5 Helpful Ways to Keep a To Do List

I didn’t always love lists. I rebelled against them for a time, convinced that, with creativity on my side, I didn’t need something ordinary and boring like organization. Strangely enough, I am a very organized person, so this little rebellious phase didn’t last too long.

5 Helpful Ways to Keep a To Do List

Lists are now one of my most-utilized tools for absolutely everything, and in the spirit of sharing resources, I’ve decided to give you the inside scoop on how to make your To Do lists work for you.

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Establishing Your Visual Brand

I had the opportunity to write a guest blog post for Phoenix Fiction Writers. I don’t get to nerd out about graphic design very often, so I really cut loose and had fun with a topic that combines two of my passions: writing and good design!

Read Establishing Your Visual Brand on the PFW blog!

Visual branding samples by Elza Kinde for Anne Shirley of Green Gables Literary

 

Pantser Appreciation

If you rebel against the kind of writing that requires planning ahead, plotting a course, and preparing each chapter and scene, you’re not alone. We are Pantsers; proud of our discoveries, unafraid of mistakes, and free to write whatever pops into our head.

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As a fellow Pantser, I’ve collected some affirmations and insights that might help sharpen your understanding of our oft-eccentric creative process.

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Your Writing Strengths and Weaknesses According to Your Hogwarts House

Writers know casting a spell over readers requires the right words, a dash of wit, a winsome cast, and a wealth of imagination. In short, writing takes a bit of magic. Collectively, we share many of the same highs and lows when it comes to mastering the craft and creating a book.

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However, as individuals, our writing is as unique and personal as our Patronus. The Struggle™ for one writer is a non-issue for another–my enjoyable creative exercise may be your own personal Dementor. Today, I’ll be sharing some writerly strengths and weaknesses you might experience based on your Hogwarts house.

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How To Make Creativity a Part of Your Routine

Detours, drama, and draining day jobs can put a serious damper on our creative output. It’s a recipe for a disastrous downward spiral, yet the cycle continues to run its damaging course.

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Finding the time to make our artistic pursuits more daily requires a bit of grit, self-reflection, and thinking outside the pre-printed boxes in your personal planner. Here are some tips for finding a formula that feeds a little creativity into your schedule.

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For Writers – Using Lists To Win NaNoWriMo

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Lists are awesome. They keep us organized, they’re great for reminders, and they get stuff To Done. But putting together a list isn’t the same as writing, is it? Well, everyone’s process is a little different, but I would argue that lists are one of the best (and easiest) tools for a writer to utilize.

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For Writers – Balancing NaNoWriMo and Your Other Hobbies

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I love NaNoWriMo. Having a goal, a deadline, and a sense of community with other participants is a great feeling. But NaNoWriMo can become an all-consuming beast, and that’s not a healthy state for creatives.

Instead of letting NaNoWriMo become your one and only priority this November, here are some ways to make time for your other hobbies and still hit your writing goals.

 

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