Unlocking the Secrets of the Bestseller

by C. K. MacLeod What are the ingredients of a bestselling novel? In the book The Bestseller Code: Anatomy of the Blockbuster Novel, Jodie Archer and Matthew L. Jockers use machine learning and a text-mining tool — the bestseller-ometer — to study the characteristics of the bestselling novel. What the bestseller-ometer reveals is specific and potentially… Continue reading Unlocking the Secrets of the Bestseller

Overcoming Procrastination with 3 Old-Tech Tools

by C.K. MacLeod Updated. Orginally posted August 7, 2012 at Beyond Paper Editing. Will you do almost anything to avoid writing? Take heart. Most writers face this struggle at one time or another. Many of them work at home with abundant distractions. Drab everyday tasks begin to look inviting when there is a blank page to face—there… Continue reading Overcoming Procrastination with 3 Old-Tech Tools

Tips and Tools for Staying on Track with Your Writing

by C.K. MacLeod Updated. Originally posted at Beyond Paper Editing. Writers have a lot to think about: writing, revising, editing, formatting, marketing, platform building, and the list goes on. In all this flurry of activity, it’s too easy to remember the task that is most important: writing! It’s becoming more difficult to focus on writing with everything… Continue reading Tips and Tools for Staying on Track with Your Writing

A Tool for Distraction-Free Writing

By C.K. MacLeod I rediscovered my QuickPad Pro in a recent office cleaning frenzy. It was squirreled away in a cupboard with an old VHS video recorder. A QuickPad Pro is an intelligent keyboard, designed for simple writing tasks. Circa Y2K, journalists reportedly hauled them overseas when lugging a 10 lb laptop was inconvenient, or finding a… Continue reading A Tool for Distraction-Free Writing