On Writing: Breakfast, Branching Out, and Bettering the Book

On Writing: Breakfast, Branching Out, and Bettering the Book

“Expectations - as simple as they may be, they could be the very thing standing between you and your current goal. When it came to beginning the editing process for my novel, I had quite a lot of high expectations for myself, having the mentality of “I’ll fix it all later and it’ll be perfect.” [...]

Lifestyle and Literature: Flat Lays, Favourites, and For the Home

Lifestyle and Literature: Flat Lays, Favourites, and For the Home

“I said that this year, I wanted to expand my blog content a bit and talk a little about other aspects of my life that aren’t related to writing. So here I am, with a London Fog, sitting at my desk ready to talk about a few things that I’ve been rather enjoying lately. I’m [...]

Paying Attention to Your Words: Novel Editing, Restructuring, and Plot Development

Paying Attention to Your Words: Novel Editing, Restructuring, and Plot Development

“When I began editing my novel, I hadn’t the slightest idea where to begin. It had been quite a while since I’d edited something of that size, that required that much attention. It was like I was learning how to read my words all over again, like they were set down in front of me [...]

5 Daily Habits to Adapt this 2019: A New Wave of Productivity

5 Daily Habits to Adapt this 2019: A New Wave of Productivity

“I can safely say that this year has already been off to a great start, as I’ve managed to really plan out what I want to accomplish in a realistic manner as well as make ample progress to make sure that I am working towards each of those goals every day. It can be a [...]

Taking Action in 2019: Planning Ahead for a Productive Year

Taking Action in 2019: Planning Ahead for a Productive Year

By: STIL on Unsplash.com "These past few days certainly did not go as planned as I've been in bed with the flu, but now that I'm finally feeling a bit better I can get back to work - get back to that mindset of embracing this new wave of productivity I so long to maintain [...]

Lifestyle and Literature: The New Year Checklist, Content Creation, and a Fresh Start

Lifestyle and Literature: The New Year Checklist, Content Creation, and a Fresh Start

By: Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash.com "This past year has been an incredible one. I've learnt so much about myself, my capabilities, and what I truly want to gain from the year to come. My blog has been a launching pad for all of the dreams I'm still chasing every single day. I was able to write a novel last year that I am truly proud of, I found my center, my balance in life and there's not much more that I can ask for. Now, it's time to start thinking about what's next for my writing journey as I continue to edit my current novel and start preparing for the possibility of publishing. This year, I want to read a lot more books, I want to write and share a lot more content, and I want to talk about the things that I'm currently loving when there's something new to be excited about." Let the New Year bring more writing, more reading, and the ability to maintain the productive lifestyle that brings me so much joy. Towards the end of 2018, I haven't really been as active on here as I would've liked, and that is the first thing that I want [...]

Life After NaNoWriMo: Novel Editing, What’s Next, and Kickstarting a New Routine

Life After NaNoWriMo: Novel Editing, What’s Next, and Kickstarting a New Routine

By: Kari Shea on Unsplash.com "I have been away from the blogging scene for quite sometime, as for after NaNoWriMo, I decided to take a bit of time to dedicate to my book. After what seemed like ages, I'm finally ready to get back into a comfortably productive routine. While I've spent majority of the [...]

The Countdown to NaNoWriMo: Brainstorming, Outlining, and Learning My Characters

The Countdown to NaNoWriMo: Brainstorming, Outlining, and Learning My Characters

"The time is almost here to begin my favourite, and most fulfilling month (usually), and to embark on a new writing journey for myself. I have been working on my outlines, having frequent brainstorming sessions, all to prepare for NaNoWriMo. I am certainly looking forward to having a much more consistent writing schedule this year, as [...]

My Personal NaNoWriMo Prep Kit: Preparing to Reach the 50k Goal

My Personal NaNoWriMo Prep Kit: Preparing to Reach the 50k Goal

"I've never been one to have an in-depth plan when I begin writing a novel, and that has been one of my biggest setbacks when it comes to crossing the finish line. I read a few of my journal entries from this time last year, and I notice just how wildly unprepared I was for NaNoWriMo. [...]

Poetry: “In Her Shoes” + “Clockwork”

I N  H E R  S H O E S She tiptoed through weathered daydreams The unbidden delusion of gilded discord As it trifled her. Floored by fancy, by curtained naiveté  As it toyed with her. For she slipped, slithered, spiralled  As the floor beneath her caved. The taut lacings of satin ribbon unraveling  Forewarned [...]