3 Ways to Cope with Overwhelm

It's easy to get overwhelmed when you're trying to maintain a job, pay the bills, have strong relationships with people around you, take care of yourself and start a creative career. Hell, even trying to find time to write a journal can be complicated. But ignoring your creative urges will only lead to you resenting other aspects of your life, including your job and your relationships with other people. You have to carve that time out of your day--however small the chunk of time might be--in order to continue enjoying life. Luckily for you, there are hundreds of articles about time management and scheduling. Of course, creating a schedule that gives you time for creativity doesn't prevent overwhelm. In fact, depending on how much time you schedule for creativity--and how rigid the…
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5 Things to take away from your Nanowrimo experience

Inspirational, Nanowrimo, Writing
Whether or not you've actually finished your novel--and I certainly haven't--Nanowrimo is now officially over. Hopefully you spent yesterday basking in your Nanowrimo glory(I personally spent it sick as a dog), because now it's time to think about December and 2014. The best way to figure out what you should be doing over the next few weeks and into the new year is to start by looking at where you are now. Take a look at your experience last month and figure out the following things: 1. How much you can write in a day with focus-- this helps you set realistic goals. During Nanowrimo odds are you really pushed yourself. What's the most you can write in a day you've set aside on the weekend? What's the most you…
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Summer Schedule and Vote on a New Blog Name

Blog Stuff
As I mentioned on Friday, there are going to be many changes around here over the next few months. The first thing to change will be the schedule. For the next two weeks, I will continue at three posts per week. This week I will be writing all three posts myself. On Friday I'll be introducing the ebooks I plan to release this year. Next week I'll be choosing a blog name and a great article about book tours by Joelle Fraser will be going up. After that there will only be two posts per week, on Mondays and Fridays. There will be occasional interviews and guests when people approach me, but I simply don't have the time to find contributors anymore. I will always accept articles from other writers,…
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Writing Goals: Focusing on What You’re Doing rather than What you Should be Doing

Novels, Writing, Writing: The Process
I am always working on writing more, on devoting more time to my craft. I am not the best at self discipline. I do love my craft. I also love my friends, of which I have many, most of whom live quite a distance from me. It is very easy to get dristracted by friends or by one of a million other things. It is hard to balance school, writing, and all of my friendships. I have tried many times to create a writing schedule. I have tried to designate three or four hours of my day to writing. I have tried just saying that I would spend an hour every day writing. I have tried all kinds of things; most of them have failed. This year, instead of spending…
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