Creativity & Inspiration

Articles to inspire your creativity and self-expression.

On a recent Writing Wednesday, in an effort to provide hope to all those writers struggling to be published, we highlighted four of the harshest rejection letters some extremely successful authors have received. But what if you can't even...
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamott Have you ever heard the saying "You can't pour from an empty cup"? Everyone is so busy these days and with to-do lists...
For our "X Questions With" series, we're speaking with talented individuals from around the world who have inspired us with their creativity and passion. If you have a story to tell or someone you'd like to see profiled, let...
By now you’ve probably heard of the Danish and Norwegian concept of Hygge (pronounced “hoo-ga"). The Danes are described as the happiest people in the world, and with Hygge being such a large part of their lives, we think...
At Paperblanks we love books and movies; so we asked our staff what their favourite bookshops on screen are.  In this blog series we’ll show you the bookshops we found in some of our favourite movies. You’ve Got Mail is...
Loui Jover's artwork involves drawing in ink over adhered-together old book pages. The very striking result: the pages give the drawings, as Jover puts it, "a kind of 'meaning' or back-story, even though unconnected in a contrived...
To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we're giving away 25 journals! We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who entered our #Paperblanks25 competition and who has supported us over the years. We absolutely love creating Paperblanks journals and...
Our Peek Inside… series takes a look inside peoples’ personal journals to celebrate their creativity and inspire others. Message us at facebook@hartleyandmarks.com if you have a project that you would like to be featured. This month we asked French web...
For some people, the possibilities a blank book suggests are inspiring. For many of us though, they're simply overwhelming. To take the fear out of writing on that first blank page, we've lined up five unconventional ways of using...
If you are ever feeling down because nobody knows your name, then take heart: at least the cutthroat world of writing rivalries cannot take you down for everyone to see. Historically, authors have come up with some of the harshest,...

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