#atozchallenge Z is for Zee Endz

ZeeEndWell, I’m not making up a Z post for the sake of it. It’s been a long and windy journey, and if you’ve arrived at Z via the #AtoZChallenge, I congratulate you on your perseverance. It’s been a tough journey for all the bloggers, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing out these posts, and doing the rounds of reading others.

This post will simply work as an appendum, containing a list of all the references, links, and books I’ve used in this A-Z post series on Writer’s Core Habits. But first – a video…

I’m from New Zealand so can say it’s Zee Endz, Surlyz?

One of my favourite kiwi groups from way back was Split Enz – Neil Finn then went on to form several other groups such as Crowded House, along with some Aussies, some Americans, and brother Tim Finn. To this day, ‘Don’t Dream it’s Over’ remains one of my all time favourite songs. But here’s a little bit of Split Enz reformed later on, doing ‘History Never Repeats’.

All the References, Books and Links in One Place

Links and References

Tools Mentioned
  • write.jpgSubliminal Power – An app which flashes affirmations I’ve chosen for myself onto my computer screen every few seconds. I’ve written of my experience with affirmations and Subliminal Power in this post.
  • 750words.com – If you want a safe online environment and are motivated by things like collector badges and line graphs of your daily accomplishments, then you may like to consider 750words.com for daily writing.
  • Evernote – a database app that works across all platforms, and which I use to store my growing curration of research materials, electronic notes, journal notes, links, and clippings.
  • Penultimate app takes handwritten notes and synchs through to Evernote.
  • Paper by FiftyThree– a painting handwriting app.
Websites, Blog Posts and References Used

Downloads / Resources / Free and Purchased Items


Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way The Writer’s Workout: 366 Tips, Tasks, & Techniques From Your Writing Career Coach
Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? Seth Godin, The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?
Chris Baty, No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Jill Badonsky, The Nine Modern Day Muses (and a Bodyguard) Third Edition Mark Forster, Do It Tomorrow and Other Secrets of Time Management
Eric Maisel, Write Mind: 299 Things Writers Should Never Say to Themselves (and What They Should Say Instead Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within (Shambhala Library)
Rochelle Melander, Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (And Live to Tell About It) Rachel Aaron, 2k to 10k: Writing Faster, Writing Better, and Writing More of What You Love
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention Sonja Lyubomirsky, How of Happiness
Sage Cohen, The Productive Writer: Tips & Tools to Help You Write More, Stress Less & Create Success Brian Tracy, Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
Leo Babauta, Focus: A simplicity manifesto in the Age of Distraction Leo Babauta, Zen To Done: The Ultimate Simple Productivity System
Regan Black,Goal Setting for Writers: Making Revisions Work in Life and Art David Allen, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Hugh MacLeod, Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity Roger Von Oech, Creative Whack Pack
Micheal Michalko, Thinkertoys: A Handbook of Creative-Thinking Techniques (2nd Edition) Betty Edwards, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
Daniel Mega, Writing On The Right Side Of The Brain Workbook Monica Wood, Pocket Muse 2: Endless Inspiration for Writers
Bonnie Neubauer, The Write-Brain Workbook: 366 Exercises to Liberate Your Writing Brian Kiteley, The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises that Transform Your Fiction
Lynn Johnston, The Kaizen Plan for Organized Authors: Take Control of Your Writing Career 10 Minutes at a Time Robert Maurer, One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way
Francine Prose, Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (P.S.) Jim Benson, Personal Kanban: Mapping Work | Navigating Life
Roy Peter Clark, Help! For Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces David Lynch, Mind Mapping for Writers: How to Improve Productivity, Overcome Procrastination, Get Creative and Finish Writing That Book – Using Your Lack of Focus as an Advantage
Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich Francesco Cirillo, The Pomodoro Technique
Ernest Lawrence Rossi, The Twenty Minute Break: Reduce Stress, Maximize Performance, Improve Health and Emotional Well-Being Using the New Science of Ultradian Rhythms James Scott Bell, The Art of War for Writers: Fiction Writing Strategies, Tactics, and Exercises
Susan K Perry, Writing in Flow: Keys to Enhanced Creativity Nick Usborne, Writing Rituals
Richard St John, 8 to Be Great: The 8-Traits That Lead to Great Success Richard St John, The 8 Traits Successful People Have in Common: 8 to Be Great
Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative Lee Silber, Time Management for the Creative Person: Right-Brain Strategies for Stopping Procrastination, Getting Control of the Clock and Calendar, and Freeing Up Your Time and Your Life
Terri Main, Time Management for Writers Kristi Holl, Writer’s First Aid: Getting Organized, Getting Inspired, and Sticking to It
Laura Vanderkam, 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think James Scott Bell, How to Manage the Time of Your Life (Short Subjects With Big Impact)
Francine Prose, Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (P.S.)

This is the final post for April 2013’s Blogging from A to Z Challenge.  The challenge includes many other blogs on subjects as diverse as writing, foodie blogs or mummy blogs.

This blog post is part of a themed series or pack on Writer’s Core Habits. I acronym this as WCH or WCHP © . Do a search for these tags, and you will find more in the series. Or now, find all the posts together from the Core Habits category and menu above.

Thank you for all the new followers, commenters and those who participated on my blog, and kept me inspired enough to write for 26 days during April.

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12 thoughts on “#atozchallenge Z is for Zee Endz

  1. You won’t believe the number of notebooks I’ve bought because of this idealistic vision of an Ideas Inventory (they’re all still blank)! But your ideas definitely give this project a little more structure. I shall attempt this again soon!

  2. I have notebooks everywhere. In my car, my bedside table,kitchen drawer,in every handbag I own.I’m sure if I put all of my notes together, there’s a book or ten in there 🙂

  3. Split Enz are just SO iconic, SO Kiwi, and absolutely perfect to finish the A-Z challenge with! Cool.

    Congrats on finishing the challenge. And thank you for compiling everything in an appendium – something to bookmark & return to.

    I have to go off and listen to more Split Enz now… :-).

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