Where are YOU on the Road to Publishing?

See how close you are to publishing your manuscript with your Free Publishing Diagnostic…

Don’t waste precious time! See if your manuscript is ready to revise with your Free Revise to Publish Checklist…

The Lost Art of (Hand)writing

Buried in the Slushpile

The Lost Art of Handwriting

Most of the time I write on my computer. It’s more convenient; it’s easier to edit. However, I’ve taken to keeping a handwritten daily log/idea journal, and the results have been amazing. It turns out there’s something about handwriting that can help solidify a story idea. And it’s not just me that thinks this. I hear there’s actual neuroscience behind the benefits of handwriting.

Now, I will admit that I don’t write huge amounts of my story by hand. After all, it can be kind of slow. Often I’ll write the first few bits of a scene or a bullet list of ideas. My journal is also a cross between a daily planner and a writing journal. It’s what works for me, but you’ll want to find what works for you.

For inspiration, search Instagram for #bulletjournal. Here are some of my favorites:

A photo posted by studiousFox (@studiousfoxx) on

A photo posted by Micah (@my_blue_sky_design) on

Related Posts

Editors Don’t Revise

Editors Don’t Revise

Editors are amazing. (Yes, I may be biased, seeing that I am one.) But editors have their limits. A good editor—whether they’re a freelance editor your hire or one that works for your publisher—is there to help you make your book the best that it can be. But they...

What’s at Stake?

What’s at Stake?

Are the stakes of your story enough to get the reader turning the page? My definition of stakes is something your character risks or finds to be in jeopardy because of their own or someone else’s actions. Basically, the stakes are the external or internal problems...

When a Formula Isn’t Formulaic

When a Formula Isn’t Formulaic

Lots of authors think they hate formulas when it comes to writing. They say that structures are confining and stifle creativity. But they don’t have to. Story structures like the Hero’s Journey or Three Act or Fairy Tale style plots do not inherently limit how or what...