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Plot Twists & Storytelling

After watching the series finale of Game of Thrones, I thought about the role plot twists play in storytelling. They can make or break a story. They can excite a reader or completely turn them off. When I’m working on a story, sometimes I come up with the plot twist while I’m planning the story.…

Snapshot Storyteller | "My Thoughts on Audiobooks" | www.snapshotstoryteller.com #amwriting #snapshotstoryteller #creativestoryteller #creative #storyteller #creativewriter #IWrite #WriteOn

My Thoughts on Audiobooks

It takes me forever to finish a physical book and that’s IF I finish it (stares at the pile of unfinished books in front of me). Why? Laziness and my inability to prioritize reading. Once I acknowledged the problem, I could work on the solution. Audiobooks. I downloaded the Libby app. Once I linked my…

Snapshot Storyteller: "Self-Care for Creatives" -- As a creative, having a self-care routine is mandatory to avoid burnout. It doesn't have to be fancy, but it does need to work for you. | www.snapshotstoryteller.com #amwriting #snapshotstoryteller #creativestoryteller #creative #storyteller #creativewriter #IWrite #WriteOn

Self-Care for Creatives

There’s no standard when it comes to self-care. It can be face masks and soaks in hot baths. Or nestled with a cozy blanket, a good book, and your drink of choice. Or my fave, a nap. As a creative, self-care is mandatory if I want to avoid creative burnout. My self-care practice sometimes involves…

Snapshot Storyteller: Developing Your Writing Style -- Developing your writing style isn't easy, but it's the most interesting part of your writing journey. Don't rush it and don't overthink it. Trust the process. | www.snapshotstoryteller.com #amwriting #snapshotstoryteller #creativestoryteller #creative #storyteller #creativewriter #IWrite #WriteOn

Developing Your Writing Style

Developing your writing style takes time. Once you develop it, it will change as you progress as a writer. You’ll have a variety of cadences in your writing arsenal. Unlike grammar, there are no rules when it comes to your writing style other than making the writing style your own. Write On, Joy    

Snapshot Storyteller: Feeling Stuck? -- Getting stuck is part of the writing journey. I'm sharing a simple, but difficult way I deal with feeling stuck. | www.snapshotstoryteller.com #amwriting #snapshotstoryteller #creativestoryteller #creative #storyteller #creativewriter #IWrite #WriteOn

Feeling Stuck?

Ever have a moment when you have an idea or concept that’s really good? You’re all excited to get started so you grab some supplies, maybe a beverage and/or snack, and hunker down. Things are coming along. You have a few things written down (or typed out) and then things start to slow down. No…

Snapshot Storyteller: Progress Over Perfection -- Where you are may not be where you want to be and that's okay. You have to start somewhere in order to get where you want to be, right? | www.snapshotstoryteller.com #amwriting #snapshotstoryteller #creativestoryteller #creative #storyteller #creativewriter #IWrite #WriteOn

Progress Over Perfection

When I was creating Snapshot Storyteller, I was obsessed with making sure the website was perfect. While true perfection doesn’t exist, I try to get as close to perfection as I can. Correction: Tried. After figuratively hitting the wall several times, I switched my mindsetĀ  & focused on things being functional and presentable. The site…

Snapshot Storyteller: Two Ways I Maintain Inspiration -- I have moments when I can't tap into inspiration, no matter how hard I try. To cope with those moments, I have 2 ways I use to find my way back to inspiration. | www.snapshotstoryteller.com #amwriting #snapshotstoryteller #creativestoryteller #creative #storyteller #creativewriter #IWrite #WriteOn

Two Ways I Maintain Inspiration

As a creative, I try to be tuned in to what’s around me as a possible source of inspiration. However, sometimes, I can’t tap into inspiration no matter how hard I try. Those moments scare me as a writer because I never know how long I will be in this state of creative limbo. I…

Snapshot Storyteller: Writing to the Beat -- Distraction is an unwelcome part of my writing journey. Writing to music helps me combat that. So far, so good. | www.snapshotstoryteller.com #amwriting #snapshotstoryteller #creativestoryteller #creative #storyteller #creativewriter #IWrite #WriteOn

Writing to the Beat

It’s easy for me to get distracted when I’m writing. Between social media, TV, and my own thoughts, it’s damn near impossible to remain focused. Oh, and one more thing. If I don’t get a handle on distraction, I end up with another nightmare: writer’s block. To combat these distractions, I listen to instrumental music.…

Snapshot Storyteller: Tell the Story -- Somewhere along our writing journey, we find ourselves second-guessing if our work is good enough. Will anyone read it? What will they think about it? Here's the thing. You have to tell the story in order for someone to have thoughts about it. | www.snapshotstoryteller.com #amwriting #snapshotstoryteller #creativestoryteller #creative #storyteller #creativewriter #IWrite #WriteOn

Tell the Story

Allow me to set the scene. You had an awesome story idea and spent a lot of time bringing it to life. You’re proud of yourself for finishing the story and can’t wait to share it with the world. Things are going great..until you find yourself second-guessing yourself. For me, doubt is an unwelcome aspect…

Snapshot Storyteller: To Outline...or Nah? -- I had to figure out a way to write stories that would allow me the freedom to write as I go while still having some sort of structure. I think I finally figured it out. | www.snapshotstoryteller.com #amwriting #snapshotstoryteller #creativestoryteller #creative #storyteller #creativewriter #IWrite #WriteOn

To Outline…or Nah?

I have a love/hate relationship with outlining. As a creative, I love the freedom of creating a story as I go. I start with a fragment of a story idea and work it out as I go. Then there’s college (shudders). Years of academic papers stressed the importance of structure thatĀ outlines provide. To make things…

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