5 Everyday Habits to Fight Internet Addiction

Recently, I talked about the prevalence—and damage—of internet addiction in our society. Over-stimulation of our minds on a daily, even hourly basis can act as a major handicap to our creativity and mental focus. If we want to make an impact with our art, it’s important that we address this problem.

Everyday Habits

Lately, my husband and I have been taking steps to fight our own social media addictions. It’s just so easy to click over to Facebook—or worse, leave the tab open while attempting to work on other things. It’s frustrating and depressing to reach the end of the day, only to look back and realize that you did nothing but waste time, so today I want to talk about five simple, everyday habits you can employ to help fight internet addiction in your own life.

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.

5 Reasons Every Creative Should Have Instagram

As creative people, social media is one of our greatest resources. Whether you write, sing, draw, or blog, social media is a must if you want to share your gifts with others.

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As I’ve built my own social media presence, I’ve learned—and continue to learn—a lot about the different platforms, their functions, and their benefits. And somehow, I always come back to Instagram. The more I use it, the more I realize: it is the number one platform for creative people.

10 Reasons Why I’m Geeking Out About Periscope (And Why You Should Be Too)

I don’t normally geek out about things. I mean, let’s just be honest; I’m not that techy, and it takes me months to download updates for my computer or my iPhone. Most of the time, I really don’t care that much. And frankly, Periscope was the last thing I ever thought I’d geek out over.

10 Reasons Why I'm Geeking Out About Periscope

For those who don’t know, Periscope is a live-broadcasting social media site that is integrated with Twitter. It allows you to keep up with the people you follow in real time, which is pretty dang cool. If you haven’t already, you should check it out—especially if you are a blogger or entrepreneur.

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.”

Are Blogs Important for Novelists

 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?

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.