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5 Top Posts of 2016 to Get You Geared Up for Success

I don’t know about you, but somehow I lost about six months. Last time I checked, it was June or July. Now we’re facing down 2017. Yikes!

Did the time get away from you too?

I’ve been thinking hard about what topics to delve into on Live Write Thrive next year. I launched this blog in January of 2012, and in five years I’ve covered a gazillion topics. But certain topics keep rising to the surface of readers’ comments and responses to my question: What do you need? What information will help you become the writer you want to be and see the success you dream of?

I would love it if you shared in the comments just what you are struggling with and what would help you in your writing journey.

I created a survey earlier this year, and I’ve had hundreds of responses (I still haven’t gotten through them all!). But I saw some concerns repeated by many, and I’ll be addressing those both on my blog and in my newsletter blasts in 2017. One topic in particular I’m excited to expound on is productivity.

Which brings me back to this concept of lost time. I believe we all struggle with time management. Maybe time is speeding up and we just don’t know it. But whether it is or not, life is faster paced than it was even five years ago, we have more demands on our time than ever, and we are more distracted than ever (mostly because of the tech that is practically attached to our umbilical cords). Continue Reading…

How Writers Can Benefit from Zero-Base Strategies

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we’re looking at an excerpt from a previous post titled “Zero-Based Thinking” for Writers by Matthew Eaton.

What would you do if you had more time?

Would you use the extra time to improve your skills?

Would you spend it writing the next great novel?

Time is one of the only finite things in this world, and it is too precious to waste it on “time sinks” (those pet novels you can’t seem to give up on even after ten-plus years of slamming your head against the desk in frustration because you can’t complete it). You must evaluate your time usage with a new mind-set—one that will set you free and help you adjust to cutting your losses. Continue Reading…

Get Your Story in Hand Using Shorthand

Today’s guest post is by Tawnya Showalter.

If you’re a journalist, you may already be acquainted with shorthand. It’s a high-speed method of recording interviews or taking notes, using a simpler set of characters in place of the alphabet.

But shorthand isn’t just for journalists and college students anymore—it’s for authors too.

Writing your first draft—or sketching out a scene—in shorthand can significantly impact the structure of your novel. It helps shore up common pitfalls associated with first drafts, making your editing process a breeze.

Balderdash. Utter nonsense, you say. How can writing quicker really make such a difference? Continue Reading…