Reliability Buddy: A Procrastinating Writer’s Best Friend

By Jennifer Blanchard All writers—but especially procrastinating writers—need someone to rely on for support; they need someone they can be sure will hold them accountable for getting their writing done. Enter your reliability buddy. What Is a Reliability Buddy? A Reliability Buddy (aka: RB) is a person who you can count on for support when […]

Taking On Too Much Can Stop You From Writing

By Jennifer Blanchard Writing takes time. There is no way around it. Writing doesn’t just happen. You can’t coax writing out of thin air. Writing requires you to put your butt in a chair in front of your computer and stay there until you have words on a page. So if you want to be […]

Pat Yourself on the Back: Using Productivity Rewards to Get Your Writing Done

By Jennifer Blanchard When a Girl Scout does everything required to earn a particular badge, she is rewarded with the badge. When a writer works hard to market herself, she will be rewarded with more exposure for her writing. When a musician plays his heart out at open mic nights a few times a week, […]

Take On Less, Get More Done: Learning to Say No

“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically—to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside. The enemy of the ‘best’ is often the ‘good.’—Stephen R. Covey By Jennifer Blanchard Recently I’ve been reading the book, Small […]

Developing Your Writing Voice

By Jennifer Blanchard One thing that beginning writers are always asking is: How do I develop a writing voice? I’ve heard that question a lot lately. So I did some digging, and found this awesome article from author Holly Lisle: Ten Steps to Finding Your Writing Voice. Here are the steps Lisle outlines: Read Everything–“You […]