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    how to know when you need a break

    Sometimes I think the words “slow down” aren’t in my vocabulary. I don’t say this to brag on myself or puff myself up; I actually see it as a problem, as I face writer’s burnout more often than I should and spend days spinning my wheels over the same problems when a good weekend off would do the trick. Don’t get me wrong, I think there’s something great about testing your limits, and if you want to accomplish anything, at some point you have to lay out your goals and stick to your intentions. But if you have a similar personality to me and don’t know when to quit, or…

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    5 books to make you a better writer

    Every writer knows she must read well to write well. Any and all books, really, but there’s something incredible about reading a well-known (or not so well-known) writer’s experience and being able to empathize with their choices, emotions, and habits. Because if you feel the way other writers feel when they’re slugging through a bout of writer’s block or dealing with the fear of being unoriginal, that makes you a writer, right? If you’re looking for that feeling of, “Hey, I’ve been through that,” or if you just want some tips on how to polish your writing (or how to start in the first place), here are five books that…

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  • Tools and Tips,  Writing

    my dystopian playlist

    If you’ve read my past posts, you know I used to despise listening to music while I worked. I’ve converted, thank goodness, and honestly, I have no idea what was wrong with me back then. Ambient music has become my very favorite tool for a productive writing session, as it helps me imagine environments, draw out emotions, and stay focused. I have my go-to’s, music I will listen to for any type of writing, but since my current work-in-progress is set in a futuristic utopia, I’ve tried to incorporate that ~vibe~ to my playlist. Here are some of my current favorites. Skyrim Even if you aren’t a gamer, the Skyrim…

  • Tools and Tips,  Writing

    creating a writing ritual

    So we’ve covered the importance of establishing a writing schedule for achieving your writing goals, but I want to expand and look at the importance of writing rituals. You can consider schedules and rituals two sides of the same coin, but they do differ, and it’s important to grasp the distinction in order to make the best use of these tools. While schedules set aside time in your day for writing, rituals establish the conditions under which your body and mind expect writing to occur. Let me explain. Alright, so you know when to write because you have a neat and awesome schedule, which you stick to perfectly every day, of course. Let’s say you…

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