Setting a small amount of time aside to learn and apply that new knowledge can lead to tremendous change over time. Our schedules, like our budgets, are a reflection of our priorities. I set aside an hour or more a day to read, listen, or watch something that I feel will help me become a better writer. Looking back at the year, there are a few resources that really stand out. They were extremely valuable to the progress I've made.
One cannot survive on writing alone but in November, we try... National Novel Writing Month [NaNoWriMo] asks authors to commit to completing 50K words [the first draft of a novel] in a single month. I wanted to share what helped me get through it, where I plan to do things differently the next go around, and one crucial question that I was left pondering as the month’s end drew near.
Take rest days if you want to, but they're not mandatory for successful training or injury prevention. That said, you shouldn't continue to push your body day after day. When your running back-to-back, you need to be smart about it by adjusting your intensity. If you are training more than 3 days per week, some days should be easy, sometimes you should go slowly.
Inhale the future, exhale the past. Somewhere between the two, is now, the present moment. Focus your attention on your breath as it enters and exits the body to help you stay present, experience life in real time. Being able to gain, and maintain focus, without drifting forward or backward in our minds, has many benefits. Try these five breathing techniques to calm the mind, center, and draw your attention in.
Have you ever read a book and thought, I wonder what would have happened if the main character did (insert action), instead. While the movie credits were rolling, have you thought, "Another great ending would have been..." Some great works, and many lousy ones, resulted from reimagining existing stories. Keep reading to find out what constitutes reimagining a story, when it's allowed, and a few of the ways it's been accomplished.
Pinterest is a wonderful place for authors, bloggers, and other writers to build their brand, and raise awareness about their content and products. After setting up a Pinterest profile, there are a multitude of decisions to need to be made. How many boards do I want? How many pins should I create? How often should I save other people's content?Should I use hashtags? The list goes on and on... Eventually, you'll probably find yourself wondering, would joining a Pinterest Group Board help promote your writing?
While some couples struggle with communication, deciding what to watch on tv, agreeing on a budget, or dividing household chores, for others, the biggest hurdle is learning to navigate their vast differences in culinary habits. Cooking together can be a challenge if you have dietary differences, whether they result from allergies, sensitivities, lifestyle, ethical choices, or personal preferences. Here are four approaches worth exploring.
Visualization is a cognitive dress rehearsal. It's becoming who you hope to be, reaching new heights, personally or professionally, through intentional, repetitive thinking. By using visualization techniques, we're able to harness the power of our minds to dramatically influence our behavior and self-perception. Seeing truly is believing when it comes to achieving goals.
We're all, to some degree, students of the social world. We've spent a lifetime, consciously and nonconsciously, attempting to uncover meaningful patterns, and extract insights, from our interactions with others. We watch one another, puzzled at times by the behavior we observe. We continuously search for explanations that might reveal other people's underlying motives. To some degree we're hoping that our interpretations might allow us to predict what will happen during future exchanges. In other words, we've all used a sociological lens, from time to time.
While doing an interview for Jon McBrine, I was asked about common writing challenges that aspiring writers might face. In my response I discussed the plethora of distractions, which was the first thought that came to mind. When I saw his question, I immediately realized that there are too many "traps for aspiring writers" to [...]