3 Must-Have Deadline Tricks

Here are the 3 Must-Have Deadline Tricks.  I call them Tricks because they help turn dreams into reality. 

These Deadline Tricks work not only for writers but for anyone tackling major projects.

Setting the Deadline is the first procedure that anyone starting a project must determine.

Every project has a deadline.

Very simply, a deadline means “When is this sucker due?”

For indie writers, their novels and stories and blogs could be due . . . whenever.  But “whenever” is NOT thinking like a pro. 

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Deadlines is Lesson 1 in Think like a Pro

And deadlines is One Scary Word.

How do we transform ourselves from hobbyist to professional?  How do we change the mindset that our Think like a Pro: New Advent for Writers by [Lee, M.A., Dunn, Emily R.]writing is for escape or entertainment?  If our goal is professional writer, how do we become a disciplined Pro?  The first lesson is Deadlines.

In our long “Winter of Discontent” with our writing, we need to follow the example of the crocus:  emerging from frozen snow to new life.

To help newbie writers achieve that goal, New Advent for Writers: Think like a Pro presents seven lessons as a guide for this transformation.  Like a two-hour seminar, these lessons will seem easy, but the practical application takes focus, persistence, and clear thinking.

Chapter 1 covers deadlines (One Scary Word).

The second chapter presents the importance of daily writing, or as Tolstoy kept on his desk: Nulla dies sine linea (One Latin Phrase).

Chapter 3 examines the models or patterns that every writer depends upon (One Guiding Decision) while Chapter 4 reminds us to learn from those who’ve gone before (One Ancient Greek).

In Chapter 5, entitled One Simple Injunction, the authors preach the great heresy of no excuses.

Chapter 6 (One Slice of Advice) explores how creativity can be sparked.

Chapter 7 discusses determination and resolutions.

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Autumn Spells, published Autumn 2017

The Green mage Saisha and Hethan, a master swordsman, find themselves entangled in a dark dame’s spells.

They are drawn together at a harvest festival.  They free a wounded Prica, a man cursed in the shape of a wolf.  Yet neither expects to see the other ever again.

Yet when Hethan returns to his home keep, a dark dame ensorcels him to track down a mage.  She wants to reincarnate herself in the mage’s younger body.

The dame’s dark spells bring them back together.  Can Saisha disentangle Hethan from the sorcery?  Or will she be trapped and turned into a wraith while the dark dame inhabits her body?       

Summer Sieges, available now

Honor and death? Or cowardice and life?  Stark choices, and not that easy.

For years, Beren had no trouble keeping to her oath of defending Caldew Keep’s lord and lady.  She relished her hard-won rise to the rank of warder, and she absorbed all the swordcraft her father, Caldew’s castellan, had to teach.  Then the Watrani horde, allied with the Gitane witches, invaded southern Mullen to begin their inexorable march to Caldew—for the keep guards the Eye, a crystal that can increase a mage’s power hundredfold, can free the Prica from their cursed wolf-shape back to their manhood, can trap sorcerers in stone—and free them again.

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