I am a very type “A” person. I also have ADD, so I tend to bounce around from project to project, furiously trying to get everything done. In the last year or so, I’ve learned that self-care is kind of key to my mental health and I’ve been learning more and more about what itContinue reading “Self-Care for Creative People”
Category Archives: Writing
Passion Vs. Skill
This is a struggle that many creators often face. The idea they want to write is so perfectly formed in their head and yet when it comes time to put pen to paper, the story doesn’t quite match what was in their head. It’s much rougher and not as fully formed as they would likeContinue reading “Passion Vs. Skill”
A Goal, A Plan – What Is The Difference?
I am a bit of a planning nut, so I tend to have daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly goals. Goals are fantastic and necessary if you want to work toward achieving something you have never done before. A few people do magically stumble into the career or life of their dreams, but they are the exception, notContinue reading “A Goal, A Plan – What Is The Difference?”
“What Do We Do Now?” – We Write. We Create. We Tell Our Stories.
Like many women around my age, I grew up totally in love with Legally Blonde. Elle Woods inspired me, because though many underestimated her and did not think she was smart enough to achieve her goals, she was determined. I have always had a bit of that contrary attitude in me. I think sometimes spiteContinue reading ““What Do We Do Now?” – We Write. We Create. We Tell Our Stories.”
How to Plot a Short Story That Will Satisfy Your Readers
I covered a bit of how I start stories in my Story Brainstorming blog post last year. When I write short stories, I use that template to get my brain going. Sometimes I start with characters and build from there, other times I start with theme and build the characters to suit. No matter whereContinue reading “How to Plot a Short Story That Will Satisfy Your Readers”
Don’t Flatter a Fickle Muse
I bet a lot of us have had a conversation about our “muse” or the “muse.” I recently was in one of those conversations myself, and it sort of surprised me what kind of advice was bandied about. Many professionals don’t wait for “the muse” or “flow” when they write, mostly because they can’t dueContinue reading “Don’t Flatter a Fickle Muse”
Opportunities – Sometimes, things have to fall apart so they can fall into place
I had some trouble sleeping last night, and as I chased the pillow, I was reminded of something that upset me a few months ago. Insomnia driven nights are never good times to contemplate failure, but I’m the kind of person that finds it difficult to get it out of my brain once the thought hasContinue reading “Opportunities – Sometimes, things have to fall apart so they can fall into place”
5 Tools to Boost Your Productivity
After nearly 3 years of writing and working as a freelancer, I’ve found good tools that keep me productive are essential. I think these tools can be helpful to just about anyone, from writers and artists, to people who work in a more traditional job. Most of these are tools I have used for aContinue reading “5 Tools to Boost Your Productivity”
Don’t Go Chasing Synonyms, Please Stick to the Words and Phrases You’re used to.
Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of article writing and editing for clients. I have been pulling out my thesaurus a lot, which always makes me think about times I’ve seen words in sentences where they don’t belong. I have spent a fair amount of time in online writing communities and writing-based roleplay communities. ForContinue reading “Don’t Go Chasing Synonyms, Please Stick to the Words and Phrases You’re used to.”
Who Tells Your Story? Women in Media
As a writer, I spend a lot of time studying storytelling. One of the main takeaways I’ve always gotten from many things I’ve read on storytelling, is that stories have to tell the truth in some way. Usually, these truths feel very personal to the author, which means they also have the chance of feelingContinue reading “Who Tells Your Story? Women in Media”