Conquer NaNoWriMo: Manage Your Dreams

Gearing up for and writing a 50,000-word novel in one month, as those participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) attempt to do, may cause a riptide in your subconscious and lead to disruptive dreams, or even nightmares, particularly if you create unreasonable expectations and then pressure yourself to meet them, or punish yourself when […]

Prepping for NaNoWriMo: Embrace Humor

We can all be too serious when thinking about or describing our work, and pessimistic when assessing the probability that we’ll land a publisher. No wonder our brains sputter and grind to a halt! If you’re going to write 50,000 words in November, employing humor is an effective – and fun – way to fire up […]

Two Ways to Fire Up Your Writing Brain for NaNoWriMo

It’s lovely that thousands upon thousands of people all over the world are participating in the National Novel Writing Month of November (popularly known as NaNoWriMo). It’s a brilliant concept that has obviously appealed to many aspiring writers, and I know many professional writers who use it to shame themselves into pursuing the creative work […]

12 Things Your Writing Brain Can Do for You

To fire up your writing brain and tap into your writing genius, it’s important to understand what your brain can do for you. Twelve brain functions that benefit writing include: Add new neurons, even when you’re eighty. Create neuronal highways that speed up processing. Create new synapses; renew old synapses; discard unwanted synapses. Wire together, […]

Wire Your Brain for Writing Success

A recent study of 460 study participants (aged 22-35) from the Human Connectome Project, reported in Nature Neuroscience, found a single, stark difference in the way brains were connected. In addition to scanning study participant’s brains (in a resting state), the scientists collected information on approximately 280 traits, such as the person’s age, whether they […]

When you LOVE to write, it sounds like a symphony!

Listening to music before writing is a superb way to “loosen” up and inspire your brain. This delightful video perfectly illustrates the rhythmical connection between the arts and makes me (somewhat) miss typewriters. View it before your writing session and  imagine yourself consistently “tapping out” your story, creating a pleasurable and productive writing session. Trust me, your […]