Productive Procrastination for Writers

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

How to research to make your book stronger

"Research is formalized curiosity. It's poking and prodding with a purpose." ~General wisdom Regardless of whether you're writing fiction or non-fiction, you likely have details that need to be researched. I'm certain that I'm on several 'Watch Lists' based on my search history which includes...

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Social media do's and don'ts

"Social media is not about the exploitation of technology but service to community." Simon Mainwaring Remember the days when you used to go out to dinner and not a single person at the table thought to take a picture of what they were eating? Anyone else remember before the word "selfie" even...

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Take a break!

"I'm more obsessed with the idea of vacation than any one particular vacation spot. I love to explore new places and cultures." ~Candice Accola We've talked about tips to keep up your productivity, but did you know sometimes you need a break? Here at the Creative Academy, we're believers...

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Tips for choosing a writer's conference to attend

"Networking is more about 'farming' than it is about 'hunting.' It's about cultivating relationships." Dr. Ivan Misner I have to admit it—I love conferences. This is odd because 99.99999% of the time I prefer to be home with my dogs and imaginary friends. For an introvert, I make an exception...

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Feeling like a winner: writers' contests

"Winning is not the point. Wanting to win is the point. Not giving up is the point. Never letting up is the point." ~Pat Summit There are a lot of writing contests out there. Some promise cash prizes, others promise to get your work in front of the right influencers. Many people like contests...

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Do your research!

"Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing." Pinterest quote When I'm asked what I do for a living one of my favourite answers is: "I make things up." I've also gone with: "I play with my imaginary friends for money." There is the idea that writing fiction means you get to...

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What is narrative nonfiction?

"Nonfiction means that our stories are as true and accurate as possible. Readers expect—demand—diligence." Lee Gutkind There have been some recent discussions around the Creative Academy about creative and narrative nonfiction. Some have weighed in that they love it, and others have admitted...

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Pace yourself

"While I live a busy life, the pace ebbs and flows." Brad Feld Books are interesting. There are some that you blow through in a matters of hours or days and others that take a long time to read. We sometimes assume that a fast pace is important, and there is some truth to the idea that readers...

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Grow your creativity

"Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks." Yo Yo Ma Let's keep those spring metaphors coming! We've talked about spring cleaning and now let's talk about planting a garden. Although I tend to kill...

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Declutter you thoughts

"We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think." Buddha Confession time. I'm a worrier. Not an average worrier—I can take worry to near Olympic levels. Anyone else ever find themselves laying in bed at 2, 3, 4 in the morning imagining new and different horrible outcomes for a range of...

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