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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: 481
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: 1208
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 2 Comments • views: 808
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: 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: 1385
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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