You must be ruthlessly honest with yourself, and only tell the truth, even when it is hard. Especially when it becomes hard. It is only where it is hard, that the opportunity to improve and develop your self-discipline arises.

Discipline is the whetstone that you use to sharpen the blade that you will use to slay the dragon.

25 minutes. That is how long it takes to attack a scene on the page. Just start! Put pen to paper for 25 minutes and the scene will come.

When the scene is done or the timer goes off, you can take a break knowing you did your best. And then in that bath of pride you can enjoy a well-earned respite.

Do it again.

25 minutes on, 25 minutes off.

Again, and again, and again, until the book is done.

Do not lie to yourself. You have 25 minutes today, right now. Drop everything else until your first 25-minute session is done!


This came about as a journal to myself. This is a series of tough love lessons that helped me on my own journey as an author.

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Struggling to make your writing dream a reality?
Can’t find the fire inside to finish that book?
Worried no one will want to read your book?

It’s time you Slay Your Dragon!
This is not another craft book. Or yet another, writer, writing about writing.
Slay Your Dragon: a Motivational Guide for Writers is a series of daily meditations from Nicholi A.K. Baldron.
This book was produced using his own personal journal of tough love feedback to himself.
Follow along and see what he told himself to become an international bestseller in Fantasy and Mystery.

WARNING: This book is not intended for those with a sensitive disposition, there are several other excellent books that are less blunt. Instead, I have published this for fellow authors like myself, who need to be called out for their possible hubris and sometimes thick-headed nature.

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