Pat Yourself on the Back: Using Productivity Rewards to Get Your Writing Done

By Jennifer Blanchard When a Girl Scout does everything required to earn a particular badge, she is rewarded with the badge. When a writer works hard to market herself, she will be rewarded with more exposure for her writing. When a musician plays his heart out at open mic nights a few times a week, […]

Take On Less, Get More Done: Learning to Say No

“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage—pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically—to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside. The enemy of the ‘best’ is often the ‘good.’—Stephen R. Covey By Jennifer Blanchard Recently I’ve been reading the book, Small […]

Developing Your Writing Voice

By Jennifer Blanchard One thing that beginning writers are always asking is: How do I develop a writing voice? I’ve heard that question a lot lately. So I did some digging, and found this awesome article from author Holly Lisle: Ten Steps to Finding Your Writing Voice. Here are the steps Lisle outlines: Read Everything–“You […]

Writing in Blocks Can Help Keep You Focused

By Jennifer Blanchard It’s often difficult for writers to find large blocks of time where they can sit down and write. It also tends to be difficult to stay on-task for long periods of time. That’s where block writing can be an extremely good method of getting writing done. Here’s how block writing usually works: […]

Don’t Get It Right, Get It Written

By Jennifer Blanchard American author and cartoonist, James Thurber, said the words that I used for this post’s title: “Don’t get it right, get it written.” Thurber was 100 percent correct with this statement. Get it written first, then edit it and get it right. Perfectionism can sometimes take over your life. It can seep into all […]