4 Reasons I Decided to Try Bullet Journaling

I’m not a journaler. I’m not good at it, and I feel like I never have enough time to sit down and write thoughtfully about my day. Usually, I prefer to spend my time on other things (like writing blog posts and stories. You know, stuff like that). Maybe you feel the same.

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I’d read about the benefits of keeping a journal, and tried off and on to do it, but it never stuck. Then I stumbled across the concept of Bullet Journaling. I’ll be honest—at first this concept intimidated me. It looked overwhelmingly complicated, and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to keep up with it. But I decided to give it a shot, and so far, I’m loving it—and I’ll tell you why.

Top 10 Underrated Soundtracks for Creative Inspiration

As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of soundtracks, both from movies and video games. I love the scope they provide for the imagination. Especially for writers of fiction, soundtracks can provide a great creative boost.

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I’ve shared some of my favorite scores in the past, but today, I did a little more digging through my files (and good old YouTube) to find some more obscure—yet underrated music. These are some of the best of the best that you’ve probably never heard of, so get ready to enjoy!

35 Unique Christmas Gifts Your Writer is Bound to Love

Thanksgiving is over and everywhere Christmas is in the air. You literally inhale it when you walk into a store: pine and cinnamon with a hint of vanilla spice. And that means it’s time to start thinking about gifts.

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Writers can be sometimes difficult to shop for. I mean, there are always notebooks and pens, but haven’t you done that every year? Maybe it’s time for something new—something a little more unique.

21 Non-Writing Activities to Boost Your Creativity

In the past, I’ve talked about how writing can become a grind, and why it’s sometimes a good idea to take a break. Even though it’s enjoyable, being creative is hard work. Sometimes you need to allow yourself to rest and refuel.

Non Writing Activities Sometimes people ask me how I manage to keep up with my blog. How do I always manage to write content on time? Where do I get my ideas? The truth is, I struggled with this until I learned how to take breaks. And I don’t mean “check-social-media” kind of breaks; I’m talking about real breaks. The “leave-the-computer” kind.

Are Blogs Important for Novelists?

I was at a conference a few weeks ago, and I ended up meeting a couple of other writers. We chatted about all sorts of different writing-related topics, and eventually, the topic of blogging came up. One of the authors I talked to had written two novels, but she didn’t have a blog. It surprised me. But what surprised me even more was when she said, “I just don’t know that blogs are that important for novelists.”

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 I wanted to say, “Hey, wait a second! You don’t understand!” But then I realized that I used to think the same thing. Are blogs really that important for novelists? What can authors of fiction even do with a blog? Is it worth investing time in when you’re already busy cranking out fiction?

How Guidelines Can Actually Help You Write a Better Novel

Have you ever just tried to sit down and write? Sometimes it works. You’re inspired, and you’re ready to rock and roll. Other times? Not so much. Even in the cases when you are inspired, it’s usually difficult to write for long (at least for me). Usually, and almost inevitably, inspiration runs out. You get stuck.

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Some people are great at writing without a plan. I, however, am not one of those people. I don’t even write my blog posts without a plan. Even people who prefer to write and just let the story take the lead will eventually find themselves stuck or confused. There are just so many rabbit trails to go down; so today I want to talk a little about how having guidelines for your story can actually make it better.

4 Reasons to Write Fanfiction

Some people think that writing fan fiction is a horrible waste of your time. Why write down someone else’s story when you could be writing your own—or doing something else productive? It might surprise you, but I disagree. Writing fanfiction can actually be a valuable way to spend your time.

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When I was younger, I was obsessed with Narnia. I mean thoroughly infatuated. After The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe came out as a movie when I was ten—(holy cow, how’d that get to be a decade ago?)—I delved into fanfiction for the first time. I wrote dozens of short Narnia fanfics. I even wrote a couple of novella-length stories. (Did I mention I was committed to this?) Some might say I wasted my time, but during that period, I learned that there are actually very good reasons to write fanfiction.