Cultivating Creativity: Steps I Am Taking to Weed Out Writing Barriers

In the last two months, my creativity has wilted. COVID has inched its way into my world, a garden pest that latches onto one part of my life and drains energy away from the other parts. Luckily, like many things in life, I’ve found that with a little extra attention, my creativity has begun to perk back up.

Writing Goals: Building on What I’ve Already Accomplished

In this post, I discuss setting three goals including 1) Continuing to create content for the organizations I work with now, 2) Identifying more blog-writing opportunities to help expand my portfolio, and 3) Developing a plan for maximizing the potential of Paper Crow Blog.

My Writing Breakdown This Week: Day-by-Day

This week, I reminded myself that I can always fit writing time into my schedule – I just need to look for opportunities as they present themselves. I have also been making an effort to recognize my small successes, as I have a tendency to not recognize gradual improvements when I am focused on biggerContinue reading “My Writing Breakdown This Week: Day-by-Day”

Collaborative Book List (Readers Can Still Add Suggestions!)

Recently, I created a post (which you can read here) that readers could comment on and leave suggestions for books they recommend. I wanted to compile that list for both myself and for others in case any of you are seeking new titles to read. As I mentioned in the post, I often fall intoContinue reading “Collaborative Book List (Readers Can Still Add Suggestions!)”

Benefits to Joining a Writing Group (and Tips for Finding the Right One!)

One of the most beneficial changes I’ve made to my life in the past two years was to start participating in writing groups. I have been lucky enough to participate in a couple of groups and cannot recommend them enough for anyone looking to increase their writing productivity! The benefits of joining a writing groupContinue reading “Benefits to Joining a Writing Group (and Tips for Finding the Right One!)”

Know a Good Book? Help Build My (and Others’) To-Be-Read List By Posting in the Comments Section

Sometimes I find that I have pigeon-holed myself into reading about particular themes and topics. I am looking for a variety of recommendations including essays, longer non-fiction, and fiction. I think it would be fun for readers to leave suggestions for books (and other works like poetry, plays, short stories, etc.) in the comments sectionContinue reading “Know a Good Book? Help Build My (and Others’) To-Be-Read List By Posting in the Comments Section”

Gaining Experience Writing for Organizations

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I recently began seeking opportunities to expand my writing portfolio. The theme of this blog is “Living a Life of Writing,” a phrase which summarizes my goal of spending more time focused on my writing. One way I hope to achieve this goal is to eventually transition intoContinue reading “Gaining Experience Writing for Organizations”

Writing Exercise: Rivers

I never learned to distinguish myself from the earth. In the beginning, my soul flourished within me, green and rich, following the blessing of the river. When the river dried and turned to dust, I found myself empty. I was a yucca plant in the sun, leaves raised to the skies and searching for rain.

The Five Most Difficult Lessons I’ve Learned About Writing

Most of us can agree that writing is not usually as simple as having an idea and “writing it down.” While inspiration does occasionally flow freely, most writers I’ve talked to believe that producing consistent writing takes determination and a lot of self-reflection. Writing can be tough and feel like a struggle some of theContinue reading “The Five Most Difficult Lessons I’ve Learned About Writing”