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Journal The Merry Writer Writing

Write Outside When You Can

Do you write outside when you can? I do not. When I’m writing I need to focus, and the Great Outdoors presents too many variables beyond my control. From the sun shining in my eyes or onto my screen, to wind and weather, to myriad issues presented by passers-by, it only causes me stress. Write […]

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Journal The Merry Writer Work in Progress Writing

How Many Works-In-Progress At Once?

How many works-in-progress at once do you typically work on? Looking at my board, probably too many. The novel is a long-term thing, that’s one. On the business side, I normally have one book that I’m writing, another that I’m editing, and a third that I’m outlining. Then there’s this blog, and the company blog, […]

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Time Block When Working on Writing Projects

Do you time block when working on writing projects? For those who don’t know what that means, time blocking is simply setting aside specific periods of time to do specific tasks. Think of it like being in school and having scheduled classes, except instead of math and history you have writing and household chores. A […]

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Journal The Merry Writer Work in Progress Writing

Mind Exercises Before Each Work-In-Progress

Do you use mind exercises before each work-in-progress? The question refers specifically to writing prompts, but seems open to interpretation. There is a series of books that I use to help me flesh things out. I also use meditation to clear my mind and get me into a flow state before each writing session. Let […]

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Switching Between Typing and Hand Writing

How often do you switch between typing and hand writing? Never. I have arthritis in my dominant hand and can barely hold a pen. It’s good enough to sign my name or jot down notes in my bullet journal, but to fully write long-hand? That would be excruciatingly painful. My assumption here is that typing […]