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Featured Writer on Wellness: Jamie Jo Hoang

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on July 20, 2016 0 Comments • views: 784
Featured Writer on Wellness: Jamie Jo Hoang

My biggest physical challenge as a writer is definitely not getting enough exercise. But on top of that I drink WAY too much coffee. Five cups of (fully caffeinated) coffee is an average day for me. I know it’s excessive so I’ve cut back on the amount of sugar and creamer I put into my coffee by […]

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Speedbumps on Your Way to Determining Genre

Filed in Novel Ups & Downs by on July 19, 2016 0 Comments • views: 426
Speedbumps on Your Way to Determining Genre

In “Novel Ups & Downs,” authors talk about the mental, emotional, & spiritual challenges and triumphs experienced while writing one particular novel. by K. K. Allen Inspiration for me usually comes in the form of nature and art, which is probably why my favorite place to write is outside, or looking out my second story […]

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When Creative People Need to Say No, No, No

Filed in The Writing Life by on July 18, 2016 6 Comments • views: 640
When Creative People Need to Say No, No, No

Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you know about Meghan Trainor’s latest hit, simply called “NO.” Personally, I can’t help but sing along with the tune. But beyond its catchiness, the lyrics got me thinking: Writers too often say “yes” when they should say “no.” This song could be a good one for […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Melanie Hooyenga

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on July 13, 2016 6 Comments • views: 681
Featured Writer on Wellness: Melanie Hooyenga

Writing is a very solitary endeavor. It’s easy to feel lost, to doubt yourself, to feel like you’re wasting your time creating something that no one will read, and if they do, won’t like. Add to that how close the kitchen is and before you know it, half—who am I kidding? An entire—bag of Special […]

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After Losing a Sister—Can Writing a Novel be Cathartic?

Filed in Novel Ups & Downs by on July 12, 2016 5 Comments • views: 688
After Losing a Sister—Can Writing a Novel be Cathartic?

In “Novel Ups & Downs,” authors talk about the mental, emotional, & spiritual challenges and triumphs experienced while writing one particular novel. by Laura Drake I’ve always known I’d write this story. It just took twenty years for me to believe that I was a good enough. See, it’s a sister-story, dedicated to my younger […]

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Writers and Exercise: The Rewards That Lie Beyond the Excuses

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on July 11, 2016 8 Comments • views: 684
Writers and Exercise: The Rewards That Lie Beyond the Excuses

You may not like the idea of exercise. You may even hate it. When you think about getting on the treadmill, going to the gym, heading out in your running shorts, or signing up for a zumba class, you may break out in a cold sweat. It doesn’t matter. The bottom line is: If you’re […]

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