The value of time

This week we’re talking about a very helpful tool, one overlooked by many outside the “grind a day” world: an hourly rate. Hourly rates for non-hourly people There are those that’ll tell you the hourly wage is for blue collar folk. And, the hourly wage might be, but the hourly rate is for anyone whoContinue reading “The value of time”

Justifiably ragged…

Justified vs ragged right edge text As a writer, I do a lot of reading. As a reader, one of the first things I do is look at the text. Not read the text, look at it. How is it set up? What font and font size are used? How big are the paragraphs? AreContinue reading “Justifiably ragged…”

One step…

Often, the first (and one of the biggest) obstacles to getting things done is getting started… Once you’ve started, you’ve got traction. Once you’ve started, you’ve got an investment. (note: you may have invested money beforehand, but once you start, you’ve invested time and effort and for a lot of us, those seem to beContinue reading “One step…”

A writer’s conference?

Last fall I did something I’d been actively avoiding for a long time. I went to a writers’ conference. My arguments against it seemed valid, even felt valid. Why spend that much money? I can’t spend the time doing that. I have other things to do. I don’t want to travel. What can a bunchContinue reading “A writer’s conference?”

Growing and adapting

It’s January 2022. It’s a new year and a new opportunity for improvement. Here are some things we’re doing to improve here on the blogs. Reorganizing Over the next few months, we’re reworking and reorganizing the pages on our websites and the way we organize posts in the blogs. These changes should help us focusContinue reading “Growing and adapting”

Nanowrimo 2021: I won! I “lost”! I learned… And what happens next?

NANOWRIMO 2021 is now in the history books, and as promised, I’m back on the blog. In this post I’ll tell you a bit about how it went and what’s yet to come. I won I did. I finished a nearly 60,000-word manuscript in less than a month. A story that’s been on my mindContinue reading “Nanowrimo 2021: I won! I “lost”! I learned… And what happens next?”

NANOWRIMO vs the writers’ conference

Well dear reader, it’s true I’m doing a National Novel Writers Month project again this year. It’s also true that I was at a writers’ conference last week. And, to be honest, the writers’ conference both hindered and helped me in my thinking about NANO this year… Things that get in the way… My wifeContinue reading “NANOWRIMO vs the writers’ conference”

Building better…

Sorry folks, no politics here. Today we’re talking about some changes happening to the blog. New contributors I’ve been working this blog and Words Mean Stuff solo since the beginning. But, my point of view and skill set aren’t the only ones out there. It also takes a lot of work to do it allContinue reading “Building better…”

NANOWRIMO the countdown begins…

I know, I know it’s only August, but November is coming. And, November is the month for NANOWRIMO. I’ve talked about NANOWRIMO before. Actually… Several… Times… . I’ve ‘won’ several times too. But it’s still relevant for many of us in the writing community. So, it’s time to talk about it again. NANO is aContinue reading “NANOWRIMO the countdown begins…”

From the beginning, for a second time…

We’re not born knowing everything. We learn. And, after a while, we forget what it’s like to be a novice learner. We forget that first time experience. This is a problem for writers. As my theater major roommate used to say, “every time the story is told is the first time for someone.” That meansContinue reading “From the beginning, for a second time…”