Planning for 2019–Have You Started Yet?

Planning for 2019

I didn’t achieve everything in 2018

In 2018, I started planning for the first time for the year ahead. If you’re interested, here’s the Planning Document I used. It was created by the lovely and inspiring Julie Kostic–if you found the document useful, let her know 🙂

I didn’t even get close to achieving everything. Here’s a list of items I had on my to-do list:

  • write 3 books—didn’t make it;
  • write 2000 words a day—you’d think that would be easy, given that I don’t work outside the house;
  • keep my house decluttered and tidy—nope, still a mess;
  • lose 50 lbs and walk a lot more—uhm, no. Didn’t get there at all.

When I read through my failures to succeed, my heart sank. It took a good friend to point out that a) my to-do list was a little ambitious, and b) moving towards my goals also counts.

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The Power of Accountability

It’s Easy to Write a Book. Right? Right?

AcountabilityBack in Spring 2015, when the self-publishing phenomenon gathered momentum, I decided to write a book. I had done some research and had a good idea that I wanted to write something romantic with magical elements strewn in.

I grew up in Germany, and from early on, I was fascinated by fairy tales my grandmother used to tell me. Later, my parents encouraged my reading passion, and for Christmas, I received beautiful Reader’s Digest hardcover editions of 1001 Nights, Tales of the Caravan Serail, stories by Hans Christian Anderson, Bechstein, Grimm brothers, and collections of world legends. I devoured them all.

I knew my material. Couldn’t be too hard, then, to sit down and pen a love story set against the background of a magical parallel world, could it? I wrote 1500 words, submitted them to my local Writers Group, and got destroyed. Continue reading “The Power of Accountability”

Dictation with Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Premium

Taming the Dragon–A Guide to Dictation

Every self-published writer knows that creating content quickly is key to success in today’s competitive market place. The faster you can write, the quicker you’ll have your first book or your first series.

There are several books on the market that will help you with this. My favorites are “2k to 10k” by Rachel Aaron, “Take Off your Pants!” by Libby Hawker, and “5000 Words Per Hour” by Chris Fox. I’ll list all the books mentioned at the end of the post.

A common thread in all the books is the importance of outlining and dictating.

After getting serious about dictating, my productivity went from 1200 to 3500 words per hour (and still rising). It took me over six months to finish my first book from the moment I began writing it. My second book, largely dictated, took two months. And that’s even though I was lazy and distracted. I could have done it much faster, had I not taken days off when I didn’t feel like it, or got sidetracked with other projects.

In this article, I’ll lay out in detail how I cracked the tough nut of dictation. I’m sure I have either ADHD or some other form of disability that prevents me from concentrating on anything for longer than five minutes. If I can do it, so can you! Continue reading “Dictation with Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 Premium”