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. …

The real reason you haven't written your book

THE REAL REASON YOU HAVEN’T WRITTEN YOUR BOOK

What’s the real reason you haven’t written the book you’ve dreamed about for so long? It’s not lack of motivation. Over the years you’ve internalized enough solid motives to get your book written. It’s not a lack of time. If I ask you what’s happening on Scandal or House of Cards or 13 Reasons Why or whatever your TV shows …

Creative Prompt Podcast episode 14

Creative Prompt Podcast Episode 14

Have you listened to the Creative Prompt Podcast yet? Each episode is around three minutes long and features a one-word prompt to help spark your creativity.  Do you think I had a little too much fun recording this one? Give it a listen and let me know what you think. -Alicia-Joy PS. You can catch the rest of the episodes …

Sustaining the Courage to Write

SUSTAINING THE COURAGE TO WRITE

Some conversations you never forget. When I told my mom of my plans to leave the nursing profession and become a writer, she laughed. Sitting at her living room table, skimming through a nursing magazine (it runs in the family), she didn’t look up at me. She just kept laughing. Maybe she was afraid that if she looked at me, …