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Five Signs You Are A Creative Person

Five Signs You Are A Creative Person

You dream in vivid color.

You often are caught staring out the window.

You struggle with knowing who you are.

If you nodded your head to any of these statements above, there is a chance you might be creative. But how do you really know if you are creative? Is there a test? Do you have to take a class? Can you read a book?  Well, no. It’s not that easy. To paraphrase Bob Marley, nothing worth doing is easy and if it’s easy, it’s not worth doing.

So take a moment, take a deep breath and read. If any of these traits click with you, there is a strong chance you are a creative person.

1. You have high energy but you are often quiet or at rest.

This seems like a contradiction (but just wait ’till you get further down). I can assure this in not the case. Creative people are often able to long hours on projects and not feel tired but full of energy. Their passion is what keeps them going (and a little bit of caffeine). Novelists work months on one project. Painters can work 48 hours straight on making sure the hair comes out just right. These are quiet actives but use lots of energy.

2. You often battle between two extremes.

Real vs fantasy
Extroverted vs introverted
Humble vs proud
Passionate vs objective
Rebellious vs conservative
Creative people are not simple people. Labels are not easily placed on them. People with a creative flair are often daydreaming but often it’s for a purpose. They need to dream up an upcoming scene in their masterpiece or they are trying to figure out how warp drive would work. They are out going about their art but often are hard to speak to in the grocery store. They humble to learn new information about their craft but (once in a while) too proud to see a fatal flaw in their painting. Living with two extremes is just a way of life for a creative person.

3. You risk having a higher chance of getting depression.

Regrettable, creativity often requires alone time. Lots of it. Being so isolated for long periods of time often increases the risk of depression. Not interacting with others (being human or animal) reduces interactions and reduces your emotional well-being. Humans evolved to interact with each other and when that is cut off, depression can creep in. So a word to the wise, remember to schedule in time to interact with others.

Another issue that increases depression is an extreme need for perfection. Artist, writers, musicians and other people in the creative world often hold themselves to high standards. Always having high standards and not always meeting those standard sometimes leave to the feeling of not being good enough or being a truly creative person.

4. You work hours that not everyone else works.

Creative people often work when it works for them verse working nine to five. This means they work early in the morning before everyone else is awake or long night hours after everyone is asleep. They often loose track of time and get lost in their work. This means they might start Monday and end Tuesday morning when their muse is truly singing to them. Other times they might only work for five minutes and call it a day. They often find a pattern that works best for them.

5. You step into the unknown.

Yes you! You took the time to look up creative people and their traits. This is just the first step to following your passion. Sometimes just acknowledging that you aren’t quite like the rest of people is following your passion. Once you acknowledge that, you can break away from the path and create your path. Stepping out into the unknown is a very common trait of the creative person and one that is crucial to creativity.

Consequently, do you feel like you are a creative person? Not all these traits apply to everyone. Hopefully, you might have felt a connection to one of these traits. Maybe know you know a little bit more about whether you are a creative person or not!

References –

http://expanded–consciousness.blogspot.nl/2013/12/10-paradoxical-traits-of-creative-people.html
https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/199607/the-creative-personality
http://www.medicaldaily.com/what-genius-looks-common-traits-worlds-smartest-and-most-creative-284698
http://www.womenonbusiness.com/5-signs-you-are-a-creative-person/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/04/creativity-habits_n_4859769.html

10 Benefits of Having a Blog for Writers

10 Benefits of Having a Blog for Writers
10 Benefits of Having a Blog for Writers

Many writers are struggling. They are struggling with the delicate art of balancing everything with the need to write. Others are struggling with getting words on the page. There are a few writers struggling with getting feedback on some of their writings.  Others are struggling with getting their writing published. I might not know everything, but I know a few things. One thing I know is that having a blog has been very helpful! So, I decided that I will share the top ten reasons why having a blog is super beneficial to anyone! (But more importantly to a writer!)

  1. Improve your writing – This is self-explanatory, but this is one of the biggest reasons to have a blog. Writing is like a muscle that you need to work out. The only way to get better is to write. There really isn’t much else one can say about it.
  2. Expressing yourself – Having a blog allows you to open the door and put yourself out there and allow you to express what you are thinking. No one else knows what you are thinking so it is up to you to open that door.
  3. Strengthen your writing muscles – Similar to what I said before, writing is an art. To get great at it, one needs to practice. One also needs to step out his/her comfort zone and expand his/her tool set. It is like going to the gym and only every working on your arms and you forget about leg day! To become a great well-rounded writer, you need to try different things. Step out of your comfort zone, and you will be amazed by what you will learn.
  4. Practice a different style – This goes hand in hand about trying something different. If you are often someone who liked to write long-winded articles about the food your cat really likes, try to write a 100-word post about you like to eat. Then try to write a top ten about what your dog really likes you. Every time you try something different, you will stretch your writing muscle and learn something new. In no time, you will master different things (and you will new strengths you didn’t know you had and learning things that don’t work so well.)
  5. Sharing your writing with the world – This tends to be the scariest step. You have to be willing to let people into read your writing. For me, this is the scariest thing. But the only way to grow it to expose yourself to the sun. J
  6. Building your audience – For any writer that wants to be published, building a following is now a huge part of getting a contract. Most traditional publishers do not have a HUGE marketing department. That means it falls on you to help your name out there. Already having a following is a great start. These are already people who know your writing and would love to read more. (Note: this does not happen overnight).
  7. Getting instant feedback – Every writer I know loves to get feedback. More often than not, they really love positive feedback. But as writers, we need all kinds of feedback. (Not anything that is mean or trying to discourage the writer.) One way of growing is fixing things that are not working and improving your weaknesses.
  8. Increasing creativity – Having a blog is a wonderful way of creating creativity. Once the ball starts to roll, coming up with things to blog about becomes simple. This is not to be confused with keeping up the blog (that is for a different day). Just brainstorming ideas for blog post tends to create even more blog post ideas! Go ahead and try it.
  9. Connecting with others – This is the fun part of blogging. (Even though I enjoy all parts of blogging). Often times, connecting with other bloggers is the fun part. Talking to others is just fun. You can create friendships and learn new things as well. Connecting with others have so many huge benefits for just your writing and your social life! J
  10. You can see your writing improve over time – This is really an awesome thing. You can look back at your old blog post and see how much you have grown. It’s a bit like a two-sided blade. You can see how far you have come and how you have improved: but, you will also see how unpolished and young your voice was. Just relish in seeing how much you have grown with your writing.

As you have guessed, there is always way more reason why to blog, but for me, these are the top ten reasons why I have a blog. What are you reasons to have a blog? Tell me below! J

Until next time….

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How do you keep track of your word count?

How do you keep track of your word count?

Just in time for NaNoWriMo, I thought that I would start sharing some helpful tips as we lead up to NaNoWriMo.   I am a lover of all things NaNoWriMo and I love to talk about it too!

So I think I will start with ways to keep track of your word count.  There are several way to do this and it is very much a personal style choice.  So here are just a few out of the many, many ways one can track a word count!

I will start off with what I shared in my post about my Writing Corner. I shared about my dry ease white board.  Last time I shared it, all it had was just my word count (in green).  But since then I have added blog posts, NaNoWriMo updates and a few other little things! 🙂  I find this way really helpful for two really big reasons: it’s bright and colorful and it’s visible for all to see!  🙂  It hold me accountable to all who can see the calendar – mainly my husband who tends to remind about my lacking word count!

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You can click to enlarge it!

Another way to keep track of your word count is via an online counter.  My most favorite one is StoryToolz. This has a lot to offer from word count meters to random conflict generators.  It’s extremely helpful for anyone from someone who just wants to keep track of his/her word count to someone who is stuck in the mist of writer’s block. Also, did I  mention that it has a widget that you can add to your blog? Like this one?
Click to view daily statistics

Another way to keep track of your word count is on an excel spreed sheet. NaNo-tracking-grid  I have had this one for a little while floating around on my computer.  To be honest, I can’t remember where I got it from.  I did not create this but I find it so helpful that I really want to share it.  It is really great for NaNoWriMo but you really could use it for pretty much all year around!

That seems to my top three ways of keeping track of your word count.  I hope you enjoyed it!  Please share it with a friend!

Until next time…

Stalled out

Stalled out

Since I don’t have an interview this week due to unseen events, I thought I would share a little bit about my writing – or well lack of writing…

I’ve stalled out this past week.

I dunno why…

It might deal with the fact that one of the main antagonist characters decided to ‘flip sides’ and really interested in Sam (my main character) more like a lover.  So this now means that that I have to do a lot of edits dealing with this character.  And it’s a fundamental charge that I am going to really tweak the plot line (nothing major but still a good chuck of the sub plots).

But that is what editing is for!  I just need to push through to finish this draft and then I can start to plan out my NaNoWriMo project!  So my goal for this week is to push and finish.  I am am so close!!

Also, if you haven’t notices, I have been rearranging some things and I have put some of my NaNoWriMo swag up on the top of the page! I am just so excited!  🙂

One more thing before you go, please take a moment and vote in my poll!  Thanks!

Until next time…

Setting my Writing Goals

Setting my Writing Goals

Today’s challenge is about defining my goals into two different set of lists: short term and long term goals.  Again, I will share the link at the end of the post!  (See what I did there?) 😉

Short Term Goals

  • In October, complete the October Platform Challenge.
  • In November participate in NaNoWriMo (and win).
  • Complete my current work in progress by the 16th.
  • Plot out my NaNoWriMo project!
  • Get my Region up and ready to party (for NaNoWriMo)!
  • Read more on a daily basis.
  • Reach 100 followers by the end of the year
  • Keep my husband alive for one more day before he goes back to work.

Long Term Goals

  • Start querying agents (within the year)
  • Look into different publishing houses
  • Raise my daughter to breathe fire
  • Achieve the level of five years of marriage.
  • Stand up for my self
  • Continue to learn how to be a better wife, mother, writer, and human being.
  • Become debt free and financially independent.
  • Learn to laugh more.

This just a brief list of goals I have.  As many of you guys know, goals need to be SMART and this is just the first stage to planning out your goals.  But for now, I will leave you guys with this!  I hope you enjoy it!

Here is the link to the Writer’s Digest platform challenge.

What are you goals?  Share them below!

Until next time…

P.S.  Thank you for taking the time to read this.  If you have a moment please vote in the poll below please! Thank you!

The Future

The Future
The Future

Sadly, I haven’t been able to keep up with all of the assignments for Writing 101.  But I think this one looks like fun! 🙂 So here I go! 🙂

Next month I plan to … I plan to continue all the great stuff that I started (like all the great interviews I’ve done) and I am looking into getting my hands wet in a new series.  Here is the poll.  😉  Give me your vote and it shall be awesome!

What does the remainder of 2015 hold for me?  Well I am hoping for the best.  I hope it will be as great as September has been to me!  I hope to continue to create amazing content that you guys love!  Overall I hope you amazing people love what I have been working on and that you share with with your friends! Without you guys, I wouldn’t be here today! 🙂

I believe that my future looks like…  With a lot of hard work, I would love to be able to achieve my goal of being a published author.  That would mean so much to me and it would show my daughter that with hard work, she can achieve her dreams as well.  So I hope my future is happy and I am able to achieve my goals!

In the future I could do without …  social media.  Not that I don’t like it but it sometimes feels like it takes up so much time. It is nice to connect with others, don’t get me wrong, I just feel that we as a people have connected online but disconnected offline!

5, 10, 20 years from now…  I really just don’t know.  In five years I would have a six year old, in ten years I would have an eleven year old and in twenty years I would have a twenty one year old!  I don’t want to think about that!  But when it comes to my writing I done have a very loose five year plan. I’ll share that at a later date but I will let you know, I will have a book published, one way or another! 🙂

Well, that seems to be it..  I hope you guys enjoyed Writing 101 as much as I did. 🙂 I hope if you like what you have read, you will follow me so you can still get lots of amazing writings!

Until next time…

Drawing up Blanks

Drawing up Blanks
Drawing up Blanks

I’m drawing up blanks… It’s very rare that I can’t think of anything to blog about. I often can blink and come up with a new idea….

Not today, I’m drawing up blanks…

Maybe it’s because I woke an hour earlier and I have been trying to get as much done before my daughter wakes up! But I’ve tried this before… I was able to get some stuff done.

Today I am just drawing up blanks…

My blog has been going so well this month and I am scared that it might not last… But I have felt like this before and it hasn’t brother much…

Today I am drawing up blanks…

I have a lot of great posts coming up with some much great info and great (and helpful stuff). I can’t wait to share it with you guys!

But today I am drawing a blank…

It could be the rain… Nah, I love the rain! It’s so peaceful and I get so many ideas from it…

Blank… That is all that is in my head.

I don’t know about you guys, but I am kinda enjoying the blanks… I’m not so worried and I am able to just breathe. Sometime being a creative person and always coming up with creative idea takes a toll on your body and mind.

Today, I’m okay with drawing up blanks!

Until next time….

The Usefulness of Binders.

The Usefulness of Binders.
The Usefulness of Binders.

This writing Wednesday, I thought I would talk about my love of binders!  I love binders! They are just so useful!

Binders can be used in many different ways.  All lot of us remember having a binder or two during our school days.  Remember the teacher always showing us how to organize it?  Here are a few ways I use binders from my everyday life to my writing adventures!

One of my many binders I have, is a binder filled with notebook paper.  I use this one for free-writes, and brain dumps.  Sometimes staring at the screen doesn’t work or when my daughter is awake and I don’t want her to think I live at the computer, I pick up a pen and write!  And a few people out there are sighing to themselves thinking you know a notebook would work the same.  You are right, a notebook would work the same but I like to add things to my binders.  For example, if I find a great article of a funny picture, I would print it out and then hole punch it.  Then I add it to my binder!  And as any great writer knows, always carry a pen and paper with you.  For this I have a little memo pad that can clip into my notebook.  (We not at the moment. I am using a really girly one and it doesn’t have a hole at the top for adding a memo pad!)

Another binder I have is for my blog stuff.  I have really rough drafts of post written down on paper.  I have a personal goal statement for my blog (and something I don’t often share).  It also has articles I found online that I have printed out and added to it too.  And I often have a blog to-do list of up coming posts and things of that nature.  I also have a hard copy of my calendar of my posts at the beginning of my binders.  (I print my calendars out from here!) I have a very flexible plan of what I am going to post for the month.

On top of all that, I also have a plotting binder.  This is where I break down scene by scene of my novel.  Each scene is on a piece of paper.  On each piece of paper there is the characters involved in the scene, the goal of the scene and a brief outline of the scene.   All the scene go into one section.  Plus, with binders, you can rearrange the scenes (the pages) to your liking or what fits the plot.  Can you do that with a notebook?  Then I have another section for my characters.  Like for the scenes, each character gets a page. On each character page I list of their status, characteristics and any key information for them.  And sometimes, I place a plot point or a surprise here as well. (So I don’t often share what’s in this binder!)  A third section for any research I have done, any images that inspired me, notes for the plot and other tidbits.  To be honest, since I got Scrivener (I have a link to it on my sharing page) I haven’t used this set up for a while but I feel like I should still share it with others especially if you don’t have that program or any extra cash to buy it.

The other use for binders is for editing.  This is more aimed more for the novel length writers who need to edit their drafts.  I am more old school and I like to work with the paper (and I get a lot of paper-cuts!)  And I get my red pen out (or another bright colored pen) and start looking for things to fix.  But since I haven’t gotten to the stage just yet with my current project, I will just leave this for you guys’ pleasure!  (I have edited other projects, but I would rather not talk about those edits…)

Overall, I love binders. They are is very useful and so flexible!  Do you find binders as useful as I do? Tell me below!

Until next time…

Tunnel Vision

Tunnel Vision

We were asked to pick a social media site to focus on and then create a game plan on how to increase traffic to our blog from there.

I know several people who picked Facebook and Twitter for their social media site to focus on.   I thought about choosing one of those, but then it occurred to me, why?  Why would I do that when there are others out there that might work out better?

By now, you are wondering, which one did you pick?  I choose Google+.

Why?  Because, I wanna! Okay, but really there are a few great reasons to use Google+.

  • Space isn’t temporary or limited to 140 characters.  As a writer, I struggle with only writing 140 characters!  (But it does help with really focusing on which words used and getting the meaning across with only a few words!)  But I am a lover of words I hate not being able to use all the words I want causes me an internal struggle.
  • It is immediately indexed by Google. This is a bit of a now brainier.  In a world where so many people are struggling to get attention from others, it helps to get indexed by one of the giants without a lot of effort.  It helps save time while you are focused on other things.  🙂
  • No more friend request fatigue! Can I get an amen?  Add follow back fatigue to that list as well!  It’s so frustrating when you have people begging for follows, likes or requests and then they get mad if you don’t follow or you unfollow.  This is when major reason why I like the circle idea!  🙂   Go ahead, check it out!
  • HANGOUTS!  Okay, for me this is a big one.  For a few of you out there, you know that I want to create a writing group and host virtual write ins in the near future! So, for me, Google Hangout are a great idea.  If you already have a Google login (who doesn’t?) you can join in or you don’t need a Google login to watch.  (I’m still learning all about Hangouts!) On top of that, the hangout then becomes a YouTube video.  What is not to love?
  • It’s a popular social media site!  Backed by Google, what’s not to love?

So, I have decided to take a three step process to increase my presence on Google+.

  1. I need to share my post on the site – seems pretty straight forward but some how my settings where set for only me to see things!
  2. I need to share with some communities on Google+ – there are so many communities out there!  I think I really could find and connect with others  in the communities, I just need to interact with them!
  3. I need to engage more on there.  It’s a staple.  To get love, you need to share some love!  🙂

Alright, what do you guys think?   Do you think Google+ is the way to go?  If you have a profile, connect with me here.

Until next time…

Non Writing activities

Non Writing activities

So, what do you do when you aren’t writing?

Wait, people do other things than write? Uh-oh, I’m in trouble!

As many of you know, I am a full time stay at home mom. Most of the day I am just chasing my almost one year old (three more days!) around the house. Within the last week she had given up in napping so that has cut down on my blogging/ writing time. But don’t fear, my husband had chosen next week as his vacation so I might get a great chunk of stuff done! J

Outside of chasing her and playing with her, I do a LOT of reading. I mean, a lot. I am often reading two of three books at a time and countless magazines and articles of all sorts! (Hey, I got to stay in the know with the rest of the world!)

I have tried to sew, crafting, painting and other hobbies but I have failed at almost all of them. That is why I have a series (it’s more of a monthly series) about any time I have tried to do a DIY project and failed! If you can’t laugh at yourself, you need to lighten up!

One of my friends have been bringing me to dance class on Thursday nights. But I have only been to two classes so I will let you guys how that goes!

What do you guys do when you aren’t dancing or writing? Let me know! J

Until next time…