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 [...]

A Productivity Reset: Taking Charge of the Week Ahead

A Productivity Reset: Taking Charge of the Week Ahead

“I can certainly say that this week hasn’t been the most productive for me, and I have spent a lot of it worrying about all of the things I have not yet done. Though, every morning this week I’ve spent time pondering the things I can change in the coming days, so that I can [...]

Let’s Talk Productivity: 5 Habits I’ve Implemented That Actually Work

Let’s Talk Productivity: 5 Habits I’ve Implemented That Actually Work

“When it comes to maintaining a healthy level of productivity that works for you, it can be a bit challenging to see where you might want to improve. If you’re anything like me, it can start with not knowing where to start your workday, what tasks to finish first, what tasks “help” you stay motivated. [...]

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 [...]

On Writing: The Fight for Consistency and Content Creation

On Writing: The Fight for Consistency and Content Creation

“Falling out of a good routine happens to us all, and every once in a while we need to find a way to pick ourselves back up again in order to rebuild. However, there are times when it seems like every time we take a step forward, a few days down the line, we find [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]