Don't Let These Excuses Keep You From Writing

Don't Let These Excuses Keep You From Writing

So many of us are called to write, and that calling can show up in a variety of forms. It can be a soft calling to journal once in a while to collect our thoughts or document the day, it can be a stronger calling to share a blog with our audience and to write about topics for our work and expertise, it can be a gut-wrenching calling that writing is our one true vehicle for expression in this life and that being a writer is our heart’s purpose on this earth. Wherever you are on the writing calling spectrum, my wish for you is that you answer that call. Don’t let these excuses get in the way.

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To Read: Colum McCann’s Letters to a Young Writer

To Read: Colum McCann’s Letters to a Young Writer

One autumn when my sister was visiting me from Colorado, a writer and avid reader herself, we went to McNally Jackson to see our favorite shared writer, Colum McCann. Bedecked in his signature loosely-wound scarf, McCann began to speak as a few dozen people gathered in the basement amongst wooden bookshelves and the sweet smell of paper and espresso. It was a special and memorable evening to me, simply because I was in the presence of a person who had touched my life without even knowing it, as many authors do.

Trust me, friends, read this book if you want to write.

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Fall 2018 Journal Prompts

Fall 2018 Journal Prompts

The air is getting crisp, the pumpkins are out at the grocery store, and all I want to do is bake bread. It must be fall! The change of each season is a natural time to turn inward and see where you are. Use these journal prompts below as a starting point to get writing and reflecting this autumn.

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Spring 2018 Journal Prompts

Spring 2018 Journal Prompts

With the weather warming and the tulips adding color to neighborhood gardens, I always feel a burst of energy and a sense of renewal, don't you? Spring makes me want to air out my house, clean my linens, go through my closet, clean out my email inbox, and get a fresh take on things. It's a great time to reflect, and to think about what we all want to invite into our lives in this new season. Use these journal prompts to get the wheels turning on where you are in your life, and where you want to go.

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How and Why to Build a Writing Practice

How and Why to Build a Writing Practice

Writing is such a rich, creative practice to cultivate. Just like anything you want to be good at, writing takes time and effort. Building a regular writing practice will not only increase your productivity as a writer and make you more prolific, but it will also make you a better writer, simply because you are writing more and more often. Follow these 3 tips to start writing today.

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5 Ways to Boost Your Creativity

5 Ways to Boost Your Creativity

Whether you are working long hours behind a desk all day, busy as a mom or as a spouse, or simply dealing with whatever else life throws your way, it can be really challenging to find time in your schedule, especially daily, to foster your creative self. Creativity can come in so many forms, but at the core of it is just doing something that uses your imagination and stimulates you. If you have been itching to get started on a creative project or are just in a creative slump, try these 5 simple tips to boost your creativity.

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Add Morning Pages to Your Daily Routine

Add Morning Pages to Your Daily Routine

Have you heard of morning pages? It's simply spending some time first thing in the morning to do some stream of consciousness journaling. It is a wonderful ritual to enhance your creative flow and increase your clarity of thought. Here are my tips for integrating this practice into your life. 

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