How to Make 2013 The Best!

Happy New Year!!!

I promised to blog about ways to make 2013 even better than 2012, so here we go!

I’m using two amazing programs that may seem somewhat old fashioned, but are pure gold when it comes to quality of life.

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

As writers, we get way into our heads. Sometimes that’s not a good thing if our minds focus on negative things – and writers can be pretty good at beating themselves up. I’ve been listening to Dale Carnegie’s book on CD ‘How to Stop Worrying and Start Living’ for the past couple months and it has greatly improved my life by changing how I think, and therefore how I write.

Give Dale a try and see if his ideas work for you. As for me, one of my goals this year is to listen to snippets of ‘How to Stop Worrying and Start Living’ at least once a week to make sure I keep my mind in the right place, and therefore stay happy and productive.

Best Year Yet

My writing mentor introduced me to ‘Best Year Yet’ in January 2012. We both used this book to write goals for 2012 and made bi-weekly progress reports to each other. The beauty of ‘Best Year Yet’ is it touches on each role you play in life.

As writers, sometimes it’s hard to quantify goals. We can have word-count goals, number-of-page goals, or even number-of-manuscript goals. ‘Best Year Yet’ teaches you how to create concrete goals and provides guidance on how to accomplish them. I highly recommend this program because of what it did for me in 2012, and I’ve already used it to write my 2013 goals!

Whether you use either of these programs, or other ideas that work for you, I wish you a Happy New Year and a lovely, happy, inspiring 2013.

Happy Writing!


PLEASE Back Up Your Manuscripts – Every Day

Well, it happened. My laptop died. With all my manuscripts on it.

This could be a catastrophe.

But it’s not.

Because of my obsessive habit of backing up my work.

A couple years ago I read simple tip – probably in Writer’s Digest magazine – that saved my sanity today. That tip was to send a copy of your manuscript to your email each day after writing and/or revising. That way, you have one current copy on your computer, and one out in email land.

I do this absolutely every day after my  writing time is up – or even once in the middle of the day if I’ve written/revised a lot. This takes seconds. Rewriting a 75,000 word manuscript? Much longer.

When the current manuscript hits my inbox, I simply delete the last copy I sent. (I’m also a bit obsessive about keeping my inbox clean.)

Now, I’m sure I’ll be able to retrieve some documents from my sick laptop at some point. But how many days will that be?? I’m making agent-suggested revisions to my manuscript right now. (Yippee!) I can’t miss several days of work! Not that I’d even want to. I mean, what would I do with myself all day if I couldn’t write? Watch bad TV? No thanks.

I also back up my manuscripts to a thumb drive, but I only do this about once a month. Emailing a copy is much quicker, but it is nice to know I have a fairly recent draft in three different places.

So, please take my experience to heart, because for most of us, it’s only a matter of when. I’m writing this post from my daughter’s netbook, from which I can also edit my manuscript, because my latest copy is out in email land just waiting for me to dive in!

Happy Writing!