10 Life Hacks For The Efficient Writer

Claire Smith:

Even if you only write one page per day…totally better than none at all!

Originally posted on Sacha Black:

The Efficient Writer

Do you ever need just five more minutes in your day? Maybe you want to edit another post, or write a short, or a piece of flash for a competition. But you just don’t seem to have enough time. I’m writing this post, because I always need more time. I’m pretty good at being efficient. But I could be better. I know I could squeeze another half hour out my day. But how when I’m a busy worker bee, mother, wife, friend, chef, cleaner…. Etc etc?!

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S – Sleepy time is the best time!

Claire Smith:

Who else is a big fan of sleep? Do you take naps? Share in the comments!

Originally posted on S.D. Gates:

Bienie and Mikey napping

Sleep is one of the best things that happens to me on a daily basis.  I really enjoy sleeping. I guess working all those different shifts for so many years as a nurse, I now appreciate that I can go to sleep at the same time every night.  Rotating shifts can drain you, make you feel like a barely functional zombie and screw up any sleep cycle you ever possessed.  When I was much younger I suffered from a period of extreme insomnia.  I have to say, I would much rather be disemboweled than suffer from sleep-deprivation, it was truly awful.

Now that I can sleep on regular basis, I am quite a happy person.  I think the average person takes sleep for granted, and that is a real shame.  I found a chart on the National Sleep Foundation website on the number of hours of sleep recommended for each…

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#Batman says be a hero and don’t litter! #EarthDay


For the love of god, please stop the littering! It is really out of control by me.

I am wanting to start a campaign in my community about it but no idea where to start. Yes they have volunteers who are kind enough to pick up trash on the side of the road. But the core issue is that people are too lazy to take their trash out.

I see entire tied up garbage bags just tossed in the ditch. Even worse, I see trash OUTSIDE a garbage bin that they didn’t quite get the aim right. And then what happens? The wind blows that piece of wrapper away and it gets stuck in a tree. Then people see that bit of wrapper and think it is okay to leave their trash out. Or, I don’t even know what goes inside people’s minds when they think “I will just throw this out my car window.” NO! DON’T DO IT! JUST DON’T!

Not only is it bad for our planet, but I am tired of looking at trash. For nothing else, don’t do it for the aesthetics. That is a more shallow reason, of course, but it is a valid reason none of the less. Do you want to stare at trash every time you drive to work? Me neither! So don’t do it! Just keep it in your car until you get to work and throw it out at work. Or keep a trash bag in your car if you know you’re in your car a lot so you can pick it up later. It’s not rocket science. It’s really not. Trash goes in the trash bin. See….it’s simple.

Just because you are tired is no reason to throw trash on the ground. So let’s agree with Batman, let’s make every day Earth day. Be a superhero and don’t litter! Seriously!

Do you have an environment concern in your community? Share down below!

Avoid too much sweetness

Claire Smith:

Yes, beware the Mary-Sue!

Originally posted on jean's writing:

N = Nice

Are your characters too nice? Too agreeable?

Readers don’t want perfection, they prefer reality.

Readers can relate to reality.

Too much niceness can seem artificial as Sweet-n-Low and turn off your readers.

I bet your favorite and most memorable characters were flawed and sometimes down right disagreeable.

Write characters who are engaging, interesting and filled with conflict. People who are most often warring with their own nature, or good and evil.

She typed the coordinates Mac had emailed into her smart phone. As luck would have it, the perp was an eight-hour drive from San Antonio. At least he was still in Texas, that would make things easier for her but harder for the hacker. Rachel smiled as she reached into her desk drawer and retrieved her sidearm. Kindness never killed anyone but she knew what did. She didn’t get her reputation by being nice. However, she always got her man.

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13 Things I learned from Turning 30


As 13 Going on 30 is one of my favorite Rom-Com’s of all time, I decided I couldn’t resist a play-off post when my thirtieth birthday arrived today.

I usually think my birthday is neat because it’s tax day, the day Abe Lincoln was shot, and the ice-ing on the cake…day the Titanic hit the iceberg. This year, I think it’s neat (or rather, absolutely dreadful) that I am turning 30. I had my proper freak-out last week and this week, despite the pounding migraine from all this crazy weather, I decided I’m going to rock it.

So here we go. Here is the list of my lessons to me by me. Feel free to add your own life lessons / morals in the comments. I LOVE hearing new lessons and inspiration!

  1. It’s going to be okay.
  2. No really, it is. It really, truly, honestly is going to be okay.
  3. You can’t change, predict or control a lot of things, and that’s okay.
  4. Telling yourself it is okay enough times, sometimes actually makes it so.
  5. You got this.
  6. Just because the future is uncertain, doesn’t mean it is over.
  7. Not everyone makes it to thirty, so be glad you did. Every day is a gift.
  8. Plan ahead. Even if just a little bit.
  9. Budget and diet are not such bad words to consider in your daily routine.
  10. Coffee is your best friend.
  11. You are a writer. Don’t be ashamed of it. Don’t worry that you’ll never be normal again. Because let’s face it, you were never normal to begin with, and that’s okay.
  12. It’s REALLY going to be okay. Trust in the Universe. 1330
  13. Every person might not be nice, but every person is important. Treat each person with kind thoughts. Including you.

So that’s it for today. There are totally more lessons, sometimes I learn a new lesson every day. But like the title of the movie, I am sticking to 13.

Have you learned anything about yourself this year? This year I am totally going to pay attention to my Self (that is capital S), and not keep forgetting about myself as I am busy helping others. And not let these dang migraines slow me down so much!!!!


How to Get Reviews Before Book Launch? | Savvy Book Writers

Claire Smith:

Has anyone had a pre-release copy of a book before? Was it neat?

Originally posted on The Linden Chronicles: The Wolf's Moon by Patrick Jones:

.. Brand new books from trade publishers have almost always reviews and endorsement at the time of book launch. You might wonder: How is this possible?

via How to Get Reviews Before Book Launch? | Savvy Book Writers.

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Fun with letters!

fun with letters

Last week at work they decided to add a new sign. It was my job to find all the letters. Of course, as an author, this delighted me.

First fun bit was the only letter missing for the word we needed was “F”. We didn’t have a single “F”. I was thinking AWW F! to myself at first (get it? Hehe!). But then I got creative. Like a true author, I was able to think outside of the box. We didn’t have any F’s, but we had plenty of E’s. So I took this one “E” and broke off the bottom leg of it. Magically, it transformed into an “F”. Professor Mcgonagall would be so proud of me, I would have totally aced Transfiguration!


Anyway, I joked with my co-workers that “I never worked so hard for an F before.” and it was amusing to think that was true. Usually you do everything in your power to avoid an F. Unless you just don’t give a flying F anymore. But I never reached that point.

Second bit of fun was later in the afternoon. They asked me to tape the letters to the wall for a mock-run of what the final product would look like. I said okay. So after standing on a chair for twenty minutes putting up the words, I was happy to be done. But then two letters fell off, making a lot of noise and scaring us in the process. But then I laughed, as the two letters spelled “If”.

So there were a lot of “If” jokes that followed.

Anyway, just goes to show you, letters and words can be fun!

What word always amuses you? Have you ever put up a sign with letters before? Share below!