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Weekly Wisdom (1/16/19)


Welcome to another post in the Weekly Wisdom series. You may wonder what the point of this post is, and I get that. This is a writing blog, right? A place to share my work?

Well sure, but I also feel like I need a place to relax and that’s what Weekly Wisdom is to me. Not only am I sharing my favourite quotes and spiritual habits with you, I’m also reminding myself of how great they are. Really, these are selfish posts, a space away from writing for me to get spiritual and encourage self-love.

It’s so important that we take time out for ourselves, so let’s get to it!

Quote of the Week: fsfitzgerald

Today’s quote comes from author F. Scott Fitzgerald, one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century in my view. This quote of his resonates perfectly with me.

We are often told that as writers we need to find our own ‘Voice’ when we are writing. This is something that makes our work truly ours, completely unique. It is the writer’s individual writing style, their own self put into words.

When there are so many different ideas and characters swirling around your head, each with their own unique voice and dialect it can be difficult to pin down what works for you. Sometimes I do feel like I haven’t quite figured out my one ‘Voice’ yet and instead have lots of different voices battling it out until I find one that I’m happy with. Maybe it’ll happen relatively soon, or maybe it won’t. I think the main thing is not to pile on too much pressure and let things be.

Goal of the Week:

Following on with the same theme, I also believe that it’s important that we take more time out for ourselves. This can be difficult to do when we have so many prompts to work with, genres to fit, submission guidelines to follow. This week, I want you to join me in writing something for yourself. Just for you. Not for a contest, not for submission. Just for pure enjoyment.


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I sometimes feel that it’s easy to fall out of love with writing. I know that sounds crazy, but when you have deadlines to meet and blog posts to write, the pressure can mount up pretty easily. I’m determined to maintain writing as an activity that I enjoy first and foremost. When it becomes ‘work’ it becomes a chore, and I don’t want that. I want to enjoy my writing and I want people to feel that when they read.

Go back to that project you started months ago and make time for yourself to write some more. Start on that idea that you’ve been thinking about for some time but have put off. Or even, write a letter to yourself. Remind yourself why you love to do this, to write. So when you’re feeling down or want to throw the towel in, you can motivate yourself with your own words.

Thanks again for joining me for another dose of wisdom.

If you would like to support me, please do head over and take a look at my latest piece of flash fiction A Distant Land if you haven’t already.

R.J. x


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Weekly Wisdom (1/9/19)


Welcome to my very first post in the Weekly Wisdom series!

What’s it all about? Well, we’re mid-way through the week and just about to go over that hump. Sometimes we all need a little help and wisdom to carry us through to the weekend. Work, chores, family life – we all have responsibilities during the week that sometimes we just need to take a break from. This is our opportunity to do that.

So grab a coffee (of course) or perhaps a herbal tea, and take five minutes out to read…

Quote of the Week:

Since this is a writing blog, I’ll try to make the quotes relevant and inspirational. Today’s comes from author, Margaret Atwood.

Such an inspiring quote for those times when writing something is more important than writing 'the' thing. #writing #quotes #writers #creativewriting #blog #blogging

– Margaret Atwood

It’s important to remember as writers that there is no such thing as true perfection. We all have our own subjective idea of what perfection is, but there’s no one true definition. It’s so easy to put pressure on ourselves to get perfection, to write the perfect piece. I hate to break it to you, but that’s never gonna happen. The best we can do is write. Writing is better than not writing, right?

So next time that you feel that your work is imperfect and you’re close to shutting down that latest project, remember that the word ‘perfect’ itself is a work of fiction.

Goal of the Week:

It’s no secret that exercise is the friend of both mind and body. It’s easy to stop taking care of yourself when you have deadlines to meet and precious words to write. This week, I want you to go out and join me for a short mindful walk.


You may be thinking: Well, I do this everyday, so what? The difference is, I want you to do this in a way that is mindful. You are not doing this just for your body, but for your mind.

Use all of your senses, be there in the moment, put all your thoughts to one side. If you can, find a secluded place where you can connect with nature and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

I’m not advising that you climb a mountain or become an athlete, just ten minutes is enough to reset and relax. It really will help your creativity flow when you next come to write!

Personally, I try to do this every day (and mostly fail…) but it’s a great practice to adhere to when you need a moment to yourself. Don’t forget the positive benefits on your body, also!

Q: What’s the one thing that you’re going to do for yourself, today?

Leave me a comment, and let me know if you do go for that short walk.

R.J. x



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