#100DaysProject Challenge

Hey everyone. I hope you are all having a great and easy day ❤

Here in Israel, the government started to open almost all the shops and letting people out which is nice but I’m also afraid that this will make things only harder health-wise and the Covid-19, but I guess I will have to see and hope for the best.

In my previous post, where I shared a bit from what’s going on in my life right now, I’ve also mentioned that I am starting the 100 days project challenge at the start of May and I’ve already dropped the ball on that, hehe, but not by a lot. I am doing most of the things but the working out part (other than yoga), I tend to miss so I’ve scheduled the workout by days of the week, and this way I won’t be overwhelmed and just do one or two things.

The idea is simple: Choose a project or a goal, and do it every day for 100 days. The second rule I will follow is by Matt D’avella and that is you can miss 1 day but not 2. Third rule (of mine) is to pick one day of the week – for rest 😉

So, the first step is to choose a project or a goal… I have lots of goals for this year but I would love to achieve 3 in this challenge. I know you only should choose 1 goal/project but hey, I like to complicate my life, lol.

I chose these 3 goals because they will impact my life highly and I know that even though it will hard and life is already hard, and even if I won’t achieve any of them, I will still make progress and for me, that’s great as well.

So here are my 3 projects/goals I will work on every day for the next 100 days (I started on the May 1st:

Finish editing my book.

I am trying to edit this book for over a year and I always let life, house chores, and everything else get in the way. This time it is different! This time with this challenge I will do it every day even if I will edit only 1 word or 1 paragraph that day. At least I am touching my book and trying to work on it every day.

I tend to let life throw me where ever and then I fall far from my own goals and I don’t like that. I needed to realize that life will sadly always be complicated, hectic, and stressful, so I needed to learn how to work with it and not fight to go through it. I hope you understand what I’ve meant (it’s hard to explain, hehe).

The second goal is…

Practice yoga/Workout.

Part of my workout goals and losing weight I wanted to get back to my yoga practice, so I set that as my goal for this challenge as well.

I always love the calm and stillness that yoga seems to bring into my life, I always feel like I can do and be anything after a good yoga flow, how weird is that? lol.

I also want to workout every day, and as I said at the start of this post, I started scheduling each day with 1 or 2 (short) workouts sessions. This way I am not burning out completely and I will still have the motivation to do it.

Road to minimalism. (and clean house)

Here I am cheating a bit as I put to things in one, but for me, they are so well connected that I always put them together 😀

This will be the hardest of them all to achieve, not the clean house part but my journey to minimalism. You see my husband is a bit of a “hoarder”, not a real hoarder but he likes things, and stuff and more things and it makes my life more difficult as we are both very stubborn and I have a hard time convincing him to put away some of the nicknacks we have all around the house, that not only makes cleaning harder but also feels to me very cluttered when I look around the house.

Don’t get me wrong we both like stuff, deferent stuff, lol, but I am trying hard to declutter my clothes, items, nicknacks, and even books. Books are very hard and I already gave many books away and I do love huge library of books but at the end of the day, I am not getting younger and healthier and it will get harder for me to clean everything and take care of all the books, I need to think of the future as well and my future is a more minimal one.

Sometimes, it’s hard to admit to oneself that we are not getting younger and after a lot of reflection on my life situation and everything that is going on in my life, I need to live in a place that is not crowded with stuff. So this goal had become more and more important to me as time goes by.

I read an article not long ago, and it was about overcoming negative thoughts and what I mostly took from that article is that I can fixate too much on my problems and that only create more problems, hehe.

“Negative thoughts often revolve around what’s wrong with your life. Your attention becomes fixated on and exaggerates the so-called negative aspects of your life. Here your mind will often downplay what is going well.” By Melli O’Brien

I don’t know why but this part of what she wrote in the article spoke most to me, and I think that is why I really want to finish my minimalism goal/project.

So I am trying to work on this a lot and see what is in front of me and not too much weight on my issues so they won’t become monsters in my mind. That is why I also picked up meditation again and easy yoga flows to help me remove most of the negative thought and anxiety, especially at these hard times.

So these are my goals/projects I am trying to work on through these 100 days. It may be hard but at least I want to try to see them through and maybe even achieve some of these goals 😀

I will see you all next time, be happy, and stay safe,

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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Guest Post: How to Stay Sane While Writing By I.L. Cruz

Writing is a funny profession. I spend most of my time with different voices in my head or trying to understand intangibles like motivation, arcs, and dimensions. I don’t always understand it and the only rule that is absolute is “don’t be boring”. Those are the bullet points everyone talks about and I was prepared for.

What I wasn’t prepared for was how lonely writing can be. I spend a lot of time in my head, on a page or at a screen. When I have a real breakthrough after tackling a particularly sticky plot point, it’s a quiet victory. When I discover, to my horror, that the character I thought was integral to my story isn’t and have to slash pages and pages of hard work, it’s a solitary bereavement. And the day to day work of writing a chapter or editing a section can’t be shared with an officemate when your office is your home. The dog is silently non-committal.

It was only when I truly embraced the writing community in the blogosphere and on Twitter that I felt a little of that isolation was lifted. I have family and friends, but this was my tribe. And it never would have happened unless I got a piece of advice I hated.

Early on in my writing career, I was told by an agent I hoped would represent me that I needed an online presence. I loathed the idea of creating a Facebook profile, participating in Twitter or writing a blog. I’m a strange contradiction—a private extrovert. What could I put out there that wasn’t personal? How else did people gain followers if they weren’t willing to share everything from their breakfast order to the antics of a pet? I needed something I could write about those people—readers—would enjoy and I did, too.

Fairy tales were the natural extension of my writing, which was based on Mother Goose characters. I wanted to write about the relevancy (or lack thereof) of fairy tales in our modern lives. At first, it was a chore, but it came with an unexpected gain. I found readers and other writers. Explaining how I found the perfect twist to a plot in order to move my story along to family and friends who smiled and nodded but didn’t understand, I could share with other writers in similar situations.

If I had any advice to give new writers it’s to always write the story you’d like to see before you start editing and worrying about other people. But if I could give them a second piece of advice it would be to reach out to the writing community and share this weird and wonderful profession with people who get it.

I.L.Crus Bio

Author I.L. Cruz, Guest Post, Coffee n' Notes

I.L. Cruz decided to make writing her full-time career during the economic downturn in 2008.

Since then she’s used her BA in International Relations to sow political intrigue in her fantasy worlds and her MA in history to strive for the perfect prologue. When she’s not engaged in this mad profession she indulges her wanderlust as often as possible, watches too much sci-fi and reads until her eyes cross. She lives in Maryland with her husband, daughter and a sun-seeking supermutt named Dipper.

You can find her:

On Twitter @ILCruzWrites

On Goodreads I. L. Cruz

Her blog, Fairytale Feminista at https://fairytalefeminista.wordpress.com

Her website www.booksbyilcruz.com

And you can find her latest book on Amazon 

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Understand The Challenges

Understand the challenges you might face as you write your goals, objectives or even your daily to do’s.

The year is already rushing by fast. This month is full of action, some good some bad but overall, a lot of things are happening this month.

I am working hard on breaking bad habits and start new ones. Making my novel ready for publication and another project I’m working on hard. With each goal, new habit or old habit, I set a category of the challenges I might face while trying to achieve that goal or master that habit.

If you want to keep up with your goals and hit those milestones you set for yourself, you would more likely to succeed if you take in the challenges you might face while going after your goals.

Here is a small example from my own life:

2020 Goals, Notion App, Productivity, Coffee n' Notes

(This picture is taken from my workspace in notion – Click on the picture for bigger view)

As you see in the picture when I set a goal I write the challenges I will most likely face, while trying to achieve this goal or what I think can make me give up on this goal.

It may seem trivial, but I’ve learned that knowing the challenges we might face, makes it easier when we do encounter a challenge, and it also makes us more willing to be flexible and change our planes when needed.

Next to that, I have my why… Why do I want to achieve that goal?

If we don’t know why it is more likely you will forget about that goal or resolution and give up entirely. I write why I set a certain goal, to remind myself of my intentions.

After that, it is important to think of the outcome. How would you feel once you achieved a goal you’ve set for yourself. Try to see yourself achieving it, how are you feeling and how will it affect your life?

I know it sounds weird but it helps, especially when your life becomes a bit (or a lot) complicated.

I now even write my challenges in my daily tasks and to-dos, my weekly, monthly, and quarterly goals. If I know the challenges I will face (even if it’s just – “I hate doing this, or I will feel too tired or lazy to do those tasks). So far, it changed how I go after my daily goals and my todos in a major way that even if I truly encountered a challenge I am more flexible with it and I don’t get stuck in blaming myself or feeling guilty or any negative thoughts.

Try to think of 3-4 problems that might happen and stop you from getting your objectives and achieving your big goals.

*** Let’s say, you want to publish a book this year (big goal)

You will need to…

  1. Finish writing your book (objective #1)
  2. Finish editing your book (objective #2)
  3. Finish beta readers (objective #3)
  4. And many more… (objective #4-20)

But now, with each objective write the challenges you might or can face while trying to achieve these objectives and your bigger goal.

The challenges can be…

  1. Laziness
  2. Family commitments
  3. Sudden illnesses of my family members or myself
  4. Not managing my time right
  5. Too much social media, or youtube
  6. Too many obligations
  7. Too many goals to work towards.
  8. Lack of motivation.

All these challenges are things you need to consider while I try to reach your objective and your bigger goal.

To some, this may seem obvious, and that’s amazing but for me, it’s something I have just learned this year. And since I’ve started writing my objectives (which are like milestones) for a goal and the challenges I might face while trying to achieve them, things have gotten much easier and I have learned to be better at being flexible if something does happen.

This works with every goal if you want to write a book, post 3 times a week on your blog, start a youtube channel or even working on your mental/physical health.

Any goal you’ve set for yourself, you can achieve it if you set smart goals, break your goals to achievable and measurable objectives by knowing the challenges you might face in the near or far future and stay flexible if things do go wrong and you can’t work on your goals for a while.

By knowing the Challenges we might face and setting Smart Goals we can achieve all our objectives and bigger goals.

How do you set Smart Goals and keep up with them?

 

Goals and Challenges, Smart Goals, Coffee n' Notes

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Writer’s Life Club Podcast Episode 4: Finding Your Life Purpose Printable

Hey everyone just wanted to share some links with you to where you can find my podcast, hope you’ll enjoy listening to this episode of Finding Your Life’s Purpose and I add the printable I have promised with the questions I listed in this episode. But please note that if you want to put some actionable steps to your mission statement, please listen to the episode before or while you are working with this printable 🙂

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5 Steps To Writing Amazing Fiction

Hey everyone, I hope you are having a great week ❤ It’s almost weekend 😀

For me, it was a bit busy start to the week, but overall I am happy that I can do all the things I want right now. I still wish I had put some more time block for my editing but I’m playing with my schedule to see where I can fit it best so that I can edit more. My goal is to edit about 20K this quarter so I need to schedule more time for that.

But this site/app Notion is truly a gift when it comes to scheduling and working on my goals. My only wish for this app is to have a google calendar embedded in it, lol. But I am working with what it got and so far it goes well. If you want to get better at organizing your work and your life check it out because it’s a great tool to use and it’s free 😀

Over the years I have collected a few great ways to write fiction and not get stuck, so I thought I would share them with you as well 🙂

Going from, end to start

This rule is good for any type of fiction you might want to write. Knowing the ending can help you so much with understanding where your character will be along its journey, from start to finish. And, you will have an easier time plotting and outlining your story. Working backward always helped me when I got stuck with my story so I started working this way all the time.

Flawed characters are the new perfection

Characters are just like us, even in a fictional story. No one is perfect so why write a perfect character? Perfect is boring and most of the time not worth my time to continue reading. But flawed characters are amazing and perfect in their own broken way. They make the story much more engaging and interesting.

Struggles, struggles, and more struggles

Give your characters as many struggles you can think of. force them to confront their fears, battle with their weaknesses and struggles, break their spirit, lol. After that, find more ways to play with your character, hehe. Struggle in life is what makes us who we are, that’s what builds our inner strength and that’s what eventually gives us the motivation and the will power to push through those struggles and come out of it, hopefully, better and stronger.

Know the why

This is super and most important and I talked about it in my podcast and wrote about it in another post as well, knowing and understanding why this story matter to us and why we want to write it is the key to writing a great story. But you must also know your character’s why as well. Why your character wants to go where she/he/they need to go. Not just because you want your character to go as the author. People will enjoy your story more if they knew the character’s why. Now you don’t need to simply write it down in the story, lol, but you do need your character to know and understand. Your characters drive the story and their understanding of why they do the things they do will make their action powerful to the reader and more relatable.

Deadlines

Not everyone likes deadlines or alarms (me encluded), however, putting a deadline on your project is a key to finishing it. I only recently had learned the true importance of a realistic deadline. You must look at the end result of your project and start going backward with each step you will need to do to accomplish that project. Each milestone will go towards your end result, like finishing your novel. Each small milestone will have its own realistic deadline, that way you will always see your end goal, but also you will be reminded daily of all your smaller milestones in a way that you can achieve them.

What tips and hacks do you use to write great stories?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

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6 Easy Steps to Motivate Yourself

Motivation is something that I had to work hard to get, it never was an easy task for me, from getting up in the morning to working hard on my personal goals, I always seem to find my way out of things, hehe. But as I grew older and became a bit smarter I realized that there are things I will never be good at, but at most things, I can work hard and use the resources I have around me in order to succeed.

As we are closing in on another year, I worked harder on some things and I found a few easy ways that did help me a lot to get myself motivated and push myself. So I thought as we come closer and closer to the new year, we all could use better skills on how to motivate ourselves to do all the things that we want to do and need to do.

So let’s start 😉

1. Find your emotions behind that task

We all heard this many times before, you need to know your why and understand the emotion behind your wants. I heard this many times as well but I never truly give it a deeper thought. I thought I know my whys but I never truly knew it.

What really helped me understand my why, and understand the emotions behind the things I want to do, was so simple that I don’t know why I never used this tool to motivate myself harder. I took a few minutes (no more than 5-10 minutes) and wrote down why I truly want to publish my book or to do any of things I want to accomplish and after I have all the reasons of why I look at each of them and try to feel the emotions after I achieve these things, but truly trying hard to feel all the emotions after achieving my goals.

This is a simple tool but it helps your brain to understand why are you doing what you doing and by connecting your emotions to your tasks and goals, you are much more likely to show up for them and work harder on them.

2. Break your task to smaller bites

Looking at a huge task is always daunting and scary, but breaking that big goal or task into much smaller bites, helps us feel much more accomplish once we achieve that smaller goal or task and that way we are more likely to continue on and finish that huge goal or task.

For example: If you want to write a book – break it down to chapters – a page – a paragraph – continue to break it down to whatever small task you know you can easily achieve, even in your busiest of days or when you just not feeling it.

3. Inspire yourself

Look at other creators and absorb their inspiration, lol, now I know it sounds a bit weird, but everyone and everything can inspire you. so look at a motivating speaking on youtube, or just a write on youtube (or at other creators), listen to a podcast or read a book, go for a walk. Try and find something in your surroundings that will inspire you and give you the right push you need. There are a lot of things right now in your immediate surroundings that I am sure can inspire you and motivate you, you just need to ask for it and look around to find it.

4. Make it fun

If the task is too daunting and too scary, even after you tried everything else I suggest you try and make it a bit fun.

For example: When I do the dish (And I hate every moment of it, lol), I always put on my headphones and blast upbeat music and I literally dance next to sink while I wash the dishes, hehe… I know… I know… I’m weird. But for me, it helps, lol, a lot.

Try and do something you love while doing something you hate or not looking for so much, or just scared to start.

5. Schedule your tasks and goals

Understanding the why, the emotions, after we broke things down to small bites, inspired ourselves and even made things more fun, we still need to schedule it all in our busy lives and put all of our tasks and goal into a calendar or planner and give everything a deadline, a date that you think you will be done with that task or goal.

Be real with yourself, and know that you can’t really finish writing your entire book in a week, lol, well maybe you can but I know I can’t 😀 So try to think ahead a see with everything that is going on in your life right now and that might be in your life how will you fit your writing?

Look at things as how they truly are and not how you wish it to be on an ideal day, week or month. For me, this was a big lesson I learned this year. I learned that in order to truly make good progress, I need to know how long it will take me with all that is going on or that can be and schedule them all.

6. Use a timer

I am a strong believer in using a timer for a few years now. This by far the best immediate productivity tool I use. I set my timer for 5 minutes and go around an area in my house picking things up and organizing or washing the dishes. I set the timer for 20-30 minutes for a writing session and I use my timer for many more things in my daily routine.

If you want to see how much a minute is truly is, just set a timer and look at how long it takes for the time to pass. so imagine how much time is 5 minutes or 20. You can achieve more when you know that the time is running out, haha. A timer shows you the passing time and that is a very powerful tool, so try it and let me know how it goes 😉

What motivates you to do things you don’t really want to do, or just scared to do?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

Galit

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NaNoWriMo 2019

Hey everyone, I hope you are all having a great day ❤

Here in Israel, we are in the midst of 3 big holidays. Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and Succot. Why am I telling you this? Well, it’s because this holiday month will not give me much time to prep for this year’s Nanowrimo but I am still working hard on finishing a few things and trying to outline in many details the second book in the series I am working on.

The first book is still in the editing stage but I am only 1 and a half chapters till the end of this editing stage and then I will continue on to the more detailed edits of Line and copy edits.

Nanowrimo 2019, Coffee n' Notes

Anyways, I am so excited for this year’s Nanowrimo that I’m trying to work every day on a bit more editing the first book and outlining the second book, so I will know what I will be writing about. I also love the new site very much but I didn’t like much the fact that they removed all the writing buddies and now I needed to start over. But the new banners look so amazing, they really do get better with them with each year passing, wow. I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for 10 years, omg.

So if you want to be my writing buddy feel free to add me I’m Jasmin66 and I will be happy to add you as well 😀

I want to try to post more here hopefully, 3 times a week, but not promising anything with the holidays and all, hehe. But I want to try harder because I really miss blogging. At first, I wanted to do Blogtober and I even planned a few posts in bullet form, but after a more realistic outlook of all I need to do this month and the holidays, I figured it was best not to overwhelm myself so I decided on 3 times a week would be sweet for us all 😉

Are you participating in Nanowrimo this year? If so what are you planning to write about?

That is all for this short update and ramblings, have a wonderful day.

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Never Forget Your Ideas Again

Hello everyone, and a happy Wednesday to you all ❤

This post ended up being long (sorry for that), so grab yourself a drink, set the mood 😉 and enjoy reading.

I tend to forget a lot of things, things I was sure my mind will capture but sadly it didn’t. So I learned to write everything down and capture all the things I need to do, want to remember and just ideas that float in my brain. I think we are all experienced at some point, having a great idea (the best idea) pop to our head while we’re doing something, and as soon as we are about to go write it down, the idea is long gone.

Studies show that our brain can hold in our immediate memory bank about 6-7 thoughts and adding more information will just get lost in the sea of thoughts or will get replaced by another item in your memory bank that you held onto from before.

I know it sounds weird but it’s the truth an more so if you are suffering from any memory problems like myself, but still need to function as normal. But there are a few things that can help us all, whether or not you have any memory problems, these tips will help you capture any thought or ideas you wish to capture.

Pick one place for it all

I have many notebooks for a lot of things: I have a planner, a bullet journal, a dream journal, a tarot reading journal and many more. But for capturing our immediate thoughts or ideas I suggest using only one item if it’s a notebook you can carry around with you everywhere or an app on your phone.

There are so many ways and apps today that designed to help you capture ideas like Trello, Google Drive, Evernote, Milanote, Goole Keep and many more… What you choose is up to you. I used them all because I love trying out new ways to improve my work but I always find myself going back to the same tool and for years now I am using Google Keep and I just love it ❤ I have it everywhere and it syncs with my computer, laptop and phone easily and you can add pictures, voice memos, drawings to your text, and even add another person or your team to your specific note.

Google Keep, Coffee n' Notes, Capture Notes

I also use Milanote for a more visual aspect of my goals and ideas.

Not all ideas and thoughts are made equal, but you should still capture them all

Make it a habit to capture everything that comes through your mind. Ask anyone who really knows me, they will tell you straight away that if it’s not written it doesn’t exist, hehe:D If you do it every time you have an idea and make it your habit, you will be able to focus better and with less stress.

Categorize your ideas 

I have a few categories I add my notes to (like home, recipes, husband, me, my mom, my writing projects, my blog, Instagram, things I want to buy and many more). Adding categories makes things easier to search.

Color Code

Besides categorizing, I also color-code my notes and just by color I will immediately know what the note is about, (Blue is for everything related to home and my husband, Green is my for my mom, red is for writing, yellow is for important, and purple is my blog and social media).

Needs more work or done

What I love most in google keep is the ability to pin the cards that are important to you and you can archive the cards to your “categorized file or label”and this way you can organize your ideas and thoughts in so many ways to help you get the most of your ideas and never lose an important idea.

What I do is: what’s important I pinned-up, what I need to go through is in my home feed, what I archived is all done, every category but my writing, hehe. Once a week I go through them all and see what to keep, organize, or trash.

Revisit – Go Through your notes

Writing your ideas is the perfect way to never lose them but you also should go through them from time to time and revisit those old ideas and see if they still serve you in any way or not.

This is kind of like a kanban board of To Do, Doing and Done. This is not to keep forever and for all eternity, it’s just to help you keep your ideas and your immediate thoughts but also to go through them and work them through.

But Galit, I had a great idea in the shower how do I remember it before it’s all gone?

Well, I know this all too well, hehe. Our best ideas are always coming to us while we in the shower, driving home or even in our dreams. I found the google assistant to work well for me while I’m driving. I am more and more using my google assistant, hehe to make calls, and voice record my ideas while I’m doing other things.

If I’m in the shower and I get an idea I start to elaborate on that idea… Let’s say I got an idea about a book, I see a character doing something… I start asking questions and try to write in my head the idea with as many details as I can. As soon as I get out of the shower I quickly jot down my idea with all the details I could remember, that way the spark of the idea is not gone.

Braindump before you fall asleep

I am especially using the word braindump and nor brainstorm because it’s what we need to do before we fall asleep, more so if you are having trouble falling asleep.

Take 5 to 10 minutes and just write down everything that goes through your mind. Just brain dump your thoughts, your worries, needs and wants, tasks, ideas and everything else that comes to your mind. If doing this every day doesn’t work for you, that’s okay but I still recommend to do this at least 3-4 times a week. You will be able to fall asleep faster and sleep better.

Sweet Dreams

Remembering our dreams is not an easy task, but if you do want to make your creative well even more bountiful, keeping a dream journal will help you not only fight your daily battles more easily but also help you build a creative well that fills up every single night 😀 Especially after you braindump all your worries and ideas of that day/week.

If you made until the end, thank you so much for reading, you are amazing ❤

Capture your ideas and never forget, Coffee n' Notes

What is your best method to remember an idea or a thought?

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Hello…

Hey everyone, I am so happy to be back and I hope you all having a good day ❤

I missed blogging so much, that I even had a dream about blogging in last night’s dream 😉

I am slowly getting back my groove back and starting doing slow yoga, a bit of tarot and crystals (I missed my crystal so much, hehe), and the most important I got back to my writing/editing and reading.

I am doing different kinds of art or creative endeavors, and I think that’s what made the switch in my brain to finally work on my book as well 😀 I am ready for real-life now and I am ready to work hard again on the things I want and need.

So, I wanted to share this with you so you will know I have not forgotten about you all and I can’t wait to read your posts again 🙂 I missed reading them a lot.

A new post will be up tomorrow 😀 See you then ❤

How’s your week so far?

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Workout Your Creative Muscle

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a good day ❤

As you might already know through my previous posts that it’s been a while since I wrote or edited any fiction word. Only in the Writer’s Log series while I worked hard on my blog, my own mental health and working on decluttering our home to simplify our lives… Only then the fiction words started to flow again. As if something was clogging my creative mood or creative flow, and when it happened I suddenly stopped being creative. When we started to declutter and figure out what we really want, I knew that the creative flow will arrive and it did.

Doing that may help to bring back my creativity but it also didn’t do much good. I should have workout my creative muscle, even if I didn’t feel much like writing or didn’t trust my words.

However, in this Writer’s Log, I learned that writing is just like any other muscle we try to workout on, and I should treat it that way. So I started showing up for my work and try to workout that creative muscle I’ve neglected for far too long, every day.

I may not publish a book until I’m 50 (which isn’t that far away, hehe), but I am sure that if I will keep this up and keep working out this writing muscle I may publish soon enough.

“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.” ― Jane Yolen

So how to workout that creative muscle?

Show up for yourself

As I said in my previous post: How To Show Up For Yourself, just by showing up will do more wonder than thinking or beating yourself up for it. I started showing up for my work. I opened my laptop and stared at the words (which I hated to the bone) and then I stared some more and after half an hour of not feeling it and not writing a single word, I closed my laptop until the next day and the day after that. Sooner or later words came out (good and bad, but they came out) and soon enough I started to love what was coming out and my creative muscle grew a bit 😉

Have a realistic plan

I used to plan my writing day, even when I had a busy and extremely exhausting day with my mom and from doing things around the house, which only led me to feel more disappointed and more aggravated about the entire thing.

But I’m the real blame here, I should have never plan to write 10K, 5K or even 1K in days like yesterday or days like we used to have. In days like these, all I need to plan is how I will rest, eat and heal myself (body and soul) but not write. Now for some writing can be a great escape of life so they can write even when life is stressful but for me it’s just like any other muscle in your body, if you overstress the entire body nothing will work right and more so my writing will be just shit (sorry for the language, hehe).

So having a realistic view of your life and a realistic plan of your writing day/hour is very important and will help you a lot out on exercising that writing muscle.

Nourish your creativity

Like on any workout you need to nourish your body so you can actually do that workout. Creativity is the same. You need to nourish your mind in order to make your creativity flow. All you need to do is what makes you relax and fill up that creativity well.

For me, what works is Reading, blogging, decluttering and organizing my desk, drawing, planning, looking at some pictures, and just walking around.

Enjoy that workout, make it fun 😉

By doing all these little things that each helps a lot, your creative well will feel up again and you will be ready to do some creative writing.

What works great for me is doing some writing sprints by myself or with others, journaling, free writing, doing some cool challenges (like I’m about to do over on my Patreon, go check it out). Doing things that will bring the fun back to my writing process and fill that creative well for a long while.

All these little things help so much with exercising that writing/creative muscle so much but I think the most important and will keep saying it as that is my new lesson this year, lol and that is: Show up for yourself and for your work – never give up.

How do you workout your creative muscle?

As always, thank you so much for reading ❤

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