• WRITING

    Getting Out of a Slump

    From time to time, you find yourself down in the dumps and uninspired. At those times, you just can’t seem to summon the wherewithal to write. Sound familiar? Recently, I found myself in one such rut again but this time, I decided to brainstorm ways to overcome the mental blocks that were keeping me from writing. I took some time to consider my predicament and try to ascertain why I was blocked and what I could do to sort of shake some ideas loose, so to speak. For one thing, I’ve been a bit stressed out lately. Due to some personal circumstances, I’ve been living outside of my comfort zone and…

  • WRITING

    Editorial Calendars for Cheapskates

    If you try to blog on a schedule, you tend to learn quickly that you won’t get very far without a bit of planning and organization. This is where an editorial calendar comes into play. An effective editorial calendar not only allows you to plan posts weeks, even months ahead of time, it also helps to keep you on task. When using an editorial calendar, I’ve found that I’m more likely to publish new blog posts with greater frequency and consistency. When using an editorial calendar, I’ve found that I’m more likely to publish new blog posts with greater frequency and consistency. Back when I first had a self-hosted WordPress…

  • WRITING

    How a Pantser Learned to Plot

    I used to be a pantser.  Time was writing by the seat of my pants was the only way I could imagine getting any writing done. This particular approach to the writing process worked for me for a very long time. That changed, though, when a medical condition which seems to have affected the way my brain works, left me unable to focus or effortlessly string my ideas together. I very quickly learned that to keep being a writer, I needed to change my whole approach to the art of writing stories. I needed a system. At first, I was at a loss. For years, I had balked at the…