December 2010

Writing Productivity Tip #7—KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WRITING & EDITING

A series of eleven tips to help you get more time for writing, and to produce more writing when you do have time.

Write during the writing stage.
Edit during the editing stage.

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Counting the Days: New 2011 KJA Desert Calendar

Along with my brother-in-law Tim, I have hiked hundreds of trail miles and climbed many mountains.  It’s where I get inspired for many of my story ideas and exotic settings.

Two years ago, as a gift for special friends and family members, we produced a calendar of photos and stories about our experiences in the mountains.  For 2011, we’ve done another one, this time focusing on our adventures in the rugged and beautiful deserts of the American Southwest—Death Valley, Canyonlands, Arches, Great Sand Dunes, Joshua Tree, Grand Canyon, and other locations.

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Writing Productivity TIP #6—SET GOALS FOR YOURSELF…AND STICK TO THEM

A series of eleven tips to help you get more time for writing, and to produce more writing when you do have time.

I’m a goal-oriented person. Give me a target, or a list, and I’ll set out to accomplish the task, milestone by milestone.  When I moved to Colorado, I got a book listing all 54 mountain peaks in the state higher than 14,000 ft, along with hiking or climbing routes to each summit.  I immediately made up my mind to climb all of them—and I did.

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