Finding & Following Your Voice

Why You Need to be Bad Now and Then to Write Well

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on June 5, 2017 4 Comments • views: 830
Why You Need to be Bad Now and Then to Write Well

I saw part of an original Star Trek episode the other day that got me thinking about our “dark sides.” It’s the episode where a transporter malfunction splits Captain Kirk into two people. Called “The Enemy Within,” it follows the story of the two as they display unique characteristics. Seems there is a “good” Kirk […]

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A Quirky Way for Writers to Reclaim Their Unique Creative Power

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on May 22, 2017 12 Comments • views: 1253
A Quirky Way for Writers to Reclaim Their Unique Creative Power

Have you given your creative power away? Let’s find out. Imagine for a moment you’re a character in a fantasy novel, and at the very beginning of the story, you’re given the power to write. There you are in your cool leather outfit walking around with your writing power, and all of a sudden it […]

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5 Things Smart Moms Know that Writers Need to Learn

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5 Things Smart Moms Know that Writers Need to Learn

How often have you, as a writer, called your book your “baby?” A lot of us do it, because we put so much of ourselves into our work. We talk about “conceiving” ideas, “incubating” plotlines, and “birthing” our stories when the time is right. Nothing compares to having a real child, but writing and publishing […]

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How to Work with Your Personality to Make Writing Easier

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on March 1, 2017 3 Comments • views: 1209
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 […]

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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: 1091
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. […]

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What Your Punctuation Reveals About Your Personality

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on January 9, 2017 9 Comments • views: 1645
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, […]

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How to Set Writing Goals that Actually Work

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on January 2, 2017 4 Comments • views: 1779
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 […]

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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: 1450
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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Why Writers Need to Wander Daily

Filed in Boost Creativity, Finding & Following Your Voice by on April 11, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1812
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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Are a Writer’s Instincts Always Right?

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on March 28, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1153
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 […]

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Why Writers Need to Give Themselves More Time

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on January 18, 2016 7 Comments • views: 2934
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. […]

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7 Questions to Help Writers Set Meaningful Goals

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on December 30, 2015 4 Comments • views: 3872
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 […]

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