How to Find Your Ideal Job

With jobs, knowing what you want can be difficult because so many factors are involved. But here’s an outline for how to figure out what your (current) ideal job is. Identify Your Dream Job For now, stay in the real world. (Don’t choose “unicorn wrangler” as your dream job.) But don’t worry about money. Ask…

Sleep Routines for Writers

I’ve had significant sleep problems for a while now, so how one gets good sleep has been on my mind. One common recommendation is to have a regular sleep routine, and today we’ll talk about some options that you can incorporate in your routine to enhance your writing, reading, and entertainment life as well as…

5 Ways to Gain the Confidence of a Professional Writer

One thing the online writing community has taught me is that a lot of writers suffer from self-doubt and don’t necessarily feel supported as writers. And while I relate to these feelings to some extent, I’m fortunate in that my formal writing education and my paid writing and editing positions have boosted my confidence. In…

4 Writing Prompts That Help With Personal Branding

If you’re a writer, then you need a solid personal brand to help you market your work. And if you Google information about personal branding, you’ll find a lot of guidelines about finding your audience, clarifying your values, and highlighting your purpose. All those things are great and important, and we’ll come back to them…

How to Find Your True Hogwarts House: Part 1, The Parting of the Ways

Like any self-respecting Potterheaded self-improvement bookworm, I’ve spent a lot of time agonizing over what my one true Hogwarts house is. In the process, I’ve spent a lot of time analyzing the Sorting system itself. My conclusion? I think I’ve found a way to sort people. But it’s not a quiz, and before I finally…

Sorting Obsessions and Human Nature

  Like every good Harry Potter nerd, I love talking about Hogwarts houses. However, as a good general nerd, I also realize that like every personality test, the Sorting system is inherently and ridiculously flawed. One reason? No one is simple enough that you can just shove them into a house. Like, how are hat…

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…

Fictional Flaws

What fictional characters do you relate to? Learn from their fatal flaws like I did in this blog post about self-improvement for bookworms.