Pencil breaking with the text: Ways we set ourselves up for failure

Ways We Set Ourselves Up for Failure

And what to do instead. I have spent a lot of time trying and failing at things. Diets, exercise routines, writing practices, journaling, the list goes on and on. Things I said I wanted to do, but when I attempted to do them, I lacked the conviction and self-worth to follow through. It sounds harsh, …

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Picture of a coffee cup and notebook with the words Not Another Morning Routine

Not Another Morning Routine

Morning is my most productive time. It is when I get the most done and feel the most accomplished. But there are too many things I want to do in the mornings – write, exercise, journal – and I can’t do them all first thing. I have to choose what is the most important, and …

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Desk with papers and a typewriter with the text: Three things I love about being a writer

Top Three Reasons Why I Love Being a Writer

I’ve known I was a writer since the fifth grade. That knowledge waned a little when the real world snuck in and told me that writing was not a practical profession. Writing wasn’t encouraged or supported. Learning how to type and crunch numbers were much more marketable skills, so I pushed my Writer Identity down …

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What to Write While Journaling When You Don’t Know What to Write

Every morning I wake up and get my tea and settle down to start journaling. I rarely have a day where I have absolutely nothing to write about. And if I do, I can just pull out one of the many, many journaling prompts I have stored up for just such an occasion. But what …

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Coffee and keyboard with text overlay: How I handled rejection from editors: Then and now

How I Handled Rejection From Editors: Then and Now

I got another rejection email: Thank you for submitting, but we are going to pass on this one. Please submit again soon! Then Rejection is part of being a writer – of being a creative, so the prevailing advice is to get comfortable with rejection. I always felt like I was comfortable with it. I …

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