10 Ways to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

Only a few more days and then we’re off and running for this year’s National Novel Writing Month. It’s a fast-paced, intensive month of writing, and while you don’t have to write an actual novel, the goal is to hit 50,000 words.  My own first experience with NaNo allowed me to finish my first novel, The Golden Crystal, which is …

Nick Thacker10 Ways to Get Ready for NaNoWriMo

Gearing Up – NaNoWriMo and A Magic Potion Recipe

Are you ready? It’s almost here. The moment you’ve (probably not) been waiting for. Dust off those typewriters, update your copy of Scrviener, or sharpen those pencils… It’s almost time for NaNoWriMo.  As you probably have heard, NaNoWriMo stands for “National Novel Writing Month,” and it happens every year in November. It’s a grueling, 50,000-words-by-the-end-of-the-month competition against yourself. And if …

Nick ThackerGearing Up – NaNoWriMo and A Magic Potion Recipe

How to Hack Your Motivation: Part 1 – Why You Are Not Motivated

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I’m republishing this post from 2011 as a way of reminding myself to be more motivated… hopefully it helps you as well! Motivation is a tricky thing. I’ve heard it described as a “muscle,” meaning that like muscles, we need to exercise our “motivation” in order to increase its usefulness. Most of us suffer from instances of prolonged apathy or even …

Nick ThackerHow to Hack Your Motivation: Part 1 – Why You Are Not Motivated

Productivity Tool Box: 7 Hacks That Will Get You Writing Faster

Time management is an obstacle many writers face as they create their work schedules on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. It is important for freelance writers to develop these schedules based upon the deadlines imposed by their editors, as well as other work they may need to accomplish. For example, if a writer works outside their home alongside their …

Nick ThackerProductivity Tool Box: 7 Hacks That Will Get You Writing Faster

The “Secret” of Great Writing: Guest Post for Positive Writer

I’m blogging today at PositiveWriter.com. Bryan Hutchinson is a blogger and writer friend of mine, and he runs quite a blog on writing and staying productive. If you haven’t heard of the site yet, or haven’t visited, go check it out now! The post I wrote for his site is called The “Secret” of Great Writing,” and I think it’s an important …

Nick ThackerThe “Secret” of Great Writing: Guest Post for Positive Writer

You’re Too Stupid To Build A Platform

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I’m a bit miffed. I got an email the other day from a good friend, which quoted another email from a well-known writer and blogger. The quoted email was a response to a question this writer received, and the title of this blog post is the general theme of that response. Let me start slowly, to get you up to speed. …

Nick ThackerYou’re Too Stupid To Build A Platform

The Official Self-Published Book Marketing Plan

Note from Nick: This post is long. Like almost 4,000 words long. If you don’t want to read the whole thing on the blog, I’ve prepared a (FREE) downloadable report instead… just scroll down to grab it!  I remember when I finished my first book, a thriller called The Golden Crystal. I thought to myself, “this is it. I’ve done it. I …

Nick ThackerThe Official Self-Published Book Marketing Plan

How to Hack Your Sleep – Sleep Less, Do More, Feel Better: Part 3

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In the first parts of this series, we talked about why using and recognizing our natural tendencies as sleep-deprived humans can help us get more sleep, feel better, and get more done. Mostly, it’s through the use of naps, specifically and purposefully optimized and placed at a point in our day that provide us the benefits of the different sleep …

Nick ThackerHow to Hack Your Sleep – Sleep Less, Do More, Feel Better: Part 3

How to Hack Your Sleep – Sleep Less, Do More, Feel Better: Part 2

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In part 1 of this series, we talked about why using and recognizing our natural tendencies as sleep-deprived humans can help us get more sleep, feel better, and get more done. Sleeping is great, and looking at what we need out of it–namely, what benefits we’d like to receive from our sleep–we can use different times of the day to …

Nick ThackerHow to Hack Your Sleep – Sleep Less, Do More, Feel Better: Part 2