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9 Essential Things I Learned Writing 50k Words in 1 Month

9 Essential Things I Learned Writing 50k Words in 1 Month

With NaNoWriMo completed a week ago, it seems an excellent time to reflect on what we've learned from the experience. It was my first time participating, and also my first time winning. (Yahoo!) I've written numerous stories before, but never been as aware of my process--what works and what doesn't--until now. What a journey to travel through! So here's what I learned the hard way in trying to write an unplanned novel in only 30 days.


Creating with Empathy

Creating with Empathy

Creative projects resonate when they come from a place of genuine empathy. You recognize it when you feel it—it's the work that captivates, stirs something inside you, and makes you feel. Empathy is the force of compassion that propels us care for one another, and it's essential for human connection. But how do you pour such strong emotion into your work that others feel it too?


Learn New Skills at Little to No Cost

Learn New Skills at Little to No Cost

Thinking of picking up new skills or improving the ones you have, but don't have a lot of money (or time) to spare? Don't give up just yet—where there's a will, there's a way! Here are some ideas to help you get started on your quest to learn.


5 Reasons Your Writing Needs Visuals

5 Reasons Your Writing Needs Visuals

After all your hard work writing, you're eager to share it and be done. But before you do, pause and ask yourself: have you added any visuals? If not, here's five reasons you might want to think twice and add some visual splash before hitting "post."


Covers I Like

Covers I Like

This month's cover designs I've decided to feature are ones that popped out from their competition while wandering the bookstore. FEATURING: A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab, Poison by Sarah Pinborough, Just So Happens by Fumio Obata, Palace of Mirrors by Margaret Peterson Haddix, The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig, Stitching Snow by R. C. Lewis, and At Night She Cries, While He Rides His Steed by Ross Patterson


Staying Positive in Tough Times

Staying Positive in Tough Times

Sometimes life can knock you off your feet and throw you into circumstances you aren't prepared to deal with. So what should you do? From my personal experience, staying positive and pushing your way through hardships helps a lot. That said, it is easier said than done! Here's some of what I learned from my recent rough patch.