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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: 613
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: 831
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: 1698
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: 1064
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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What Are You Wearing? Why Writers Should Care

Filed in Boost Creativity by on October 23, 2017 4 Comments • views: 840
What Are You Wearing? Why Writers Should Care

Do you dress up for Halloween? If not, do you dress up at any other time? Do you go all out for an awards dinner, for example, dress up to give a presentation, or even dress up like one of your characters to get into his or her head? I spent a few years teaching […]

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How to Ease Back Pain from the Comfort of Your Chair

Filed in Tools to Write Pain-Free by on October 18, 2017 0 Comments • views: 795
How to Ease Back Pain from the Comfort of Your Chair

by Luisito E. Batongbakal Jr. We’ve all heard about the evils of prolonged sitting: The longer you sit, the higher your chance of suffering lower back pain. Not surprisingly, almost every corner of the Internet is advocating the use of standing desks to curb occupational back pain. It’s true that standing can help break up […]

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Do You Have What it Takes to be a Lifelong Writer?

Filed in The Writing Life by on October 16, 2017 5 Comments • views: 1451
Do You Have What it Takes to be a Lifelong Writer?

One of my favorite author interviews took place back in 2015, with Karen Jones Gowen. As a writer and a publisher, she had a unique take on the whole “writing life” experience, because she’d seen it from both sides. She spoke about the challenges writers have fitting writing in with the rest of their lives, […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Megan Cutler

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on October 11, 2017 0 Comments • views: 829
Featured Writer on Wellness: Megan Cutler

The term “sedentary lifestyle” has become a buzzword in our house of late. My husband has real concerns about the fact that I spend all day typing at my computer. I get so locked into my projects, so focused on what I’m doing, I forget about everything else. When my husband is away on business […]

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5 Unique Walks that Boost Writing Focus and Creativity

Filed in Boost Creativity by on October 9, 2017 7 Comments • views: 1386
5 Unique Walks that Boost Writing Focus and Creativity

Walking is great for writers. I talked about it in a previous post (“What Famous Writers Know About Walking”), and shared some great quotes from famous authors like J. K. Rowling and Charles Dickens. In general, writers love walks not only because they provide an easy and enjoyable way to exercise, but because they encourage […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Julie Christine Johnson

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on October 4, 2017 1 Comment • views: 1294
Featured Writer on Wellness: Julie Christine Johnson

My mental and physical health are inextricably linked. I’ve shared my personal space with anxiety and depression my entire life, and any attempts to mitigate or improve with medication has run the spectrum from ineffective to disastrous. I long ago learned that physical activity and a carefully tuned diet are among my best resources for […]

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How to Stop Sabotaging Your Own Writing Progress

Filed in Boost Creativity, Finding & Following Your Voice by on October 2, 2017 2 Comments • views: 1023
How to Stop Sabotaging Your Own Writing Progress

My family and I took a trip to Alabama one year to see my younger brother, who was attending military school there at the time. We went out to lunch at a cute little restaurant, and when the waitress asked if we wanted something to drink, I requested, as I often do, both a glass […]

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How to Breathe New Life Into Your Creative Career

Filed in Tools to Write Pain-Free by on October 1, 2017 29 Comments • views: 1405
How to Breathe New Life Into Your Creative Career

by Benjamin Sobieck Congratulations to: Laurie B.! You won a free pair of Writer’s Gloves. Not every entrepreneur is a writer, but every writer is an entrepreneur. The same forces percolating creative juices every time you sit down at a keyboard can pour you a cup of words or, sometimes, something completely different. Don’t dismiss […]

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