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Featured Writer on Wellness: Cate Beauman

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on November 29, 2017 1 Comment • views: 582
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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What Do You Like About Writing? 10 Writers Share

Filed in The Writing Life by on November 22, 2017 0 Comments • views: 552
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: 909
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: 1012
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: 1922
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: 1198
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: 933
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: 1017
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: 1919
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: 1197
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: 1099
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: 974
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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