Quill & Cup Blog: Sharpen Your Quill & Fill Your Cup

Gift Ideas for Writers tools for writers writer tools Nov 24, 2023

Quill & Cup Holiday Gift Guide

By Saleema Ishq

When the writer in your life exclaims, “I’m writing a novel!,” they’re entrusting you with some very special information. That’s a big sign of trust, and it’s safe to say the feeling is mutual. With the...

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4 Things to Know for NaNoWriMo (+ bonus tips!) encouragement hedgie house experience imposter syndrome help prickle time writing process writing tips Oct 30, 2023

National Novel Writing Month, lovingly referred to as NaNoWriMo, is just around the corner!

Before you dive in, I have some thoughts on the subject…

I took part in this “structured stress” challenge back in November 2016 when I wrote the first 50k of what became The Cromwell...

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Your Readers Are Ready community encouragement imposter syndrome help mindset for writers writing community Sep 15, 2023

As writers, we’re often told that showing up is half the battle. And it is. But when you are neck-deep in the writing trenches and facing off writer curses such as loneliness and imposter syndrome, showing up consistently to your work can be one of the hardest things to do.

It’s easy,...

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What A Short Story Needs Sep 12, 2023

Does the thought of writing short stories send prickles down your spine? Even though they’re short, the idea of writing a smaller word count can feel intimidating.

Author Danielle Robertson helps us discover that doesn’t have to be the case - you can find joy and...

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5 Steps to Navigate (Writerly) Anxiety on a Daily Basis fill your cup mindset for writers writing process Aug 30, 2023

What if I’m not good enough?

Is this story too unoriginal?

What if people hate my story? 

We’ve all experienced these spiraling thoughts at some point in our writing journey. Anxiety roars its ugly head and tries to get in the way of accomplishing your writing goals. 

There...

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Signs of Burnout for a Writer fill your cup productivity tool writing process Aug 08, 2023
  • Have you found yourself pushing yourself to finish that last round of edits even though you’re so exhausted?
  • Are you overwhelmed by the deadlines that no one but you created?
  • Do you find yourself wanting to write but when you sit down, you can’t find the words?
  • Do you compare your...
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Game-changing method for rest AND productivity permission to rest productivity tool writing process Jul 17, 2023

Do you dwell in Possibility, too?

For me, it's currently a Monday afternoon, when I'm usually cranking out tasks straight out of the gate because I've given my chance to really rest on the weekends. I'm extremely protective of my weekends - that is sacred time; fill your cup time, and you can't...

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Happy 2nd Birthday, Quill & Cup! about hedgie house experience testimonial Jul 05, 2023

This week marks 2 years since - legend has it - @quillandcup founders Ania and Cody [Ray] sat down on the other side of the world and decided to take a leap of faith in their lives. I'm not sure they quite intended that leap to cover the entirety of the North Atlantic Ocean, to reach...

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Transformational Writing Retreat fill your cup in-person retreat retreat Jun 29, 2023

If I could describe the Quill & Cup writers retreat in one word, I’d say it was "transformational."

That’s the word I used when talking about it with my therapist last week.
 

It was as if the retreat took hold of all the loose cables inside me, wound them together,...

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I am prioritizing rest this evening. accountability fill your cup permission to rest prickle time Jun 21, 2023

Does saying that make anyone else cringe? Hustle culture has taught us that rest is for the weak, that if you have big goals you need to be striving towards them 100% of the time. That if you take time away from your goals, you aren't disciplined enough to achieve them.

Saying I was too tired to...

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