And the Award Goes to…

Perseverance! Every year I watch the Academy awards and listen to all the speeches about not giving up on your dreams. No matter how many obstacles are in your way—whether it’s time, money, people, or self-doubt—just keep on believing! The words would shoot sparks of creative motivation through my body and I’d be inspired to start a new project or …

You Probably Think This Post is About You

Often I’m asked where I get ideas for a blog post, novel, screenplay, etc. While there are many sources available–from writing prompts online to offering an opinion on current events–I tend to find more inspiration from this thing called, life. Writing about what I know has many advantages: 1. I don’t need to check my sources, only my scrapbooks. 2. …

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The 3 Stages of Editing

There are many ways to go about editing a piece of writing, and writers should find the process that best works for them and their style. Though some may highly disagree, I edit while I write. I know, I know. You may have heard that the best way to write is to get all your ideas down first without even …

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A Day in the Life of This Writer

For a writer working on a novel, a day off isn’t necessarily a day off. There’s always something to do. Research, writing, and rewriting becomes more important than binge watching shows and napping all afternoon. At least it should be more important. Recently, I took a day off in the middle of the week. Let’s see how it went, shall …

Back on track, for real

As new writers can understand, it can be difficult staying on track with your writing. Some of my teachers may think I’m making excuses, but I like to call it making new goals.  February may have been a post-free month here, but it was filled with new transitions. One of the biggest ones was going from unemployed to fully employed.  …

Wavering Wanderlust

Maybe it’s because traveling to five different countries in five weeks quenched my thirst for travel, but I don’t have the same burning desire to wander the globe as I did before.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s still a lot of world I want to see, but I don’t feel rushed to pack it all in like I did last …

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Just Keep Writing, Writing, Writing

Still trying to find a balance between writing and travel. With all the travel planning for my round-the-world trip coming up at the end of the month, I must admit I have slacked a bit in writing. However, now I feel I’m back on track with multiple queries out to agents and publishers for my children’s books and articles. I’ve …

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Freelance Fancy Pants

Freelance sounds so freeing. Make your own hours, have your pick of jobs, live the dream. All of this could very well be just that–all a dream. Today was my second official day of unemployment, which I would prefer to call “self-discovery.” One thing I did discover is that I’m much lazier when I stay in pajamas all day, what …

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Let’s Start at the Beginning

The Beginning After spending a weekend at the Chestnut Hill Book Festival, I feel much more inspired and motivated to write. I’ve also never had so many people tell me to start a website, Facebook page, blog, and twitter as I did in those 48 hours, so this is me taking their advice! However, with all the social media I’ve …