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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: 2479
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: 892
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: 2070
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: 1120
3 Ways Essential Oils Make it Easier to Be Creative

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 products these days—the skin loves them! Even those who have trouble with acne can often use […]

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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: 962
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: 1930
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: 1745
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: 2039
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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8 Ways Creative Types Can Increase Focus and Productivity

Filed in Boost Creativity, Productivity and Time Management by on March 7, 2016 8 Comments • views: 2987
8 Ways Creative Types Can Increase Focus and Productivity

Everyone wants to be more productive these days. We all have so much to do. Is it possible to do more in less time? Whatever apps you may use or tasks you may delegate, there’s one thing you must do if you want to stay on top of your “to-do” list—keep your brain functioning on […]

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Battling Creative Exhaustion—How to Refill the Well

Filed in Boost Creativity, When Writing Is Hard by on September 8, 2015 15 Comments • views: 4003
Battling Creative Exhaustion—How to Refill the Well

I had the great pleasure of meeting award-winning author Hannah Tinti at the Aspen Summer Words Conference in July. I heard her speak on the final panel of the week, and then got a chance to have her sign my copy of her book, The Good Thief. While she was signing, she made conversation with […]

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Get that Creative Euphoria Without Alcohol or Drugs

Filed in Boost Creativity, The Healthy Writer by on March 17, 2015 4 Comments • views: 6813
Get that Creative Euphoria Without Alcohol or Drugs

Writers and alcohol. They go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Look at the list of famous authors who were alcoholics and you get names like Raymond Chandler, John Cheever, Tennessee Williams, Dylan Thomas, Edgar Allen Poe, Truman Capote, Jack Kerouac, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, and […]

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Overcome the Writing Blahs: 7 Ways to Make Yourself Irresistible to the Muse

Filed in Boost Creativity, When Writing Is Hard by on March 10, 2015 10 Comments • views: 1584
Overcome the Writing Blahs: 7 Ways to Make Yourself Irresistible to the Muse

Do you feel blocked lately, sapped of ideas, or like your project has stalled? When you sit down to work, do you sigh deeply and resort to eating chocolates until your writing time is over? In other words, has it been awhile since the muse graced your doorstep? If so, it’s time to woo her […]

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