Not long ago I wrote a post about a few great ways to get creative. One of the techniques I came across was called the ‘biological prime time’, developed by Sam Carpenter in his book Work the System. He decided to log his productivity, focus and motivation throughout the day so that he could work out his most ‘productive time’.
I apologise, it’s been a while since I shared anything about my WIP (work in progress). I am working on it, I promise! I’m currently editing my way through the second draft, slowly but (somewhat) surely.
Not long ago, I wrote a list of all the things I’d learnt about Vietnam after a month. Some were simple, some were interesting and some were complete misinterpretations. This month will mark my ‘six month anniversary’ of living in Ha Noi, Vietnam, and hopefully a few more lessons learnt. So, here I go again, trying my best to work out this funny ol’ place…
It may not seen like the New York of coffee shops or the Kenya of ground coffee but Vietnam is a strong contender for having some of the best coffee in the world. At the very least, it offers one of the widest varieties of unusual and interesting ways to consume your caffeine.
Dont worry, I’m not going to tell you to go for a run or meditate or eat more vegetables – I wouldn’t do that to you! Here’s some alternative creativity boosts that work a treat for me.
Some may think that you grow out of kid’s books as you get older. There are those that think they are predictable and unrealistic. There is even the notion that children’s books are not challenging enough for our big old brains. However, there are many of us that feel otherwise, myself being one them. Children’s fiction can be some of the most honest, witty and humbling stories you’ll ever read.
- They’re more intelligent
If you place a confusing, fictional situation in front of an adult, then they will immediately start to question things. How did she get from there to there? Why did he do that, when he could have done this? Surely, that isn’t possible?
Children, on the other hand, have big, fantastic imaginations with no limits, as do the books they read. If you place an unusual, fictional situation in front of them, it won’t take them…
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I never had wanderlust. I never had any desire to even leave the country at all – the UK, in my case. I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to go anywhere else. It wasn’t that I thought England was particularly amazing, I just couldn’t see how anywhere else could be any better.
This week, I’m lucky enough to hage a guest post from Lucy Mitchell, thriller writer and blog author of BlondeWriteMore.
If you’re a writer and you haven’t visited Lucy’s blog yet, you must! Her hilarious, wonderful and candid posts include tales of terrible feedback from loved ones, tips to get your creativity flowing and occassional agony aunt responses.
She has been kind enough to share her thoughts on a weakness of many writers: the Twitter Break!
Here’s my guest blog for the wonderful BlondeWriteMore!
Pop back here on Thursday to check out her brilliant return of a guest blog :)
Isabelle Sudron, author and blog author of ‘Sudrobelle’ dropped by the Blondewritemore office last week offering to do a Guest Post. The entireBWM team erupted into cheers and shouts (with so many on the team the noise was deafening).
She describes herself as a’writerholic’and shares our passion for list posts.
Without further ado let me hand you over to Isabelle:
10 Writer Stereotypes that are (Mostly) Wrong
The majority of films and books about writers seem to follow a very rigid pattern, usually following a self-hating, male writer who drinks a lot and isn’t good with people. (If you don’t believe me, check out IMDB’s list of the best 80 films about writers*.) Having an array of friends who write myself, it’s clear to me that we’re a diverse, nutty bunch that rarely fit that stereotype. So, I decided to set the record straight. Here’s a few stereotypes…
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Recently I reviewed 5 alternative todo lists, from using elastic bands to framing your list. Since then, I’ve gone a little bit crazy for productivity apps and tips. So, here’s five shiny, new discoveries of how to keep organised. I owe the discovery of most of these to the wonderful Reddit productivity community – thank you! I recommend joining their network for daily advice and inspiration.