On the first Monday of every month, I create a few writing prompts to help you get writing! You’ll see them here each month and on Instagram @thelexiconwritingblog every Monday.
Happy July! And Happy Birthday to the USA too! There are four Monday’s in July which means…four writing prompts! July is also CampNanowrimo so if you need a story idea to get you going, look no further.
Self love is something that took me a long to really understand. I first heard about self-love while working in a college dorm when I was 19 and, after years of thinking the values of humility and selflessness were all there was, the idea of self-love sort of went against everything else I had heard before.
I started to test out different practices, like meditation, mindfulness, journaling, forgiving myself, extending grace to others, being honest about what I wanted and what I felt.
It sounds silly, but I had to credit this new discovery of self-love as being an anchor for my writing. It became the thing that always helped me write!
Without a healthy bit of self-love, I wouldn’t be as in tune with myself, wouldn’t be as empathetic to others (or my characters!), and wouldn’t be as aware of the rest of the world as I am. Which all enables me to be a better writer.
When you listen in on people’s conversation on the bus attempting to be mindful, you can get some really good fodder for dialogue!
Just recently, I had set aside a day to write. This was a get shit done sort of day. I had my goal list, my to-do list, my what-to-do-if-I-had-spare-time list. I was all set. I dove in and breezed through a few blog posts and a bit of planning for TLWB.
And then I got the text. A good friend wanted to know if I’d be spontaneously free to hang out.
You guys, I had a really hard time sitting down and writing this blog post. I don’t what it was, whether I just didn’t have any motivation, or I just REALLY needed to clean my desk absolutelyrightnow, but this post had a hard time becoming a reality.
Which is ironic because today I’m writing about common hang-ups…the things that stop us from actually sitting down and writing.
That never happens to you, dear writer…right???
Today, we’re going to face those hang-ups head on…exactly like our heroic main characters face their demons and charge into battle!
There is a wealth of information for writers. Whether or fiction, non-fiction, poetry, haiku, or song, there’s something on the internet for you.
Today I wanted to do a quick round-up of my favorite blogs for fiction writers. These are the places I go when I need help with my story, my plot, my setting, my MP, or I just need a bit of encouragement to keep going. Check them out, give them some love, and may they inspire you to get writing!
If I had to pick a favorite genre, I’d have to pick historical fiction. So it made sense to start off my new series on literary genres with my favorite!
Each month, I’ll write about a different genre: what defines it, what challenges come up, common literary devices, and some additional resources to help you on your journey.
And like I said, today we’re starting with historical fiction! I love nothing more than getting swept away to a time period different from my own. Getting immersed in a time and place that I’m not familiar with is one of my favorite things as a reader and in fact, one of my favorite parts of reading! Historical fiction does this well, by bringing the reader along for a journey in a time we’ll never experience.
They always make me wish time-travel was a reality.
So what IS historical fiction anyways??
Welcome to Part 2 of TLWB’s Getting Organized Series! This week we are working on my favorite thing to organize: paper!
Don’t worry, I am fully aware that the above sentence is a weird one.
I was always one of those kids who liked playing school, because of all the amazing worksheets (reasons why there are so many on this blog) and calendars and bulletin boards. I loved it.
So now, as a writer, sometimes I have to remind myself that just because I’m a writer doesn’t entitle me to all the pretty paper products…
Nevermind…being a writer totally entitles me to ALL the pretty paper products!
Maybe that’s where I get that uncanny ability of constantly acquiring paper, notebooks, pens, workbooks, note paper, stickers, sticky notes, cute erasers…
Today, we’re going to corral all our paper products/ writing materials/ supplies/ etc and get down and dirty to get our paper in order!
So we’ll start with the easy bit first…