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, …

MIDWEEK MAGIC (2)

Thankfully, we’ve reached another midweek. As usual,  I’m sharing a few magical moments to inspire your creativity. It’s so easy to get stuck in overwhelm and over-thought. It’s impossible to create from this place. This week’s magical moments (caught on camera) take us from grounded expressions of movement, out into nature, and then up into space.  Enjoy! Hold On To …

today, I've decided to stop

TODAY, I’VE DECIDED TO STOP….

Staring at my blank journal page this morning, thoughts flooded my mind of things I want to stop doing. This year. This Month. Today. This is just one of the many reasons I love journaling. As a writer, it feels like a natural extension of my work. It fuels my professional work but also brings blurry corners of my life …

Friday Favorites: Writing Podcasts

FRIDAY FAVORITES: PODCASTS FOR WRITERS

Last week, I got stuck in a train delay nightmare. I’m not sure what caused the delays, but what should’ve been a 35-minute trip home ended up taking close to three hours. My only consolation: podcasts. I used the time to catch up on a few episodes that had been meaning to get to all month. Podcasts can make almost …

Midweek Magic 1

MIDWEEK MAGIC (1)

This week, I’ve decided to share a few moments of magic to inspire creativity. We can find a lot of magic around us –if we look for it. It’s so easy to get stuck in overwhelm and over-thought. It’s impossible to create from this place. Tiny, magical moments of the every day pull us back to the center, the grounded …

10 Reasons Every Writer Needs to Keep a Journal

10 REASONS EVERY WRITER NEEDS TO KEEP A JOURNAL

“….what is more to the point is my belief that the habit of writing thus for my own eye only is good practice. It loosens the ligaments.” -Virginia Woolf From Joan Didion to Virginia Woolf to Victor Hugo and more, there have been countless writers who’ve extolled the benefits of keeping a journal, diary, or even just a notebook. From personal experience, …

Here's why you cannot be duplicated, ever!

YOU CANNOT BE DUPLICATED

At 12 years old I wanted to be Janet Jackson. It wasn’t enough to watch her videos and dance along in admiration. No. That would be normal. (Never my style.) I  wanted to be her. So what do you do when you want to be someone you’re not? You watch their every move, study them, and try to be just …

Friday Favorites: Writing Tools (for Maximum Productivity)

FRIDAY FAVORITES: 5 WRITING TOOLS FOR MAXIMUM PRODUCTIVITY

When I first contemplated writing full-time, I loved the idea that I wouldn’t need many tools. As a former nurse, I had become accustomed to entering patient rooms loaded down with all manner of gadgets, without which the job couldn’t be done. I’ve come to realize that to be a productive writer, you need tools, too. They won’t save lives, but they …