On Writing: Abandoning Story Structure and Finding a Focused Plot

On Writing: Abandoning Story Structure and Finding a Focused Plot

“I remember what it felt like, in the preparation stages of beginning a new project, asking enough of myself to be as creative as I possibly can. I remember how worried I had been in the beginning, worried about how the story would be perceived, how it would read to others. There had come a [...]

Productivity and Perspective: A Day to Recuperate, Readjust, and Reschedule

Productivity and Perspective: A Day to Recuperate, Readjust, and Reschedule

“Yesterday was not the start to the week I had been hoping for. I tried for quite some time to push myself to get things done, and it proved to be a lot more difficult than usual. I started to ask myself whether I’ve been getting enough sleep, whether I’ve been stressed out, and I’m [...]

A Perspective Change: Productivity Starts Now

A Perspective Change: Productivity Starts Now

“I woke up this morning to yet another snowstorm, and with the terrible weather comes the incredible urge to not be productive in the slightest (at least for a little while). However, as much as I’d like to remain in bed for the remainder of the day, there is still quite a bit of work [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

This Is Not a Writing How-To: A Few Words on Altering Creative Efforts

"For quite some time, I've posed the question whether I'd been down the right path exploring my creative processes, and whether it was something I was absolutely willing to put the time into. Recently, I've had this discussion with myself, because I was tired of fluctuating between maintaining a healthy level of productivity, and just not getting [...]