How To Do A Creative Retreat At Home

How To Do A Creative Retreat At Home

In my last post, Why You Should Do A Creative Retreat, I talked about the value of doing a creative getaway. But maybe you have kids, you don’t work 100% remotely, or travel expenses aren’t in the budget right now. For that reason, I wanted to couple the blog’s most recent post with a follow-up on how to get the benefits and some of the experiences of doing a creative retreat without having to leave home.

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Why You Should Do A Creative Retreat

Why You Should Do A Creative Retreat

I’d always dreamed of going on a creative retreat. I love the idea of secluding myself in a beautiful location, far away from the distractions of everyday life, and focusing my time and attention on my creative writing projects. If you’ve been toying with the idea of doing a creative retreat but have some hesitations, here’s why I think they are totally and completely worth it!

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Super Easy DIY Valentines

Super Easy DIY Valentines

Although I don't usually send Valentine's Day cards, the desire to get creative one evening had me getting out my markers and putting together these super easy DIY Valentines. I'm not much of a visual artist so I went for really simple and minimal designs that I think pretty much anyone can recreate. If you're looking to make something with a personal touch this Valentines Day, give one of these designs a try!

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Four Books For Jane Austen Fans

Four Books For Jane Austen Fans

Like so many romantic teenage girls who grow up to be writers, I have always been a big Jane Austen fan. Coming home from university over the Thanksgiving or Christmas holidays always meant pulling my well-worn copy of Pride & Prejudice or Sense & Sensibility off the bookshelf and diving into Austenland.

But, as any Austen-head knows all too well, there are only six of her novels and it doesn't take long to exhaust your supply. With that in mind, here are four other books to read if you love Jane Austen.

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How To Beat Writer's Block

How To Beat Writer's Block

"If you can't think what to write, tough luck; write anyway." - Philip Pullman

I've had that Philip Pullman quote in my head and over my writing desk for years and years. I came across it young enough in life that it was pretty powerful in shaping how I look at writing. I'm not saying that writer's block doesn't exist, but that quote reminds me that writer's block is never an excuse not to write.

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How To Win A Reading Challenge

How To Win A Reading Challenge

One of my resolutions for 2018 was to read 40 books in the year. In the first few days of January I felt a lot of pressure to get started and read as fast as I could since I had no idea if 40 was an accurate or reasonable goal for me. Now that 2018 is over, I can very happily say that I surpassed my goal and read a total of 49 books last year! (Oh how I wish I could have gotten to a nice round 50!). Along the way I picked up a few new habits that have helped me seriously increase my reading time. If you're thinking of starting a reading challenge, here are my top tips on how to win that bet against yourself. 

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