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The Best Laid Plans

Productivity advice is just advice. And sometimes the real world has its way with me, chaos is my wingman and it’s okay to take a deep breath and say “No one is going to die if this isn’t done this week.”

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Rekindling Your Creative Flame

Lately, I’ve been staring at a blank page and the page has been staring back defiantly. I blinked first, sighed, and thought, ‘here we go again’. I write new articles every week. After sticking to that publishing schedule for months, I have days when I’m convinced that I’m out of decent ideas.

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Creating in Spite of Self-Doubt

Every writer I know, including myself, has anxiety and self-doubt about their creative efforts. When I went into it further, I found that it’s the curse of the creative classes.

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How to Write as Successfully as Anthony Trollope

Over a thirty-eight-year period he wrote forty-seven novels, eighteen works of non-fiction and numerous short stories and articles. He had his first book, Macdermots of Ballycloran published in 1847 and his last book was released in 1885, three years after his death. All while he lived an otherwise full and busy life.

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8 Common Tropes in Children’s Literature: How to Subvert Them

Converting common tropes is a great way to give children’s literature a fresh, modern twist. Learn how to challenge traditional narratives and create unique stories for children.

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Exploring Classic Tropes in Children’s Literature: Balancing Cliches and Creativity

Children’s literature has long captivated readers with its timeless stories, unforgettable characters, and magical worlds. Within these narratives, we often encounter classic tropes – recurring themes or motifs that have become familiar over time.

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Crossing the Plateau of Latent Potential

Earlier this month, I almost gave up on my small publishing business. It had been going for over five years and we still weren’t seeing sustainable results.

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Space to create

I’ve found that writing does require space to think and create. And creating it can sometimes mean thinking laterally.

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The art of saying ‘no’.

I’m deep into research for the third book in the Lucy and Dee series. In writing the first two titles, I learned that the secret to success in almost any endeavour is large, uninterrupted blocks of focused time. And this is especially true of research.

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