Entries by Jennifer Blanchard

Learn to Accept Responsibility for Your Choices and Actions

“My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place  for the next moment,”—Oprah By Jennifer Blanchard Personal responsibility is the responsibility you have to yourself. It’s your ability to keep yourself healthy, manage your emotions, be respectful to yourself, […]

What Are You Losing By Procrastinating?

 By Jennifer Blanchard Have you ever really thought about why you procrastinate? When you procrastinate, you gain a lot. That’s the reason why writers procrastinate in the first place. Think about the last time you procrastinated—What did you get out of it? Did you avoid your writing by finally organizing your office? Did you skip […]

Believe in Yourself and the Writing Will Come

    By Jennifer Blanchard  That’s something you probably hear from people all the time. Just believe in yourself and you’ll be successful. You’ve seen other people adopt this philosophy and find success, but… How do you make it work for you? In order to start believing in yourself, you need to develop confidence. Writing […]

How to Create an Un-Schedule and Why You Should

    By Jennifer Blanchard Psychologist Neil Fiore, Ph.D., is famous for creating the “un-schedule,” which is basically the exact opposite of a schedule. Dr. Fiore created the un-schedule because he knew that all people—and especially procrastinators—often set up a schedule for themselves that is full of things they never end up completing. They then […]

Channel Your Emotions Into Your Writing

By Joe Williams Many writers are under the assumption that they’re head has to be perfectly clear to get into “writing mode.” They make excuses, such as “I’m too angry from having a bad day to write” or “There’s no way I can write now, I’m stressed out.” Something to remember, however, is that many […]

Get Your StoryFix Daily

By Jennifer Blanchard Yesterday on the blog StoryFix, creator Larry Brooks gave away one of the most useful tools I’ve found to date: The Single Most Powerful Writing Tool You’ll Ever See. This tool is essentially a list of everything you need to know about your story before you write it. This applies to writers […]

Let Song Lyrics Inspire Your Next Story

By Jennifer Blanchard If you’re anything like me, music is a big part of your life. I drive listening to music. I spend my disposable income on concerts and downloading songs to my iPod. I write while listening to music. Your life probably sounds similar to what I just described above (if you’re a music lover, […]

33 Books Writers Need On Their Bookshelves

By Jennifer Blanchard All writers have bookshelves filled with a variety of books about writing–from writing reference books to writing idea books to editing books. I, myself, am no stranger to books about writing. In fact, my bookshelf is loaded with them. Each book about writing signifies not only how far I’ve come as a […]

Tips for Becoming a Better Writer

By Jennifer Blanchard Yesterday, Mary Jaksch (of Write to Done) wrote a guest post on Copyblogger that listed 73 tips for becoming a better writer. Here are some of my favorite tips: Become a blogger. Use self-imposed word limits. Accept all forms of criticism and learn to grow from it. Take a break between writing […]