It’s Monday … Again. Better Make it a Good One.

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Good morning, everyone, and happy Monday (if such a thing exists). For the record, I had a long weekend full of family crisis and whatnot, so I’m not really in a blogging mood. To be honest, I’m not really in a productive mood at all. I would have rather entered myself into the Hunger Games than entered the office this morning.

But cry me a river, build me a bridge, and make lemonade or whatever it is that people say. Here’s some more inspirational quotes about Mondays to get us all out of the funk and into a more productive mood.

It’s Monday. Don’t forget to be awesome! -Author Unknown

One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day. -Author Unknown

Oh, come on. It’s Monday, not doomsday. So make it a good one. -Some Random Cow

Monday is a fresh start. It’s never too late to dig in and begin a new journey of success. -Author Unknown

It’s Monday. Time to take over the world. -Random Minion

It’s Monday but it’s okay. – Author Unknown

Well, that was … inspiring. If nothing else, it was fun. And what better way to start Monday than with a little fun?

Have a great week!

 

 

 

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How to Recover from NaNoWriMo Hangover

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NaNoWriMo 2015 is over! And like many of my fellow participants, I’m suffering a post-wrimo hangover, complete with headache, bloodshot eyes, and fatigue. Like Sadness in the movie Inside Out, I just feel so deflated, like I could lay around for days. I’m concerned these symptoms are getting between me and continued progress on my current project.

With a regular hangover, the cure is a piece of toast and a couple of egg yolks, but how does one recover from a writing hangover?

Here’s how:

  1. Take a break. Seriously you’ve earned it. But not a long one. Maybe a few days or a week tops. Don’t want to fall out of shape or lose your new routine.
  2. Step away from the draft. Trust me. It’s garbage, and you’re too vulnerable right now to cope with that. Maybe you should resume work on another project until you’re ready to face the facts.
  3. Get extra sleep. This is especially important for those sleep deprived individuals who have been pulling all-nighters. Catch up on your Zzzs.
  4. Do something other than writing. That’s all you’ve been doing for the last month. Watch some TV instead. Or better yet, read a book!
  5. Work in a workout. A little physical activity is good for you after sitting at a computer chair for an entire month. Go for a walk, ride a bike, or do some yoga, anything to get the circulation back to your legs.
  6. Celebrate. Even if you didn’t win. Go out with friends or treat yourself to a coffee from Starbucks for your efforts. You’ll feel better for it.
  7. Vent. Even if you won. Writing 50k words in one month is hard work and I’m sure it has taken its toll. So, share your struggles, setbacks, and frustrations with friends and writing buddies. Undoubtedly, they share your sentiments.
  8. Cuddle your kitty (or puppy). No doubt during NaNoWriMo they were your loudest cheerleader … or worst distraction for those of us who have cats. Now that November is over, they’re available to offer you some much needed therapy.
  9. Drink. Alcohol makes all your worries disappear … along with your memory.
  10. Go shopping. Ever heard of shop therapy?

Well, that’s all I’ve got. If you have other ideas, please share them in the comments section below. Happy Hump Day!

How Impulsiveness Can Boost Your Creativity: A Guest Post by Linda Craig

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Have you ever felt the random urge to dump a milk carton over your head? Or to break into song in the middle of the office? Do you have strong opinions about, well, everything? Are you also a writer? Then today’s guest post will prove interesting to you. Linda, Craig, freelance writer, has provided a delightful article about impulsiveness and how it can boost your creativity. Please enjoy!


When you think about your favorite writers, you’ll notice they have something in common: they manage to evoke strong emotions in the reader. An author wouldn’t be capable of achieving that effect if he didn’t experience impulses himself. Someone with cold, distant personality could never write a powerful novel.

Creative writing is closely intertwined with sense, awareness, pleasure, and emotional reactions. According to psychologists, writing can be an impulse itself. This condition, known as hypergraphia, is characterized by an intense urge to write. This drive is different from the usual emotions all people experience every day. A writer recognizes this desire that doesn’t allow him to do anything else. Impulsiveness tortures him, but he feels desperate when he loses it.

Turn Impulse to Inspiration!

You can turn every negative personality trait into a positive one. Are you getting frustrated when you’re watching the news? You are very opinionated about the moral values of the new generation? According to the silver lining theory, negative attributes can boost your performance.

When you get emotional, nervous, or even aggressive, try not to direct those impulses towards other people. This doesn’t mean that you should numb your feelings down. You already have a canal – writing! Use that internal hurricane to drive your writing practice. You can turn the situation into a chapter of your book, or you can save it as an idea for a new project.

How to Boost Creativity through Impulsiveness

  1. Cherish the gift!

Dostoevsky, Hemingway, Camus, Remarque… all great writers had strong impulses. When emotions urge you to write, you should not fight them. Suppressing them will result with more frustration, anger and despair. Writing is the only thing that can heal you. Identify your feelings and express them in words. They don’t fit into your current project? No problem; write a blog or a personal diary.

  1. Don’t try to put the impulse under a schedule

You created a daily to-do list that instructs you to sleep 8 hours per day and write from 9 to 5? That scheme never works for authors. You cannot schedule emotions and inspiration. The point of getting more creative is to learn how to follow your instincts. You wake up in the middle of the night with a strong urge to write something about the dream you had? Who cares about the schedule? Write!

  1. Turn everything into writing

Writers are not spared from problems. They are often challenged by their partners, critics, readers, and everyone else in their surroundings. Hemingway witnessed a terrible war that revolutionized his understanding of life and humanity. His masterpieces deal with the aftermath. Great authors know how to create something beautiful out of their frustration.

As every other human being, you are allowed to suffer. However, you shouldn’t allow depression to drive you away from the work. Process your feelings and use them for the greater good. Impulsiveness can drive you towards a powerful creation.

Step away from your stiff schedule and learn how to appreciate impulsiveness as your writing muse.


LindaA brief bio: Linda Craig has a master’s degree in literature. She is currently working at assignment writing service Assignment Masters as a freelance blogger.

Follow the link to read more of her articles.

I want to thank Linda again for sharing her content on my blog. I look forward to future guest posts here on Lit Chic. See you all again on Friday!