What I’m Learning: May 2015

Posted on: May 29th, 2015 by Ashley Brooks No Comments

Welcome to What I’m Learning: May Edition! I feel like I’ve learned more than usual this month. Should I chalk that up to paying more attention, watching less TV, or pure coincidence? Whatever the cause, I’m excited to share what I’m learning with you! Linking up, as always, with the lovely Emily at Chatting at […]

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Book Review: Truest

Posted on: May 27th, 2015 by Ashley Brooks 6 Comments

You guys have heard me talk about Truest a few times already (here and here). If you follow me on Goodreads, you may have seen my official review here. If you know me in real life, I’ve probably badgered you more than once about why you should pre-order it. And now I’m talking about it […]

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For The Love of First Drafts

Posted on: May 21st, 2015 by Ashley Brooks 4 Comments

There are a few truths editors hold to be self-evident. Chief among them is this: The first draft is just you telling yourself the story. — Terry Pratchett It’s tempting to edit while you write. It feels like your opportunity to fix your mistakes in a way that’s not possible in real life. But as […]

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Coffee Talk: The Right Words

Posted on: May 15th, 2015 by Ashley Brooks No Comments

Sometimes the right words find you exactly when you need them. They meet you where you’re at, tearing through your soul like lightning and setting you on fire . . . or washing over your heart in a cool wave, refreshing your spirit and restoring what worry has taken from you. I had one of […]

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Stop Forcing Yourself to Be Productive

Posted on: May 11th, 2015 by Ashley Brooks 4 Comments

Productivity is a double-edged sword. We feel successful and accomplished when we have a productive day, but half the time our attempts to be more productive actually make us less so. Let’s try something new together: stop forcing yourself to be productive. Stop downloading new apps or trying the latest and greatest technique or doing […]

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