office at the time.) It’s not mine. Do you have a writer’s space? Where is that one physical place where you can return to day after day to concentrate on your writing and researching? In these Covid-19 times, that place probably is your home whether you like it or not. But the quarantine will end. Life will resume to some sense of normalcy. Let’s Visualize […]

External hard drive: HDD drive

Backing Up Files with an External Hard Drive

Last week I introduced you to USB thumb drives and the cloud (“Backing Up Files with a USB Flash Drive and the Cloud”), two important options for backing up your files. This week I’ll be talking about the external hard drive and then offering a few final words. External Hard Drive Pros and Cons External hard drives offer the advantage of local control. Unless someone breaks into your house and steals it, information on your external hard drive can’t be hacked or stolen. In addition, they cost less than ever. After you pay the one-time cost to purchase the device, you’re done. You don’t have recurring subscription and bandwidth-usage fees that are typical with cloud storage. And their transfer speed is faster than the cloud. You can pay more for […]