PLANNING YOUR WRITING PROJECTS TO AVOID BURNOUT

When I started my first nursing blog in 2012, I set a daily blogging goal. You read that right. I planned to blog every day and send a newsletter every week and update social media like a madwoman. And none of that includes the work I was doing to start a career as a health writer. I was all over …

FRIDAY FAVORITES: BOOKS ON WRITING

This week I found myself knee deep in Python programming. I’m a word nerd but I’m also a data cruncher (as in math, coding, and analytics). It’s all a bit too nerdy to admit (even though I just did). The consequence of spending more time on programming practice is that I didn’t write any blog posts this week. In fact, …

FRIDAY FAVORITES: VIDEOS ON CREATIVITY

Friday Favorites is back and I’m sharing a few videos on creativity. First up is Austin Kleon (author of Steal Like an Artist) on the concept of creative work and (non)originality. One thing that stops a lot of us from creating is the pressure to create something original. But is that even possible? Everything we create is impacted by art …

the ultimate guide to prolific writing

THE ULTIMATE (LIVING) GUIDE TO PROLIFIC WRITING

At the age of 13, I fell in love with Isaac Asimov. Not him as a person, just his sci-fi books. I thought of him as a genius. I still do. Back then, as much as I admired him, I was unaware of the magnitude of his accomplishments. Over the years, I’ve learned he authored or edited 500+ books. That …

TODAY, I’VE DECIDED TO START

A few weeks ago, while journaling, my mind flooded with thoughts of all the habits and hindering behaviors I wanted to stop. Later that day, I wrote about it and shared it here on the blog. This morning, to counter what I’m going to stop doing, I prompted myself to write a stream of consciousness on things I want to …

MIDWEEK MAGIC (4)

When I’m feeling overloaded and losing perspective and joy around my creative life, I often seek nature. Sometimes I can plan a getaway like a weekend camping or hiking trip, other times I just need to find a garden or park. I take off my shoes, feel the earth under my feet and the sun on my skin. I drink …

Creative Prompt Podcast episode 14

Creative Prompt Episode 19

Is a (witty, sometimes quirky) nudge of creative inspiration worth just three minutes of your time? (that’s a rhetorical question. Of course, it is!) Have a listen to the Creative Prompt. Each episode is around three minutes long and features a one-word prompt to help spark your creativity.  -Alicia-Joy PS. You can catch the rest of the episodes on this …

How to use fear to fuel your writing

HOW TO USE FEAR TO FUEL YOUR WRITING

There’s this thing I do. I think it’s weird. You’ll think so, too. Probably. Or, maybe it’s common or good or smart, even. Right before a storytelling or poetry performance, I get nervous. I’m off-stage, my eyes are closed, and I’m wringing my hands.  My jaw feels tight and my stomach’s in knots. So what do I do when this happens …

Read this when you're feeling overwhelmed and uninspired

READ THIS WHEN YOU’RE FEELING OVERWHELMED & UNINSPIRED

At one o’clock in the afternoon, I turned off my computer and headed to bed. The grayness of the English winter didn’t help how I was feeling. I felt like  I’d been given a permission slip to curl up under the covers–tablet in hand–and get lost in Netflix or Facebook or something else. Anything other than work. I can’t blame …

MIDWEEK MAGIC (3)

Around midweek, we can sometimes start to feel like everything is dragging. Energy gets low, and along with it goes inspiration. It’s impossible to create from this place. So, every week, I round up a few magical visuals to inspire your creativity. Enjoy the magic! This first video may be the most spectacular display of flowers blooming that I’ve ever seen. …