Author Stuff, Writing Tips

Mind Mapping for Writers

I love mind maps. Countless times have they helped me figure out ideas that I was struggling with. Here are a few ways that you can use mind maps: Details for your story: this is the biggest one. I've used many mind maps to help me to discover detail about my story without feeling like… Continue reading Mind Mapping for Writers

Life & Stuff, You're As Mad As I Am (Mental Health)

Do You Take Responsibility For Your Life (Pt 2)

*This post is entirely my own opinion and is intended to be a guide to help bring awareness to people's actions that can be damaging their lives - that is all.* What does taking responsibility for your life look like? Your common emotions are passion, intrigue, determination, and contentment As a follow on from the… Continue reading Do You Take Responsibility For Your Life (Pt 2)

Life & Stuff, You're As Mad As I Am (Mental Health)

Do You Take Responsibility For Your Life? (Pt 1)

*This post is entirely my own opinion and is intended to be a guide to help bring awareness to people's actions that can be damaging their lives - that is all.* What does NOT taking responsibility for your life look like?Your common emotions are: anger, jealousy, sadness, resentment, and hatred  Anyone who doesn't take responsibility for… Continue reading Do You Take Responsibility For Your Life? (Pt 1)

Author Stuff, Freelance Writing Services, Writing Tips

Why Writing is Hard

Writing is hard. It is. Not because writing something is hard, because technically everyone can write something. Not because coming up with good ideas is hard, because all kinds of people (extraordinary and not so extraordinary) can come up with ideas everyday. No, writing is hard because: Discipline - it takes discipline to sit with… Continue reading Why Writing is Hard

I.E.G. Articles (Society), You're As Mad As I Am (Mental Health)

What A Person with Mental Illness Needs

What they need: A shoulder to cry on A person to lean on A person(s) to listen to them Words of encouragement Support when seeking professional help Advice and kind guidance Understanding and empathy Support when taking medication Patience and compassion Information, tips and tricks for helping themselves cope A friend they know is there… Continue reading What A Person with Mental Illness Needs

Author Stuff, Life & Stuff, Writing Tips

What Do Children Want and Need from a Book?

By children, I mean middle grade (8-14) really. I've been thinking about this a lot, as someone who plans to be a middle grade author in the not too distant future. What do children want and need from a book in this day and age? Because, I bet it's not the same as 5 years… Continue reading What Do Children Want and Need from a Book?

Life & Stuff

Know Who Inspires You and Why

There is gold in the knowledge of who you are inspired by, and most importantly - WHY. It's not enough to say you like this person or that person, or simply picking someone who you feel you should be inspired by. It's easy to say "I'm inspired by Oprah Winfrey" but if you can't actually… Continue reading Know Who Inspires You and Why