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The 15-Minute Writer: The Ultimate Productivity Hack

Write more, build your business, be more productive
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Do you know how I've found the time to write 30 books, hundreds of magazine articles, develop 11 online courses, create more than a half-dozen commercial webinars, and consistently increase my income? By finding small chunks of free time that I sandwich between real-life "have-to's".

"Nancy is a wealth of ideas about how to get more out of the small bits of time that can be easily wasted. I can see now how I will be able to progress towards some very large goals. Thanks!" Bruce Myron

If you have a real life - and I hope you do - your days are probably filled with

  • kids
  • cooking
  • email
  • eating
  • work
  • Facebook
  • play
  • appointments
  • sports
  • friends
  • driving

What you DON'T have is four to six hours of free time every day to just sit down and quietly write . . . even though you want to write a book, make more money with your writing or start a freelance business.

If this sounds like you, The 15-Minute Writer is exactly the right course for you. In this course you'll discover just how much you can get written in 15 minutes. And you'll be shocked at how those 15 minutes can add up over a week, month or a year. (Hint:Yes, you can write a novel using this technique). The reality is: the more you write the more your income can increase.

Don't spin your wheels if you don't have hours of free writing time because you really can accomplish more than you imagine in just 15 minutes of writing daily.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for writers (and wannabe writers) who have limited free time
  • No prior knowledge of productivity hacks is required
  • This course is for writers who want to increase their income by writing more
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What Will I Learn?
Increase writing productivity
Increase income by writing more
Achieve writing goals in 15 minutes a day
Learn how to maximize 15 minute periods of "free time"
Experience more than 10 ways of utilizing 15 minute time periods
Maximize writing productivity in 15 minutes a day
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  • An interest in writing
  • A desire to make more money by being more produdctive
  • 15 minutes a day
  • An openness to having fun with writing!
Curriculum For This Course
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Watch These First
2 Lectures 03:37

Everone has a theory about being more productivity - from eating the frog, using Pomodoro, the matrix and the just say no approach. Learn why I don't think any of these work!

Preview 03:37

What Do You Want to Accomplish?
3 Lectures 06:15

Before your begin this course, take 10 minutes and write a list of your big goals, i.e. write 10 books.

The Big Goal

Your micro-goals list will be the foundation for your 15 minute list


This one question will help you decide which tasks to add to your 15 minute list.

The One Question
15 Minutes Will Get You . . .
3 Lectures 09:09

Creating a 15 minute list is one of the KEY components to your increased writing productivity.

Preview 04:15

Time to get started making your 15 minute list. Follow directions in the lecture to be sure you're adding the "right" types of tasks to your list.

Create Your 15-Minute List

If you don't think you have 15 spare minutes . . . watch this lecture and see how many spare minutes a day you really do have.

Preview 01:26
15 Minute Ideas
11 Lectures 41:32
List Blog Ideas


Create an Outline

Projects Have Micro-Parts

Book Titles

Write Your Novel or Non-Fiction Book

Silence the Editor

Play the Bracket Game

Write a Poem

Free Write (and my confession)

Daily Journal
3 Lectures 01:36

Download this Excel spreadsheet to track your 15-minute word count. The spreadsheet will automatically keep a running total of your words and your minutes spent writing.

What's Next? Getting All Excel-y!

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About the Instructor
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"If you ever struggle with how to find time to write or to make use of the time you have, this course will give you SO many ideas and practical strategies. Nancy is so easy to listen to. You feel like you're sitting in her study having a little chat, and she is sharing gems she has learned as a lifelong writer." Dan Grandstaff, Student

As a life-long freelance author, I've worked on some of the most amazing projects you can imagine. My clients have included top notch achievers in such diverse industries as aerospace, medicine, housing, finance, military, education, publishing, collecting, history, and many, many more.

As a writer, I've interviewed deep sky astrophotographers, CEOs, renewable energy experts, artists, and highly successful consultants – and I hold back nothing in my Udemy courses.

Would you like to earn extra money while writing short online blog posts or articles?

Would you enjoy creating photographs that your friends won't believe come from an iPhone?

How would you like to discover the ease of finding online writing gigs that could launch your own fulltime career?

Would you like to learn how my creative work has supported me full-time?

See my Udemy courses – and you, too, can be doing all of this!

I live in the “World's Finest City" – San Diego, California, where I enjoy year-round beautiful weather while working on my creative projects I frequent the city's many excellent coffeehouses and fine restaurants. It's a good life.

Why should you listen to me?

Published Books

I've written 29 books on topics ranging from astronomy to history, technology, photography and writing. Google my name over on Amazon and you'll see the wide variety of my published books. I'm currently writing a travel series to document in words and photos the trips I've made to some of the most historic and remote backroads of America.

Magazines & Web Content

I've written hundreds of magazine and web articles, including History Magazine, techEdge, ID, Writer's Digest, The Writer, San Diego Parent, Today's Collector,, Personal Journaling, and Laptop. My photographs have appeared in the pages of I.D., Astronomy, History, Family Tree Magazine, Personal Journaling, Sky & Telescope, and many more.

Ghostwriting & Ghostediting

My successful ghostwriting projects include books on coins, health, philosophy, Irish history, Russian philosophers, and business success.


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