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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: 716
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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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: 887
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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5 Reasons Why You Need to Belong to a Book Club

Filed in Boost Creativity, The Healthy Writer by on July 10, 2017 8 Comments • views: 1843
5 Reasons Why You Need to Belong to a Book Club

When writers think of book clubs, they normally think of them as potential avenues for marketing their own books. Writers want readers, after all, and where better to find them than book clubs? This post isn’t about marketing your book, though. This is about how book clubs can benefit writers in other ways that have […]

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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: 2575
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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7 Ways to Charm Your Creativity Out of the Box

Filed in Boost Creativity by on March 20, 2017 8 Comments • views: 2245
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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Are You Motivated by the Right Things for Optimal Creativity?

Filed in Boost Creativity by on February 6, 2017 6 Comments • views: 1581
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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How to Keep Stress from Destroying Your Creativity

Filed in Boost Creativity by on November 28, 2016 2 Comments • views: 2596
How to Keep Stress from Destroying Your Creativity

Deadlines. Marketing. Sales. Reviews. Social media. There’s no shortage of stress in a writer’s life. In addition to all we have to keep up with, there’s the inevitable emotional roller coaster. Agent signs with you. Up! Publishers don’t bite. Down. Publisher signs. Up! Bad reviews. Down. Good reviews. Up! Writer’s block on your next story. […]

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My Top 10 Books to Inspire Your Writing & Creativity

Filed in Book Writing Inspiration, Boost Creativity, Finding & Following Your Voice by on November 14, 2016 4 Comments • views: 1585
My Top 10 Books to Inspire Your Writing & Creativity

I love getting writing book recommendations from other authors, so I thought Writing and Wellness readers might like to know which books I keep on my writing desk. The following 10 are earmarked and broken-backed because I turn to them so often. Maybe one of these needs to be on your personal gift list? 10 […]

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Do Nightmares Make Writers More Creative?

Filed in Boost Creativity, When Writing Is Hard by on October 24, 2016 8 Comments • views: 1717
Do Nightmares Make Writers More Creative?

When I was a kid, I used to wake up, terrified, on the floor in my room. After I realized where I was, I would experience a flood of relief, followed by an intense fear of going back to sleep. I could remember my nightmares vividly, vicious, violent experiences where I was chased by strange […]

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3 Ways to Keep Sugar from Killing Your Creative Mojo

Filed in Boost Creativity, The Healthy Writer by on October 10, 2016 4 Comments • views: 1236
3 Ways to Keep Sugar from Killing Your Creative Mojo

To say I was skeptical would be putting it mildly. Years ago, some of my clients started asking me to write about the “dangers” of consuming sugar. Sugar? Please. I felt like John Travolta when he plays the angel in the movie, Michael. In one scene, after pouring heaps of sugar on top of his […]

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5 Signs You Need to Shake Up Your Writing Routine

Filed in Boost Creativity, When Writing Is Hard by on September 26, 2016 0 Comments • views: 2394
5 Signs You Need to Shake Up Your Writing Routine

A good writing routine can save a writer. No matter what else is going on in your life, if you have a set time to write and you’re used to writing at that time, the sheer force of habit will increase the odds that you’ll actually get your writing done. Sometimes, though, routines wear out […]

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Where to Find Answers When Your Imagination Fails You

Filed in Boost Creativity, When Writing Is Hard by on September 5, 2016 0 Comments • views: 855
Where to Find Answers When Your Imagination Fails You

John Rhys-Davies, perhaps best known for playing the dwarf “Gimly” in Lord of the Rings, had a repeating role years earlier on the television Star Trek spinoff, “Voyager,” as the holodeck recreation of Leonardo da Vinci. In an issue called “Scorpion, Part I,” the captain of Voyager finds herself in a conundrum, and turns to […]

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