Productive Procrastination for Writers

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

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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Find your motivation, acceleration and celebration

It's that time of year, we're heading into December. (How did this happen? Was there a time vortex? What the hell happened to my October?) There's a lot to celebrate, some people are coming off a NaNo high, some are gearing up for holiday parties and cookie exchanges. Some keeners will already be...

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How to use music to power up your writing

Anyone else enjoy cranking up the music when they're home alone and busting out their best moves? What Eileen calls dancing looks a lot like Donna having a seizure 😳— but there's no doubt music can move us. There's a reason that movies have a soundtrack in the background — it adds to the emotion...

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Gratitude for writers in our community (and for pie)

Canada had its Thanksgiving in October and for peeps in the US it's coming up next week. As an official dual citizen, Eileen celebrates both because she has a lot to be thankful for... and pie. Oh, and stuffing. How she loves her stuffing. Writing can be hard, which is why it can be good to...

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How and when to wave your "Help me!" flag

Writing and publishing is amazing, but it's also hard. And you have demands on your time. Here's the thing — you're going to need help. That might mean trading pages with another writer for feedback, paying for an editor, getting cover design tips from a professional, trading babysitting with...

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Time to clear the clutter!

We're here to talk about clean spaces today. People debate about if you need a clean office to get writing done or if some amount of clutter is actually helpful. We can't help resolve that debate but we do have tips about another kind of clutter that is never helpful: Negative thoughts. All...

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