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How to Keep Stress from Destroying Your Creativity

Filed in Boost Creativity by on November 28, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1946
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 Boost Creativity, Finding & Following Your Voice, Novel Writing Inspiration by on November 14, 2016 4 Comments • views: 1290
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: 1310
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: 907
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: 2158
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: 620
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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Why You Should Hide Your Clock to be More Creative

Filed in Boost Creativity by on August 22, 2016 8 Comments • views: 1526
Why You Should Hide Your Clock to be More Creative

Let’s face it. No matter how creative we are, sometimes the ideas slow down. We get stuck in the mucky middle of the novel. Or no matter how many walks we take, we can’t work out a nasty plot entanglement. Or our characters fall flat, or our blogs run stale. Sometimes taking some time off […]

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3 Ways Essential Oils Make it Easier to Be Creative

Filed in Boost Creativity, The Healthy Writer by on August 16, 2016 0 Comments • views: 773
3 Ways Essential Oils Make it Easier to Be Creative

This post originally appeared on “T’s Stuff” as part of a book tour for “Loreena’s Gift.” I’ve been a health writer for over 17 years, and during that time I’ve learned quite a bit about natural oils and how beneficial they are. There’s a reason we’re seeing more and more of them in skin care […]

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How Creative Entrepreneurs Can Get Critical Time Off

Filed in Boost Creativity, The Healthy Writer by on August 2, 2016 2 Comments • views: 652
How Creative Entrepreneurs Can Get Critical Time Off

Time off, or downtime, encourages creativity. A number of studies have shown it to be true. One published in 2014, for example, reported that a vacation could increase creativity by boosting cognitive flexibility when employees returned to work. Other studies have reported that catching up on sleep, getting “away from it all,” taking time in […]

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When Creative People Need to Say No, No, No

Filed in Boost Creativity, The Writing Life by on July 18, 2016 6 Comments • views: 1307
When Creative People Need to Say No, No, No

Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you know about Meghan Trainor’s latest hit, simply called “NO.” Personally, I can’t help but sing along with the tune. But beyond its catchiness, the lyrics got me thinking: Writers too often say “yes” when they should say “no.” This song could be a good one for […]

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How Spring Cleaning Can Boost Motivation and Creativity

Filed in Boost Creativity, The Healthy Writer by on April 18, 2016 7 Comments • views: 1330
How Spring Cleaning Can Boost Motivation and Creativity

I’m feeling the urge to throw things away. Everywhere I look it seems I see too much stuff. On the desk, those papers, they need to go. In the closet, way too much. I haven’t worn that for a couple years. Out out out! The urge to clean is one of the main responses I […]

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Why Writers Need to Wander Daily

Filed in Boost Creativity, Finding & Following Your Voice by on April 11, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1597
Why Writers Need to Wander Daily

by Sarah Schembri As a writer working from home, I know how creatively draining it can be when you don’t get out of the house to go to the office. I’m not complaining. Working from home allows me to create my own schedule and to work in complete silence, which is ideal for me. But […]

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