Building Confidence in Your Craft

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. 

Read Widely

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. 

All your hard work will pay off. 

Happy Writing!

Writer’s Block Emergency Kit

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!

New Scenery

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. 

Temporary Relief

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. 

Support System

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.

Let us know some of your tips and tricks!

Happy Writing!

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Read Then Watch – Books Turned to Television

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. 

On Netflix

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!

On Netflix

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. 

On Netflix

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. 

On Netflix

 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. 

On Hulu

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. 

Happy Reading!

How To Start A Book Club

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.

Happy Reading!

Book Inspired Vacations

Wherever you are in the world make sure you take the necessary time for yourself! Here on the east coast it is getting warmer each day, which means everyone will be planning their summer vacations! In order to stay on theme for this blog, we have come up with several must do vacations for all you book lovers out there, check them out!

Romeo and Juliet in Verona

Take a trip to Italy and explore what is arguably Shakespeare’s most famous work. Verona still has historic places that were standing during the story of the doomed lovers in the 16th century. Juliet’s balcony is the epitome of the locations and Verona remains a tourist destination for this reason.

Sherlock Holmes’ in London

Sherlock Holmes, along with his sidekick Watson, spent many stories in the streets of Victorian London looking for clues and suspects. Take a trip to England and walk through some of the same cobblestone streets and narrow lanes of Homes’ era. 221B Baker Street is now a museum, and you can also take a Sherlock Holmes Walking Tour to learn some more on the spot facts.

Lord of the Rings in New Zealand

Take a trip to where most of The Lord of the Rings was filmed. At more than 150 locations across New Zealand, there are many tour options to fit your needs. This dreamy destination could inspire anyone!

Outlander in Scotland

Get transported to your favorite Outlander location in Scotland on an Outlander tour! Walk in the footsteps of Jamie and Claire into Castle Leoch and on the cobbled streets of Cranesmuir. And let’s not forget about the standing stones!

Next time you’re planning your vacation maybe you can take your favorite book with you!

Happy Travels!

Where Do You Get Your Book News?

Do you want to keep up with the publishing industry news? If you do, there are many outlets to choose from! I have compiled a few of my favorites and maybe they will become yours too!

Keeping up with literary news outlets will allow you to stay up to date on current trends to better your own writing and literary journey. 

The Guardian

Offering more than just the current news of literacy, The Guardian has fiction, poetry and non-fiction reviews. As well as offering insight on children and YA books, they regularly conduct interviews with authors! The news is endless on this site, and they have something for everybody.

Literary Hub

I would say this site appeals to more of a younger crowd. It is vibrant and social media oriented, while giving you more than just the typical in your face news. Focus on your personal interests and browse their true crime reads or short stories. Even if you are not much of a reader you can get most of the news through their many genres of the Lit Hub Radio! How cool!

The New York Times

We cannot talk about news without The New York Times. They offer a book section wedged in between arts and style. While this site is definitely straight to the point, you know you will be getting an older demographic of news. However, It is always great to dabble in more than one site. Get a taste of the political side from the Times, then move on over to the lit hub for a taste of youth. 

Find the news outlet for you! It is great to stay in touch with things outside your realm of expertise and expand your mind. Hopefully one of these sites spoke to you and you can get your news on. Tell us some of your favorites too!

Happy Learning!