Tips for Journaling from Mari McCarthy

Tips for Journaling from Mari McCarthy

After she lost the feeling in the right side of her body due to Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Mari McCarthy turned to journaling when she learned about Julia Cameron’s Morning Pages through The Artist’s Way. By developing a daily journaling practice, Mari was able to regain feeling on her right side and currently needs zero medication to control her MS. 

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Review of Heal Yourself with Journaling Power by Mari McCarthy

Review of Heal Yourself with Journaling Power by Mari McCarthy

I’ve always been what I call a “reluctant journaler”. I’d start a daily journal practice only to stop a few days later. It would be days or even months before I’d start up again. After reading Heal Yourself with Journaling Power by Mari McCarthy, I’m definitely motivated to cultivate a daily journaling practice that sticks.

I love this opening quote from Mari: “When I change the way I look at me, the me I look at changes”. This had so much meaning for me and really shows how we are constantly evolving. By page 24 of Heal Yourself with Journaling Power, I was already fighting back tears, revelling in Mari’s amazing transformation story.

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Read More to Write Better: My Favourite Speed Reading Tips and Tricks

Read More to Write Better: My Favourite Speed Reading Tips and Tricks

Continuing on with my theme of reading for Drop Everything And Read month this April, I thought it would be fun to share my favorite speed reading tips. When I was studying to be a CPA, I took a course called Effective Speed Reading. Many of the tips I share below came from that course and some I have adapted to work better for me.

Not all books lend themselves to speed reading. There are some books I really enjoy reading, and I want to slow down and read every word. But as the saying goes, “So many books, so little time,” so here are some tips to help you increase your reading speed.

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How Does Supporting Your Local Library Support Your Favourite Authors?

How Does Supporting Your Local Library Support Your Favourite Authors?

Since April is Drop Everything and Read month, it got me thinking about how supporting my local library supports my favourite authors. I love using the library it saves me a ton of money every year, but I also want to support my favourite authors so they keep creating amazing stories.

Best I can tell, there are two main ways supporting your local library helps support my favourite authors: royalties and exposure. When authors sell books they receive royalties. This goes for both traditionally published authors and self-published authors. Libraries buy books through publishers, therefore traditionally published authors receive royalties from those sales to libraries.

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Read More to Write Better: 3 Types of Books Every Thriller Author Should Read

Read More to Write Better: 3 Types of Books Every Thriller Author Should Read

Did you know April is Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) month? Me neither! I’ve recently started reading every morning before I do anything else. I was tired of getting smacked in the face by my book as I fell asleep reading before going to be at night. Please tell me I’m not alone on this!

It turns out that reading every morning for about an hour is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I’m amazed at how much I’ve read and learned. I’ve heard many successful authors say that if you want to be a good writer, you need to be a good reader, and I feel like all the extra reading I’ve been doing has really helped me be more critical of my own writing. Well, I’m always critical of myself, but this is a much healthier version.

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What is an eBook?

What is an eBook?

If you type “what is an eBook?” in the Google search bar, you’ll get a result that tells you it’s “an electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose”. You might be thinking, “well duh, why on earth is she writing about this?”

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What I Learned About Writing from Reading Books by Greg Iles

What I Learned About Writing from Reading Books by Greg Iles

Greg Iles is one of my favourite authors right now. I remember the day I was first introduced to his work. I was in my office and a colleague from down the hall came and asked me if I read. I thought it was a strange question, who doesn’t read? I answered, “Yes”, and she asked me if I wanted her copy of Turning Angel by Greg Iles. I said sure and then freaked out a little.

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