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Gracefully Accepting Criticism

Criticism is a hard pill to swallow. But just as it is important to give criticism constructively, it is important to receive criticism gracefully, even when you don’t ask for it. Because criticism can be your greatest catalyst for growth, here are some ideas for taking criticism gracefully and what to look for in criticism… Continue reading Gracefully Accepting Criticism

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Productivity for Creatives

Enhancing Creativity Through Physical Fitness: Results Edition

The results are in! August went by faster than I anticipated, and now it is time to come back to talk about how my experiment to track the effect of exercise and good eating on my creativity. What I Did For those who are just now tuning in, I attended a panel at a writing… Continue reading Enhancing Creativity Through Physical Fitness: Results Edition

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Constructive Critiques

Giving and receiving critiques is a critical part of the writing process. It is the secret sauce that helps writers take their prose from rough drafts to best sellers. It is a way that we, as writers, can support each other in our common goal of improving our craft and our work.  Giving other writers… Continue reading Constructive Critiques

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Bullet Journaling for Writers

Finding a good planner for writing can be a struggle. I looked for years and couldn’t find one that worked well with what I needed as a writer. And truth be told, I didn’t really know what I needed as a writer because I was (and still am) trying to figure out my process. I… Continue reading Bullet Journaling for Writers

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Productivity for Creatives

Distraction Journaling: Increase Your Focus

Focus is a precious resource. There is only so much of it to go around, it can be elusive and difficult to maintain, and yet it is vital in getting things done. Many people struggle to hold it, me being one of them. I frequently get sidetracked when I’m working on projects that need deep… Continue reading Distraction Journaling: Increase Your Focus

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Controlling Your Free Time

What does it mean to control your free time? For me, the idea of controlling my free time has long meant doing things I like to do in the spaces between my external obligations. But I recently learned that my perception was wrong, and I wanted to share with you some concepts from Laura Vanderkam’s… Continue reading Controlling Your Free Time

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Enhancing Creativity Through Physical Fitness

Lately, I’ve been thinking about the connection between body and mind, specifically as it relates to taking care of the body to enhance or enable creativity. I have set stretch goals for my writing this month, and will need every advantage I can give myself. The last time I set crazy goals like this was… Continue reading Enhancing Creativity Through Physical Fitness

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Book Review: The Selection Series (Books 1-3), by Kiera Cass

It has been a while since I posted a book review! I've had difficulty reading books on my To Be Read list because of the COVID-19 library closures, so I’ve mostly been trawling through old favorites on my bookshelf. But recently, I’ve started borrowing books from one of my good friends who has an extensive… Continue reading Book Review: The Selection Series (Books 1-3), by Kiera Cass

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Planned Neglect: The Art of Acting Like You Want It

How do you know how important something is to someone? It’s not how much they talk about it, for sure. People can talk about things till they are blue in the face, but that doesn’t mean it is a priority for them. The real test of importance comes when people do something about it.  The… Continue reading Planned Neglect: The Art of Acting Like You Want It

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The Mental Game of Writing Your First Book

My dear friends, I have finally achieved one of my longest held life dreams.  I. WROTE.  A BOOK!  I typed “the end” on DEMON FALL on June 27th and was happy with my last two chapters on July 3rd. I can’t even describe how good it feels to finally join the ranks of people who… Continue reading The Mental Game of Writing Your First Book