Passion Planning: Find It, Follow It, Love It

Although I relate closely to all of my content here on CGL, this post resonates very close to my heart because I only recently discovered my passion. For many years now I have felt adrift at sea, lost in an uncertainty that was really uncharacteristic of me because growing up, I always felt like I [...]

Color Schemes: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Remember the days of Lisa Frank? Those rainbow puppy, kitten and unicorn folders, pencils, pens and lunch boxes were the absolute bomb when I was in middle school: every girl wanted it, and every girl who got it displayed it like some sort of rainbow badge of honor. I'd be kidding myself if I said [...]

5 Unrestricted Stock Resources to Use on Your Blog or Forum

The importance of image quality with the images we use in our online ventures is so, so important. Nobody wants to see tiny, pixelated pictures when browsing a website, no matter the genre, but in the same vein we want to make sure that we aren't using pictures that legally belong to someone else. Myself, [...]

Blogging for Beginners: How To Find Your Niche

So you want to start a blog: great! You're a person with a lot to say, with varying opinions on various subjects... some strong, some not. You know you want to start a blog, and yet even with everything you have to say, you have no idea who to target, or what to call them. [...]

How To Use a Tumblr Blog for Writing Inspiration

There are many different methods and tools to utilize in order to gather and maintain your creative writing inspirations. Some people identify best with music, others with a notebook and their own brief musings, while others do best with visual inspirations. I am definitely in the latter category: I need something to look at, relate [...]

How to Get the Most Out of Your Writing Sessions

I've done it. You've done it. We've all done it. You get a surge of inspiration to work on your manuscript, add another chapter to that smutty fan-fiction, or you've got an assignment glaring you in the face with the unkempt eyebrows of a looming deadline. You sit down, align your fingers with the keyboard [...]

A Guide to Creating Characters Worth Remembering: Forum Edition

Forum roleplay is its own animal: many characters come and go, some live, most die, but most of all there is constant outside influence on your characters based on the forum's world, theme, and most of all other people's characters. Unlike a short story or novel where you control the outcome of everyone in your [...]

Meeting Fellow Geeks: 5 Ways to Expand Your Social Circle

If you're anything like me you find it hard to meet new people and gain new friends, especially when the things you want to talk about are Wash's unfair demise in Serenity or how your most recent character is doing on that forum roleplay site you're on every day. For a lot of people - myself [...]