Novel Writing Tips: Writing the First Draft of Your Novel

As of last Tuesday, the first draft of my novel is complete - finished, wrapped up, doneskies. I’m absolutely intoxicated from the high of “wow, I just wrote my first novel.” Even more exciting: I spent just 22 days writing it - for some reason, I decided to do a solo NaNoWriMo in July, and …

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Why I do Naked Yoga: Mental and Physical Benefits of Stripping Down

We’re taught from a certain age that being naked is bad. As babies, we crawl about the house nearly or fully nude, but as we get older, we learn that there are certain times and places that clothes are necessary. After a certain age, it’s no longer cute to be naked all the time. Rather, …

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Writing a Novel: Productive Writing Tips for People With ADHD

  This isn’t something I talk about often - because most of the time I don’t see the benefit of mentioning it - but I have ADHD. I’ve had it since I was young, and I’ve struggled a lot through it not being acknowledged and later from misdiagnosis. Once I figured out what was up, …

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The Guilt Spiral: Dealing With the “Should” Mindset

It’s been two months since I graduated university. I’ve travelled to San Francisco, planned two more trips for July and September (more on that later), sipped lattes in coffee shops with friends, floated on a lake on more than one occasion. I’ve thrown several pizza and game nights, gone on hikes, taken winding drives through …

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The Art of Stopping Time: Finding Balance Through Mindfulness

The Art of Stopping Time I recently spent an hour at a local bookstore, thumbing through tattered copies of Atwood and Tolstoy, books about art and mystery and magic. Making the rounds, I ended up in the self-help section. A book had been dislodged from the tightly packed spines, and I picked it up: The …

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