RWA 2016 plus tips for Writing Conferences

RWA 2016 plus tips for Writing Conferences

I’m back from attending my first writing conference and what an amazing experience. The Romance Writers of Australia Writing Conference was held in Adelaide this year and the uber talented Silk Chen invited me along and I’m eternally grateful for the invite. I’m not really sure what I was expecting but I have to admit I was dreading it. I thought it would be terribly boring and lots of introverted writers but on the contrary, I found the conference to be incredibly inspiring and motivating. The best thing I found was the sense of community. I LOVE creative people who are passionate about storytelling. The Highlights from the RWA Conference in Adelaide […] Read more…

The No. 1 tool for goals I just discovered

The No. 1 Tool for Goals I Just Discovered

Recently I got bogged down by the ‘overwhelm’ and fell into bad habits….again. I’ve always been someone who knows what they want but can’t seem to actually do it. Then I happen to see the finalists of Shopify’s latest Build a Business Competition. You know, the competition where you get to go to Necker Island if you win and learn from the masters like Tony Robbins and Marie Forleo. One of the finalists was the SELF Journal: Your Daily Structure for Success. How it Works The SELF Journal helps organize and align your tactical day-to-day tasks with your larger life goals Year long planning leaves too much time to procrastinate. Crafting […] Read more…

Stalking Jack the ripper

July Selection: Book Cover Design

Second half of the year is here and yikes the year is flying! I picked some book covers from last month and didn’t write my monthly post mainly because I didn’t have much time to write. So please forgive me but I still really like these so I’m keeping them in my July pick’s! Enjoy creatives, writers and authors….   Stalking Jack the Ripper Hardcover by Kerri Maniscalco  Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion… Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. […] Read more…

Awakening your inner creative with yoga

Awakening your inner creative with yoga

Yoga is the perfect means to get your creative juices flowing when you are looking for inspiration and an injection of passion into your life. We all know that yoga offers a lot of benefits. It is of course a great means to stay physically active and healthy by toning and stretching the body. It’s medicine for the mind, helping it stay calm, clear and focused and beneficial for emotional wellbeing too. To add to all of this, yoga is also an ideal way to get your creative energy flowing. If you’re thinking, “that’s all well and good, but, I’m not the creative type,” think again. We all have a […] Read more…

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I’m a crazy creative and I love it

It took me 20 years to embrace my creative side and at times I feel like a total crazy person. I’ve always felt different but as I get older I’ve learnt to embrace the crazy creative spark. It’s my compass and I’m totally grateful for it. So here’s how I’m a crazy creative: I Love ALL the arts. Plays, dancing, painting, drawing, writing, design, architecture, decorative arts, sculpture, you name it, I love it. I jump from idea to idea. Stopping and starting projects all the time. I can’t choose what I want to do and I want to do it all. I’ve lost respect from people but gained respect […] Read more…

Big Magic

Book Review: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

I was a big fan of Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Eat, Pay, Love’  and you can put me into that bucket of women who can say ‘It changed my life’. I also love reading books on creativity and writing. Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear seems like a match made in heaven for me and it didn’t disappoint. The stars aligned and I had many small and big magic moments reading it. What I loved about Big Magic: Idea’s are living entities that visit us and unless we pursue them and give them our dedication they can leave us in the blink of the eye. Ideas move around people so you better catch […] Read more…

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Depression and the Writer

I personally don’t think writers are any more susceptible to depression than anybody else in this world. Creative or not creative it can affect anybody, anytime, at different stages of our lives. After coming out of a recent mini black hole I decided to write about my own experience but the main reason was I haven’t written anything in over a month and what better way to get back into the swing of things than to write about the very thing that stopped me from writing in the first place. Disclaimer: I’m not a psychologist. Depression is serious so please seek help if you need it. All thoughts below are my own […] Read more…

Sacred Heart Coloring Book

How to build an email list with a Coloring Book

If you are thinking of adding an Adult Coloring Book to your portfolio of books or already have one, this post is for you. The rise of The Coloring Book has coincided with the rise of the email list. As authors the email list is our most powerful tool. There’s only one problem. It’s a coloring book? How do you capture emails with a coloring book? But let’s rewind to the start. I had been watching the rise of the Adult Coloring Book and they seem to be popping up everywhere. They were now in supermarkets, retails stores, art and craft stores and just about every bookstore had them displayed. […] Read more…

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How to write a book and not go crazy

The hardest part of writing a book is the actual writing. Writing is everything from plotting, editing, brainstorming and of course putting the words on the page. And then there’s all the time constraints we have and obligations we must keep up. Then throw in your creative hunger which keeps tugging away, giving you heart palpitations in the middle of the night and great ideas at the wrong times. It’s enough to drive you crazy! And writing a book can do that to you. It’s not easy to write a book but it shouldn’t steal your sanity. So here is my guide on how to write a book and not […] Read more…

The Book and The Beach by Guest Blogger April Klassen

The Book and the Beach

The following post is by Guest Blogger April Klassen. Reading a book is escaping reality in the form of a very cheap holiday. You can go on all kinds of adventures with all of your friends and even have a cheeky romance that no-one can judge you for because it was fictional. And you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own bed to experience all this, unless you need to return the book to the library because it’s overdue. But is it appropriate to bring a novel, or even a stack, with you on a trip you’ve paid for? The answer is rather murky. So, when is it […] Read more…

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