My teeny winged friend
brings me young yellow roses
on a dismal day.
I hope you all had a wonderful month so far!
I didn’t complete all my goals, but that’s okay :). Before I share my diary log, let’s take a look at how creativity and health are connected.
I wasn’t surprised to come across an article about how a creative life helps our health. People feel happier when they create, are resilient, and are less anxious. It’s an exciting find for sure.
On a personal level, writing has filled my life with purpose and joy. I love learning about the craft and studying stories. My world is fuller because of the friends I have made in the #writingcommunity.
How has your artistic pursuit helped you?
Friday – I free wrote for around an hour and a half. Worked on worldbuilding questions and rethought some of my character arcs. Honestly, the best thing I did was unplug from the wifi :). I felt hopeful after my session.
Saturday – Reread the first 50 pages of my Celtic fantasy and added revision notes.
Sunday – Played around with a watercolor set and watched a few YouTube videos. I haven’t completed anything yet, but it’s a lot of fun 🙂
Monday – I received notes on my Bluebeard retelling and edited the first 50 pages 🙂
Tuesday – Revised five chapters of my Celtic fantasy. Made an Excel spreadsheet to track every scene in the novel.
Wednesday – I went to Irishtown Nature Park for the first time with my friend in the morning. Snapped some nature shots. Photography is a passion of mine, and I love nature. It’s a nice change from sitting at a desk.
Thursday – Wrote a poem and took some photos of the ocean.
These are just some examples. Every day won’t look like this. I might have just snapped a few photos or scribbled down a sentence on a WIP. I may have thought a lot about writing. It all adds up 🙂
I have family visiting next week, so I’m going to try and wake up earlier. Here are my goals:
How about you? I would love to hear about your creative pursuits from this past month:) ! What do you hope to accomplish next month?
Until next time,
How are you doing? Happy Friday! The weekend is near 🙂
Today I’m celebrating my 28th birthday. As I was driving to a local cafe, I started thinking about new goals for this year. I want to focus more on writing and other creative pursuits (crocheting, painting, candle-making, pottery, crafting, etc.).
That’s why I’ve decided to start a brand new blog series called The Creativity Diary 🙂
It’s so easy to say we don’t have any time to pursue our creative dreams. I know I did that a couple of years ago and still do depending on the week. I feel frustrated when a week or two goes by, and I haven’t done anything to further my creative journey.
I want to encourage you to chase after your dreams. You can start by making a small step forward.
Once a month, I’ll write up a post about how I did. I may share some interesting finds on creativity and ways to stay focused.
It will look different. Today I unplugged from the internet. I wrote in my journal and brainstormed ways to strengthen the plot in my Celtic fantasy. Maybe tomorrow I will work on my rag rug while watching an episode of a kdrama 😀
The goal is to pursue art every day, even if it’s something small 🙂 Victoria Schwab tweeted about how she doesn’t write every day but keeps the creative door open. I love that.
What about you :)? What are your creative goals for the week? Is there something you’ve been putting off? I’d love to hear below ❤
Until next time,
Hi everyone! It’s been a long time since I blogged about my writing journey. I didn’t write a lot in April. I did, however, spend time planting flowers, walking on the beach, and reading books.
In April, I noticed I was starting to feel stressed out about my novels. The words weren’t coming. I felt like I was scribbling empty words. I would write a chapter and go back and delete it. I know some people suggest you have to write something down so you can revise it. This time felt different.
I needed a creative break.
I took time off from my seafaring project, THE LOST SAGES, and dabbled in another story world for a bit. I wrote snippets of dialogue and explored the setting. I heard back from my wonderful critique partners who read TLS. I have a pile of notes 🙂
Now that we’re on the cusp of May, I’m working on a plan for revisions. I don’t feel burned out but instead excited to dive back in. What do you do when you’re feeling drained?
Hopewell Rocks, NB (little Maggie May in the corner, haha)
I enjoy going to the beach and walking. I especially love finding sea glass.
Happy writing, friends ❤
Until next time,
Hi friends, how are you making out?
Today, I’m going to share a fun submission opportunity. I shared about the first Grumpy Old Gods Anthology during #24DaysofWriting. Well, they had nearly 100 submissions and 11 spaces to fill! They’ve decided to send out a call for volume 2.
The editors want stories about mythical Gods or Goddesses who are retired, missing from their post, waning, or ignoring their job responsibilities. They’re seeking speculative fiction at around 3000-4000 words.
The deadline to submit is March 30th, 2019. You can send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more information about the call here.
Personally, I find these submission opportunities a lot of fun. I get to flex my creative muscles and work with a specific prompt. The story I wrote for the first call was a ton of fun. I wrote about Beira from The Winter Crone and created her origin story.
Even though this story wasn’t selected for the anthology, I know where I can use it someday. I’m hoping to research and outline a novel based on Beira and Alaor this summer when I get a chance.
These prompts are fun. You can take a break from editing/drafting novels 🙂 Happy Wednesday!
Until next time,
Hi everyone! My apologies for missing yesterday’s submission post. Today, I have two opportunities to make up for the missed blog from yesterday.
Chicken Soup for the Soul is publishing stories about Running/Walking. They are due December 15th.
Blue Mountain Arts seek poems for a poetry card contest due December 31st.
Keep reading to learn more about both!
Chicken Soup for the Soul is teaming up with Dean Karnazes. He is the Ultramarathoner. This book will be about walking, running, and how steps toward taking care of the body have many benefits.
The upcoming book title refers to how running and walking are good for one’s health. You can also run or walk for an important cause or issue, to raise awareness.
They seek true poems or stories of 1200 words or less. It can be about all aspects of running, walking, and raising awareness for a cause. Stories can be serious, heartwarming, or funny and quirky.
Want to write a poem for Blue Mountain Arts 33rd biannual poetry card contest? First prize is $350, second prize is $200, and third prize is $100. The winning poems will be displayed on their website.
Poems can be non-rhyming or rhyming. Blue Mountain Arts noted that non-rhyming poems read better. They suggest writing about real feelings or emotions and think about a particular person while you write.
Poems are judged based on uniqueness and originality. They seek English only entries, and you can submit as many poems as you’d like!
Poems must be an original creation. The rights to the entries will remain the property of the author. You’ll give permission to Blue Mountain Arts, Inc. to display and publish your entry on the Web, electronically, if you win.
Winners will be contacted within 45 days of the deadline date 🙂 Remember, they are due December 31st. Read more here.
Hope you enjoy these two submission opportunities, friends ❤
Until next time,
Hope you’re having a good week so far ✨❄️
Here is a fun place to submit: Enchanted Conversation Magazine.
Are you able to tell a myth, fairy tale, folktale in 100-500 words? Check out some examples: