Keeping up with Schedule Changes, or How I learned to love flexibility when my schedule got turned upside down

Posted by Akira | Posted in General Writing, Organization | Posted on 05-05-2014

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IDK where this is from. it is not mine, I claim no copyright on it

IDK where this is from. it is not mine, I claim no copyright on it

Oh transitions, transitions! There have been many in my world as of late. From work requirements to personal commitments, things have taken a few twists and turns. I missed an entire week of posting. And I was so mad at myself when I realized it! What about my readers? What about keeping to my schedule?

Technical Difficulties

Posted by Akira | Posted in General Writing, Organization | Posted on 21-04-2014

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courtesy of macroccs.com

courtesy of macroccs.com

Wow, this week was fraught with technical difficulties. Most of which could have been avoided had I done simple, regular maintenance of my electronic devices.

Tackling Writer’s Block

Posted by Akira | Posted in General Writing, Organization, Writing Projects | Posted on 10-02-2014

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blockYou sit down to write and nothing happens. You decide to check email, maybe Facebook, Pinterist and a couple other social networking sites, and before you know it, you’ve blown through your allotted writing time for the night. You resolve to try it again tomorrow night.  Copy, paste – same thing happens for days in a row. Do you have writer’s block? Are you unable to get words on paper because you can’t get past a mental block?

Catching up on Organization – 2014

Posted by Akira | Posted in General Writing, Organization | Posted on 13-01-2014

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Courtesy of cfci.net

Courtesy of cfci.net

The new year has begun and I’m taking a bit of my own advice! I’m knee deep in new writing projects and the need to re-organize has hit me like a brick. I’ve posted a lot about the need for useful organization in the past. I’ve found that there’s also a need to make sure I’m not spinning my wheels when I take on new projects and commitments by updating my approach to organization when it’s needed.

Blogroll Highlights – December 2013

Posted by Akira | Posted in Blogroll Highlights, General Writing | Posted on 02-12-2013

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I’m not usually one for New Year’s resolutions, but I hear they are good for setting goals and focusing one’s efforts. For the writing inclined, I suggest the following blogs:

Courtesy of: www.markhorne.com

Courtesy of: www.markhorne.com

Maybe you want to try a contest this year. L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers and Illustrators of the Future – Contest begins on January 1st. This is the perfect time to try a short submission for competition. I recently wrote about writing for submission to competition. This  contest is a good opportunity to try your hand at meeting a submission deadline. There is no entry fee, and the contest runs four times a year on October 1st, January 1st, April 1st and July 1st, respectively. There are prizes for first, second and third place, and also an annual grand prize.

This contest also has an illustrator category, so if you or someone you know has graphic talents, this could be just the thing. Both contests can be found at L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers and Illustrators of the Future. Good luck entrants!

Perhaps you want to get organized this year. Savvy Authors – The spotlight is on preparations for 2014.  And, there are several new seminars – both online and in person – to choose from. Take a look at their offerings and plan something to jump start your This is a great time to pick up a good read and plan ahead for your own writing projects. The beginning of the year is also a great time to work on organizing your work spaces and writing schedule. Take this month to get organized – your thoughts and your space – and head into 2014 with a fresh, uncluttered approach on your craft.

Maybe you have a complete manuscript, but are wondering where to go next. Women’s Fiction Writers – The beginning of the year would be a good time to take advantage of getting your manuscript edited, and there are freelance services marketed on this blog that come highly recommended. Take the opportunity to find a new perspective for your writing, new input from an unbiased source.

Or, 2014 may be the year you seek to build your readership. Writer’s Digest – Live Webinars and Bootcamps to help you round out your skills and author platform. In-demand tutorials. Writing prompts to help strengthen your craft. If you’re looking for a way to strengthen your craft or market your writing for publication, this is the place.

In short, there are many ways to ring in the new year. Start 2014 off on a positive note by meeting some of your goals!