Mark Noldy


Hello again!

This is the first post of my rebranded website. Previously, was a menagerie of my musings, but I have decided to focus more on my writing. Last year, I restarted Jeff Goins‘s Tribe Writers course… for like the fifth time! However, I recently made some changes in my schedule that have enabled me to do even more writing. I […]

Creating Order from Chaos

Although the headline was shamelessly stolen from the Literature and Latte ad copy for Scrivener, it comes the closest to describing what this writing tool has done for me. I’m not even close to using all the features yet, but I have found that I have far fewer papers and notes spread out over my desk. My favorite feature? The […]

First Killing the Hardest

I have been struggling to find time to write for months and months. Hell, years! I have had many story treatments with beats in Evernote for a long time. But I’ve had this partially written manuscript for even longer. (Yes, I’m talking about Samaritan.) Many times, I have gotten geared up, re-read (and edited) the story from the beginning. I […]

Why Am I an OCD Editor?

I read an awesome post on Michael Hyatt’s blog, “How to Successfully Self-Publish a Kindle eBook.” The first part of the writing process he calls the “Vomit Draft.” Getting all the words out on paper and tweaking in subsequent steps. My problem? I have been compulsively tweaking as I go. It’s a terrible habit, I’m sure. I am so used […]

3 Reasons I Wake Early

Some people think that getting up in the wee hours of the morning is for the birds. For years, I had gone to the gym to exercise at 4:30 every morning. I always felt too tired at the end of the work day to pump iron. So I turned it around and started exercising in the morning. Not only did […]