taylor swift’s evermore, my secret session

i’ve loved taylor swift ever since i was 15, and my first boyfriend had just broken up with me over the phone, and i heard a song come on the radio called “tim mcgraw” that captured everything i was feeling so poignantly. and taylor hasn’t stopped writing the soundtrack to my life for the last 15 years. i swear, every time she comes out with a new album, it’s like she’s been spying on what’s going on in my exact reality + writes songs specifically about situations i’m experiencing. and i guess that’s exactly what makes her a fantastic songwriter in my eyes. every song has a story. she writes pure raw emotion, and somehow finds words to convey the most nuanced of relationship dynamics. and i think how […]

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how to outline your diary novel in a day with save the cat!

i’ve wanted to write a novel ever since i remember learning to read chapter books in 1st grade with some book that had a dolphin next to a cliff on the cover. after much consideration + deliberation over the last couple of years, i’ve decided i wish to self-publish my novels as my ideal dream career. so, what is the one thing most important to accomplishing this dream?  writing the dang book of course! and how do you write a book? one scene at a time.  or at least, following an outline of scenes is how i’m choosing to write this first diary novel of mine. i’m committing to writing 29,000 words of my first novel first draft in december 2020, and outlining is the first step of my […]

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december intentions + writing updates for this year

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Here’s what I feel like I had to learn in 2020 before executing on what I’m planning for my December intentions: I basically spent a whole bunch of time coming up with ideas for both blogs + books but never really committing to which I wanted to focus on creating first. Also, I had been helping Reid create his online course and launch his company for most of this year, so when he launched before Thanksgiving, I feel like a huge weight lifted, and now I feel more free to start committing to what content I want to create for my own writing. I think I’m finally giving myself permission to stop feeling guilty that I’m in such a place of privilege to be able to focus on my […]

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wake up, post

wake up

Figure I’ll actually give this a try for one day out of the 7,852 days I’ve been saying I should. This being: just wake up and write about whatever I want to write about that day, then publish it to my blog. Today, I’m thinking about social anxiety. (Just realized I used a writing prompt I heard about yesterday subconsciously. “Today, I…”) Anyway, on an average day, I care about what other people think of me. I know I “shouldn’t”, but I do. I care A LOT. One, I feel like I shouldn’t care, because everyone says, “Just be yourself and don’t give a flip if someone doesn’t like you because of it, then you’ll naturally attract your people!” I’ve actually given this advice myself to others when talking […]

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Margaret Atwood’s MasterClass on Creative Writing

creative writing masterclass

[I began writing this post in January 2020 as I was going through the MasterClass. Just put the finishing touches on it this morning and finally publishing it now!] Last year for Christmas, I received an annual pass to masterclass.com as a gift that runs out on January 29th (next week). Therefore, as my main writing career focus, since I started working from MillHouse last week, I’ve been completing Margaret Atwood’s (author of The Handmaid’s Tale) course on creative writing. Throughout 2019, I went through Judy Blume’s MasterClass on her writing process, Joyce Carol Oates’ on The Art of the Short Story in October as I prepped for NaNoWriMo, Neil Gaiman’s Art of Storytelling, and David Sedaris’ on Storytelling & Humor, and for each, I’ve saved the downloadable workbooks […]

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Danielle’s Magical Sheets of Ideas

idea bank

Ever open up your journal or notebook or iPhone memos, and feel like you’re looking at the scribblings of a madwoman? Anyone? No, just me? Well, for whoever is with me, I feel your pain. I’ve been jotting down random bits and pieces of possible story ideas in all kinds of different notebooks since 2016. And now that I’m getting serious about my writing, I’ve been feeling seriously overwhelmed. What if I’ve already come up with my bestselling novel idea, but it goes unwritten and unnoticed because it’s been lost and forgotten in one of my many haphazard journals? Therefore, I decided to come up with a system to get organized as an unorganized creative person. I’ve begun the long, laborious process of reading back through all my diaries […]

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systems

productivity systems

I am a type B, go-with-the-flow, easy-going, Piscescapism (as I like to call it) kind of person for sure. This is great for my level of patience and ability to relax blatantly in the face of a massive to-do list, but, not so great for my whole, you know, capacity to be productive. I feel like I don’t see that many type B bloggers, specifically. I love me some Rachel Hollis, Jenna Kutcher, Melyssa Griffin, and many more, but they are all kinds of ambitious, driven, and truly care about learning and being a lady boss at the business side of things. I really don’t want to have to concern myself with the biz planning for how I’m going to make money blogging. In an ideal world, I write […]

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