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The Uncoventional Path - We're a house away from the RV

The Uncoventional Path - We're a house away from the RV

After three months of doing everything we've been putting off for the last four years, Kara and I finally wrapped on home improvements, and got the house on the market. 

Scariest. $%&^. Ever.


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Plotting and Pantsing - Plan your book or wing it?

Plotting and Pantsing - Plan your book or wing it?

When it comes to writing a book, there are essentially two types of authors. 

The first is the plotter—the person who starts with a bullet list or a story treatment or story beats, and follows that plan from beginning to end. These authors can be meticulous and exacting, or they can use a more "loosely outlined" approach. 

The second type, and the category I most often fall into, is the pantser. Yeah ... irony.


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Into the Green

Into the Green

Kara and I are working on something. 

I haven't exactly kept it hush-hush, but I haven't really made any official announcements either. But the short of it is, Kara and I want to sell our house, buy a camper trailer, and travel the country for a couple of years. We really just want to explore the place end to end, and maybe figure out where we'd like to stop long term.


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How to Have (and resolve) an Existential Crisis in One Weekend

How to Have (and resolve) an Existential Crisis in One Weekend

I attended the 2015 Sterling & Stone Colony Summit this weekend and came away with more than I had expected. I rediscovered my true passion, and I know exactly how to pursue without leaving anyone behind.


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Questioning Authority

Questioning Authority

I'm a writer. I know, I know ... shocker. But there are nuances to being a writer that some people never consider.

For starters, a writer often has to quickly make him or herself an "authority" on a topic, using source material to gain an inside perspective, to write about it in a way that resonates with and conveys meaning to the reader. We become "on the fly experts." It's part of the job.

And that's a job I've done since I was very young. I've made a career of it. I teach other people to do it, and to get better at it, to leverage that ability to build or improve their business and their lives. It's a core belief—something I don't question. And yet, recently I've been challenged on that belief, and it has me thinking. 


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The secret to being intriguing

The secret to being intriguing

Sometimes the message we hold back is the one people want to read the most. 


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The Hand of a Writing God

The Hand of a Writing God

Writing is hard. Keeping at it can be exhausting. Remember where your personal strength comes from, and go there often. Mine is God. I hope yours is too. 

If you don't have a source of strength and courage, to help you write or to help you keep moving forward in any part of your life or career, talk to me. I'll introduce you to mine.


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[EPIC POST] How to use Scrivener to develop a daily writing habit

[EPIC POST] How to use Scrivener to develop a daily writing habit

A few years ago, I heard about a piece of software called Scrivener, which was getting some buzz as a great tool for helping people write books. It wasn't very expensive—about $40. So I bought it, installed it, and tinkered with the tutorials. 

I had to admit, it was pretty cool. Having the ability to put all these different file types into the same "environment," to be able to organize what I was writing by moving around virtual index cards, and then compiling what I created into whatever format I wanted—it was cool. Better than cool, I could definitely see how it would change everything for my writing career. I could see, instantly and without doubt, that Scrivener could make me the kind of writer I was born to be. It was a powerful tool that could reshape my career. 

So I ignored it for about five years.


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"Writing makes me feel ..."

"Writing makes me feel ..."

Anxious? Irritated? Stressed?

Happy? Excited? Driven?

What do you feel, when you think of writing? And why do you believe you feel that way?

Contact me, comment on this post, or call me at 281-809-WORD (9673) to tell me what you feel and why. I'll read or play your comment on the Wordslinger Podcast, and I'll give you my own thoughts on the subject. 

Because how we feel about writing determines how well we use it to shape our careers and our lives. 

So when you think about writing, what does it make you feel?


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The Secret to Righting (Find the Write Editor)

The Secret to Righting (Find the Write Editor)

I kind of cringe just looking at this. It took three tries to write it. Or right it? Now I'm questioning all reality.

Good writing is good editing. I know that has to be a quote from someone, but Google hasn't helped me narrow it down much. So I hereby claim it in the name of all things Kevin, and proclaim it to be true and worthy. Get an editor.


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1 (just the one) Tip for Getting Better at Writing

1 (just the one) Tip for Getting Better at Writing

Writing is one of the most potent and powerful things you can do to improve your life, your career, and your business. Here's a single, powerful bit of wisdom from Octavia Butler that can change everything about how you perceive and practice writing in your life.


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TL;DR - Or Using Telepathy to Control the World

TL;DR - Or Using Telepathy to Control the World

I've been blessed with a pretty cool gift. It's kind of amazing, when I think back on it, how not only my whole career but my whole life has been shaped by this thing I do—this super power I have.

I'm telepathic.


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Growing Up vs Being an Author

Growing Up vs Being an Author

Q: “I want to be an author when I grow up. Am I insane?”

Neil Gaiman: “Yes. Growing up is highly overrated. Just be an author.”

[source: https://greenbaywriters.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/neil-gaiman-quote.jpg]


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Just because it's easy doesn't mean it's wrong

Just because it's easy doesn't mean it's wrong

Here's irony for you—I spent a huge chunk of my life writing for a living until I could figure out what I wanted to do for a living. 

I kept trying out new careers and new industries, taking new jobs and building new businesses, and all the while doing anything but considering writing as my career. 

What makes it worse is that all the while, I was saying things like, "I wish I could win the lottery or get a job or build a business that gives me the time to just write full time." I kept putting off actually writing, waiting for "some day" to come, so that I could finally start writing.

What a profound disrespect for the skill that has served me so well, all of my life. 


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[NEW VIDEO] Book signings and a typical Wordslinger Day

[NEW VIDEO] Book signings and a typical Wordslinger Day

Yesterday I did a book signing at Boling High Schoo, in Boling Texas. I took 50 books with me, and came home with only two ... so I'm checking the box next to "good day." Speaking of days, I thought you folks might get a kick out of hearing what a typical Wordslinger Day is like.


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Super Secret Pro Writer Tip - Burn after reading

Super Secret Pro Writer Tip - Burn after reading

Writing is weird. 

It's simultaneously the hardest and the easiest thing most of us do. Hard, because for most people the thought of sitting down and chunking out something long and involved, like a book, is daunting. We love the idea of it, but we dread the work. We have flashbacks to middle school and high school, where writing was forced on us as formulaic oppression. Write, or suffer.


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Younger Kevin was a smart guy (Journaling to shape your personal story)

Younger Kevin was a smart guy (Journaling to shape your personal story)

This morning I decided to start going through my old journals, stretching all the way back to 1989—my first "official" journal. I have an old "Diary" that was sort of a guided writing book. But my earliest, honest-to-God journal started in a black and red records book.


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Nick Thacker was so right (advice for focusing on the important)

Nick Thacker was so right (advice for focusing on the important)

If it's important, it gets done. But how do you decide what's important? Planning and scheduling have traditionally driven me into anxiety-fueled hysterics, but it doesn't have to be that way. Scheduling things is a way to prioritize what you need to accomplish, and help you focus on getting the important stuff done. And there's a tool that might help with that.

Get the 2015 Productivity Planner today!


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Wordslinger's Workflow - Ep 002 - A workflow for indie authors

Another episode is up and ready for your viewing pleasure! You can watch it below. 

Before that, I thought I'd muse a bit on what it means to have a workflow as an author. If you're an indie publisher, I think you'll vibe to this. If you're a reader, think of it as a sneak peek into how the magic happens!


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3 Tips for Using Criticism

Traditionally, I haven't been so good at accepting criticism. I get defensive, which leads to getting irritated, which leads to saying or doing things I shouldn't, which leads to the Dark Side. So the trick to my own personal growth, for a while now, has been all about avoiding the path to becoming Kev Vader, and keeping an open mind and a willing heart. 


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