Writer Resources 7: Jason Stephenson & #Meditation

As writers we often times have several story ideas floating around in our heads. In addition, we carry all those little character and world building thoughts, leading to a pretty cramped space. As people we can sometimes feel stressed, whether its a product of our writing, our day jobs, or something else entirely.

For the past couple of months, I often times found myself carrying around extra weight mentally. It stemmed from my frustration with my writing and my day job. As a result, I found it hard to press through the revisions I was in the middle of doing (and they were quite extensive). No matter how much I worked out physically (often my go to form of stress relief) or tried to relax that mental wall remained.

And then, a couple of days ago, I had a thought: why not try meditation? I know several people who do it and they have nothing but good things to say about it. It’s something that’s always interested me, but up until this point I never had the courage to actually give it ago. So I did, and it was enlightening and profound. When I finished my first meditation I felt more at peace with myself mentally than I had in years; I was able to see things from an entirely new perspective. It allowed me to clear the hurdles that were preventing me from simply writing as well as go about my day with a more positive outlook.

Another reason why I love meditation (I’ve elected to do it on a daily basis) is the vivid imagery that it evokes through music and spoken word. I follow Jason Stephenson’s YouTube channel. This was the first video of his that I watched:

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Meditation is not for everyone, writer or otherwise. But nonetheless I encourage you to give it a try, especially if you find yourself stressed and in need of a breather from the daily chaos of life.

Writer Resources 6: Writing Groups

Welcome to Writer Resources 6, my long overdue post about writing groups and their importance. For many years, when I was first starting out, I harbored a great aversion to writing groups. My mom would always suggest that I go to one in Los Angeles, as that was the closest one to me at the time, and I remember very clearly saying, verbatim, “I prefer to write by myself.” Continue reading “Writer Resources 6: Writing Groups”

Writer Resources 5: The World & Its Stories

Hey everyone, welcome to Writer Resources 5: The World & Its Stories. This post is going to be a little different than the previous four, in that I’m not suggesting any one website or book, but rather encouraging writers to take from the world we live in. It’s a vast planet, with hundreds of cultures and religions; a nearly endless wellspring of inspiration to draw from. Continue reading “Writer Resources 5: The World & Its Stories”

Writer Resources 4: Writing Excuses

Welcome to Writer Resources 4, in which I highlight the Hugo award-winning podcast, Writing Excuses. Established in 2008, the weekly podcast is hosted by authors Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler and features the occasional guest.

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Writer Resources: Writer’s Digest

Hello everyone! In my third Writer Resources post, I wanted to highlight Writer’s Digest, the premier magazine for writers, new and seasoned. For those who might not be familiar, Writer’s Digest was established in 1920 and has since provided writers with information and advice in regards to the publishing industry and general writing. Below, I’ve highlighted some of my favorite aspects of the magazine and their social media. Continue reading “Writer Resources: Writer’s Digest”

Writer Resources: Deep Magic Magazine

Hello everyone! In today’s Writer Resources post, I wanted to introduce science fiction and fantasy authors to Deep Magic, an e-zine specializing in clean sci-fi and fantasy.

 

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Writer Resources: AgentQuery Connect

agentqueryconnect.comWelcome to the first post in my Writer Resources series! Today I’d like to talk briefly about the website AgentQuery Connect (AQ Connect for short). As an author trying to get a novel published, one of the toughest parts is garnering the attention of an agent. To do so, you need to construct a query letter, which gives a brief explanation/the premise of your story. In the query, the author wants to hook the agent, to get the agent to request more. This is a lot easier said than done. Continue reading “Writer Resources: AgentQuery Connect”