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 [...]

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. [...]

The First of NaNoWriMo Prep, Writing Efficiently, and Finishing Up the Current Project

"Time escapes us, and I've been working to decide where my writing efficiently fits into my daily schedule, in a way that doesn't feel daunting - in a way that allows me to enjoy the process entirely. With NaNoWriMo just around the corner, I really had to start thinking not only about what I am to [...]

It All Starts With a Finished First Draft: A Bit of Writer’s Inspiration For the Day

"I remember when I started the novel that I am currently working on, I remember how great it felt to start again, to challenge myself - to hopefully amount to a finished first draft. For a while prior, I had been at somewhat of a standstill, where I couldn't even fathom an ounce of consistency in my daily routine. Though, [...]

Lifestyle and Literature: Grab a Coffee, Let’s Take a Break

"Sometimes, we have uninspired days. Sometimes, we have tough days where we just can't seem to muster up the energy to get out of bed. It doesn't mean that we are slacking, nor does it mean that we've forgotten how important all of the work and goals we've cultivated mean to us. I've been trying not to [...]

5 Ways to Overcome Your Writing Fears: What’s Holding You Back?

"Around this time last year I was struggling to find a way to keep up with my work creatively. I was struggling to sit down to get a bit of writing done, whether that'd be a blog post or a few chapters of a novel I had been working on. I could not harness the creative energy necessary [...]

Lifestyle and Literature: Fall Decluttering and the Rundown on Getting Ready for the Season

"Fall is certainly my favourite time of the year. I feel a vast surge of inspiration overtake me whenever it starts to get just a tad bit cooler out. It is the time where I get my best writing done, where I feel ready and capable to explore new ideas, and in turn, create great content [...]