5 Lessons Learned From Writing A Novel In A Month

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Creativity, Productivity, Writing | 12 comments

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5 Lessons Learned from NaNoWriMo
(National Novel Writing Month)

I hope all you fellow scholars have been enjoying the New Year!

Looking back, 2013 was a fun and exciting year here at Inkwell Scholars. I published the first post on this blog on March 4 shortly after releasing the Inkwell Scholars eBook 31 Best Writing Prompts (join the email list to get a free copy). I also created a Facebook fan page; promoted the YouTube channel as it grew to over 150,000 video views; and read over 75 essays written by students in the Inkwell Scholars writing program.

What was one of your biggest achievements of 2013?

Aside from the many milestones reached with Inkwell Scholars, mine undoubtedly happened this past November when I wrote a novel in a single month.

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How And Why You Should Write Every Day

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013 in Productivity, Writer's Block, Writing | 12 comments

Faulkner's Typewriter | How to write every day

Faulkner’s Typewriter / Photo Credit: Gary Bridgman

Writing classes at the Academy ended in June (congrats to all of the students who completed the spring semester classes!), and here at Inkwell Scholars I’ve been enjoying these lazy summer days and all of the time I’ve been able to devote to numerous hobbies.

But, unfortunately, this means that I’ve been finding myself writing less and less. And that means my writing muscle is beginning to atrophy. Help!

In today’s post, I’ll share several very effective ways to train oneself to write daily all while having fun.

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Habits of Highly Creative People: Hobby Collecting

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Creativity, Inspiration, Productivity | 7 comments

Habits of Highly Creative People: Hobby Collecting

Your hobbies can make you smarter.

Want to make yourself smarter? Master a new hobby.

Some people enjoy playing the guitar in their free time. Others enjoy studying foreign languages. Others like to play tennis or cook gourmet meals or paint watercolor landscapes. Whatever hobby you seriously pursue, you are teaching yourself a new set of skills that you will be able to use across every area of your life.

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7 Ways To Unplug From Technology & Increase Your Creativity

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Creativity, Productivity | 2 comments

7 Ways To Unplug From Technology

Could you disconnect from the Internet for 10 days?

Tony Schwartz, the CEO of the Energy Project, decided to disconnect from the Internet for ten days.

This wasn’t the casual ‘I’m turning off Facebook for the next ten days, but I’m still checking Twitter and Tumblr and Pinterest and text messages and email every twenty minutes.’  No. Schwartz felt overworked and began planning a much needed vacation.

He decided to leave his laptop, iPad, and cell phone at home.

What did Schwartz think of his ten days away from Internet civilization?

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What’s Your Action Plan? 3 Lessons From An Olympian

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Inspiration, Productivity | 2 comments

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“There’s always a way to achieve your goals.”

What are your goals and what is your action plan for achieving them?

Read on to discover several lessons from the inspiring life of Wilma Rudolph that will help you form an action plan in order to make your dreams a reality. 

The Remarkable Story of Wilma Rudolph

As the doctor examined four-year-old Wilma’s twisted leg, he told the little girl that she would never walk again.

But Wilma and her family believed she could overcome all odds.

“When you come from a large, wonderful family, there’s always a way to achieve your goals,” Wilma explained. “‘I can’t’ are two words that have never been in my vocabulary.”

Not only did Wilma walk again, but sixteen years later she also competed in the 1960 Olympic games in Rome.

She became the first American woman to win three gold medals in one Olympics, and she set a world record in the 200-meter dash.

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The Key to Productivity: 4 Steps to Laser-Like Focus

Posted by on Mar 27, 2013 in Creativity, Productivity, Time Management | 6 comments

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“I object to intellect without discipline.”

Even if you’ve never seen an episode of Star Trek, you’re probably familiar with one of the show’s most famous characters: Mister Spock.

He’s the half-human, half-Vulcan first officer of the starship Enterprise. The highly-intelligent Vulcans dedicate their lives to mastering logic, learning everything they can, and suppressing their emotions.

Of course, Spock is just a fictional television character. No one can suppress their emotions as coolly as he does. Nor should anyone want to. Indeed, his crew mates, Captain Kirk and Doctor McCoy, continually try to prove to him that emotions are often just as important as logic when making decisions.

But from Spock we discover one of the keys to productivity and expertise: laser-like focus.

Read on for four steps to train yourself to think like a Vulcan so you can boost your productivity and allow your creativity to flourish.

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