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#Authortoolboxbloghop Create More Time to Write in 2020: 20+ Ideas to Reclaim Your Schedule

The new year is officially here and like many, I have committed myself to several new goals I want to accomplish in my life and writing career. And while I think goal-setting is admirable, setting achievable goals with a specific, direct path to success is even better.

The link between time-management and writing might not be an obvious one, however I find that so often it is the obstacles in my daily personal life that prevent me from advancing in my writing. There have been many lessons I've learned in the past few years that have helped me take control over my schedule and carve out time not only for writing, but related activities that have propelled my writing to the next level.

I've compiled a list of time-saving ideas that can reduce time spent on the mundane activities of everyday life. Hopefully some of these will inspire some changes to help you master your schedule this year and spend more time on what you love.

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20 Resolution Ideas for Writers in 2020

Now that Christmas is over and 2019 is nearly wrapped up, there's no better time to start planning your goals for 2020! This past year has been full of new experiences for me that have helped me grow so tremendously as a writer that I wanted to share some of them as resolution ideas for other writers. Whether you're just starting out or you're looking to reignite your passion for writing this year, I hope this list gives you some inspiration.

1. Join a local writer's group Photo by NeONBRAND on Unsplash Not only is a writer's group a great place to make friends with like-minded people and pick up a few new tips and tricks, it's a great way to get out of your own little writing bubble. Writing can be a very solitary endeavor and it's nice to be reminded that we're not alone.
2. Host a live write-in Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash Streaming live is a great way to build your confidence when it comes to public speaking. If you're not aware, part o…

2019 Reflections & Resolutions for the New Year

As the year comes to a close, I think it's important to reflect not only on our goals for the upcoming year, but to look back on our achievements in the last. While not everyone may believe in the idea of the new year's "resolutions," I've personally found them to be a great tracking tool. Not only do they inspire me to try new things and seek out new potential growth opportunities, but they help me look back on the areas in which I've improved. These areas I might not have even realized, if it weren't for the annual ritual of reflection and planning.

At the beginning of 2019 I set out to connect the dots; my word of the year being "connect." My intention was to assess every new aspiration I had started in my previous year of "fulfillment" and find a way to sustain these new passions of mine by creating a schedule that would establish a sense of order between the seemingly random ventures I had begun. My word of the year also doubled a…

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Writers

It’s hard to believe the holidays are already upon us and that Christmas is just a few short weeks away! 2019 has definitely flown by for me and I had so much fun sharing my gift guide for writers and readers video last year that I wanted to do something similar again this year for the busy folks out there looking for a personalized gift. Most of these items in this gift guide I even have on my own wish list this year!   
So if you have a writer in your life, I’m hoping this list will inspire some ideas for a gift they will truly enjoy. Happy Holidays! 
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#AuthorToolboxBlogHop My 2019 NaNoWriMo Survival Kit

This year I decided to participate in my first-ever NaNoWriMo, which means, in the month of November I will be attempting to write the entire first draft of a brand new novel. Since I consider myself a strong Plotter with a few Pantser tendencies sprinkled in, I decided to take the month of October to prep and plan for this endeavor. If you missed it, check out my Preptober Planning Essentials blog where I shared all of my strategies on plotting for NaNoWriMo.

But throughout all of my novel prep, I would be remiss if I didn't share some of the more practical strategies that I am devising to be sure that I win NaNoWriMo. The following are my survival kit throughout the month of November: - I have always been fascinated by the concept of this writing app. If you've never heard of it, it is essentially a tool for writers to keep you typing without pause. There are settings you can choose to decide how many words you want to write within a set amount of time. If you…

Preptober for NaNoWriMo 2019: Planning Essentials

This is a companion post that I created to share the resources I discussed in my NaNoWriMo Prep Checklist video on my YouTube channel. If you haven't seen the video, I have it embedded below. 

Preptober is finally upon us! Well, maybe not officially, but I couldn't bring myself to wait another day to share all of my planning and resources in preparation for NaNoWriMo 2019.

If you're unaware, NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month, is the one month a year where writers all the over world challenge themselves to complete a finished rough draft of a new novel within 30 days. October, also referred to as Preptober, is the month of preparations before the event, where writers decide their story idea and flesh it out. It's also a great time to get your personal scheduled squared away so you can plan for maximum efficiency throughout November.

This is my first year to participate, outside of Camp NaNoWriMo, and I am beyond excited to let a new spark of an idea come to life…

#AuthorToolBoxBlogHop: How to Prep for Your First Writer's Conference

I recently attended my very first writer's conference and let me tell you, it was a decision years in the making. For so long I had entertained the idea. I'd heard such great stories from other writers about how much there is to learn and all of the great connections one can make. Still, whenever it came time to purchase a ticket, I always held myself back.

If you are anything like me, an introvert with socially anxious tendencies, then the idea of a writer's conference probably sends a chill down your spine. Socializing with a large group of strangers, participating in discussions, and generally putting yourself, not to mention your work, out there can be intimidating.

However, over the years I've found that preparation is an excellent coping strategy for such nerves and will ultimately ensure a much more positive and productive experience. It was through my preparation that I ended up having the BEST time. Talking to agents, participating in sessions, and making some w…