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Featured Writer on Wellness: Sharon Ledwith

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on March 15, 2017 13 Comments • views: 1014
Featured Writer on Wellness: Sharon Ledwith

The biggest physical challenge of being a writer? Easy. Wrist pain and eye strain. I find if I overuse my computer mouse—whether writing a novel, editing, blogging, or engaging in social media—my wrist starts to throb. Then I know it’s time to put on a wrist brace, and rest my hand as much as possible. […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Michelle Cox

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on March 8, 2017 0 Comments • views: 868
Featured Writer on Wellness: Michelle Cox

The biggest physical challenge in writing is probably having to sit so long in one place. When I first starting writing novels, I would only write for an hour a day and then go about my business, but now I sit for about seven and a half! I start writing as soon as my kids […]

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How to Keep Writing When Others Stomp on Your Dreams

Filed in When Writing Is Hard, Who Supports Your Writing Dreams? by on March 6, 2017 7 Comments • views: 1114
How to Keep Writing When Others Stomp on Your Dreams

In a recent Writing and Wellness survey, I asked respondents to share their biggest writing challenges. One answer in particular broke my heart. The writer explained that a bad relationship had left her with the nagging feeling that her writing would never be “good enough.” She had left the relationship behind, but was still haunted […]

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How to Work with Your Personality to Make Writing Easier

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on March 1, 2017 3 Comments • views: 898
How to Work with Your Personality to Make Writing Easier

by Marcia Yudkin Having coached scores of writers over more than 30 years, I’ve observed that they often struggle for two reasons: They tend to fight their inborn tendencies rather than accommodating them, and they have an overly rigid idea of how writing needs to take place. Have you tried to write in the way […]

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7 Crazy Things to Do When You Need 30 Minutes to Write

Filed in Productivity and Time Management by on February 27, 2017 8 Comments • views: 1162
7 Crazy Things to Do When You Need 30 Minutes to Write

Your life is crazy. It’s hard to find time to write. We’ve all been there. True time management requires a number of skills, and a thorough knowledge of the self. You have to understand your own weaknesses when it comes to wasting time, what slows you down when facing the blank page, and how to […]

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Have You Tried Merino Wool Handwarmers?

Filed in Tools to Write Pain-Free by on February 27, 2017 0 Comments • views: 438
Have You Tried Merino Wool Handwarmers?

The sky is glowing at Writing and Wellness! About three years ago, I wrote a post about some handwarmers my mom had found for me at a farmer’s market. They were handmade, and she thought I might find them useful. Boy, did I ever. There are many mornings throughout the winter season when my fingers […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Jeri Walker

Filed in Uncategorized by on February 22, 2017 38 Comments • views: 1762
Featured Writer on Wellness: Jeri Walker

Working from a home office has equaled some weight gain due to lower activity levels, but I do use the apps My Fitness Pal and Runtastic to track daily calories when I want to lose a few pounds. It’s easy to delude one’s self and not think about how unhealthy some foods are, so such […]

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How to Overcome Unique Challenges as a Highly Sensitive Writer

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on February 20, 2017 1 Comment • views: 1620
How to Overcome Unique Challenges as a Highly Sensitive Writer

Are you “highly sensitive?” Do you know what “highly sensitive” is? I didn’t until I read The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron. Wow. What an eye-opener. If you’ve ever been told that you’re “too sensitive” and you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend you do. If you’ve read it and you know […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Jacqueline Cioffa

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on February 15, 2017 4 Comments • views: 1625
Featured Writer on Wellness: Jacqueline Cioffa

Living with manic depression and anxiety, the biggest physical challenge for me being a writer is finding a healthy balance between being still, managing anxiety, exercise, and writing. I also have sciatica, so back strengthening exercise is extremely important. It can painful to sit for long hours at a time. Walking is My “Writing Meditation” […]

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What You Need to Know About Potential Laptop Dangers

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on February 13, 2017 3 Comments • views: 1237
What You Need to Know About Potential Laptop Dangers

I love my laptop. I do all my fiction writing and blog writing on it, and I take it with me everywhere. My desktop gets a great workout on my freelance projects and submissions, but for just about everything else, I’m on my laptop. Imagine my dismay, then, when I read recently that it may […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Caroline Slee

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on February 8, 2017 1 Comment • views: 733
Featured Writer on Wellness: Caroline Slee

My left hand likes to protest typing, as loudly as possible. Five years ago, I went to a physical therapist for lymphedema that resulted from surgery for breast cancer. While undergoing physical therapy, I mentioned that my hand had been hurting a great deal—I thought it was related to the lymphedema. From the physical therapist […]

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Are You Motivated by the Right Things for Optimal Creativity?

Filed in Boost Creativity by on February 6, 2017 6 Comments • views: 1206
Are You Motivated by the Right Things for Optimal Creativity?

What motivates a person to want to climb Mount Everest? The task is difficult, near brutal, and several people have died doing it. I wondered why someone would spend all the money and time it takes to risk it, so I did some research on it. Turns out that motivation differs from person to person. […]

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