Everyday can sound tedious and never ending. But doing something everyday can bring forth a lot of improvement and self empowerment. I love to write everyday. Each day can be different- a thought here, an idea or observation there. It helps my mind make sense of the day and gives me satisfaction once I completed my task. It can also be uplifting and beneficial to go back and read my entries later. Adding to these entries later can also keep the same process going and who knows what kind of great things can stem from them! Once you get into the habit of writing everyday your mind sees things differently and wham! You might just become the next philosophical thinker. But really, give it a try. Keep a pen and notebook by your bed or a place you see everyday and it becomes a lot easier.
Let’s do it together! Write something everyday. Create a sentence journal, and keep it simple!
We have made it to another Monday! Now more than ever we have to balance our work over everything else. How is the transition going for you, and what are some of the ways you stay proactive? Let us know!
Having confidence as a writer lets you express yourself freely. However, to do so you need confidence in yourself and in your writing! Do you worry that your writing isn’t good enough? Well you are not alone, and we have compiled some ways to lift your writing confidence:
Practice Writing Regularly
Writing is just like any other skill or hobby, and practicing regularly will help you improve.
You are probably already an avid reader, but try reading something out of your norm. Pick up a new magazine, blog, or a genre out of your comfort zone. You will learn new techniques and find out what resonates with you.
Learn About Writing
In order to perfect your craft and build confidence you need to learn the in’s and out’s of writing. Specify the writing you want to go into, creative writing, blogging, memoirs and learn more about it! The more you learn the more you know!
Ask For Feedback
Asking a fellow writing friend for feedback is a great way to help improve your writing. I know it can be daunting getting your work critiqued, but once you edit based on the feedback you will have more confidence in it!
Submit Your Publication
This one can also be pretty daunting, but if you submit your work to a blog and they post it that is a big confidence boost! Follow the tips above and make it as good as you can before sending it in. You can also enter competitions to get your writing and name out there. There are so many outlets to explore and that is another reason why you not only have to learn about writing, but the writing world as well. It will be easier to navigate once you build yourself a map.
Make a kit to get you out of your writing rut. Writer’s fear it all everywhere- the inability to connect your mind to your hand. But don’t worry, there is always a solution!
The environment you are in can be your friend or your foe. Make sure it is a pleasant space for you. Have a list of go to places to visit to muse and sit- hopefully it will spark some inspiration.
You know yourself better than anybody, so when writers block hits make sure you have the necessary stress relief. Whether that be taking a bath, doing a favorite hobby or opening up a bottle of Tylenol. Do what your body needs.
Lift Yourself Up
In a time like this, things can seem pretty dim. But remind yourself of all the good things you accomplished that month/year. Find some quotes that inspire you and keep them visible for more self lifting.
It is amazing the kind of energy you can draw from friends and family. Don’t push them out in a time like this, they can help! Starting a conversation to get the ball rolling can be very helpful.
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Stuck in? While there are many things you can do with your time, here is one of my favorites! Read a book and then watch the television adaptation- you can read and watch at your own pace or you can easily fill a day or two or three with this activity.
Read then watch how agents attempt to understand and catch serial killers by studying their damaged psyches. People who are fond of criminal and detective shows/books this one is right up your alley!
This one is probably the most known adaptation on Netflix, with a whopping 7 seasons! Follow Piper Kerman on her prison adventure along with several other inmates. They do their best to retain some shred of humanity and identity in a system built to take it away.
We can all recognize that this mystery-solving show will be about the best detective that ever lived. This show will add a modern and spicy twist to the original by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
You might have seen this show as it took to social media by storm. This twisted series is definitely binge watch worthy, if you are into psychological thrillers.
Dive into a world that could have been. Where you are divided to provide based on social standing and health and the only hope is to bare children.
These are simply some of my favorites but believe me there’s more! Reading and then watching the show is a great way to expand your mind and creativity! Develop your own world while reading and then see how others interpreted it on the screen.
Do you like reading, but don’t always have someone to share your thoughts with? Start a book club with friends, family, or members of your community and connect with literature. It is a great escape and can be a fun way to chat about books. But first, you need a book club! You can try finding some in your community or you can start your own. Here are a few steps on how to start your own book club, if you feel up for the challenge:
Spread the word.
Having participating members of a book club can be one of the biggest factors. Without a group there’s no one to chat with! Spread the word through social media or email some friends you think would be interested.
Figure out the best time to meet.
Everyone’s schedules are different, and while meeting in person is primarily the best option it is not the only one. You can designate time to chat on Facebook and create your own group, or even chat over the phone. But knowing everyone’s schedules and planning the best time would be very helpful.
Go over the ground rules.
Rules should always be established. For instance: how often will you meet, how will you choose the book, how long will the meetings go and so forth.
Decide on the tone and theme of the book club.
Will you focus on favorite genres, amazon bestsellers, or movie adaptations? Having a focus in the beginning will create a smooth transition for all the members.
Keep a journal.
The content is totally up to you! But keep track of the books you read and what you liked or disliked. It would be a great way to jot down your notes for when it comes time for the meeting, and helpful when you try to recollect something from a previous book.
Book clubs are a great way to go out of your reading comfort zone and enter a reading community. You will find it so inspirational to chat with others about a book and just have fun.