the tale of the self-imposed deadline

Once upon a time, Christine really needed a deadline. For writers that don’t have book contracts, it can be hard sometimes to stick to goals. Even when I am in the most motivated of moods, I still need a goal in mind. After attending BookCon a few weeks ago, my inspiration levels were at an all time high. With that, came a determined Christine, ready to give herself a self-imposed deadline, and talk in third person a lot. (You can read about how I calculated my daily word count goal here.)


I’m here to report that it is going FANTASTIC. I feel more alive than I have ever felt and am currently 100% supportive of the self-imposed deadline. I’m hoping that my high levels of inspiration last. As always, #5amWritersClub on Twitter has been a huge support. Writing before coming to my day job makes a big difference in my day.


Thanks for joining me here today. Tweet me your thoughts @AWritersWay. Remember, you can join me here every Thursday for new posts!

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magical monday motivation writing prompts are here!

…and I think they are just what you need every Monday, don’t you? Sometimes it’s fun to think outside of your normal comfort zone. Visit the “Need Inspiration” tab to check out the latest Magical Monday Motivation Writing Prompts, and some other fun things to help bring something special to your writing session. I’ll be adding random bits to that page often, so be sure to check back!


Until next time,


Muse Food. 

You know the moment when inspiration strikes? It fills you up with a rejuvenating breath of fresh air that you assume you can live on for a long time. Sometimes that’s true, but it isn’t always the case. We need to feed our muse to keep it alive. For me, it usually comes down to a secret list that I have tucked away in the back of my mind entitled, “People, Places, & Things That Inspire Me.” Some of those people, places, and things are easily achieved/found/around, while some are more rare. So what happens when you think you’re going to get some really tasty muse food and it’s taken away? 
The answer is pure frustration. 

Most of the time when things like that happen you don’t want to return to old faithful and attempt to re-fuel. However, I was so desperate today that I tried something that usually always works. Nope. It turns out I couldn’t get over the disappointment of the better item on the list. 

As I further reflected on why I was feeling so defeated, I realized that sometimes we just have to embrace the difficulties of the day and let it go. The important thing is to protect your muse from the negative nonsense that might be hovering around it. Sure, my muse might be hungry and sleepy…but it’s still there. I made sure to sweep away all of the demons that were trying to hurt it. Tomorrow is a new day, and I will surely find some splendid muse food. 

Until next time,


A Happy Discovery! 


 J.K. Rowling’s Harvard University Commencement Speech has been turned into a book. All proceeds benefit the Lumos charity. Discovering this made my day!

….yes I bought another book. How could I resist? She’s a genius and this speech is amazing. 

Two Jobs & A Poetic Spirit

It’s incredibly interesting (and terrifying) how much can change over the course of six months. While I have no interest in talking about certain aspects, I do want to talk about the things that I’ve been incredibly thankful for. Working as a staff writer for Bleeding Cool continues to be a spectacular adventure. My pull list has grown, but in turn I have settled into a comfortable rhythm for writing articles and meeting my quota every month. My second job of working as a library assistant at the college I graduated from has been a blessing. It is so comfortable for me to be surrounded by books all of the time, and every single person that I work with is fantastic. It’s an incredible feeling to work with a group of caring individuals. Plus, I’ve even met a few kindred creative souls! That alone has provided me with so much motivation and inspiration.

While I prepared for my first poetry workshop for National Library Week, I found myself remembering my love of poetry. Since then, I’ve immersed myself in a ton of my favorite poems and even started to write some of my own. I am thrilled at how well the workshop went with the students and staff, so I look forward to further developing ideas for the fall semester. For now, I think the universe is pointing me towards poetry as my creative outlet. I used to write poetry all of the time, and then I moved onto short stories and novels. Now I find myself filled with a poetic spirit again, and I’m quite happy to embrace it. I look forward to diving back into writing creatively, and analyzing a ton of poets for guidance and inspiration.

For example, I believe this quote to be very true.

“Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does.”- Allen Ginsberg

Until next time,