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. [...]

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 [...]

Readjusting to a Student Schedule: Writing Confessions and Maintaining Progression

Readjusting to a Student Schedule: Writing Confessions and Maintaining Progression

"I had been incredibly consistent during my four month long work term, and it had been such a wake up call to just how productive I could be if I utilized my time effectively. Though, now that my work term is over and I am back on campus to resume my studies, I find that [...]

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 [...]

Let’s Tackle This Week: A Late Monday Evening Check-In, and Lots to Be Done

"There is such thing as changing a bad habit, there is such thing as making progress you might not have seen possible prior to your efforts, and throughout your journey as a creative, there are a lot of things along the way to learn. I can certainly say that making the conscious effort to get [...]

The Problem With Perfectionism: “Forget the Rules, Just Write.”

Are You Making Progress? I do believe that outlining your novel is important because it delineates the way in which you see your story progressing, it encompasses the important attributes of your characters, and it gives you a reason to continue. Though, you have your plot all planned out, a visual of what your characters look like [...]

How I Manage My Stress, and How I Stay Productive

"Another productive Monday," she said as she finally began to feel like herself again. The feeling of finally being back on track is immeasurable, and I certainly missed feeling like I'm accomplishing things throughout the day. It's very easy to give into the impulses to do absolutely nothing, to waste the free time you actually do have, and to [...]

Utilizing Personal Experience and Letting it Feed Your Work

"For some time now I had been separating my writing from experience, and this resulted in feeling as though my work was turning out inauthentic. Recently, I've been allowing myself to check my fears, to utilize them, draw from them, and not apologize for what they've taught me. The question always remained, "What would people think when they [...]

An Inspiring Start to the Week and Redefining Writing Constraints

"Progress is an incredible feeling. The true start to a new project can redefine the way in which you respond to what you're putting out into the world. I remember when I first began thinking about starting anew earlier this month, and I knew that it had come a time now for me to just let go of any potential [...]