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Bullet Journal Journal

New Year, New Bullet Journal

For the first time ever, I’m beginning a journal on 1 January. I’ve always started a new book when the old one was filled up, no matter what the date was. I could probably cram another month into my current journal, but it’s close enough that I don’t feel guilty about wasting blank pages. So […]

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Journal Work in Progress Writing

Dealing with Distractions While Writing

There’s only one way to put this. The key dealing with distractions while writing is to love what you’re doing. No matter how much discipline you have, your mind will wander. If you aren’t engaged with what you’re writing you can get rid of noise, toys, and other joys and your mind will wander. It’s […]

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Goals Journal The Merry Writer Writing

Do You Use An Accountability Buddy?

An accountability buddy is someone, usually another writer, that you share your progress with. Telling someone that you’re making word count, getting pages edited, or working out the kinks in your story drives you to actually do those things. At least, that’s theory. At various times in the past I have been involved in writer’s […]

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Goals Journal The Merry Writer Writing

Was 2019 a Productive Writing Year for You?

By objective measures, 2019 was a productive writing year for me. It’s a mixed bag, though, because subjectively I don’t feel creatively fulfilled. There’s an element of going through the motions, and that’s not going to be productive for me in the long term. I wrote things and met my deadlines. I published books and […]