Decluttering Books: Donations and Joy-Sparks

Kondo says we want to focus on what to keep, not what to get rid of, which is generally a solid plan. But donating books is one of my favorite things, and it’s positive enough that in the case of donation, I think focusing on what I’m letting go is great. So here’s a post…

Decluttering Books: How to Figure Out What “Sparks Joy”

Marie Kondo has been in writing-community newsfeeds recently because of her statement that most people she’s worked with tend to end up with 30 books or fewer. (Or, for writers and others who work with books, like 100 books.) Now, if you’re currently saying, “Yeah, there’s no way I would get rid of that many…

5 Goal Systems to Improve Your Writing

Fun fact about me: I started learning to play the piano after making a goal to do so during a preschool lesson. I’d just finished learning to tie my shoes, and apparently playing the piano was the next thing on my list. And I have never stopped making goals, because they are awesome. Like, seriously,…

3 Questions to Help You Get to Bed

Last week, I wrote about how lack of sleep has kept me from writing and reading. And why do I often not sleep enough? Quality of sleep aside, I have a hard time getting to bed on time. And while I’ve found 500 articles about sleep hygiene, I’ve found very few about how to go…

3 Ways to Make Time for Writing

  Amid work, relationships, community service, and everything else I have to or want to do, writing and reading get lost more often than I’d like. Sure, I write every day — I am a professional writer — but my creative writing tends to take a back seat to everything else I have to or…