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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Pre-Planning: Editing, Work Ethic, and Keeping it Together

"Summer is slowly approaching, and I'm gearing up to begin yet another productive interval. I've been revelling in the little free time I've had over the last month or so, settling in with my writing (and my editing) so that I can determine just how I'd want to spend the time I'd be traveling. I [...]