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Visual Journaling for Balance in Life

Journaling brings clarity, forces you to be authentic, and gets to the reality of your circumstances. However, journaling with more sketching provides a better snap shot of your life to create more balance in your life.

Techniques for Overcoming Writer’s Block

Some writers experience writer’s block for months or years at a time, and it can be very frustrating. Fortunately, there are many ways to overcome writer’s block.

How Can Carl Jung’s Theory of Archetypes Help You in Your Creative Writing?

Among his many theories, Carl Jung includes “archetypes”. An archetype may be defined as “a universally understood symbol or term or pattern of behaviour”. If you read Robert McKee’s “Story”, you will find that the key to writing a great novel lies in “building archetypal elements into the story.” So what exactly are these “archetypal elements”? And how exactly can they help creative writers?

8 Myths About Poetry

This article confronts frequent myths when it comes to poetry. There are 8 myths that reared their ugly heads and now need to be dispelled.

How to Write an Introduction to a Collection of Short Sci Fi Stories

Writing a Sci Fiction Novel is hard work, heck even writing a collection of short Sci Fi works is difficult. In doing so, I realized that one of the toughest things is getting the introduction right so that your reader is on the same page as they turn to page one of the first short story and start reading. Over the years, I’ve written many introductions to the books and eBooks I’ve written, perhaps like you, it wasn’t so tough, that is until I came to the challenge of doing so for a short story collection that is.

Twas the Boiler That Spoilt Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. But rattling away, bubble bubble toil and trouble; was the boiler under the staircase, beginning to rumble. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, As they drifted off to sleep, thoughts of Santa filling their heads. Mum finally put her feet up after a hard day’s work in kitchen, and Dad had prepared the fruit salad, that was always…

Writing Tips for Beginners

Most writers have their own mood swings. Find out which time of the day you are most comfortable with writing. Most writers write best early in the morning when their minds and senses are at their freshest state. Some prefer to write at night when everyone and everything is in a quiet mode. Write as much as you can during that specific time and you will be surprised how well your stories would come out.

Creative Writing and Social Media

Love it or hate it, Social Media is here to stay. Whilst most of us are scratching our heads and pondering over the implications the technological advances move on despite us. As a novice creative writer and an SEO I thought I’d try to write an article that bridges the gap, a little, between the new technology and the creative thinker. Granted, many have got on the bandwagon and are rolling with it, but many, many, potentially creative individuals are still standing in the shadows hoping against hope that the whole big scary revolution will simply go away! To help me in this task I am borrowing heavily from my very techno savvy colleague Will.

How Can Carl Jung’s Theory of Synchronicity Help You in Your Creative Writing?

Among his many theories, Carl Jung includes “synchronicity”. This may be defined as “the meaningful patterning of two or more psycho-physical events not otherwise causally connected”. I’ve known of this theory for several years, and have seen it operating not only in my life but in the lives of others. Now I realise how it can help creative writers too. Let me give you a few examples of synchronicity in my own experience.

Be On Fire When Writing Your First Book

As with any thing in life, write as if your life depended upon it. Whatever you do as a writer, do it with passion.

A Fiend Tamed

He always believed there was a monster living and thriving inside him which had to be subdued and tamed.. until he met her.

The Greatest Story Never Told!

The story I’m gonna tell dates back many years, many thousands of years. It starts in what today is known as Germany. There was human beings, without any strings of the so-called Annunaki. They had brown skin, their eye-color was brown and they was what we today call the cavemen, or the neanderthals. They lived in a primitive type of lifestyle.

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