I've been loving this chalkboard trend. I decided to make a couple of my own with some favorite quotes. If you like the quote, feel free to download it and use it! (I also have a slightly bigger version, if…
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’d know one of the biggest obstacles in my life is my health. Like any good writer, I have daily (or weekly!) goals I aim for to make sure the novel in my head ends up as a fatty word document in my hand.
But how can you continue making progress on a novel and grow as a writer when migraines keep you clinging to ice packs and pain killers like a koala to a tree?
Here are 5 ways to keep writing and growing despite those migraines:
On the face of it, the show’s popularity makes no sense. 1912? What was happening in 1912? Oh yeah, the Titanic, but what else?
Why is Downton Abbey getting such incredible reviews? Why has it won six Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe? Why has it become the best-selling DVD box set on Amazon?
In a word, it’s story. Downton Abbey is packed full of story.
And what does “story” mean, precisely?
Story is characters in conflict. Characters with impossible dreams. Characters willing to do anything to reach their dreams.
Let’s look at the characters of Downton Abbey and their impossible dreams.
We can do the same with writing.
Despite hours languishing in front of the keyboard, intense word sprints, or writing exercises, another way to exercise the writing muscles is to participate in another form of creative activity.
But how can creative cross-training be helpful?
By training your brain to function in ways also applicable to writing:
This weekend I drove to Fort Collins to attend the annual Northern Colorado Writer’s Conference (NCWC). The food, decorations, people, and—oh yeah—writing workshops were all wonderful. I was so exhausted from stuffing my brain, I slept like a dog in its “off mode” when I returned.
Here are 5 things I learned: