Inspired By: Amber Burns
What does a typical day look like for you lately?
A bit different in 2020 than other years! I’m usually up by 6 or 7, make coffee and then try to read, meditate or journal for 15-20 minutes before jumping into work. The rest of the day is full of calls, emails, getting work done and, usually, another cup of coffee. Once the work day is over I like to wind down with a glass of wine and curl up with a book or something fun on Netflix!
Congrats on writing your first novel! How has that process been?
It’s been a process for sure! The ups and downs of this year have definitely zapped a lot of my creative energy. I’ve been super grateful for the online writing community for keeping me motivated and inspired over the past few months. I’m really excited to end the year with a good chunk of my writing done.
How have you been finding writing motivation during these past couple months?
It’s so hard. I think it’s been helpful to give myself a lot of grace, and accept that every day isn’t going to be super productive or inspired. Sticking to set routines has also helped a lot to maintain some semblance of normalcy and push through the mental fog and anxiety.
What are some important things you’ve learned about content creation over the years?
Content creation has changed so much over the past five years, and is only going to change more. It’s crazy to think that just a few years ago, there were no Instagram stories, no Reels, TikTok, and most videos on YouTube were under 10 minutes. Everything has flipped! I guess the biggest lesson I’ve learned is always be ready to embrace change, but never sacrifice your authentic voice to do it.
Where do you believe most of your inspiration originates?
I’m honestly inspired by so much! Life is so rich and is filled with inspiration if you take time to look. I’m always writing down notes and letting my imagination run wild, and get some of my best ideas when I’m out and about people watching.
What is your favorite book at the moment? Is there a quote that sticks out to you?
One of my favorite books of all time is The Mothers by Brit Bennett. I reread it at least once a year. It’s such a great story about young love, finding your way and the price of mistakes. There are so many good quotes in that book, but one that sticks out: “sometimes the glory was in rebuilding the broken thing, not the result but the process of trying.”
What is your most unexpected book recommendation?
Probably the Arch of Scythe trilogy. I don’t gravitate towards dystopian books often but I devoured all three books within a week and loved every second of reading them!!