And… The Single Most Extra Ultra Super Duper Productivity Tool is…

I was revising a chapter on a new writing project and I got bored.

It happens.

Unfortunately, I started to feel guilty about it.
Daycare was closed due to the pandemic conditions we’ve all come to know too well. Therefore, every minute of the little writing time I could secure every day was as precious as my wonderful kiddo’s laughter.
I had to make the most of it, no matter what.

I had to be productive. Had to. Had to. HAD TO.

« But hooow », I whined. « Oh, I know, I’ll Pinterest it! »

*cricket sounds*

Moving on.

About five minutes later, I fell back on my little writing corner chair, flabbergasted by the amount of writing productivity advice, tips, hacks and tools out there. I was even more « wowed » by the fact that every single one of the advice, tips, etcetera seemed to be the best one ever created by humankind.

There’s no doubt in my mind, dear fellow writers, that you are very well aware of it.

Why do we need the best this or that, I asked myself.
Why do we seek the ultimate best productivity tips?
Shouldn’t we look for the productivity tool that works for us and our writing life/lifestyle?
To summarize: why do we seek advice in the first place?

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New Year’s New Writing Goals : Why Do We Do It?

Writing goals. Daily word counts. Writing productivity hacks.

A well-known feeling, as a New Year’s Eve rises, yet again, upon this dear wide wild world, emerge.
This year, oh this year…

All those writing projects will come flying out of our imagination onto the page.
This year, oh this year…

All those books will touch the hearts of literary agents or publishers if, like me, you’re from Quebec, you are writing in French and you’re trying to make despite a real thought market.
This year, oh this year…

Why does the feeling of a new start seem ever stronger when a new year awaits around the corner?

Why do feel the urge to make new goals, to put pressure on ourselves the minute the clock dings midnight?

I wished I was a professional writer or journalist when those kinds of questions fluttered around and around in my mind.

But, circumstances being, let’s dive in with the information we can gather.

Why do most of us writers feel more motivated upon New Year’s Eve?

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Writing Under So Many Stars

Such a marvellous sight!

It’s almost Christmas Eve. A few days need to go by, but we’re almost there.

This year, hubby-to-be, kiddo and I chose a different place to celebrate the North American Holidays season.

From Christmas to almost New Year’s Eve, we settled down in a little cozy, sparkling with wonderful art cabin, just a sigh away from the St Lawrence River, nearby a little village on Ile d’Orléans.

When I first started to write this post, no moon shined on the ice crackling on the shore.

However, stars did. So many stars, so bright in the frigid minus 20 degrees Celsius.

Such a marvellous sight, dear fellow writers, not only did I feel the need to share, but it made me wonder about the power of travelling and its impact on my creative writing quest.

For nowadays, technology obliging, writers can do such in-depth researches that travelling to physically experience the weather, the atmosphere, the sounds, the decor, the smells of any destination seems almost like a burden.

However, here I am, dear fellow writers, listening to the ice pilling up on the shore so close to the cabin. Crackling crack crack criiick. A big cargo boat is slowly going down in what’s left of free water.

And a little « what if… » starts to dance in my mind.

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