Writing Journal 33: Blog Topics and Keywords

Writing Journal 33: Blog Topics and Keywords

My writing journal for Sunday, September 14, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

The fourth of the series of novellas I’m ghostwriting for a client is DONE.

So this morning, it’s time to set up novella #5, the final one in the series. Once that’s written, I’ll compile all five novellas, so that the client can sell them as a bundle. This makes a total of six books, because the novellas will continue to be available individually.

I’ll recommend to the client that he chooses one, and makes it permanently free.

My outline for novella #5 is ready, so this morning I just had to reacquaint myself with the plot before I started writing. Last night I was chatting to someone, when my mind drifted to my writing, as it always does. I was thinking about this new novella, and realized that I’d forgotten the plot completely. :-)

Nevertheless, I managed 500 words — so the project is on its way. I need to do more work on the characters and their emotional arcs.

No new nonfiction this morning; I compiled the nonfiction book to MOBI, and started my read-through. I’ll spend time editing it next week, and should get it to the contract editor by next weekend.

Next, breakfast for Honey and for me, while reading email. General email was light, but there were some student projects for feedback, so I made a note to get to them tonight.

It’s time for a quick walk, while thinking about clients’ goals for their blogs.

Back again. It’s Sunday, so it’s a short writing day. Basically, I need to to focus on blogging, the company history ghostwriting project, and the freebie ebook I’m writing for a client.

I’ll do more blogging later this afternoon. I do a couple of timer sessions on the company history, and the freebie ebook.

Then it’s time to pack up, for Sunday commitments.

Sunday: blog topics and keywords

Back again. Time for Sunday’s primary task: draft blogging.

I like to use Sunday afternoons to check over my own and clients’ blogs, and get some draft posts ready. Usually, I’m well ahead with draft posts; this is a good thing. I like to move quickly from one task to another, so the more preparation I can up do front, the less likely I am to procrastinate.

Over the past few weeks, a site called Keyword Tool has become my favorite… well, keyword tool.

Basically, the site is a turbo-charged version of Google’s Search Suggest. Keyword Tool offers you up to 750 suggestions for every keyword.

Here’s why this is useful:

  • It avoids “topic blindness” — my term for an expert’s perspective on a topic. The better you know a topic, the less you’re able to see from others’ viewpoints, and this is dangerous. Experts end up writing for each other, rather than 95% of searchers;
  • It helps you to think about the intentions of searchers.

Web content development’s come a long way since the good old days of keyword stuffing. Those tactics just don’t work any more. Indeed, writing Web content looks more and more like plain old marketing every year.

Weekly review — GTD

After the draft blogging, it’s time for the weekly review. I’ve never committed to the complete Getting Things Done system, but I like the weekly review.  It’s essential so you’re all set for the week ahead.

So, with that done, my writing’s done for the day.

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You can find Angela on Pinterest, and on YouTube, too.

Writing Journal 32: Promoting with Ebooks

Writing Journal 32: Promoting with Ebooks

My writing journal for Saturday, September 13, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

Happy days. I made a huge push, and got the final words done on both the nonfiction book with 2,500 words, and the novella, with 1,300 words. Basically, it was just a dash to the finish line. Lots of holes in both books, but that’s OK. At least I have a first draft. No matter how many books you write, each and every one is different, and the challenges are different.

Until you get your first draft done, there’s always a niggling doubt that something will go horrendously wrong, and the book will drive itself off a cliff.

I’m pleased I got that out of the way. It’s Saturday, so it’s a short writing day.

At the moment, my current projects include: blogging, the company history ghostwriting project, and the freebie ebook I’m writing for a client.

Ebooks to promote your business: create your marketing plan first

Here’s a tip for marketing with ebooks.

Although freebie ebooks aren’t the marketing goldmine they used to be, they’re still highly useful. If you’re using them, create your marketing plan first. Start by setting goals: what do you hope to achieve? Who’s your target market? How will you promote your freebie? How will you schedule promotions? Creating a plan first saves time. It also ensure that you’ll get the results you want.

Honey’s ready for her breakfast, so I make my own at the same time. I eat my toast while skimming through email. I’ve got to respond to important messages now, because I have a couple of student coaching calls tonight.

Time for my walk. This week, I’ve had a couple of days when I didn’t walk, and I feel guilty about that. When Honey was younger, she forced me to walk. She’d sit staring up at me reproachfully when “walk” time arrived. If I spent longer than ten minutes finishing up some work, she’d get progressively more reproachful.

I spend a couple of timer sessions on each project. I’m tempted to spend more time blogging (blogging’s always my favorite project), but I resist, so I can do a little more on the company history. Then I create a couple of cluster diagrams for the ebook, and spend ten minutes on research.

Enough. Time for lunch, and my Saturday errands.

Back again: coaching calls

I got back way too late, but it was fun. Now it’s time to prepare for the coaching calls.

My daily review is done, as is my weekly review. My word counts are good. Now for the calls, and then the writing day is done.

, and on Twitter: @angee.

You can find Angela on Pinterest, and on YouTube, too.

Writing Journal 31: Images and Social Media

Writing Journal 31: Images and Social Media

My writing journal for Friday, September 12, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

With any luck at all, at my current rate of progress, I should be ready to do a first quick “slash and burn” edit on both the novella, and the nonfiction book I’m ghostwriting for a client this weekend. Happy days. :-) I managed 2,000 words of fiction, and 1,800 words of nonfiction. I’d like to do more of both today, but I’ve got a couple of meetings this afternoon, so that’s unlikely.

I got caught up with email last night, mostly. I’ve still got a couple of student short stories to read.

This morning’s email is light; I just need to make some notes and Julia can handle the bulk of it.

It’s time for Honey’s breakfast and my own. She’s a riot. She has a very strict routine, and nothing happens outside that routine. You can set your clock by her. She knows what time she has breakfast, when she goes out to play, and when it’s time for lunch.

One day I had to get up early to pick someone up at the airport;  no way could I get her out of her comfy bed. It was outside her routine. When I got back, she ignored me for an hour, as she does when something doesn’t go her way.

That said, she’s the only dog we’ve ever owned that you can safely leave in the garden with open gates, and not worry that she’ll streak through them. She’s a real little lady, who cares what you think about her. She hates it if you raise your voice; she needs a calm environment.

Time for my own breakfast, while reading a student’s short story. I make a few notes, so that Julia can send the feedback.

Next, I need to check over my draft blog posts, add some content, and edit some images. I like to have a good selection of images, so I send reminder emails to my blogging clients to get them to me.

Images and YOUR blog

Many bloggers don’t create images for their blog posts. This is a shame, because it means that they get fewer social media shares. I grind my teeth whenever I find a wonderful blog post, which I’d love to post to Pinterest, and there’s no image. The Web’s all about images now.

So, even if you’re a writer, and you’re as sniffy about pretty pictures as I used to be, please source some images for your posts, so we can share your posts.

If you don’t have any images that you’re comfortable sharing, use the one of the many stock photo libraries to grab images. They might cost you a few dollars (most are cheap), but look on it as a business expense. If you can’t afford that, use websites like Photopin which offer free Creative Commons images.

OK, time for my walk.

Make freebies the heart of your social media push

I’m back. It’s time to create an ebook for a copywriting client who has me on retainer. I create an ebook a month for his website, and he’s getting good traffic and conversions when he offers them for free, in exchange for a subscription to his mailing list.

Yesterday this blog post on getting leads from Pinterest gave me some insights on how we can get more traction from Pinterest for his ebooks. Usually, I’d create just a couple of images, and would pin them to several of the clients’ boards over a month. Alisa Meredith suggests that you create LOTS of images for your lead generators.

It’s time to leave for my meetings now. I’ll have lunch while I’m out. With luck, I’ll be back in time to do more with the company history I’m ghostwriting.

Back again, and it’s very late. Both meetings ran over time. A quick daily review, and a word count total, and that’s it for another week.

, and on Twitter: @angee.

You can find Angela on Pinterest, and on YouTube, too.

Writing Journal 30: Fiction Tips Series

Writing Journal 30: Fiction Tips Series

My writing journal for Thursday, September 11, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

Started the day writing fiction and nonfiction. This is my default. I like to get the most creative forms of writing out of the way before the day really starts. I managed 1,800 words on the novella, and 2,800 of nonfiction.

Last night, I spent a couple of hours catching up with student email, and then created the first set of questions for the company history ghostwriting project. Julia set up a time for me to chat to my primary contact later today. So I’ll start on the project tomorrow.

It’s time for Honey’s breakfast. She’s been a lot livelier the past couple of days because the weather’s warming up. Then my own breakfast, while catching up with today’s email.

And it’s time for my walk… The sun’s shining, all is well with the world. :-)

Fiction tips: backstory

Back again, and it’s time to create some more draft posts for my own blogs, and for clients’ blogs. I’m writing some tips posts on the Just Write a Book Blog for writers who are doing NaNoWriMo in November. Wonderful as NaNoWriMo is for writers, it can be dispiriting when a writer ends up with 50,000 words and tries to edit them into coherence.

Apropos of that, we’ll have a NaNoWriMo Preparation Workshop in October. A little planning goes a long way toward ensuring that your output in November builds a great novel.

The first fiction tip, on backstory in fiction has just been published.

I spent a couple of timer sessions creating draft posts, and checked the blogs for older posts which should be revised. I’ve got a mass of older posts on the freelance writing blog. That blog is over eight years old. I love blogging, but keeping up with a blog’s archive as the years go on is a real challenge.

Next, it’s time for the first chat with my ghostwriting client for whom I’m writing a company history. We talk for almost an hour. I like to keep interviews to half an hour; it’s easier for clients. However, we covered lots of ground. I’ve got enough now to outline the history, and draft the first chapter. I’m glad I called in at the library yesterday for background material.

Lunchtime. I’ve got a meeting this afternoon, so I’ll grab a quick sandwich in a coffee shop. I need to brainstorm some material, and I think better when I’m out of the office.

Writing Web content

I’m back; it’s mid-afternoon. I need to keep going on the Web content for the new product-launch website, so I can get the draft done today.

Done! Julia can proof it and send it off to the client for his review. I’m glad that’s out of the way.

The pitch presentation’s almost done. I add a couple more slides, and that can go off for a client review too.

I’d love to write another “Christmas” short story, but I can do that tonight. For now, I need to read over my notes from the long interview this morning, and start on an outline. Biographical ghostwriting projects always take longer than you’d think, because it’s hard to know how information you’ll need, and then you have lots of questions which only the client can answer.

Rats, a headache. I hate taking any kind of medication. I’ll take a break now, and play with Honey in the garden. Fresh air always helps.

I’m back. It’s time to prepare tomorrow’s schedule and review the day’s output. Today’s word counts are very good, and that’s the end of another working day.

, and on Twitter: @angee.

You can find Angela on Pinterest, and on YouTube, too.

Writing Journal 29: Ghostwriting a Company History

Writing Journal 29: Ghostwriting a Company History

My writing journal for Wednesday, September 10, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

Another ghostwriting project came in late yesterday, which means there’s no time for my fiction and nonfiction ghostwriting projects this morning. I’ll get to them later today.

I enjoy ghostwriting projects which are different. This one’s a company history. The 50th anniversary of the company’s founding is coming up in two months. The company history will be part of the celebrations, and is also for historical purposes. My client’s considering a small book, plus a glossy magazine. I’m writing the book; the material for the magazine will include excerpts from the book.

Once I accepted the project — which I did, immediately, because it’s fascinating, and I know I’ll enjoy it — I needed to do some quick research, and planning. I’ve got a meeting this morning, so on the way back, I’ll pop into the library and do some more research. I want to look at newspapers from the 1960s, just to get a sense of the era.

By the end of the day, I’m hoping that I’ll have some questions for my first interview with the client.

Time to catch up with email

I zoom through email. Last night I read through the Christmas stories I’ve done so far, and planned a couple more. I also caught up on student emails a little. I need to do some more of that tonight, so I can get it under control.

With that out of the way, it’s time for Honey’s breakfast and my own. I make some notes too; I need to rearrange projects to deal with the company history. If I spend more time on the nonfiction book each day, I’ll be able to wrap it up sooner. Just last week I was congratulating myself on being ahead on it.

The product-launch website content, and the pitch presentation are slotted in for this afternoon, along with the novella and nonfiction book. So, a busy day ahead, which is great. I enjoy having lots to do. It’s Wednesday already, so I’ll try and get another Christmas story done by the weekend.

Newsreader apps

I’m loving Leaf. (Mac.) I’m leaving it running as I write, and it picks up posts instantly, just minutes after publication. My best newsreader by far.

Getting book reviews

Over the past weeks, writers have been asking about book reviews. Reviews are basically just marketing. If you only have one book on Amazon, focus on writing, rather than reviews— here’s how to get reviews.

Time to head out…

An afternoon with fiction and nonfiction

Back again, so it’s time for my usual daily fiction novella, and nonfiction book. Just over an hour on each, for 1,000 words of fiction, and 1,800 words of nonfiction.

Next, I need to focus on the Web content for the product launch; but I want to leave a little time for the pitch presentation too.

It’s almost three hours later, and I’m tired. Running around broke up the writing day. That’s as much as I can handle without a long break.

I’m planning on catching up with with student projects for a couple of hours later, so that should get emails up to date. I also need to work on the questions for my first interview for the company history.

Daily review done, word counts done… time for a break. :-)

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You can find Angela on Pinterest, and on YouTube, too.

Writing Journal 28: Copywriting, Fiction, and Apps

Writing Journal 28: Copywriting, Fiction, and Apps

My writing journal for Tuesday, September 9, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

I didn’t get to my novella last night; I spent the evening reviewing students’ stories, then chatted with two students about their writing. It was huge fun, but I felt guilty for not working on the novella.

So, with all the guilt, I put my head down and WROTE this morning. I managed 2,800 words. With any luck at all, and with a couple of long sessions, I should manage to complete the novella by early next week.

Amazingly, the nonfiction book flowed well too — 1,600 words. I received responses to some research queries I sent the client. I’ll add that material in the next draft.

Honey’s arthritis was bad this morning, but it’s supposed to be a warm day, so that should help. The cold weather’s been hard on her. She had breakfast while I burned through email. It was reasonably light this morning. I made notes for Julia to respond to important messages.

The new-product website

I need to get this Web content done. Julia managed to schedule a couple of calls to subject matter experts for this morning, so that’s great. If we can get the research out of the way, I should be able to complete the content within the next couple of days. I’ll be busy with the calls this morning, so I had to move the work on the pitch presentation to this afternoon.

The perils of beta software…

Eeeek! I should know better. I installed the latest beta of Evernote as soon as Evernote told me it was available. Horrors… it decided that it needed to migrate my notes to the latest version. Judging by the progress bar, the migration looked as if it would take HOURS. Thankfully, it only took 15 minutes — just long enough for me to panic. :-) Note to self — install software at the end of the working day.

I wrap up email, and head out for my walk.

I’m back, and the phone calls are done, so I need to dive into the product launch website.

Lunch at my computer today, then the pitch presentation.

Pitch presentation

I’ve done the research, so I create a couple of cluster diagrams to develop some inspiration. I’ve got a great tagline, and theme. This means I can move right ahead on it.

Mid-afternoon, it’s time for email again, and to catch up on phone calls.

Then, some reading. But…

Newsreader software: the pain…

I tried to open ReadKit; no luck. Ditto with Reeder. (Sigh). I need a newsreader which isn’t a royal pain; I’ve tried various apps since Google Reader died last year. Feedly’s good, but messy to read in a browser.

So I downloaded Leaf (Mac.) So far, so good. I like the minimalist interface. Time will tell.

I’ve just checked the list of non-urgent emails, and they’re mounting up. Please be patient if you don’t get a response immediately.

Slow on email, sorry

If you’ve sent me a message, please be aware that I’m running some 72 hours behind on non-urgent email. If you’re a client, or a student, and neither Julia nor I have replied to you within 12 hours, please resend the message. We’re using a combo of Gmail, Mac Mail, and Mailbox. A message went missing on the weekend, so if you need a response quickly, please resend your message, or call.

And we’re at the end of the working day. After the daily review, I tot up my word counts. Not overly impressive, but I’m pleased.

Tonight, I’m reading the Christmas short stories I’ve done so far. I’m aiming for 25, for December 25. :-)

, and on Twitter: @angee.

You can find Angela on Pinterest, and on YouTube, too.

Writing Journal 27: Use Scrivener for Everything

Writing Journal 27: Use Scrivener for Everything

My writing journal for Monday, September 8, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

I woke up this morning with an idea for Christmas short story. So instead of working on the novella I’m ghostwriting for a client, I decided to write the story instead. I managed 1800 words of the story; very satisfying. I’ll work on the novella later today, or perhaps tonight.

Then on to the client’s nonfiction book. I did a rough edit of several chapters, and compiled them to PDF, so that I could send them to him. Scrivener makes it easy to send out as little or as much as you like of any project.

A couple of students have asked me about ghostwriting with Scrivener, so let’s chat about that.

Scrivener for freelance writers, coaches, and consultants

Although I primarily use Scrivener for long projects, you can use Scrivener for short projects too. For example, I use Scrivener for my retainer clients — clients for whom I write regularly.

I don’t use Scrivener for blogging, even though many writers do. Thaddeus Hunt has a complete blogging system, and so does Jennifer Mattern.

Scrivener’s wonderful for medium to long projects, because you can develop many novels within one Scrivener file. The five novellas I’m ghostwriting for a client are all in one file. This makes it very easy to compile one ebook, or few chapters and send them to a client. You can also keep your front matter and back matter within the file, duplicating them and customizing them for each ebook.

Monica McCarty uses a Scrivener file to manage her series’ Bible. Visit the Scrivener forum, to see the many ways in which people use Scrivener.

On to email, which is light, just some student material for review. I zoom through that, and it’s time for Honey’s breakfast. I review my Christmas short story as I eat my toast. I can’t resist writing another few hundred words. That takes the story to 2,500 words.

A client presentation…

It’s time to develop a pitch presentation for a client. I start by researching his marketing materials, and creating an outline. He’ll be delivering the presentation, I just need to create it. I do some thinking, and brainstorming, and then put it aside for tomorrow, to let it gestate.

No time to walk today; I have a meeting this afternoon, and need to run some errands after that.

I create some notes for Julia. She needs to chase up the subject matter experts so that I can complete a draft of a client’s website content for his product launch. I didn’t think it would happen on Friday, but it needs to happen today or tomorrow.

I spend a couple of timer sessions developing questions for the SMEs.

Next, I check on my draft blog posts, and add some material to several. I’ll schedule them for publication once I complete them. Usually, I’ll schedule posts for publication several days ahead. (This is a reason I don’t use Scrivener for blogging; I’m in and out of the WordPress blog editor several times a day.)

And it’s time to go…

Back late

I’m glad I got so much done this morning. I got back to the office very late. Time to catch up on emails, and phone calls. Then my daily review, total up my word counts, and the work day is done.

With luck, I’ll write a couple of thousand words of the novella tonight. :-)

, and on Twitter: @angee.

You can find Angela on Pinterest, and on YouTube, too.

Writing Journal 26: How to Make Writing a Habit

Writing Journal 26: How to Make Writing a Habit

My writing journal for Sunday, September 7, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

Another wonderful morning for my fourth novella for my ghostwriting client: 2,700 words. It’s flowing like water, AND the characters keep surprising me. That’s the reason I love fiction: it’s a true joy when the characters become real.

The nonfiction book is doing well too. Another 1,500 words, in just two timer sessions. I could have carried on with it, but it’s Sunday.

How to make writing a habit

A reader asked me whether you “should” write every day.

Do what you can. In my first few years as a writer, I didn’t write every day. I’ve often talked about how challenging I found writing. It wasn’t easy. I wanted to write, and I loved writing. But I had to force myself to sit down at the typewriter and then stay where I’d planted myself, rather than running away.

Looking back, writing became much easier once I got my first Apple computer, and studied Gabriele Rico’s book.

Before the Apple, writing meant golf-balls, carbon paper, and correction fluid. A nightmare. I adored my Apple, because I’m a truly lousy typist.

Larry Block helped immensely too. I took his Write for Your Life seminar at the Vista Hotel in NYC in 1985. That seminar was a huge turning point for my writing. I played Larry’s tape of affirmations for years, until the cassette broke. :-)

Over time, writing just became a habit. I can’t imagine not writing every day.

However, asking whether you “should” write every day is the wrong question. If you’re asking yourself this, ask yourself how you can make writing more fun, instead.

If writing’s fun, you won’t be able to keep away from your work. Eventually, writing just becomes something you do every day – habitual.

As Carl Jung said: “The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by play.” It’s my favorite quote. Focus on having FUN when you write. You can’t be creative without an element of play. When writing’s fun, you want to do it.

After I’ve fed Honey, and made some toast, I check the day’s email, which is light. I use Send to Kindle to add some students’ stories to my iPad, so that I can focus on them this evening.

Then, I send the MP3s of yesterday’s phone coaching sessions to the students.

Sunday is draft blogging day

Sunday, as always, is the day when I add to my collection of draft blog posts on my own blogs, as well as on client blogs.

A reader asked how many draft blog posts he “should” have lined up. I’m not big on stuff you “should” do, as you may know.

I like to have at least ten draft posts in each blog. I review them every few days. Some I discard, because the inspiration’s gone, or because I did some research and decided against the post. Other blog posts grow organically. Then I add some more content to them, and line them up for publication.

Do whatever is comfortable for you. I know a couple of professional bloggers who create no drafts. They have no editorial calendar. They know they have a certain number of blog posts to write each week, and they sit down and write them, cold. I admire that, I truly do. However, I couldn’t work that way, because I have too much going on. Having a cache of draft posts gives me a sense of security, and confidence.

Time for my walk.

And now it’s time for Sunday’s commitments.

Planning and preparing for the coming week

Several of my clients have sent me images, so I need to look them over, and Photoshop them a little to get rid of distractions in them. I also download some images I’ll need for my own blog posts this week.

Then it’s time to for the weekly review, to check last week’s progress, and check this week’s deadlines, to make sure that everything is on track.

That done, I tot up my word count for the day, and Sunday’s over.

, and on Twitter: @angee.

You can find Angela on Pinterest, and on YouTube, too.

Writing Journal 25: Fiction is Feelings

Writing Journal 25: Fiction is Feelings

My writing journal for Saturday, September 6, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

Up early, and back to my usual routine of writing fiction and nonfiction before I do anything else.

I managed 1,800 words of fiction, and 2,000 words of nonfiction. The fiction flowed well, but it took a little time to get back into the feelings of the characters.

Fiction: stay with it

That’s the big danger with fiction: if you take too much time away from it, it’s very hard to get back into it. You need to be able to feel what the characters feel. If you can’t, your fiction is dead, because it’s an emotional experience for readers. If you can’t feel it, your readers won’t either. :-)

I know this, of course, but I still make excuses for myself, and give myself days off from fiction. I’ve decided that if I know that I’ll be “too busy” to write fiction on a particular day, I’ll get up earlier to make sure that it’s done.

When you take time off from fiction, not only is it hard to get back into it, you end up second-guessing yourself.

A tip: here’s what works for my students when they take too many days off from a piece of fiction. I ask them to go back a couple of scenes, and copy them. No copy and paste however. I ask them to type the scenes again, because that gets them feeling the characters’ feelings again.

Yes, typing is a hassle, but if you can’t FEEL your characters, you’ll start procrastinating. Then you’ll give up on your story.

Another tip: always go with FEELINGS when you’re not sure what to write next.

(More on scenes, and emotion, on my Just Write a Book blog.)

I fed Honey, then had my own breakfast, while checking over the schedule for next week. I remind myself that I MUST walk today. No excuses.

Next, email. Feedback for students, and quotes for clients. Julia can deal with most of it.

It’s Saturday, so I need to run some errands. Since I’ll be out most of the day, I need to get to the “must do” tasks right now. I’ve got a couple of coaching calls later on tonight, so I set myself an alarm to remember to prepare for them.

Draft blog posts, and writing workshops

Firstly, I need to complete several blog posts for clients, and schedule them for publication. Next, I need to do more research on the rush product-launch website content.

OK. Time for my walk.

And back… Lovely morning. It takes a couple of hours to finish up blog posts, and write a page for our new “Leap Into” writing workshops.

Enrollments are open for the first workshop, a three-week copywriting workshop.

I need to work on the NaNoWriMo workshop we have coming up; watch for that one if you’re writing a novel in November.

With that done, it’s time for Saturday’s commitments.

Phone coaching sessions

I’m back. The daily review is done, and so is the word count.

Now it’s time to prepare for a couple of phone coaching sessions. I always enjoy these. After this week’s tech aggravations, I’m glad that the connection’s fine, so we can Skype away.

, and on Twitter: @angee.

You can find Angela on Pinterest, and on YouTube, too.

Writing Journal 24: Website, New WordPress, and Workshops

Writing Journal 24: Website, New WordPress, and Workshops
My writing journal for Friday, September 5, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

Another oddball morning.

I received a call last night from a client who’s developing a website for a product launch, so I can’t start the day with my current fiction and nonfiction books as I usually do. I had to start work on the website content, because it’s a rush job.

I read all the material he sent me. Then I created lists of interview questions. Julia will call the company to line up some chats for me with their subject matter experts (SMEs.) I hope the chats will be later today, but somehow I doubt it. It’s Friday, and it’s very short notice. Not to worry, I can do some research on my own. I’ll need to look at competing products and the marketplace, so that will keep me going for a while.

I meant to work on the novella last night, because I didn’t get to it yesterday, but I had the coaching call, which took longer than expected. MUST get to fiction today…

Breakfast for Honey, and for me, while reading email. Then answering email, and giving feedback. I’ve got several students’ short stories to read, but I’ll save those until the weekend, when I have more time to think.

WordPress 4: looks great

When I checked my blogs this morning, I noticed that WordPress 4.0 has been released. Excellent… I’ve updated the blogs, but haven’t had a chance to check out the new options yet. TNW has an article reviewing 4.

The updated WordPress editor means less scrolling: excellent. I do most of my writing in WordPress. Well, I use a Markdown editor to write drafts, then I post the HTML into the WordPress editor, but one way or another I spend a lot of time scrolling.

After that, I set a reminder to make sure that I WALK today. I need to get back to daily walks. I spend far too much time sitting. As a reward for that, hummingbird cake at lunch. :-)

More email, and a post about our new “Leap” workshops for the freelance writing blog.

Then it’s off for a walk…

UGH! Rain. And it’s cold. So I weasel out of walking and set a reminder to do some yoga and a session on the rowing machine tonight.

Finishing up the week’s projects

I’ve made a list of projects which are almost ready to be sent to clients, so I devote the rest of the morning to that.

Julia and I head for our weekly lunch. We missed out on it last week, and I can hear a BIG slice of hummingbird cake calling my name…

Back to the office. It’s time to return phone calls, and wrap up the week. I do a quick review of the week’s projects, and adjust our schedules for next week.

No more tech aggravations, I hope

I’ve got to keep an eye on my data usage with the hotspot — I’ve used 1.5 GB in a day and a half; that means I’ve got 2.5 GB left before I need to recharge.

And… YAY! Cable Internet is back. Bless you, Telstra.

The technician suggested I turn the cable modem on occasionally to see whether the cable has been fixed, and it appears it has… a miracle.

However, that was a real lesson to me: keep the hotspot charged. Usually when I go out, I use others’ networks: clients’, the library’s, etc. From now on, I’ll take my little hotspot with me. That will keep the SIM active, so that it doesn’t die. It’ll save unexpected journeys to get another one, and it gives me peace of mind too.

I feel like dancing around the room… Happiness is a good Internet connection. :-)

Research for the client’s new website

As expected, Julia couldn’t get any interviews with SMEs today. Onward to research the client’s competitors, and make notes.

Evernote’s Adonit Jot Script stylus, or Livescribe Sky?

Last night I was making some notes in Notability on my iPad, and trying to get a fine line. Not possible, really. I’ve been eyeing the Adonit Jot Script stylus, but can’t justify it as a business expense. I may treat myself to one for Christmas. It looks amazing, but so does Livescribe’s Sky pen. I’ve got the Livescribe Echo, but the Sky pen pushes notes directly to Evernote.

(Sigh…) OK, when I start researching purchases, I know I’ve lost my focus. Time to finish up for the day.

Daily and weekly reviews are done, and I know what I need to do on the weekend. So that’s it for today.

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