Writing in the Fast Lane

Nonfiction on Staying Balanced
Writing and Staying Sane, vicki hinze



Staying Balanced







Audio Version:



“Well, you did it to me again!  My Hi-liter went “Winchester” (out-of-ammo) and I had to break out a new one.  What a WONDERFUL book!  And not just for writers.  I read the book in two sittings.  I just could not put it down…”   

~Dick Brauer



Guidepost 1:  Courage

Guidepost 2:  Getting a Grip

Guidepost 3:  Flexible

Guidepost 4:  Fear of Success

Guidepost 5:  Develop Thick Skin

Guidepost 6:  Mind-set

Guidepost 7:  Define Your Mission

Guidepost 8:  Nurture

Guidepost 9:  Do the Right Thing

Guidepost 10:  Gratitude

Guidepost 11:  Know When to Quit

Guidepost 12:  Recognize Potential

Guidepost 13:  Start Wherever You Are

Guidepost 14:  Holding On Too Tightly Chokes

Guidepost 15:  The Big Picture

Guidepost 16:  Responsibility Isn’t a Coat

Guidepost 17:  Success IS in How You Play the Game

Guidepost 18:  Love “Em Through It

Bonus Section

Bonus 1:  Fragility of Life… and Death

Bonus 2:  Believe, Believe, Believe…

Bonus 3:  Surviving the Tough Times

Bonus 4:  Losing is Winning?

Bonus 5:  Life Interrupts

Bonus 6:  Sunshine, Cemeteries, Diamonds

Bonus 7:  Balance:  Writing, Obligations

Bonus 8:  New Year’s Day—Grace

Bonus 9:  Planning the Year Ahead

Bonus 10:  When Life Interrupts

Bonus 11:  Chances

Bonus 12:  If it Ain’t One Thing

Bonus 13:  Happy Birthday to Me

Bonus 14:  Lost Treasures

Bonus 15:  When I Grow Up…

Final Thought

©2010, Vicki Hinze

Life is magnificent, and it’s tough.
For writers and other creative people, sometimes it is worse than tough, particularly when we’re writing to sell—that’s writing in the fast lane.  We can lose our way or ourselves, forget who we are and why we are who we are.

Limping down an unclear path riddled with obstacles and land mines gets daunting even for the heartiest of writers.  We can get muddled and mired and confused—lost—and not even know it… for a time.  But eventually we do realize we’re lost, or that we’ve forgotten the reason we started writing in the first place, and then our basic instincts insist we find someone to blame.
And so we do.
We blame our publisher, our editor or agent; our spouse or kids; our in-laws, parents and/or siblings.  We blame a cover artist, a copyeditor, a critique partner, a peer–or, if necessary, a rushed salesclerk, a slow-moving driver or a harried postal worker.
We blame any and everyone except us.
But sooner or later, we hit the wall on blaming others and it pops us right between the eyes that we’re the ones doing the limping in the fast lane.

We’re the ones doing the rationalizing and the forgetting.  We’re the ones working hardest at making our lives most tough.  And then we’re astonished.
Why do we do this us?
More importantly . . .
How can we not do this to us?
Any writer or creative genius that wants a more fulfilled life can have one by:
1.  Thinking and making conscious decisions.
2.  Avoiding errors others have made because they got lost in the fast lane.
3.  Paying attention to those errors and consciously trying to avoid them constructively to preserve the human being in the writer.
4.  Exercising a little common sense and summoning your own inner courage.
You supply the courage.
The rest of the above is offered in Writing in the Fast Lane.



“Well, you did it to me again!  My Hi-liter went “Winchester” (out-of-ammo) and I had to break out a new one.  What a WONDERFUL book!  And not just for writers.  I read the book in two sittings.  I just could not put it down…”                                                                                                         — Dick Brauer


“Wow!  This hit authors where they live! This upbeat guide on surviving the emotional ups and downs of writing can’t be outdone.”   — Susan Johnson

NOTE:  This ebook is the 2012 updated and revised version of 2006 trade paperback release, Common Sense Guide for Writers.  The quotes that follow are on the 2006 edition, now out of print.

At the request of readers, I’ve updated and made the revised version ebook available on Kindle.

Magnolia Leaf Press
Aug 2012
Digital: ISBN:978-1-939016-03-4
Publisher: Magnolia Leaf Press (November 10, 2010)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Language: English

Audio:   11/2012
Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length: 5 hours and 2 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Vicki Hinze
Audible.com Release Date: October 16, 2012
Whispersync for Voice: Ready
Language: English

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