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Featured Writer on Wellness: Melissa Rea

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on May 18, 2017 1 Comment • views: 507
Featured Writer on Wellness: Melissa Rea

For me the biggest physical challenge of writing is also my biggest emotional challenge: the alone time and the isolation it requires to write. You see, I am an extrovert. I am that person who when you introverts are sitting quietly alone at a coffee shop, shatters your solitude with her banal chatter. Writing is […]

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7 Things to Help Exhausted Writers Get More Quality Sleep

Filed in Healthy Writer Recipes by on May 15, 2017 5 Comments • views: 604
7 Things to Help Exhausted Writers Get More Quality Sleep

We all need between 7-8 hours of sleep per night for good health. Less than that has been linked to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and even early death. Writers are creative folks, and need their sleep to keep their brains sharp. A 2010 study found that sleep, especially deep REM […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Tina Ann Forkner

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on May 10, 2017 2 Comments • views: 645
Featured Writer on Wellness: Tina Ann Forkner

When I was younger, I would hear other writers talk about how sitting at their writing desk for long periods made their joints stiff. I couldn’t relate to their pain at the time, but now that I’m in my forties I know exactly what they were talking about. With all the demands of family and […]

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5 Things Smart Moms Know that Writers Need to Learn

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on May 8, 2017 4 Comments • views: 1099
5 Things Smart Moms Know that Writers Need to Learn

How often have you, as a writer, called your book your “baby?” A lot of us do it, because we put so much of ourselves into our work. We talk about “conceiving” ideas, “incubating” plotlines, and “birthing” our stories when the time is right. Nothing compares to having a real child, but writing and publishing […]

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Easy Tips to Help Writers Stop Weight Gain in its Tracks

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on May 3, 2017 1 Comment • views: 668
Easy Tips to Help Writers Stop Weight Gain in its Tracks

by Marcia Yudkin When I lived in Boston as a work-at-home writer, I stayed trim and lean despite having no exercise plan. The Boston Public Library was a 20-minute walk away, and ditto for Star Market, which I’d visit every other day to keep our refrigerator and pantry stocked. Because some people described our South […]

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The Best Pet for a Writer’s Health and Well Being

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on May 1, 2017 10 Comments • views: 1484
The Best Pet for a Writer’s Health and Well Being

Ask a writer about his or her pets and you’ll likely hear a story of long-term friendship and love. We spend a lot of our time alone with our computers, so it’s likely that we, perhaps more than others, appreciate the benefits our pets bring into our lives. They are the ones that sit close […]

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Does Writing Make You Happy?

Filed in The Writing Life by on April 26, 2017 1 Comment • views: 865
Does Writing Make You Happy?

Don’t get me wrong, being an author has many challenges, whether the writer chooses to pursue traditional publishing or goes the indie route. Still, words make me happy. I’ve been a reader since I was very young. In fact, one of my earliest memories is of waking in the night at age five. Because my […]

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How to Use Your First 2 Morning Hours to Boost Productivity

Filed in Productivity and Time Management by on April 24, 2017 10 Comments • views: 1235
How to Use Your First 2 Morning Hours to Boost Productivity

Most writers spend only about an hour or two a day actually writing. But how the day begins can have a big effect on that one-to-two hours. Take the other day, for instance. I was knee deep in my usual morning routine when I got an email from a panicked friend. She had an important […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Marin Thomas

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on April 19, 2017 10 Comments • views: 1498
Featured Writer on Wellness: Marin Thomas

I’ve struggled with bad posture all my life. At 6’ 1” I tower over most people. I hated my height when I was younger, so I slouched to make myself smaller. I can still hear my mother’s voice in my head… “Throw your shoulders back!” As I grew older, I learned to love my height […]

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How to Survive the Emotional Turbulence of the Writing Life

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on April 17, 2017 4 Comments • views: 1550
How to Survive the Emotional Turbulence of the Writing Life

In a recent Writing and Wellness survey, I asked readers to share with me some of their biggest struggles when it comes to managing the writing life. One of the answers I received from several participants was that they needed help managing the “emotional roller-coaster.” More specifically, they didn’t want to feel so “emotionally tossed […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Icy Sedgwick

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on April 12, 2017 3 Comments • views: 1060
Featured Writer on Wellness: Icy Sedgwick

I would say back pain and headaches are the biggest problem for me. I work on a laptop (I have no room for a proper desk set up) so I’m often hunched over it, or sat at the dining room table. Dining room chairs aren’t exactly built for perfect lumbar support! I know that wrist […]

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7 Ways to Beat Writer Weight Gain that Actually Work

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on April 10, 2017 7 Comments • views: 1789
7 Ways to Beat Writer Weight Gain that Actually Work

In featuring many writers on this site over the years, one thing I’ve found is that weight gain is a common struggle for us. And no wonder. We spend much of our days at the computer and often have a hard time fitting in regular exercise. All that time in the chair also tends to […]

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