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How I Use Yoga to Achieve Writing-Life Balance

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on December 6, 2017 1 Comment • views: 811
How I Use Yoga to Achieve Writing-Life Balance

by Melissa McPhail When I think of the greatest challenges I’ve had to face, time is often a factor within them. Time to finish the manuscript. Time to coordinate a hundred varying logistics. Time to deal with an emergency. Time to write. Time is one of the greatest hidden stressors of our lives. We often […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Cate Beauman

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on November 29, 2017 1 Comment • views: 676
Featured Writer on Wellness: Cate Beauman

I have to admit that I’m pretty lucky when it comes to the physically challenging side of writing. I often hear of fellow writers struggling with high blood pressure, carpal tunnel syndrome, insomnia, and the numerous other ailments that seem to come along with our trade. Occasionally, my back gets a little stiff when I […]

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How to Balance Routine and Novelty to Boost Writing Productivity

Filed in Productivity and Time Management by on November 27, 2017 8 Comments • views: 871
How to Balance Routine and Novelty to Boost Writing Productivity

When I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to change the furniture around in my room. I’d take an hour or so, close the door, and proceed to change my little world. The bed against the opposite wall, the dresser over there instead, this picture down, another picture up, the […]

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What Do You Like About Writing? 10 Writers Share

Filed in The Writing Life by on November 22, 2017 0 Comments • views: 709
What Do You Like About Writing? 10 Writers Share

What do you like about writing? We writers struggle from time to time. We describe the writing life as a roller coaster, full of ups and downs. But in the end, we do it because when it’s all said and done, writing benefits our lives in one way or another. Below, 10 writers share their […]

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10 Things Writers Have to be Grateful For

Filed in The Writing Life by on November 20, 2017 4 Comments • views: 981
10 Things Writers Have to be Grateful For

Writers have a lot to complain out. We’re overworked and underpaid, and we often toil for years with little to no encouragement from the outside world. We all know what’s tough about this gig, but at this time of the year, it helps to remind ourselves what we love about writing. Sometimes we can get […]

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How to Write Your Way Through Loss and Grief

Filed in Writing to Heal by on November 15, 2017 0 Comments • views: 1125
How to Write Your Way Through Loss and Grief

by Beth Castrodale In late 2014 and early 2015, both of my elderly parents died within four months. Although their deaths were far from unexpected, I found myself unable to forge ahead on the novel I’d been working on over the previous two years. Against the loss of my parents, the novel felt trivial. Furthermore, […]

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7 Ways to Boost Your Creative Motivation

Filed in Boost Creativity, Productivity and Time Management by on November 13, 2017 31 Comments • views: 2020
7 Ways to Boost Your Creative Motivation

Congratulations Mel and Celia! You are the winners of Jadie’s giveaway. Watch your email for details and thank you to all who entered! by Jadie Jones When Colleen asked me if I would write a post for her about time management… I laughed at the idea that I—a mom of three small kids, sole operator […]

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How History, Mystery, and Chemo Led Me to My Book Launch

Filed in Book Writing Inspiration by on November 8, 2017 3 Comments • views: 1258
How History, Mystery, and Chemo Led Me to My Book Launch

I discovered a historical murder case in a 19th-century forester’s diary here in Germany, where I live. The forester detailed his role in a murder investigation. The mayor of Bönnigheim was assassinated in 1835 and a letter came from the USA in 1872 offering the solution to the murder. The forester found the critical corroborating […]

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How to Get Your Creative Brain to Sleep

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on November 6, 2017 2 Comments • views: 1121
How to Get Your Creative Brain to Sleep

The writer’s brain works in mysterious ways. Sometimes, it’s thrilling, like when you’re driving along and suddenly a new idea pops into your head for how to iron out that plot point you’ve been struggling with. Or when you wake up with the story outline of your next novel neatly replaying in your mind, spurring […]

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Tragedy Was My Inspiration to Write

Filed in Book Writing Inspiration by on November 1, 2017 2 Comments • views: 1034
Tragedy Was My Inspiration to Write

by Maryanne Pope “Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life.” – Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft On Thursday September 28th, 2000, my husband John and I had an argument while walking our dog. I told him how scared I was of […]

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20 Tips to Increase Your Odds of Winning NaNoWriMo

Filed in Boost Creativity, The Healthy Writer by on October 30, 2017 6 Comments • views: 1950
20 Tips to Increase Your Odds of Winning NaNoWriMo

If you’re making the commitment to get your novel written this November, you can bet that somewhere along the way, you’re going to hit a wall. We’re talking about 30 days of motivating yourself to write perhaps more than you’ve ever written before. The goal is 50,000 words. That’s about 1,666 words a day, and […]

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After I Put My Novel on the Shelf, “Someday” Came

Filed in Book Writing Inspiration by on October 25, 2017 9 Comments • views: 1217
After I Put My Novel on the Shelf, “Someday” Came

When I say I’m a dreamer, I mean it literally. I also have nightmares. My dreams are weird and my nightmares terrifying. A psychiatrist might wonder if I had a rough childhood full of traumas and abuse, but my childhood was wonderful. I grew up on a farm in central Illinois where I used my […]

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