Writing in Blocks Can Help Keep You Focused

By Jennifer Blanchard It’s often difficult for writers to find large blocks of time where they can sit down and write. It also tends to be difficult to stay on-task for long periods of time. That’s where block writing can be an extremely good method of getting writing done. Here’s how block writing usually works: […]

Don’t Get It Right, Get It Written

By Jennifer Blanchard American author and cartoonist, James Thurber, said the words that I used for this post’s title: “Don’t get it right, get it written.” Thurber was 100 percent correct with this statement. Get it written first, then edit it and get it right. Perfectionism can sometimes take over your life. It can seep into all […]

Consistent, Small Word Counts Will Get Your Novel Finished

courtesy of Bombardier By Jennifer Blanchard This post was inspired by fiction author Holly Lisle. Holly has been a full-time fiction writer for 17 years now and she’s been able to do this because she actually sits down and gets her writing done. A couple days ago, she invited the readers of her blog to join her […]

How To Deal with Conflicting Critiques

By Jennifer Blanchard A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about how to get the most out of a writing critique.  After publishing this post, Procrastinating Writers reader, CathrynG, asked me what to do when you receive conflicting critiques (meaning one person says, “This character is flat” and another says, “I love this character; […]

“Bookending” on Twitter Can Keep You Accountable

By Jennifer Blanchard Yesterday, I read the article Bookending: Using Twitter to Beat Procrastination and Boost Your Writing, by Marla Beck. It really grabbed my attention. It talked about an accountability method called “bookending.” So what is bookending? “[It’s] the simple process of alerting a supportive friend when you begin and when you stop working on a project,” Beck […]