Eleven Tips To Help You Be More Creative!


Creativity, Reading

Who wants more ideas? Who needs a brilliant thought? Who could stand a new insight? A fresh perspective? A story idea? Who needs more creativity? I know I do! I just wish I could turn on good ideas like I turn on the tap. It’s too bad our muse only shows up at inconvenient times […]

June 18, 2018

7 Gift Ideas for Writers


Inspiration, Uncategorized, Writer Swag

by Joanna Maciejewska Do you struggle with gift ideas for writers in your life? Years ago, shortly after I met my significant other, we talked about gifts and how hard it was sometimes to pick a perfect gift for a friend or a family member. He said then, “Getting one for you would be easy. […]

November 24, 2017

Filling Up That Uninspired Empty Feeling


Inspiration

  Feeling empty as an artist? When people say that you need to fill up, they are tapping into a well-loved metaphor about the artist. The artist, we’re going to assume, has a lot to say. They have emotions and connections, stories and accounts, worldviews and interpretations,  images and sentences. An artist pours out their […]

May 22, 2017

10 Writing Prompts To Help You Unstick Your First Draft


Creativity

Sometimes drafting that story stinks. You’re all excited in the beginning, you can’t stop writing! But somewhere you get stuck. And you may want to quit. Keep in mind, your purpose in writing the first draft is to just get the raw material of a story. You don’t have to create a masterpiece. You don’t […]

March 28, 2017

7 Defense Mechanisms You Could Give To Your Character


Character Development

You’ve picked out your character’s eye color, hair color, and favorite ice cream. You have even chosen their personality type, their deep dark secret, and deepest fear. You certainly haven’t ignored their greatest desire and figured out how their objective in the story works with, or against, this desire. So have you thought about adding […]

March 1, 2017

Even More Top Ten Emergency Writing Prompts for Nanowrimo!


#MondayBlogs, Craft, Creativity, Nanowrimo, Work-In-Progress, Writing Prompt

Last week I suggested ten emergency writing prompts for Nanowrimo. Here are 10 more! 1. Put your character in an actual emergency. Food allergies, car accident, flash flood, explosive plumbing, gas leak — none of these are planned. You don’t have to plan yours too. And even if it looks rather deux et machina -ish, don’t worry about […]

November 16, 2015