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Diet and Exercise for the Super-Productive Writer

I know. There’s nothing more distasteful than talking about diet and exercise. But seriously, how can we weigh in all the factors to being productive without discussing this? Since we’re spending these months looking out how to be super productive writers, we have to go here.

I’ll try to make this as painless (and guilt-free) as possible.

Stay with me.

Let’s take a look first at one of the hard truths about being a writer, and that’s the fact we sit to do it. Some writers have learned to write while walking on a treadmill. I’m thinking of trying this. But I imagine it doesn’t work for everyone. That said, let’s talk about this briefly.  Continue Reading…

3 Surefire Ways to Validate Your Book Idea So It Will Sell

Today’s guest post is by Dave Chesson.

I can remember the first time I self-published a book. I finished writing, spent hundreds of dollars getting it ready, and then hit Publish.

But . . . nothing happened.

Sales were dismal.

It turns out, there was no one on Amazon looking for my book, and my book-marketing skills weren’t good enough at the time to find the market and bring people to it on Amazon.

I had just wasted hours and money putting together a book that no one wanted . . . or worse, knew they wanted.

Has this happened to you?  Continue Reading…

To Sleep Perchance to Write

Some people say they’ll sleep when they’re dead; they can’t bother to sleep right now. Too much to do. Too many books waiting to be written. And they’re not going to get written while they’re sleeping.

For those of us (yes, I’m one of them) who feel sleep should be phased out, ignoring the need for sleep is going to make us “dead” sooner than later. Pushing hard without sleep for long periods of time is bad for our health. And worse (as far as some of us are concerned)—it’s a productivity killer.

Studies show that the short-term productivity that results from skipping sleep is negated by the detrimental effects on our mood, ability to focus, and access to high brain function for days that follow. Even drunk people can sometimes outperform those who are sleep-deprived.

New research shows that when you sleep, your brain actually removes toxic proteins from its neurons, and this can only occur when you’re asleep. It’s like our brains offload bad stuff while we’re konked out, sneaking it out the back door, so to speak. If we don’t get enough sleep, those toxic proteins build up, wreaking havoc in our heads and impairing our ability to think clearly. And no, coffee won’t fix this problem. Continue Reading…