Category Archives: John’s blog

The Fractal Method of Drafting A Book

As a writer, do you struggle with finding a way to go from start to finish in a novel? Are you drawn to outlining but find most outlining methods too much of a cookie-cutter model? Today, I’m going to share … Continue reading

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Awesome Writers Spreadsheet — an alternative to NaNoWriMo for writers of all stripes

Imagine you could be involved in NaNoWriMo every month, without having to worry about writing 1,666 words of your novel’s first draft every day. What if instead, you could write whatever you were able, on whatever project is important to … Continue reading

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The last push: finding the creative gold in those moment when you would have quit

I am an avid runner. I used to run 5 times a week and have done a full marathon, and a half. I sprained my ankle 3 years ago, and during the year it took for that to heal, I … Continue reading

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Maintaining your writing discipline: staying focused in an age of distraction

Sometimes I feel like an odd duck. Ever since January 1st, I have not missed a day of writing. Every day, no matter what, I’ve set a 2-hour timer on my phone, using the Forest app, and I used that … Continue reading

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Finding you audience as a fiction author: taking steps to success as a self-publishing author

As I shared last week, and in my newsletter the previous week, I’ve put plans in motion to publish¬†A Thousand Roads through my Dreamsphere Books imprint next fall, part of embracing the self-publishing process fully. While I’ll certainly be doing … Continue reading

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Branding your self-published production as an Indie author

Last week, I announced in my fan newsletter that I will be publishing¬†A Thousand Roads as my debut epic fantasy novel on October 31st, 2018 in ebook (January 9th, 2019 for print). This was a pretty big moment for me, … Continue reading

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Time off and gaining perspective: reactive vs. action-driven work

Last fall I got in the habit of taking every seventh week off. Something about working hard for six weeks then resting on the seventh seems fitting for one who spends their time creating. On my week off, I turn … Continue reading

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