Find Time For Writing- Simplify

Lots of people want to write, but they somehow can’t find the time to do it.

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We all have all the time there is, and the question is more where we chose to put our priorities. We can chose what to give our time and energy to, and one place we can put it is writing.

There’s lots of ways to open up more time to write in, and one way is to simplify things.

Stop and look at your schedule. What are you giving your time to?

  • Are these things more or less important to you than writing?
  • If less important, is there an easier or quicker way you can do them?
  • Can you delegate them to someone else?
  • Can you do these things less so you can write more?
  • For that matter, do you have to do them at all?

Also give some thought to whether they give you joy or not. If writing makes you happy, and mowing the lawn doesn’t, maybe you could mow less or hire someone to do it for you so you have more time for the writing that makes you happy.

Figure out what matters to you and what doesn’t. Simplify your life and decrease or eliminate the things that don’t matter to you to make time for the things that do- and fill that time with things that make your soul sing..

Like writing…

For more ideas on time for writing, check out

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Find Time For Writing- Beat Your Distractions

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Find Time For Writing-Bunch Your Time

Find Time For Writing -Ready To Roll

Catherine Kane

9/23/16

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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Book Lover or Ereader Lover- Can The Two Meet?

Amazon wants to build a Kindle for people who like physical books

Amazon’s Quixotic Quest

Catherine Kane

9/22/16

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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It’s Connecticut Pagan Pride Day

…this weekend Sept. 24 from 10-5 at the VFW post at 152 Massirio Dr in Berlin, 577442_3521710873755_1617833526_nConnecticut 06037.

Connecticut Pagan Pride Day is an event which gives people a chance to interact with members of the pagan community and learn a little bit about people on other spiritual paths. The event is open to the community and includes classes, vendors, public information booths, a ceremony and a whole lot more.

I’ll be there as one of the psychics of Foresight, teaching classes, doing readings and selling my books and I hope to see you there as well

For more information, check out Connecticut Pagan Pride Day on Facebook

Catherine Kane

9/21/16

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her latest book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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Games Writers Play- Story Mash-up

There are lots of classic theme in stories Fantasy fairy tale book

  • the battle of Good vs Evil,
  • boy meets girl
  • the hero’s journey

and so forth.

Here’s a way to use those themes to build your story telling skills

Get some index cards and write  a classic theme in stories on each one of them. Shuffle them and pick two or three- and then see what kind of tale you can create that melds the two together

  • a pirate with a terrible secret faces ninja accountants with secrets of their own
  • girl finds romance during the zombie apocalypse
  • an armadillo goes to the big city and makes a success of himself

Finding ways to combine unlikely elements makes you mentally stretch outside of your comfort zone, which strengthens creative thinking and breaks you out of clichés, and those are skills you can use no matter what kind of story you’re telling.

So shuffle, deal, and then build that story out of unlikely partners

Ready… set… go…

Catherine Kane

9/20/16

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her latest book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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Writing, per Asimov (Inspiration)

“Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.”Burning candle

Isaac Asimov

Catherine Kane

9/19/16

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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My Late Night Morning Writing Routine…

Have noticed that a lot of people who are teaching writing or productivity or productivity in writing tend to share  a particular belief. They all say that you should write in the morning, and, if you need to, get up earlier to get that writing time in.

Groan…

They all have wonderful reasons for it.

  • Get your writing in before life interrupts you
  • Get your writing in before you get distracted by other things
  • Get your writing in before you run out of steam
  • Get your writing in before your head fills up with the concerns of the day and you have no brain cells left for writing
  • Get up before your family/friends/pet aardvark so they won’t distract you

And so forth

I’ve even seen a number of them say “don’t worry- your body will adjust…”hands with laptop typing in night

argh…

And that all makes sense, and will probably work for some people, but I don’t think it’s for everyone. As I like to say, this is not a one size fits all universe, and you’ve got to look advice and see whether it actually works for you.

As a for instance, I have chronic fatigue syndrome and asthma and allergies. In my particular case, the result is that I am not a morning person. I usually wake up feeling hung over to a greater or lesser extent (which is a good trick as I do not drink) and it takes me time to get up to speed. I can write in the morning, but it’s harder work for  more flawed and edit-needing results.

And getting up early only makes that jet lag worse…

The best time for me to write, on the other hand, is late at night, when the world is asleep. I’ve been up for awhile, and I’m usually at my most calm, centered and focused. My head has cleared as much as its going to. The husband and my side of the world are asleep, so there’s less distractions, both in the physical world and energetically- and so I sit myself at the keyboard and I go to town. I write faster and better at such times, and my creative mind is wide awake and coming up with all kinds of interesting ideas.

So I’ll be doing a late night morning writing routine…

Don’t get me wrong- I think that  all of those teachers are giving excellent advice. It’s just advice that’s not for me, and one of the secrets of getting where you want to in life is knowing what will work for your unique self and what will not and choosing what works, whether it’s what the experts tell you to do or not.

I hope you find good teachers, I hope you learn great things and I hope you know yourself well enough to take from that learning the knowledge that will serve you.

Happy writing

Catherine Kane

9/16/16

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her latest book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

 

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No Chains on Me – Know Your Readers

So as self published and indie authors, we’re talking about where we can sell our books, since it’s frequently hard to get them into the bricks and mortar stores of the big book chains.

One good place to start is to ask yourself two magic questions. They are

  • “Who are my readers?” and
  • “Where would people who’d like my writing hang out?”

Let’s start with the first question.

Most writers would like to think that their audience is “everyone!!!”  but the truth is that there are few books that actually fit this idea. If you’re writing a non-fiction instruction book about petit point, it’s probably not going to interest many people who are into extreme sports. If you’re writing a funny romance novel, it’s probably not going to speak to many hard driving business achiever types.

(Please note that I’m saying probably. It’s surprising sometimes to see who reads what, but when we’re talking about ways to sell your books and increase your sales, it’s best to know who your target audience is and play to your strengths…”

So take a moment, sit down and thing about who you think would be your reader.

Male or female? How old? What kinds of things does your reader like, other than your writing?

Get a good picture in your head  of your reader. Knowing who you’re writing for will not only do a better job of writing for your readers, but also give you ideas for where to look to sell your books….

(Previous posts No Chains on Me and No Chains on Me- the Matrix)

Catherine Kane

9/15/16

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her latest book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

 

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Diamonds are Forever…

…but emeralds are nice too.Vintage still life. Vintage items on ancient map.

The Lakewood Lions Renaissance faire would be celebrating it’s emerald anniversary this weekend and I’ll be there as one of the psychics of Foresight  as part of the celebration. We’ll be with the East Kingdom Soothsayer’s Guild, doing readings and selling Cathy’s books and enjoying the old memories treasured and the new memories we’re making at Lakewood.

The Lakewood Lions Renaissance faire runs 10- 6 Sept 16th and 10-5 Sept 17th at Pine Park  in Lakewood, New Jersey. For more information, check out their website and their Facebook page to get ready for medieval fun

We look forwards to seeing you at the Lakewood Lions Renaissance Faire this weekend

Catherine Kane

9/14/16

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”  and her latest book “Magick for Pennies”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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Readers on Tumblr

Readers-we’re everywhere.

Catch these posts from readers on Tumblr

17 Tumblr Posts All Booklovers Will Feel in Their Soul

Catherine Kane

9/13/16

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

 

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A Different Way, per Richards (Inspiration)

Burning candle“Everybody’s got a different way of telling a story – and has different stories to tell.”

Keith Richards

Catherine Kane

9/12/16

For more information on Catherine’s books, “Adventures in Palmistry”, “The Practical Empath – Surviving and Thriving as a Psychic Empath”, “Manifesting Something Better”, “The Psychic Power of Your Dreams”, “Magick for Pennies” and her urban fantasy “The Lands That Lie Between”, all from Foresight Publications, click here

and for the new Kindle version of Manifesting Something Better, click here

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