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How to Kick the ‘Info Dumping’ Habit

  Every fiction writer knows the struggle!  You’ve got so much great information thought up about your characters, the setting, and the backstory. In this excitement, when you are deep in the writing zone, it’s easy to “info dump,” or drop in too much information in one spot. The strategies and tips below offer several…
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How to Meet & Beat Your Deadlines

You may have heard the claim that if you give more work to the busiest person, they’ll get it done the fastest. Though we can’t generalize for every person, this is more or less true. I think about my schedule in college—how I juggled socializing, hundreds of pages of reading, writing my capstone, studying for…
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How to Support Local Businesses While Socially Distanced

The days of entering your favorite local business without worry to have a chat and a waltz around seem distant. For those business that have kept their heads above water during the coronavirus pandemic, their operations are likely different than they were back in 2019. Even as some regulations have eased, the surge of the…
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How To Stay Happy When The Days Get Dark

    BRING IN THE LIGHT   When the days become shorter and darker, you know it’s winter in upstate New York again. Waking up and going to sleep in darkness can begin to feel draining after the gloriously warm and bright summer and fall seasons. It can be difficult to keep spirits high when…
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Connecting Despite Restrictions

  Though many of our friends and family have been vaccinated, we aren’t out of the testy COVID waters just yet. There are still restrictions that can make life frustrating and difficult—you’re not alone in feeling this way. We must think outside the box to stay connected until this is over.   Here are some…
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How to Prioritize Wellness During Stress

Prioritizing your own well-being is hard. It was already hard, but with COVID on our hands, it feels as though prioritizing wellness has become even more difficult. Adapting to remote learning and working, maintaining healthy relationships with friends and family who may be far away, and focusing on our own health add to the everyday…
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Wait, We Don’t Talk Like That: Writing Better Dialogue

Do you have stiff dialogue that sounds awkward no matter how much tweaking you do? Not to worry. It’s hard to stuff all the nuance of human dialogue onto a page. Real people jump topics abruptly, go on long tangents for excruciating amounts of time, and generally follow no rules of punctuation. Dialogue is difficult…
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Tips to Get Through Your Friday

  Fridays can be harder than Mondays to get through sometimes. It’s the end of a long stretch of stressful work days, everyone is tired, and the weekend is tantalizingly close. If you sit around staring at the clock and moping all day you’ll make yourself even more miserable. Instead, try some of these fun…
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How to Stay Inspired During Seemingly Uninspiring Times

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Feeling inspired is not only important for your writing – it is important for all aspects of your life. Motivation to be the best version of yourself is what will allow you to truly thrive in whatever it is you are doing.

Staying inspired during tough times is especially difficult, and also especially applicable right now in the midst of COVID. So, how do you stay inspired during seemingly uninspiring times? Let’s take a look.

 

 

 

*Take Time For Yourself

Do things that you enjoy. Being productive does not just mean doing work. Being productive also includes taking care of your mind, body, and soul. If you feel overworked and just need a break, listen to your body and take the break that you need.

 

*Stay Open Minded

By keeping your mind open, you allow yourself to find inspiration in new realms. This is especially important when the world feels hectic because you're allowing yourself to find inspiration in everyday things. If you go for a walk, take an extra moment to look around. Look for things that please your senses, and draw inspiration from them. Even if you are not exposed to something new, you can still find excitement and pleasure in everyday life.

 

*Don’t Fall Behind

Procrastination can lead down a deep hole of unfinished work that is hard to lift yourself out of. Stay on top of your workload. Once you get into the mindset of “I can just do it later,” it will be harder to get out of it as time passes.

 

*Set Goals for Yourself

When setting goals for yourself, it's important to balance reality with ambition. Shoot for the stars, but not for Neptune. Make note of what you want to achieve, then determine what is the best route for you to get there. Once you make those goals, stick to them. Work for that feeling of accomplishment.

 

*Believe in Yourself

Most importantly, believe in yourself. You CAN do this. If no one has told you this today, let me be the first. Life can be tough, but you are tougher. Whatever it is that you are dealing with, just know that you ultimately have control over your own life, and while it may seem challenging at times, you have the power to get to where you want to be. You got this!

-Dorothy Irrera

 

 

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