How to Trick Yourself into Writing Great Literary Fiction

Over the past two years, I've become a real advocate for journaling. I believe its a fantastic and fun tool to utilise for exploring your creative side. For some, it may be more of an organisational tool ---hence why bullet journaling has become such a craze--- for others, it may be more of a therapeutic tool. For me, journaling is a mix of self-evaluation and a means to improve my writing skills. For those hoping to one day write a literary masterpiece, its important to force yourself to ...
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Lessons Learned After Completing My First Ghostwriting Job

After aspiring to be paid for my creative writing for many years, I recently completed my first ghostwriting job. The project was a whirlwind of emotions for me. Sometimes I was happy at the thought of being paid to do something I love, and other times I was suffocated by the pressure. Now that the project is complete and my client is happy with the work I have presented, I have a new found confidence in my writing. Currently, I have gone back to writing on my own manuscript while I wait ...
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Participating in NaNoWriMo Without Entering the Competition

We're just days away from November 2017, and with the emergence of another November, comes another NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). This year I am participating in NaNoWriMo, but not officially. For those unfamiliar, NaNoWriMo is a global event online where writers all over the world attempt to complete a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days. The NaNoWriMo organization offers prizes for those who are able to win the competition. A Google search of NaNoWriMo will present you with ...
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Words to Describe Sickle Cell Pain

I often find it hard to describe to those who don't suffer from Sickle Cell how the pain feels. It can be complicated to explain, especially since there are so many different levels of Sickle Cell pain. I personally experience some type of pain each day. Most of the time the pains may be mild, but every so often they'll get slightly more severe and I worry that they'll develop into crisis pain. I saw a nice graphic on a Sickle Cell Instagram account recently that summed up the types of pain ...
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Smiling makes a huge difference

I wrote a post before about The Power of a Smile, but now I want to add some new 2017 insight onto it. These days it's hard to be social with everybody in their own bubble. When you're out and about, people are spending every free moment on their phones, and they generally don't want to be disturbed. It has made people come off as less inviting and more intimidating to approach. Yes, it's right to be weary of strangers; but that doesn't mean you can't wear a smile. Smiling has the power ...
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