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A CREATIVE and PRODUCTIVITY STUDIO for WRITERS

A longtime avid reader, I wrote my first book in 2010, got my agent in 2012, and my first novel was published in 2013. Since then I've written more than forty romantic comedies and contemporary love stories. The only thing I enjoy more than writing a really good first kiss scene is sharing some of my knowledge and experience with other writers. I especially love talking about systems, process, and organization, as I believe being a full-time writer is about so much more than waiting for the Muse to show up.

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How to organize your manuscript and book files on your computer.

How to Organize Your Computer Files

How to get started with an author website?

Six Pages Every Author Website Should Have

What is a book stylesheet, and what information should you include?

A Book’s Stylesheet: Why You Need One

The best way to name your writing and book files to stay more organized.

Best Practices For Naming Files 

How to customize your Mac’s ugly Finder view.

How to Set Custom Folder Icons on Your Mac

The pros and cons of word count vs “time spent” for writing goals.

Daily Writing Goals: Measuring by Output or Time Spent?

How ten minutes of note keeping can save hours in the future.

Six Notes You Should Compile for Every Book