SJ Duncan


The Tipping Point Blog

Why The "Tipping Point"?



It’s April 24th. I'm in a hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona, drinking coffee and starting a new novel. BASH came out Friday, and my other two books are steadily gaining traction. Life is good.


I’ve been posting here weekly-ish since January, and one thing I haven’t yet covered is the blog’s title. Want to do that now? Let's do that now.


So, why the “Tipping Point?”



How to Survive the End of Your Novel



It’s 6 AM, April 10th, 2017.


BASH is set for release in 11 days.


And I’m a little stressed out.




Now, if you were to ask me what, exactly, is stressing me. . .



A Million Trillion Things I Still Need To Do



It’s crunch time.





If we’re going to make the April 21st release date for Bash, I have to submit the finished files by Friday. It’s Tuesday night as I’m writing this. I’m only. . .



I Can't Tell You About It



I can be a jerk.


Not usually. Like right now, I’m cool, we’re chatting. But when I’m working on a new book and people ask what it’s about, that’s when I can be a little bit jerky.


I don’t mean to, but here’s the thing: I learned a long time ago that the surest way to kill a story is to. . .




Why I (Probably) Won't Sign With A Major Publisher



First, I meant to have this post up like a week ago, but the Bash deadline is looming and I had perfectionist stuff to do, and so here we are.


Second, I'm starting a vlog on Youtube, but not today, so more on that later.


Third, why I (probably) won't sign with a major publisher.



Deadlines Are Such Fragile Things



I'm behind schedule.


10 Things Successful People Do


I'm a nerd for motivation. Being a writer requires a tremendous amount of self-starting and stick-to-itiveness. Nobody's going to make you stay in the chair. Nobody's going to make you finish what you start. Nobody (including you, half the time) even knows how to finish what you've started.




Thus, the need for constant motivation.


And therefore, this list, in some particular order, to an extent. . .