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How Creative Journaling Encouraged My Novel Writing

Note: This is a guest post by Shayla Raquel, an expert editor, seasoned writer, and author-centric marketer, Shayla Raquel works one-on-one with authors and business owners every day. She is the author of the Pre-Publishing Checklist and her novel-in-progress, The Suicide Tree. She lives in Oklahoma with her two dogs, Chanel and Wednesday. www.shaylaraquel.com

My sloppy cursive and teenage-angst-filled woes covered a couple dozen journals back in the day. But after college, my daily journal habit drifted away, replaced with the click-click-clack of my MacBook keyboard. So when Bryan Hutchinson asked me to write about journaling, I saw a golden opportunity for a new adventure: trying creative journaling for the first time.

I had an amazing experience with creative journaling, so I’ve got a few tips and words of advice for those looking to try it.


5 Very Effective Journaling Methods You Should Give a Try

Note: This post is by Positive Writer contributor, Nicole Gulotta. She’s the author of Eat This Poem: A Literary Feast of Recipes Inspired by Poetry, and pens a blog by the same name. Say hello on Twitter or Instagram.

If you’re struggling to maintain a consistent journal practice, it probably has nothing to do with your commitment. It’s all about choosing the best method for your lifestyle.


Journaling Can be a Life Changing Tool (You Just Need to Know How to Take Advantage of it)

Journaling isn’t merely about picking up any old pen and paper and jotting down musings. Journaling can be a life changing tool, which can give you the eye of the tiger and help shape your life the way you want it to be.

However, the problem with maintaining a journal is that most people only do it sporadically, sometimes starting and then usually forgetting about it again. For the longest time, that was me. The good news is that there’s a cure.


What Art School Failed to Teach Me About Writing & Rejection

Note: This is a guest post by Frank McKinley, he’s a writing coach, an entrepreneur, and an idea guy. His mission is to help writers engage readers, sell their ideas, and build their tribes. His blog can be found at frankmckinleyauthor.com

If you’re like me, you hate to hear the word “No.

Let’s face it. Rejection sucks. I’m an extrovert, so I generally expect a “yes” every time I ask anybody anything.

The truth is nobody is that charming.


17 Writing Lessons to Remember

Post by Positive Writer contributor The Magic Violinist

With all the information we have at our fingertips, it can be overwhelming to figure out where to start and what to do and how to remember it all when it comes to writing. You might read eight different articles in a morning, all with various advice, and struggle to keep it at the forefront of your mind as you go about your day.

Because of this, I’ve compiled a list of 17 writing lessons you can access in one spot. These are all tips that have resonated with me recently, and hopefully, they make a difference with your writing, too.


How to Write a Bestseller

Note: This is a guest post by best-selling author Jeff Goins whose recent book Real Artists Don’t Starve just hit The Wall Street Journal Bestsellers List. You can follow Jeff on Twitter @JeffGoins and visit him online at goinswriter.com.

One thing I’ve learned from publishing five books in the past five years, including my most recent work Real Artists Don’t Starve, is this: Writing books is hard work. And if you want a bestseller, it’s even harder.


Why Doubt Stops You From Creating Your Best Work (and What You CAN Do About It)

To doubt is to be human. To fear things is useful and wise.

But too much of either and creating art with your words, your paint, your music, or really, in any form, becomes practically impossible. Despairing feelings of not being good enough can start to overwhelm us, even if others consider us extraordinarily talented and brilliant.

But not everyone is ready and willing to do something about them. You can.


We Need Your Story (Share It)

Announcement: Today’s post is by Carrie Aulenbacher, it’s the 1st place winner of the “You Deserve to be Inspired” writing contest! She’s won an Amazon gift card and a full scholarship to the “Writer’s Crushing Doubt” online course. Congratulations, Carrie!


Why Empathy Is One of Your Most Important Qualities

Announcement: Today’s post is by KatieMae, it’s the 2nd place winner of the “You Deserve to be Inspired” writing contest! She’s won an Amazon gift card and a full scholarship to the “Writer’s Crushing Doubt” online course. Congratulations, KatieMae!


Writer Cautions: Don’t Believe Everything You Hear

Announcement: Today’s post is by Karen Saari, it’s the 3rd place winner of the “You Deserve to be Inspired” writing contest! She’s won an Amazon gift card and a full scholarship to the “Writer’s Crushing Doubt” online course. Congratulations, Karen!