Finding & Following Your Voice

How to Work with Your Personality to Make Writing Easier

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on March 1, 2017 3 Comments • views: 922
How to Work with Your Personality to Make Writing Easier

by Marcia Yudkin Having coached scores of writers over more than 30 years, I’ve observed that they often struggle for two reasons: They tend to fight their inborn tendencies rather than accommodating them, and they have an overly rigid idea of how writing needs to take place. Have you tried to write in the way […]

READ ON

A New Way for a Writer to Find Her True Voice

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, Writing for Change by on January 25, 2017 3 Comments • views: 982
A New Way for a Writer to Find Her True Voice

by Ulrike Selleck When I was five years old, I drowned. While my friend and her mom desperately tried to fish my lifeless body out of the water, I actually had the most amazing, beautiful, light-filled, and cozy experience. I experienced where I lived, who I really was, had been, and always will be: Divine. […]

READ ON

What Your Punctuation Reveals About Your Personality

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on January 9, 2017 9 Comments • views: 1451
What Your Punctuation Reveals About Your Personality

You’ve heard of handwriting experts, those people who can read something you’ve written by hand and tell you what your personality is like. A certain slant to the letters, size of the consonants, or openness between words can reveal characteristics you’d never expect could be revealed simply by your handwriting. Now, in a recent study, […]

READ ON

How to Set Writing Goals that Actually Work

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on January 2, 2017 4 Comments • views: 1619
How to Set Writing Goals that Actually Work

It’s that time of year again, the time when we all tend to think about what goals we want to set for the New Year. What have we yet to accomplish? Where do we want to be a year from now? Usually setting goals is a good thing, particularly for writers and other creatives. We […]

READ ON

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: 1325
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 […]

READ ON

Why Writers Need to Wander Daily

Filed in Boost Creativity, Finding & Following Your Voice by on April 11, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1631
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 […]

READ ON

Are a Writer’s Instincts Always Right?

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on March 28, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1061
Are a Writer’s Instincts Always Right?

When I first started writing Loreena’s Gift, I remember calling my mom up in a panic. After exchanging the usual pleasantries, she asked me how the book was going. “Mom, she’s blind!” I burst out. “My main character. She’s blind! How the heck am I going to do that?” To this day I don’t know […]

READ ON

Why Writers Need to Give Themselves More Time

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on January 18, 2016 7 Comments • views: 2773
Why Writers Need to Give Themselves More Time

According to PBS, Herman Melville first thought of the idea for what would become Moby Dick after reading a 1839 article by Jeremiah N. Renolds entitled “Mocha Dick: Or, the White Whale of the Pacific.” For years he researched and thought about the story. It wasn’t completed and published until twelve years later, in 1951. […]

READ ON

7 Questions to Help Writers Set Meaningful Goals

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on December 30, 2015 4 Comments • views: 3724
7 Questions to Help Writers Set Meaningful Goals

Setting goals. You either love it or hate it. But most likely, if you’re a writer, you’ve done it at least a time or two. “I’m going to publish a novel.” Even if you’re not a goal-setter, it’s likely you’ve made decisions like this that have moved your career forward, such as when you decided […]

READ ON

How to Believe You Can Fly

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on November 24, 2015 2 Comments • views: 1018
How to Believe You Can Fly

You’ve probably heard the “experts” say that in order to get where you want to go, you first have to believe you deserve to get there. Diane Sawyer was quoted as saying: “Whatever you want in life, other people are going to want it too. Believe in yourself enough to accept the idea that you […]

READ ON

7 Times You Need to Wear a Mask to be a Better Writer

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, The Writing Life by on October 21, 2015 14 Comments • views: 2371
7 Times You Need to Wear a Mask to be a Better Writer

There’s a lot of talk about authenticity these days. “Be real,” they tell us. Show your true self. Be honest in your writing. Take away the masks. I’m all for being authentic. In fact, I have a hard time being any other way. When I was a teenager, it often griped me how easily my […]

READ ON

7 Reasons Why a Writer Needs Heroes

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, The Writing Life by on July 7, 2015 3 Comments • views: 2078
7 Reasons Why a Writer Needs Heroes

Who are your writing heroes? Can you name them—right now? Do you know who they are? Does it matter? I’ve asked a number of people these questions. I’ve been amazed by how many blank looks I’ve received. Maybe it’s because my writing heroes are so important to me—and I believe, to my progression as a […]

READ ON