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Having Observation Skills Can Boost Your Creativity

Writer’s are notorious for being people watchers, but sometimes we do get busy and stop paying attention to the world around us. The truth is, creativity is all around us and each of us has the ability to be creative – it’s just a part of who we are. Sometimes it comes easy and sometimes it doesn’t. If the latter is the case for you and creativity seems challenging, it doesn’t have to be. All you need to do is train yourself to be creative and you’d be surprised that it can be as simple as practicing your powers of observation and becoming better aware of your surroundings.

Here are some tips you can try that will help you improve your observation skills that will in turn help improve your creative skills. Continue reading

Writing Prompt: The Collector

A man collects junk and surrounds his house with ever expanding bands of junk. However, inside his house is another world, rarely seen.

In your story, you could address:

  • Why does he collect junk in the first place?
  • Why is he surrounding his house with it?
  • What’s so special/different about the house (inside)?
  • What’s it like inside? Immaculate or a fantasy world, etc.?
  • Does anything special/significant happen inside the house, either to objects or people? To the collector?

Happy Writing!

Can’t Focus on Your Writing? It’s a Great Time to Brainstorm New Story Ideas

Hey Writer!

At the time of this post the world is very different than it was a week ago. We’re in the middle of a pandemic and social isolation. I do not want to play on those factors, but the truth is it can be hard to focus right now. Getting into your story world can be very difficult. I know I’m having a hard time with it.

I also know we still need to keep our minds active and keep that creative muscle working. Maybe you can’t focus on your current writing project, but you can play around with new ideas. This could be a great time to fill up your idea box with stories you can write at a later time when things are back to normal. Continue reading

Starting the Non-Fiction Side of Writing Fiction, Again

Wow! It’s been a long time since I’ve written content about writing fiction. I pretty much shut down all my websites, except for my author site, and focused strictly on my own writing. I was home alone all day and it was much easier to just write fiction. Things have changed over the past year and I’ve been wondering what I can do to keep myself busy during those times I don’t get to work on fiction.

Backstory: My husband hasn’t been able to work for the past year, hip problems, hip surgery and now general all-over joint pain and issues. I don’t have an office or writer’s cave right now so it makes writing fiction at a good pace a little bit difficult. I work on it when I can, but that leaves a lot of hours in the day that I’m not working on fiction. I’m one of those people who need several hours completely alone to make any progress in my stories.

However, I’ve done enough freelance and website work in my time that it’s something I can work on without alone time. Plus, people have told me I should do something with the character sheets and the story brainstorming sheets I’ve created for my personal use.


Here we go. This is my attempt to:

  • Share those sheets and hopefully help others.
  • Supplement my fiction writing income. (It needs it, but that’s a whole other post.)
  • Get back into the blogging world and possibly do some affiliate marketing. (I used to be in IM niches.)

I don’t know how fast all of this will go, but sometimes we need ‘busy work’. If it helps other writers and turns into a whole other career, all the better.

With all that said, I’m turning my personal character worksheets into a real workshop and my story brainstorming sheets into a brainstorming kit. Join my mailing list (and get some cool samples and other printables) and you’ll be notified when these products/services are available.

Happy Writing!

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