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Does Writing Make You Happy?

Filed in The Writing Life by on April 26, 2017 0 Comments • views: 181
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: 461
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 8 Comments • views: 881
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: 1002
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: 784
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: 1398
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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Featured Writer on Wellness: James L’Etoile

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on April 5, 2017 0 Comments • views: 1279
Featured Writer on Wellness: James L’Etoile

The biggest physical challenge for me, at first, were the dozens of paper cuts from rejection letters. Adapting to the demands of writing was a huge adjustment from working in a prison environment. I worked nearly thirty years in prisons, parole, probation and managing prison operations. There were no longer the stress-filled days, or danger […]

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Root Out Hidden Writer’s Anxiety to Restore Creativity

Filed in The Inner Life, When Writing Is Hard by on April 3, 2017 1 Comment • views: 938
Root Out Hidden Writer’s Anxiety to Restore Creativity

A friend of mine wasn’t getting her writing done. It had been over a month since she’d made any progress, or even sat down to focus on the work. It was her second novel and for a long time she was really in the zone with it, but then she found out that her first […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Pamela Cook

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on March 29, 2017 0 Comments • views: 843
Featured Writer on Wellness: Pamela Cook

Back pain seems to be the biggest physical challenge when I’m writing. Sitting in one spot for too long triggers off a lower back issue I’ve had for years. Snacking on the wrong things can be a problem too—any excuse to get up and procrastinate, which usually means coffee and something sweet! Lately I’ve developed […]

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The Easy Way to Boost Brain Power and Energy for Writing

Filed in Boost Creativity, Productivity and Time Management, The Healthy Writer by on March 27, 2017 9 Comments • views: 1466
The Easy Way to Boost Brain Power and Energy for Writing

To write well and write fast, you need two things: energy, and a sharp brain. Unfortunately, it’s easy to fall short on both of these. Busy days with long to-do lists can leave you feeling fatigued and dull, like you couldn’t think up a new scene to save your life. If you find yourself feeling […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: D. J. Steele

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on March 22, 2017 1 Comment • views: 1089
Featured Writer on Wellness: D. J.  Steele

I was a forester for over twenty years working in the private sector. My job consisted of office time behind a desk, but also field work. A good balance. Writing a novel required sitting for long hours working on a computer. Bad posture, leaning too close to the monitor and the strain on my wrists […]

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7 Ways to Charm Your Creativity Out of the Box

Filed in Boost Creativity by on March 20, 2017 8 Comments • views: 1683
7 Ways to Charm Your Creativity Out of the Box

You sit down for a blissful hour of writing. You carved out this time and everything worked out perfectly. You’ve got a private place to work, your favorite tea (or other drink) beside you, and your work-in-progress pulled up on your laptop. An hour later, you’ve managed little more than a paragraph. Or maybe you’ve […]

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