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Lessons learned from 2019 NaNoWriMo

2 December 2019 | Comments [0] »

On November 29, I finished writing a novel. Every five years since 2004, I’ve participated in National Novel Writing Month and each of those years I’ve succeeded in writing a 50,000-word novel in 30 days or fewer. It felt great to finish. I was very busy with client work this November, so writing my novel required me to get up an hour early to squeeze in my words and I was ready to sleep in!

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Worth repeating (again): Feel like writing a novel?

24 October 2019 | Comments [0] »

I first wrote this post on October 29, 2009, when I was about to embark on my second attempt to write a novel in a month as part of National Novel Writing Month. I repeated it on October 31, 2014, when I wrote a third novel. It’s clearly a pattern that every five years I write a novel (none of which have barely been re-read, let alone published), so I’m gearing up for my fourth attempt, starting next week.

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Happy 12th birthday!

14 November 2018 | Comments [2] »

On November 10, this blog turned 12. My first blog post, called What is organized?, was published November 10, 2006. I’m really grateful that my website designer, Nora Brown, suggested I start a blog. In the 12 years, I’ve written over 1200 posts, which at an average 450 words per post is a whole lot of words.

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Worth repeating: Lessons learned from writing a novel

20 September 2018 | Comments [0] »

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The blog's 10th anniversary!

10 November 2016 | Comments [0] »

Ten years ago today, I published my first blog post, called What is organized? It feels like I’ve been blogging forever, but at the same time, those ten years went by quickly!

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My 1000th blog post

9 December 2014 | Comments [2] »

Today is a big day. I’m posting my 1000th post on this blog! I find it a little hard to believe. I’ve been blogging just over eight years, which averages to about 2.5 blog posts a week. Right now, I’m blogging twice a week, so it looks like I’m right on track!

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Lessons learned from writing a novel in a month

1 December 2014 | Comments [0] »

Yesterday, I completed the novel I was writing for National Novel Writing Month. I had 30 days to write a 50,000 word novel. I had no doubt I would finish the novel in time—this is the 3rd one I’ve written over the last ten years, so I knew I had it in me. (I do it in five-year increments.) But it still feels really good.

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Embracing imperfection

3 November 2014 | Comments [2] »

As I wrote on Friday, I’m writing a novel this month. This is my third novel. I do it for the fun of the challenge.

When I was writing my 1700 words this morning, I found myself doubting the quality of my work. Was this plot stupid? Was the writing sophisticated enough? Is this a waste of time? Then I realized it didn’t matter. What’s important here is that I meet my goal and write 50,000 words in 30 days. The quality of the words is neither here nor there.

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Worth repeating: Feel like writing a novel?

31 October 2014 | Comments [0] »

I published the post below on October 29, 2009, when I was about to start my second novel as part of National Novel Writing Month. I did complete that novel in a month (and have yet to read it again). I also wrote one in 2004. Since my first two were five years apart, and five years has elapsed since the second one, I decided to go for it again. I have my spreadsheet ready and I’ve been thinking about plot points. On Saturday, November 1, I’ll write my first 1667 words (or more).

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Six years of blogging

14 November 2012 | Comments [0] »

I started my blog on November 10, 2006. I was in Barbados on my blog’s actual anniversary, so didn’t post about it that day. But today, I thought I’d do my annual blogiversary post.

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The blogging continues

24 May 2012 | Comments [0] »

Today marks 30 days since I took on a 30-day blogging challenge with my friend and collaborator, Shannon Wilkinson. When she was in St. Louis to hold an in-person habits and routines workshop with me, we got to talking about blogging.

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The power of commitment

10 May 2012 | Comments [3] »

As I posted a couple of weeks ago, I made a 30-day blogging commitment with my friend, Shannon Wilkinson. We each vowed to blog daily, Monday through Friday, for at least 30 days.

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The 30-day blogging challenge

24 April 2012 | Comments [0] »

My friend and collaborator, Shannon Wilkinson, was in St. Louis last week for a visit. We held the workshop, Create Freedom and Ease with Habits and Routines, did some great bargain shopping at the Scholarshop and had some great discussions about our businesses.

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Happy blogiversary to me!

11 November 2011 | Comments [0] »

Yesterday was the 5th anniversary of my blog. I can’t believe that I’ve been writing this blog for five years. In that time I’ve created 612 posts. (This is the 613th.) That’s quite a few words!

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Happy birthday, blog!

10 November 2010 | Comments [7] »

Today is the 4th anniversary of this blog. My first entry, on November 10, 2006, titled What is organized? was about everyone having personal standards for what they consider organized.

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Quick update on my novel

20 November 2009 | Comments [0] »

I’m happy to report that I’ve written every day this month on the 50,000-word novel I’m writing for National Novel Writing Month. I’m well on track to accomplish my goal of the completion of a short novel during the month of November.

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The novel writing proceeds...

6 November 2009 | Comments [1] »

…which explains why the blog writing has dropped off a little. I’m very excited that I’ve been able to work on my novel-in-a-month piece of fiction each day since November 1.

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Feel like writing a novel?

27 October 2009 | Comments [3] »

National Novel Writing Month is about to start and I’m on board. NaNoWriMo is a worldwide event where people commit to writing a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. (As a point of reference, Catcher in the Rye is about 50,000 words.)

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Commitments

12 August 2008 | Comments [0] »

Deadlines used to rule my life. When I was making my living as a writer, deadlines were absolutely everything. I didn’t start a story earlier than necessary to make my deadline. I don’t think in 12 years (and well over a hundred articles, along with eight books) I turned anything in early.

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The tyranny of the blog

18 March 2008 | Comments [0] »

I love having a blog. The freedom to write whatever I want is wonderful. (Way, way back in the day I had a column in PetLife magazine in which I could write whatever I wanted. It was exhilarating.)

But that freedom is a two-edged sword. With little structure surrounding what to write, and no deadlines, it can be very difficult to (1) take the time to post to my blog and (2) come up with something remotely meaningful to write.

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Accountability

22 March 2007 | Comments [0] »

I earned my living as a freelance writer for ten years before starting my organizing business. Writing comes easy for me. So you’d think that having a blog would be a piece of cake. After all, I get to write whatever I want, whenever I want. So why haven’t I posted an entry in over two weeks?

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