Get Ready for National Novel Writing Month

By Jennifer Blanchard Thirty-one days from tomorrow, National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts. For those of you who haven’t heard of NaNoWriMo, you can read more about it here. Simply put, NaNoWriMo is a crazy time when writers all over the world attempt the challenge of writing 50,000 words in 30 days. Starting at 12 a.m. on […]

Start By Writing What You Know

By Jennifer Blanchard If you’re reading this blog, you likely have a problem with getting started writing. And something that probably leaves you stuck most often is not knowing what to write about. Here’s a somewhat obvious, but effective way to get started: Write what you know. Now I’m not advocating that you always write […]

Writing Rituals Can Continually Put You In A Writing Mindset

By Jennifer Blanchard One of my good friends recently introduced me to her writing “ritual.” Every time she’s about to start writing–whether that be for her job or for the writing she does on the side–she follows this routine: Sits down in front of the computer, closes her eyes and takes a deep breath. Visualizes […]

Warm Up Your Creative Side Before Writing

By Jennifer Blanchard Procrastinators often avoid writing because they have a difficult time getting started once they’re in front of their computers. If this sounds like you, you may want to try warming up your creative side before you start writing. There are several ways to do this: Start with a writing prompt–Using a “prompt” […]

Update Your Annual Writing Goals on Your Birthday, Not For New Years

By Jennifer Blanchard Today is my 26th birthday. And I’ve decided to do something a little different this year than most other years. I’m pretty typical when it comes to setting New Year’s goals. I, like most people, have big plans at the beginning of the year. And I, like most people, also abandon my goals […]