Creativity & Inspiration

Articles to inspire your creativity and self-expression.

The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt -Sylvia Plath That may be all well and good for Sylvia Plath to say, but what about the rest of us who aren't yet enshrined in literary lore? How can the aspiring writers among...
Have you ever met anyone who so captivated you that you could declare them the "most impressive person you'd ever encountered"? Herman Melville, author of the great American novel Moby Dick, described such an encounter in the diary entry excerpted...
We can tell you not to use clichés but we know you will, because we are guilty of it too. Though employing a cliché is often seen as lazy writing, there is a good reason why they are so...
"The list is the origin of culture." – Umberto Eco With 2019 well and truly here, many of us may have made New Year's resolutions to get organised and get more done, whether it be in your personal or professional life. One tried and tested...
To celebrate the release of our new Spring Collection we have put together a selection of quotes from some of our favourite writers. It may not feel a lot like spring at the moment, but there is so much to...
At Paperblanks we love books and movies, so we asked our staff about their favourite onscreen bookshops.  In this new blog series we’ll show you the bookshops we found in some of our favourite movies. In Eternal Sunshine of the...
We all know that setting goals is a great way to stay focused and motivated, but have you ever tried setting intentions? The start of the month is an ideal opportunity to reflect on what's just past and the goals...
Our Peek Inside… series takes a look inside people's journals to celebrate their imagination and inspire others. Please send us an email if you have a project that you would like to be featured. This week we are getting an...
It's no secret that the English language is more than a little difficult to learn. With seemingly more exceptions to rules than actual rules themselves, English is one of the most frustrating languages to try and master. The playwright...
Travel can be such an amazing and life-changing experience. It can expose you to new ideas and cultures that can completely change your outlook in the most wonderful ways. The memories we make when we are travelling are often some...

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