Bookstores, First Editions, and a Rekindled Spark

Bookstores, First Editions, and a Rekindled Spark

“There are times where a certain spontaneous moment can rekindle a spark we thought we may have lost, when it comes to our ability to exercise our creativity or simply to continue working on achieving our goals. This past weekend has been an eye-opening one for me, one I thoroughly enjoyed for it really has [...]

Lifestyle and Literature: A Weekend Away From Editing and How I Unwind

Lifestyle and Literature: A Weekend Away From Editing and How I Unwind

“My weekends are usually work free as well as worry free because I truly believe in the power of a recharge day (or days). However, as much as I love to take my mind off the work at hand, I can’t say I don’t think about it often. Even during the time I’ve set aside [...]

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.” [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

On Writing: Acting On Your Ideas and Dedicating Yourself to Hard Work

"Writing a novel is hard work, it takes dedication, commitment, and the will to continuously learn how to improve. Writing has become such a constant in my daily life, I can barely remember what it felt like to be without it. When it comes to putting the work in, or finding the time to write, it all [...]

Lifestyle and Literature: NaNoWriMo, Novels, and New Ideas

"Storytelling is the gateway to human existence - something I've included in a paper I wrote today in response to Richard Kearney's "Where Do Stories Come From?" and I must say that I rather enjoyed it. It put quite a lot into perspective when it comes to how I've viewed writing up until this point. [...]