Russel Blake’s Craft Tip #3 – How To Write More, Faster

Craft Tip #3 – How To Write More, Faster

An inspiring post from crazy-productive indie novelist Russel Blake. Read it all!

My favorite is Tip #10:

The power of questions: Ask yourself, “How can I make this the best chapter I have ever written, and be excited and have fun doing it?” before you sit down to write. Asking yourself questions that empower you determines your perception of what you do, and will affect how you do it.

Ask good questions.

“How can I turn out the best book I’ve ever written and do it in less time than I dreamed possible while enjoying the process” gets you a different answer than “Why can’t I keep up with those other authors” or “What am I thinking even doing this?” If you believe you can, you’re right. If you believe you can’t, you’re right. If you believe, “I’ll find a way,” you’ll have a different career than “This will never work.”

Craft Tip #3 – How To Write More, Faster.

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Saving libraries and the culture of reading

LIBARARYI was reading about the death of bookstores and the lamentation of the masses, who will no longer have a place to meet, talk, and browse novels before going home and buying them on Amazon.

Someone mentioned libraries should take their place; the mission of a library, after all, is to provide a central repository for books and, by extension, a place for people to read them, talk about them, and enjoy them. Read more ›

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Placing Literature

I was recently invited to take part in a very cool website,, where authors (and readers) are encouraged to map each scene of their books on a real-world map.

The map is integrated with every other entry, so you can see CJ Lyons’s cool settings outside of my boyhood home, Pittsburgh, or even historical characters like Mark Twain.

I’m featured from August 15 – September 15, so if you get a chance, go take a look at my entry for A Reason to Live! I describe the scene, setting, and little behind-the-scenes tidbits when I can.

podcastAlso, Tim Knox of was kind enough to do a 10 minute podcast interview on behalf of Placing Literature. We cover the importance of setting in my particular brand of fiction. You can listen to it here.

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Posted in My Books & Titles, The Journey

Speed, Literature, and Success


I had a conversation recently with some indie writer friends and we were comparing notes on how to write faster and better. Two of them are following a particular method (Book in a Month) that shuts off your inner editor and gets down to the nuts and bolts of putting words on a page. Read more ›

Posted in Craft, Deep Thoughts

A bevy of author blogs

Nice little round-up of blogs authors of all stripes, indie and trad alike, should be following. By Mick Rooney,

Posted in Epublishing News

What do cooking and writing have in common?

A nice little observation in the Harvard Business Review combining Anthony Bourdain, business, and–in my case–writing. First found on The Passive Guy, but visit HBR for the original!


How to Spend the First 10 Minutes of Your Day

If you’re working in the kitchen of Anthony Bourdain, legendary chef of Brasserie Les Halles, best-selling author, and famed television personality, you don’t dare so much as boil hot water without attending to a ritual that’s essential for any self-respecting chef: mise-en-place.

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Sisters in Crime – Dropping the Ball

sincAs a member of the mystery writers group Sister in Crime (SinC, for short), I receive a monthly email update called Sinc Links, a kind of round-up of things that affect the publishing and writing world in general, and mystery writers in particular. Many indie authors (myself included) are members of SinC. So I was surprised at the tone and content of SinC’s latest email. Read more ›

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