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Featured Writer on Wellness: Stormy Smith

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on January 4, 2017 0 Comments • views: 650
Featured Writer on Wellness: Stormy Smith

I actually ended up with tendon overstrain as I was publishing my first book and it’s basically never gone away since that time. It starts in my thumb and ends up affecting me all way into my shoulder and neck the longer I work. It requires that I always use an ergonomic keyboard, use my […]

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How to Set Writing Goals that Actually Work

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on January 2, 2017 4 Comments • views: 1190
How to Set Writing Goals that Actually Work

It’s that time of year again, the time when we all tend to think about what goals we want to set for the New Year. What have we yet to accomplish? Where do we want to be a year from now? Usually setting goals is a good thing, particularly for writers and other creatives. We […]

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3 Things You Can’t Teach About Writing

Filed in The Writing Life by on December 28, 2016 4 Comments • views: 846
3 Things You Can’t Teach About Writing

As the year comes to a close,  I was thinking of the age-old debate about whether or not you can teach someone to write. Is an artist born an artist, or can anyone learn how to be one? Human Beings are Made to Learn I’ve been a teacher for most of my life. From kindergarten […]

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30 Quotes to Boost a Writer’s Spirit

Filed in Novel Writing Inspiration, The Writing Life by on December 26, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1735
30 Quotes to Boost a Writer’s Spirit

Last year’s round-up of quotes from authors who have been featured on Writing and Wellness was a big success. (You can read those here.) So of course I wanted to do it again this year. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if this became a yearly tradition. Here you go—great quotes from 2016. Thank you […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Sara Secora

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on December 21, 2016 2 Comments • views: 769
Featured Writer on Wellness: Sara Secora

For me, I’ve had issues that mostly stem from sitting at my desk for too long. That can lead to problems such as: back pain, eyestrain, hand/wrist pain, weight gain, and a slew of other physical health issues. I am sure that isn’t true for all writers, but for me, I tend to like writing […]

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12 Experienced Writers on How to Overcome Self-Doubt

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on December 19, 2016 0 Comments • views: 1054
12 Experienced Writers on How to Overcome Self-Doubt

After interviewing over 100 writers on this site over the last couple of years, I’ve learned one thing: We all struggle with self-doubt. This one emotion can destroy a writing career. It makes us question ourselves. It stifles creativity. It makes us hesitate rather than take action toward our goals. We may all experience self-doubt, […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Eric E. Wallace

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on December 15, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1057
Featured Writer on Wellness: Eric E. Wallace

Keeping properly hydrated [is my biggest physical challenge]. I get so absorbed in my work, it’s easy to forget to drink, and that neglect can affect all sorts of things in my body. (I also used to forget to go to the bathroom—ignoring urges—but we built a small bathroom within three feet of my writing […]

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How Reading Books Can Boost Your Life Expectancy

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on December 12, 2016 6 Comments • views: 1796
How Reading Books Can Boost Your Life Expectancy

Writers are regularly told to read. It’s through reading that we become immersed in story. We learn from the masters, and intuitively gain experience in plot, characterization, pacing, and more. Most writing teachers will tell you that if you’re not reading—a lot—you can’t expect to become a better writer. Well, now you have even more […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Sabrina York

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on December 7, 2016 7 Comments • views: 1297
Featured Writer on Wellness: Sabrina York

What is the biggest physical challenge of being a writer? I’m going to say maintaining spiritual wellness. I know, it’s not really a physical challenge, except that it is. In a way. Spiritual Wellness Encourages Physical Wellness As writers, we have to create that bubble of energy to keep ourselves motivated and on track, and […]

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25 Things I’ve Learned After Writing for 20 Years

Filed in The Writing Life by on December 5, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1340
25 Things I’ve Learned After Writing for 20 Years

1. Writing means writing when you don’t feel like it. Otherwise you never get anything done. 2. Getting published won’t change your life like you think it will, but it will bring you a satisfying sense of accomplishment. 3. Most of the writing you do will be crap, and that’s okay—it’s the only way to […]

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How I Persevered on My Biggest, Scariest Book Project

Filed in Novel Writing Inspiration by on November 30, 2016 4 Comments • views: 1245
How I Persevered on My Biggest, Scariest Book Project

by Linda Egenes I’m not a Ramayana scholar or a Sanskrit expert. But I love a great story, and back in the late 1970s when I first met my husband, Tom, he told me some of the romantic stories from the Ramayana epic from India, and of course, I had to read it myself. Struck […]

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How Finding Your Voice Can Inspire New Novels

Filed in Novel Writing Inspiration by on November 29, 2016 0 Comments • views: 874
How Finding Your Voice Can Inspire New Novels

by Simon Williams I had the basic idea floating around for some time and decided to see how it would turn out if I turned it into a full-length novel. At the time (this was many years ago) I had been mostly writing short stories—in fact I hadn’t completed a longer work for years. The […]

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