Productive Writing

A question I often get when I tell people I can write a chapter in about an hour is, “How do you write that fast?” The secret is not how fast I can write but how fast I can type. I find a lot of writers tell me they can’t produce material very fast because they have to stop and think. Think about what? If you don’t have your story firmly rooted in your mind when you sit down to write every day, it’s my opinion you don’t have any story at all. And by the way, you will always be able to think faster than you type unless you’re Superman.

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Win a Trilogy of Trilogies

If you’re a fan of science fiction and/or urban fantasy novels, you should read my newest favorite writer — Jay Posey. You should also sign up for his trilogy of trilogies contest. But hurry! You only have until July 29, 2015. Go to the contest entry page to sign up and to see additional ways to enter and win!

The trilogies include:

  • Tao by Wesley Chu

  • Nexus by Ramez Naam

  • Legends of the Duskwalker by Jay Posey

LastPass

As a programmer I get a lot of people who ask me to recommend different things for their computers (most assume because I’m a software engineer I know everything about computers, too). While I’m no computer engineer I’ve been working with them for 20 years so I’ve learned a thing or two, probably more than your average software programmer just out of college might know.

A common question I get is about password vaults (online, computer-based or otherwise). While I always recommend people use multi-factor authentication (MFA) whenever possible, for keeping passwords I like LastPass. It has a lot of nice features for a free, online password vault.

The Premium version, which is only $12 a year, includes a variety of  MFA for changing/accessing from your different computers, and can be used as an app on various mobile platforms (Android, iPhone, etc.). You can also then share links/passwords with other LastPass users even if they aren’t Premium users.

As always, do some comparison shopping to find what best suits your needs, but for what it’s worth LastPass is the one I like best.

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