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Free Music Downloads from Terra Incognita CDs

Getting started a little early on the holiday gifts.  We have arranged with ProgRock Records to offer free downloads of two complete Roswell Six music tracks, one from each Terra Incognita CD.

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Writing Productivity Tip #11—KNOW WHEN TO STOP

The last entry in a series of eleven tips to help you get more time for writing, and to produce more writing when you do have time.

Science fiction master Robert Heinlein proposed a set of rules for writers.  His first two are “You must write” and “You must finish what you write.”  Endless polishing and editing and revising and polishing again and then rewriting and then editing does not make a story perfect—it just makes a story endless.

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Writing Productivity Tip #10—GET INSPIRED!

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

Every creative writing teacher repeats the classic axiom, “Write about what you know.”  Therefore, it stands to reason that the more you know, the more things you’ll be able to write about.

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Writing Productivity Tip #9—THINK OUTSIDE THE KEYBOARD

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

After the previous tip, now that you’ve set up the perfect established writing spot, keep in mind that this is not the only way you can write.  Your word processor isn’t the only tool you have.

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Writing Productivity Tip #8—CREATE THE BEST WRITING ENVIRONMENT FOR YOURSELF

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

So, you’ve developed a writing routine, set up an office or at least a place where you use your laptop.  It’s the way you’re accustomed to writing.  But habit doesn’t necessarily make your setup the best.  Have you ever stepped back with an objective eye to consider whether it works for you?

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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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Writing Productivity Tip #5—USE EVERY MINUTE

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

If you think you need large blocks of time to accomplish any writing, then you’re kidding yourself.  One sentence at a time, one paragraph at a time, one page at a time.

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Writing Productivity Tip #4—DARE TO BE BAD (AT FIRST)…THEN FIX IT

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

This tip comes from prolific and bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith, and the more I’ve pondered it, I’ve come to believe it’s one of the most important pieces of advice any struggling writer can hear.

Repeat after me:  It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it does have to be finished.

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