Productive Procrastination for Writers

A slippery slope of knowledge and musings to tickle your fancy between writing sprints!

Be kind to yourself

"You're always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company." ~ Diane Von Furstenberg Valentines Day is over and you know what that means? Get out to the store—all the Valentine's candy is half-price today! (Personally I'm addicted to those tiny cinnamon hearts. I could eat those by...

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Critiquing and feedback: doing it right

"Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots." ~ Frank A Clark At some point, most writers will give feedback to other writers on their manuscript or story. It might be in a class, in a workshop, or swapping pages in a critique group. You...

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Is it time to clean house - of your toxic friends?

"You gotta stop watering dead plants." ~Pinterest wisdom One of the things that gives us the most joy about The Creative Academy is the spirit of the people in it. We wanted a community that supports each other and remembers that writing shouldn't be a combat sport. Surrounding yourself with...

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The days are short and dark — but our moods don't have to be!

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow." ~Helen Keller The holidays are over, the days are still long and dark, and spring feels a long way in the future. During those times it can be a challenge to keep yourself in a positive frame of mind. It's easier to go full Oreo binge...

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Traditional publishing; let's talk about 'the biz'

“The shortest distance between truth and a human being is a story.” ~Anthony de Mello Last week we talked about indie publishing, so this week let's look at the traditional route. Traditional publishing is a team sport. In addition to you as the writer, there will be a literary agent/lawyer,...

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Indie publishing as a legit publishing option

“Stories are the shortest distance between us and truth. So when we understand and uncover these stories, we gain the opportunity to understand maybe we need a new story.” ~Chris Cade One of the most exciting changes in publishing in the past decade has been the rise of indie publishing....

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Resolutions — Creative Academy members are making them. Are you?

"Approach the new year with the resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day." ~ Michael Josephson It's almost the time of year when you won't be able to get onto your favourite machine at the gym because everyone who never goes will be there as a part of their resolution to get fit...

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How to have — or at least write! — a happily ever after

"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love." ~ Hamilton Wright Mabie Is anyone else trying to figure out how it's possible that we're coming to the end of December? Depending on what holiday you celebrate you may have your holiday behind you or it may still be...

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Taking stock before we move forward

"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." ~George Santayana The year is winding down. Before we hit the reset button to the new year, it's good to pause and take stock of the past twelve months. What were your wins? What were the areas where you struggled? What can you...

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Decorating with words

"Mark Twain said, 'The right word is to the nearly right word as lightning is to the lightning bug.' Fill your book with lightning." ~ Robert Little Here are some articles to help you start some decorative fires in your manuscript! Keeping with ye olde schoole advice, here are some tips from a...

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