Writing a novel in a month is an opportunity for me to improve both my writing process and my everyday life.
My latest birthday has been a reminder that writing is inevitably tied to other aspects of my life, for better or worse.
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.
Photo by Edu Lauton on Unsplash A couple of years ago, I submitted an essay to an online literary magazine. I received a rejection e-mail from the editor a few months afterwards. Although I felt the usual disappointment at the time that my work was passed on, I've later become grateful for this e-mail. Instead of the typical… Continue reading The Best Writing Advice I’ve Ever Received Came From a Rejection Letter
Photo by Peter Lewicki on Unsplash I used to watch the improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? In a segment called "Scenes From a Hat," the host would pull slips of paper from a hat that contained random scenes suggested by the audience. The cast would then improvise these scenes, and of course,… Continue reading Scenes from a Hat: The Stories Around Us
Photo by Dino Reichmuth on Unsplash My boyfriend and I took a trip to Denver this past week. He was sent here on a work conference, and we decided to stay in town for a few days after the conference ended to turn the trip into a vacation. While he has already flown home since… Continue reading Writing on Vacation
Photo by Beatriz Perez Moya I am happy to report that our little house in the country, once again, has internet. The stubbornly optimistic side of me overpowered the millennial part of me - I actually wasn't too upset we went so long without internet. I honestly think I even enjoyed the detachment from the… Continue reading Steps I Am Taking to Develop My Writing Portfolio
Photo by Stephen Walker on Unsplash There used to be a motivational poster that circulated the teachers' classrooms when I was in grade school. Like all motivational posters, it served as an attempt to inspire students before they became fully jaded by life's injustices. Shoot for the moon, the poster read, even if you miss, you will land… Continue reading Shooting for the Moon Without Internet and Other Writing Challenges
What's the way home? There are so many ways I've taken, Countless roads that have led me here. Some were paved and offered no resistance, Others were arduous and left me weak. Some days I walked with company at my side And many I traveled alone. What's the way home? It's there, But it's fleeting… Continue reading Writing Exercise: The Way Home
Photo by Andrea Tummons on Unsplash I have been trying my hand at growing plants this past year, and one of the things I've learned is that some plant bulbs, such as daffodils (which bloom in early spring), should be planted in the cold soil of fall and winter. I was surprised to learn this planting technique, as… Continue reading Establishing Our Creative Roots this Winter