Michael’s 30% Off Planner Sale

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Not long ago I found myself shopping with my aunts and cousins in the “Big City” which is about an hour and a half away from my house, and has a Michael’s store. It was also the Saturday after Black Friday. The sale was still going, although somewhat less hectic.

I have been planner obsessed for the last few weeks and had been looking at all different kinds of options, including the stuff I already had, but I wanted something new. Then I found out I had an opportunity to go to Michael’s.

When I arrived I found out about the 30% off planner sale because the display was pretty much right in front of the store. I did spend some time looking around at other things just to make sure I knew what it was I wanted, then I picked up a few things and left.

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So what did I pick up? I purchased a Creative Year Solid Planner by Recollections, mine is a limited edition gunmetal color. I love it. It’s right up my alley. I wasn’t impressed by all the gold or pastel colors, but this one is just right. I also picked up an insert pack that was on clearance and an appropriately sized hole punch. The hole punch was a necessity for me as I have a terrible time measuring and punching with a single hole puncher.

I don’t have plans to use it in the near future, but I’m hoping to get into it soon. Until next time ~ what do you use to stay organized?

NaNoWriMo Notebook

Ever since Kara over at Boho Berry posted her NaNoWriMo Bullet Journal video, quite a few others have taken the hint and made their own NaNo Notebook, myself included. It’s a wonderful idea to have a notebook full of inspirational quotes, plot ideas, outlines, and word count trackers.

In it she has loads of resources:

So of course, being a journalling type person I had to make my own, and then of course it inspired me to attempt NaNoWriMo this year (even though I have no time for it, and am currently way behind, oh well). As I went along putting together my NaNoWriMo Notebook I added a few of my own resources that I came across:

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Are you attempting NaNoWriMo this year? Why or why not?

5 Inspirational Wallpapers for Writers

As writers we spend many hours staring at our computers until our minds become a form of sloppy gelatin that once resembled a body organ. To keep things interesting I change up my desktop wallpapers from time to time.

In fact I recently did this a couple days ago and decided to really change things up: I searched the interwebs for a wallpaper that delivered some good writing inspiration. Here is a selection of what I’ve found:

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I like this one for the somewhat old-fashioned notion of writing on a typewriter. The other appealing feature is the message of finishing your novel. Simple and straightforward.

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Another very simple wallpaper, the expert author kit, though I’m not in need of glasses anymore, I still love picking up a pen and putting words to paper. I like my tea hot and my tablet handy for any last minute research my story needs.

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Pixar’s 22 Rules to Phenomonal Storytelling is a series of 22 slides, each with wonderful tip to writing great stories. Seriously. Just google it and you’re guaranteed to find one that hits you just right.

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Peanut’s classic Snoopy line “It was a dark and stormy night…” is sure to set your brain firing on all cylinders. Firstly, it’s an opening line to get you started writing your story. Secondly, it’s a childhood favorite, Snoopy, and he struggled with his writing too. So chin up and keep going.

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Finally, here is the wallpaper that made the cut this time around. One of Chuck Wendig’s  bluntly, and satirical designs, the Are You a Writer Flowchart. Chuck has a good selection of wallpapers, including a few in the vein of “finish your shit” which I find good when I’m in the process of writing.

I hope you’ve found some of these inspiring, and maybe even use one of them next you need a change.

3 Helpful Writing Videos

I’ve been thinking about getting back into my writing. Well, not just thinking. I’ve been doing a large amount of research lately. My research has led me to getting back to the basics of writing, starting all over.

With that in mind here are three basic, helpful writing videos from our favorite video provider: YouTube.

Brainstorming Done Right!

While “Ed Muzio” focusses more on the group process of brainstorming, the process is still pretty solid. 1) Generate ideas, 2) Note all ideas, no matter how absurd 3)  Process the ideas. Personally, I have more ideas than I have time to work with, but brainstorming is always the beginning and it is good to start at the beginning.

The Writing Process

The writing process never really changes, maybe steps are combined, or in a different order, but it’s generally the same every time. 1) Brainstorming (see above video), 2) Drafting/Writing, 3) Revising, 4) Editing, 5) Publishing.

For me, brainstorming and coming up with ideas is the easy part, the hard part is getting it all out of my head and onto paper, and then making it look good by revising and editing. Publishing is the exciting part.

Have you ever went back to the basics? What’s your favorite part of the writing process? The worst part?