Entries by Jennifer Blanchard

Take A Break Every Now and Then

Writers are some of the hardest working people I know. Most of my writer friends are writers by day and writers by night. But working at magazines and freelance writing and in marketing and public relations departments all day long sometimes makes it hard to go home and continue working on that novel or screenplay […]

Writers Take Note: Practice Makes Perfect

In the most recent issue of Shape magazine, Venus Williams, a tennis star and winner of numerous titles, talks about her seven ways to get motivated. And her first way involves practicing. She says: “You have to practice to develop your talents–and learn to enjoy putting the effort in, otherwise you won’t succeed.” She then […]

How To Push Through Blocks On the Road to Success

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up,” -Thomas A. Edison That quote really struck home for me recently. I’ve been working on a lot of projects and I’ve been feeling like nothing is happening and I should just give up. But then I recalled […]

Inspiration Can Come From Anywhere

By Jennifer Blanchard I came across the most amazing book (and then found out it was one of four in a series of books!) called Post Secret: Extraordinary confessions from ordinary lives, by Frank Warren. PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard. […]

Set A Specific Writing Time To Avoid Procrastination

By Jennifer Blanchard If you’re like me, you tell yourself almost everyday “I’m going to write today.” And then you find 300 other things to do that are just “so much more important,” like cleaning the bathroom, washing the laundry, picking up after your kids, etc. And then you never end up getting around to […]

Believe! Proof You Can Get Published At Any Age

“There will be times on this journey, all you’ll see is darkness, but out there somewhere light finds you,if you keep believing,” –Anonymous   I came across this article today about a 19-year-old girl who wrote her first novel at age 14 and is now having it published. Just a small reminder for all of us […]

Never Give Up On Your Writing Dreams

“My mind tells me to give up, but my heart won’t let me,”–Anonymous Many writers can identify with that quote above. Especially writers who’ve been rejected a lot, and writers who procrastinate to the point where they wonder why they’re even dreaming anymore. Recently, I’ve had a few people make me feel like my writing […]

5 Steps to Reaching the Writing Finish Line

“No matter how long it takes, if you keep moving, you will reach the finish line,”-anonymous   Every writer, no matter what writing project they’re working on, has a goal in mind. A personal “finish line” they are trying to reach.   But for many writers, that finish line is so far in the distance […]

Need Motivation? Hire A Coach

“You get the best effort from others not by lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within,” Bob Nelson Sports teams, upon winning a big game, often thank their coach. But why? The coach didn’t even do anything…or did they?The job of a coach is to teach, mentor and motivate. And when […]

The Secret to the Writing Life

Brian Clark of Copyblogger.com shared his “staring death in the face” story with us the other day. He noted that right after it happened, he all of a sudden felt alive again, like he had a new shot at life. And he didn’t want to spend that life doing something that didn’t excite him or […]