Kevin J. Anderson’s Blog

i write. i make up stuff. i adventure hard, so you don’t have to.

Superstars Writing Seminar: How to BE a Writer

| November 29, 2010

Over the past months I’ve posted a handful of blogs specifically tailored for serious aspiring authors, including this current series on writing productivity.  If you have enjoyed them and are ready for a full-blown “boot camp” of the things you need to know to be a career professional writer, consider attending the second Superstars Writing […]

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Writing Productivity Tip #3—WORK ON DIFFERENT PROJECTS AT THE SAME TIME

| November 28, 2010

A series of eleven tips to help you get more time for writing, and to produce more writing when you do have time. This one works best for people with ADD, or low boredom thresholds!  (And it doesn’t work for everybody.) Each writing project has many phases: research, plotting, writing the first draft, doing the […]

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Writing Productivity Tip #2—DEFY THE EMPTY PAGE

| November 27, 2010

A series of eleven tips to help you get more time for writing, and to produce more writing when you do have time. In any project, the most difficult word to type is often the first one.  With a 500 page novel looming ahead of you, or even a 15-page short story, getting started can […]

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Rabbits & Typewriters: On Being Prolific

| November 25, 2010

“I could be a successful writer, too, if only I had the time.” I can’t tell you how often I’ve heard aspiring writers bemoan their lack of time, their inability to get any writing done with distractions, with family and work obligations.  Since it’s not likely anyone will give you any more time, in order […]

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Rabbits & Typewriters: On Being Prolific

| November 25, 2010

“I could be a successful writer, too, if only I had the time.” I can’t tell you how often I’ve heard aspiring writers bemoan their lack of time, their inability to get any writing done with distractions, with family and work obligations.  Since it’s not likely anyone will give you any more time, in order […]

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The Mathematics of Productivity

| November 24, 2010

Due to a confluence of deadlines, I found myself finishing three novel manuscripts in two weeks—The Key to Creation for Orbit/Hachette (172,000 words), The Sisterhood of Dune, with Brian Herbert, for Tor (161,000 words), and the second YA space adventure Star Challengers with Rebecca Moesta, for Catalyst.  Two solid weeks of 12-hour days, 7 days […]

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Stormtroopers and Star Challengers

| November 17, 2010

On Saturday, November 13, the Challenger Learning Center of Colorado Springs, CO, held a special event:  A moonbase simulation adventure open to the public (all available slots sold out a few days in advance), coupled with a book signing for the new Star Challengers novel, Moonbase Crisis.  June Scobee Rodgers, co-creator of the series and […]

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Writing Productivity Podcast & Catching Up

| November 15, 2010

There’s always a price tag on a trip. After returning from our 7-day trip to the United Arab Emirates and the Sharjah Book Fair, we had to make up for the lost work time.  We had delivered the manuscript for Star Challengers: Space Station Crisis from the hotel room in Sharjah, but now we had […]

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Writing Productivity Podcast & Catching Up

| November 15, 2010

There’s always a price tag on a trip. After returning from our 7-day trip to the United Arab Emirates and the Sharjah Book Fair, we had to make up for the lost work time.  We had delivered the manuscript for Star Challengers: Space Station Crisis from the hotel room in Sharjah, but now we had […]

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A Day at Work

| October 15, 2010

A few years after my first novels were published, David Brin asked me if I would collaborate with him on a short story.  At the time, David was at the height of his career, winner of numerous awards, a New York Times bestselling author, one of the most respected names in the field.  I, on […]

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