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 […]

“I’m A Writer”–How to Say It With Confidence

By Jennifer Blanchard A few days ago on Twitter, I tweeted the following: Are YOU A Writer? http://tinyurl.com/oqzaoh. I’m proud to share those 3 little words with the world: “I’m a writer!” Are you? Recently, I noticed that many writers don’t like to tell other people that they’re writers. Why is this? When I was […]

Focus On One Writing Project Until You’re Done

By Jennifer Blanchard Yesterday on Zen Habits, Leo Babauta wrote a post called, How Simplicity Can Help Creativity, Briefly. In this post, he listed 11 ways simplicity can solve the problems you have with creating. Number five is a-typical advice, but dead-on. Especially for beginning writers or writers who really struggle to finish their writing. Babauta […]