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Positive Points and Secrets to Prolific Writing

A dog with glasses reading a book.

This is me, working hard. The stress has not been kind to me… (Image Credit: Microsoft Clip Art)

I spent last week head down tail up, working on several posts at once! Lots of interesting things were happening, so here’s a quick rundown in case you missed any of it.

Exciting Announcements on Creativity’s Workshop

Early last week I announced that this year I’ll be providing One-on-One Creative Coaching Sessions. I even recorded a little video of myself talking about how I can help you get your creative routine into gear.

If this is something you’re interested in, let me know and we can arrange a time to call.

Then later in the week I also announced my plan to blog my latest book De-Stress Your Writing Life. That means you can read it for free right here on Creativity’s Workshop every Friday. The first post is going up this week!

I’ve also added in a donate button to help the project along. Everyone who donates will receive a free electronic version of the book when it’s done.

Interesting Guest Posts

Over the weekend I also had two of my guest posts published on other blogs.

Firstly I posted on Kristen Lamb’s blog (of MyWANA fame) about Why Now is the Best Time to be a Writer. It gives five positive reasons why we’re living in exciting writing times.

I’ve had so many wonderful comments from this post. It’s been really amazing to encourage and uplift so many writers around the world with my words.

My other post was on Charlotte Rains Dixon’s blog called Shhh! Here’s the Secret to Prolific Writing. In this post I give some tips on how to combat Tortured Writer Syndrome and make your writing fun again.

Each of the five tips are ones I use myself almost every day to keep my writing flowing smoothly. I hope they do the same for you!

Phew! As you can see, I’ve been a busy little pup and there’s still plenty more to come this year.

How was your week? Let me know in the comments.


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My 5 Favourite Posts of June

5 little teammates cheering you on.

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When we hit a rocky patch in our writing, we need to hear the cheers of our friends and peers. This month I’ve chosen five motivational posts to cheer you on in your writing and let you know you’re not alone.

We’re all cheering you onward!

What were your favourite posts of June? Share your links in the comments.


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My 5 Favourite Posts of April

A stressed woman facing her computer. She needs this month's favourite posts.

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Usually my pick of posts are a random collection of inspiration and fun, but this month there seems to be a bit of a theme coming together.

The first three posts deal with the anxiety behind being creative and the danger of burnout. These are subjects which aren’t often discussed on writing blogs but are very important points to bear in mind. Please take a couple of moments to have a read. You owe it to yourself as an artist.

So, here are my picks of the month:

  • Should Being Creative Feel Good? by Branden Barnett – This post discusses how to use mindful acceptance and action to help you overcome the anxiety of creating art.
  • Let’s Talk About Anxiety & The Creative Process by Dan Blank – Dan Blank works with writers and so understands the anxiety they can face every day. He lists some practical tips which you can try out right away.
  • Boundaries and Burnout by Barbara O’Neal – As our lives become busier, our work load and the pressure we face becomes more intense. This post contains some questions writers should be asking themselves on a regular basis.
  • Little Darlings & Why They Must Die … For REAL by Kristen Lamb – Okay, the self-love theme is broken with this one and we’re back to more usual writing advice. This post reminds us why our little ‘writing darlings’ are so dangerous.
  • And to end, here’s a link to a quote from Jasper Fforde on the Office of Letter’s and Light Blog. It’s an excerpt from a longer pep talk which you can click through to, but the quote itself is a wonderful description of how a first draft works.

And that’s my pick for the month. Now, what about you? What were the posts that especially resonated with you during April?

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If you’re facing stress and pressure in your writing life, then you need to take some time out for yourself. I cover some helpful tips on how to do that in my free e-book Tips for Those Contemplating Insanity. You can now view it instantly by clicking here.