I saw a lot of conversation against blogging around the time I started mine. Podcasts and vlogs were beginning to overthrow the humble blog in terms of activity and general interest. Blogging was to be considered passé. Despite this resounding death knell, I got up my nerve, collected the smattering of harebrained plans, pipedreams, and vague inspiration from my notebooks, and signed up for a WordPress account without any real plan on how I’d use it.
Call me contrary, but I’ve found blogging to be hugely rewarding. Today, I thought I’d share some pros of venturing into the blogosphere, based on my experience.
Whether you’re new to the blog scene, looking to revitalize an old one, or simply need some inspiration to keep it up, I hope this post encourages your inner blogger.
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I always need a little time to process after a writing conference. After three days of enjoying WriteOnCon workshops, podcasts, Q&A panels, and blog posts, my brain has finally come up with some takeaways!
Today, I’m sharing one of the little eureka! moments that I had as the information sank in this week. Perhaps it’s something you’ve needed to hear, too.
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Letter writing is a tradition in my family, so it’s fantastic to see it coming back into style as a fun and crafty hobby.
If you’re a letter writing newbie who’s not sure where to begin, I have a few ideas that will inspire you to pick up a pen and keep your local postal worker busy.
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The books we read and enjoy are presented to us in neat categories. Genres, topics, ages, places—they help us find the books we’re most likely to enjoy. The only downside to this feat of organization is the odd assumption that the stories we write need to have clear division from other categories, especially when it comes to the age of the reader.
Now, there are plenty of books that are clearly for Adults Only or designed to keep 7-year-olds giggling, but I’m of the opinion that really great writing strives to be ageless. Here are some of my thoughts on the subject.
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Sprint timers and stats bars and word counts, oh my! It’s a whirlwind of activity as we kick off our first week of NaNoWriMo. Our minds are fresh, the excitement is contagious, and that leftover Trick or Treat candy is coming in handy.
The greatest challenge of NaNoWriMo is keeping those word counts high, especially once we’ve run out of ideas. Today, I’m sharing one of my favorite methods for sparking new inspiration, writing prompts!
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NaNoWriMo is the ultimate challenge for a writer. It requires focus, endurance, and planning. To finish strong and come out as a winner is the ultimate prize, but forgetting the basics will leave you bleeding out on the battlefield before the halfway point.
To help you set up for a successful November, I’m here with a little Preptober pep talk that will have you raring to go November 1, well equipped for the mushy middle, and primed for victory.
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