3 Children’s Books that Changed My Life

remember your favorite books from childhood

“All good and true book-lovers practice the pleasing and improving avocation of reading in bed … No book can be appreciated until it has been slept with and dreamed over.” ~ Eugene Field The reason most of us are pulled to write is because we were readers first. Our experience with reading often started when […]

You Write the Words You Need to Heal

your writing is your medicine

“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind, is written large in his works.” —Virginia Woolf When we write, we grow. When we write, we heal.  Writing throws us against our growth edges; it throws us against our fear. The writing process asks us to come face […]

Should You Participate In NaNoWriMo?

your desire is enough

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try” ~ Brian Littrell Are you ready to participate in National Novel Writing Month? Or in other words, are you ready to write a fifty thousand word book in a month? Deciding if you are ready to commit to this goal can be both daunting and exciting. When […]

Follow This Simple Bedtime Routine To Get Writing The Next Day

let inspired words float you to sleep

 “Wake up an artist; be an artist each day. Do what is before you to do. Be still, open and willing” ~ Aliye Cullu  Do you ever think about your day ahead and decide to get some writing done. However, you don’t end up getting started? You then decide to write tomorrow, but often tomorrow […]

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

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I am excited to announce that Finally Writing was nominated for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award! This is an award given by bloggers to fellow bloggers who inspire them and who are motivated to make the blogosphere a beautiful place. The award asks us to honor and learn more about the person behind the blog. […]

Four Ways Journaling Can Positively Change Your Life

journal your way home

“The habit of writing for my eye is good practice. It loosens the ligaments.”  ~ Virginia Woolf We all have busy lives that take us in many different directions throughout the day. Before we know it, it is time to go to bed, wake up and do it all over again. Sometimes our days can […]

Why I Do What I Do

what is your why

“There are two great days in a person’s life—the day we are born and the day we discover why” ~ William Barclay It is important to take a step back and spend some time with the question, Why do I do what I do? When we ask ourselves this, we become clearer in our thoughts, […]

3 Tips to Simplify Your Writing Practice

just write

Do you ever feel like writing is harder than it should be? Writing can be difficult—it is difficult to get into the flow, difficult to organize our ideas, and when we do get writing, doubt settles in and our writing can come to a halt. There are all kinds of things to worry about when […]

What to Write About When You Have Lots of Ideas

Inspiration comes in beautiful jolts (1)

 “The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas” ~ Linus Pauling Those of us who are called to write can, at times, have more inspiration than we know what to do with. This inspiration might come as story ideas, memories, observations, conversations, musings. However, having a lot of […]

Doubt Is The Writer’s Troll (How To Defeat It!)

I begin writing by feeling inspired, motivated and with an idea that is pushing on my insides, full of potential, wanting and needing to be expressed. The words start flowing, and my fingers dance across the keyboard. However, inevitably, my fingers begin to slow-down and eventually they come to a complete stop. I feel deflated, […]