Writing exercises

Creativity exercises

I’ve never been one for writing prompts or formal creativity exercises. My cure for so-called writers’ block is simply to sit down and write. Like Elizabeth Gilbert says in Big Magic, creativity is a gift not a given. However, everyone’s process is different and many authors swear by them. For the benefit of my followers, I decided to compile a list of creativity exercises to help people get the writing juices flowing.  Continue reading “Creativity exercises”

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Weight Loss Tips for Women

Weight loss tips

Health and fitness are important parts of my life and I’m often asked for my best weight loss tips. When my dad got sick, I spent a lot of late nights at the hospital, which meant skipping the gym and eating food that was convenient (read: processed and unhealthy).

After losing him and reprioritizing my life, I’m back on track and have a lifestyle that is active, healthy, and (according to my friends) inspiring. My goals are no longer superficial and good health is my focus.

Instead of reading “10 tips for a summer body” in Cosmo, I read books like Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, Big Magic, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, How Not to Die and The China Study to continue learning and stay motivated.
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Tips to increase your Instagram following

Social media algorithms are challenging and great content can get buried if you aren’t strategic. I’m not an Instagram influencer (I consider the threshold to be 10,000 for that coveted status), but I did increase my reach from 0 to over 3,000 in less than a year.

I didn’t do it through follow for follow, which is not an effective way to find fans. So how did I manage it? Today I’m sharing my best tips to increase your Instagram following so you can start finding success today. Continue reading “Tips to increase your Instagram following”

How to finish a novel in three months

The importance of word counts

If you’ve ever participated in NaNoWriMo, then you know the importance of word counts. If you’re part of any social media network, you’ll see constant updates about other people’s word counts and this number will be tied to your success for the day.

Before reading Stephen King’s book, On Writing, I never put much stock into the importance of word counts. I preferred to work organically, but I usually hit 1,000 to 5,000 words per day anyway (without what I previously saw as the added, unnecessary stress). Continue reading “The importance of word counts”

Character driven books

Character versus plot driven

When I write stories, they are always about the people. Sure, things happen, but those situations don’t drive the story – the character arcs do. How do you decide whether you should write character versus plot driven books? Well, in On Writing, Stephen King tells us that he believes the best books are character-driven and I agree.

However, everyone has a different writing style and just because you write plot-driven books doesn’t mean you should be creating flat, one-dimensional characters. Twist of Fate has an exciting, page-turning plot, but my focus was on Trevor and Brooklyn‘s psyches, growth and development rather than external events. Continue reading “Character versus plot driven”