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How to Keep Your Day Job from Destroying Your Writing Dreams

Filed in Productivity and Time Management by on September 4, 2017 0 Comments • views: 1175
How to Keep Your Day Job from Destroying Your Writing Dreams

Most writers these days are advised to keep their day jobs. The odds of earning a full-time living from writing alone are just too great to risk going without, and no one wants to worry about how they’re going to pay their bills while they’re trying to put together their next novel. But staying employed […]

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Help for Overwhelmed, Overscheduled, Burned Out Writers!

Filed in Boost Creativity, Productivity and Time Management by on September 3, 2017 32 Comments • views: 1148
Help for Overwhelmed, Overscheduled, Burned Out Writers!

Congratulations to Alexandria and J.P.—you are the giveaway winners! Today’s demands on writers and other creative artists are overwhelming. Ever since I started “Writing and Wellness” back in 2014, I’ve heard stories from writers and other creative artists about their number-one difficulty: finding time to write (or create). I understood their struggle, as I’ve experienced […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Chris Patchell

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on August 30, 2017 0 Comments • views: 473
Featured Writer on Wellness: Chris Patchell

If they’re right when they say that sitting is the new smoking, although I’ve never had a cigarette in my life, I have a 2-pack a day habit! I spend way too much time sitting. It’s not a new problem. My 20+ years working in hi-tech also involved a lot of sitting. I spent hours […]

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The Surprising Thing Writers Can Do to Improve Quality of Writing

Filed in Boost Creativity, Productivity and Time Management by on August 28, 2017 18 Comments • views: 1432
The Surprising Thing Writers Can Do to Improve Quality of Writing

Most writers, no matter their level of success, want to improve. When you think about your next story, you probably want it to be better than the last. To make that happen, you may hire an editor, take your story to a writing group, or study up on things like plot and character. These are […]

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How Writing to Help Others Helps Me

Filed in Book Writing Inspiration by on August 23, 2017 2 Comments • views: 908
How Writing to Help Others Helps Me

by Harriet Hodgson Writing a series for family caregivers was never on my “to-do” list. But it happened. After 20 years in the caregiving trenches, I had things to say and tips to share. I was my mother’s family caregiver for nine years, my twin grandchildren’s caregiver for seven years, and have been my disabled […]

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How to Overcome 3 Things That Make You Feel Rushed for Time

Filed in Productivity and Time Management by on August 21, 2017 4 Comments • views: 986
How to Overcome 3 Things That Make You Feel Rushed for Time

One of the most common complaints I hear from other writers is this: I don’t have enough time to write. Why is it we feel so rushed for time these days? Are we really that much busier than we used to be a few decades ago? Is it technology, or just the way we’re looking […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Jennifer Wilck

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on August 16, 2017 4 Comments • views: 832
Featured Writer on Wellness: Jennifer Wilck

I think the biggest physical challenge to being a writer is it’s basically a stationary profession. Sounds pretty obvious, but I never really thought about it before. I write on my laptop, so I can move from my desk to my dining room table to my sofa to my deck when the weather is nice. […]

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The Secret to Procrastination and How to Outsmart It

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on August 14, 2017 4 Comments • views: 1315
The Secret to Procrastination and How to Outsmart It

Procrastination is deadly to a writer. Writing a book is simply too big a task to accomplish in one or two short spurts. We need consistent effort over a long period of time to make it happen. If we put off our work until tomorrow, and tomorrow put it off again, we may never complete […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Cari Lynn Webb

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on August 9, 2017 2 Comments • views: 1153
Featured Writer on Wellness: Cari Lynn Webb

Writing is one of those job you can do at any time, in any place. As I write this blog post, I’m sitting in my car outside my daughter’s school. I arrived early for the 8th grade send-off so I decided to use the time to write. I carry my laptop, a clipboard and pencil […]

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What Smart Writers Spend Their Money On

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on August 7, 2017 0 Comments • views: 1581
What Smart Writers Spend Their Money On

In most cases, being a writer is not a get-rich-quick sort of endeavor. There are often years of hard work in the trenches, so to speak, before we start to see any cash coming back to us. Even if we are making an income from our work, the cost of just about everything continues to […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Tabitha Lord

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on August 2, 2017 0 Comments • views: 553
Featured Writer on Wellness: Tabitha Lord

As a young mom, I left medical school after only one year, unable to find the right balance in my life. When I found a job working in admissions and teaching Latin at the Waldorf School my kids’ attended, I was thrilled and committed. It perfectly suited my desire to be a hands-on parent and […]

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How Martial Arts and the Bushido Code Inspired My Latest YA Novel

Filed in Book Writing Inspiration by on August 2, 2017 0 Comments • views: 792
How Martial Arts and the Bushido Code Inspired My Latest YA Novel

by Jason Brick The initial idea for Wrestling Demons jumped on me as I was driving home from a martial arts event in LA. My protagonist (Connor Morgan) started talking to me, and after a while I turned off my radio and started to listen. The biggest challenge was getting the voice just right without it […]

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