Writing can be mentally and emotionally draining. Writers experience periods of burnout, writing ruts, doubt, overwhelm, creative slumps, and dry spells. However, there is something all writers can do to stay grounded.
This week, I was reading over some of my past blog posts, and I realized that I write many posts as if you already have a story idea in mind. However, the truth is, many writers stare at a blank page or screen for hours trying to come up with the perfect story idea. Rest assured, it is effortless to come up with an original and satisfying story idea, and it involves very little frustration on your part.Read More
Today is Day Nineteen of NaNoWriMo. By this point, in order to be on track, a person must have written at least 31,673 words. This is also usually around the time where writers either have finished writing 50k words, are over the highway mark and are cautiously optimistic, or are wallowing in despair because they're behind and there's no way they can catch up with Thanksgiving looming on the horizon.Read More
We are now on day twelve of NaNoWriMo. How is your word count going? Last night I managed to hit the twenty-five thousand word mark, so I'm feeling pretty proud of myself. (I also have an idea for a new WIP using the epistolary genre that I've never seen done before that I want to try, but I'm trying to make myself focus on just one WIP at a time. #writingstruggles)Read More
I love goal setting. As a writer with a full-time job, I need to be balanced and set deadlines and goals in order to move forward and grow both in my professional career and my writing career. In the past, I would use a calendar to write monthly goals for myself from month-to-month but I've noticed that this usually makes me feel rushed, stressed, and often I don't end up meeting all of my goals. So, I've decided to take a page out of Kristen Martin's book and set bi-monthly goals from here on out. I've set ten goals for myself and in order to succeed, I would like to meet at least eight of these goals.Read More