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6 Red Flags Telling You to STOP and Take Care of Your Wellness

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on June 27, 2016 6 Comments • views: 2296
6 Red Flags Telling You to STOP and Take Care of Your Wellness

by Elizabeth Haltom I love that Colleen’s website is titled Writing and Wellness, because those are my two favorite things in life. The latter I practice so that I can be a fully functional human. The former I practice because it’s just what I do. But there are times when preserving the one means walking […]

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A Garden of One’s Own—How Green Spaces Can Benefit Writers

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on June 6, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1656
A Garden of One’s Own—How Green Spaces Can Benefit Writers

Writing and gardening. Do they go together? It depends on who you ask. George R. R. Martin famously said, “I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners…. And I’m much more a gardener than an architect.” He was talking about those who outline and those who don’t—the plotters and the […]

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Why Depression is Not a Good Thing for Writers

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on May 23, 2016 0 Comments • views: 2335
Why Depression is Not a Good Thing for Writers

By Ben Allen J.K. Rowling once described her experience with depression in an interview with The Times: “Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced…It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from […]

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The Simple Approach to Weight Loss Perfect for Writers

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on May 16, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1217
The Simple Approach to Weight Loss Perfect for Writers

If you’re a full-time writer—or even a part-time writer working at a desk for your day job—you know it’s true. We’re at risk for weight gain. It’s all that sitting. Plus we’re likely to eat the wrong things when we get hungry. We don’t want to leave our chairs, but we need fuel our brains, […]

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Why You Should Ask Your Doctor if He Reads Fiction

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on May 2, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1659
Why You Should Ask Your Doctor if He Reads Fiction

There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a doctor. It’s not just the fact that some are more experienced or efficient than others. It’s that a good relationship with your doctor is important to your health, and let’s face it: we simply get along better with some people than others. So how […]

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How to Prevent Your Computer from Causing Hunchback

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on April 25, 2016 2 Comments • views: 3299
How to Prevent Your Computer from Causing Hunchback

You know you do it. You’re knee-deep in your latest scene. You look and realize an hour has past. How was your posture? You probably didn’t think about it, but odds are you were hunched over that screen the whole time, upper back bent, head pushed forward, gaze down. Poor posture is a growing problem […]

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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: 1860
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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The Best Energy-Efficient Light for Improving Productivity

Filed in The Healthy Writer, Tools to Write Pain-Free by on April 4, 2016 0 Comments • views: 1987
The Best Energy-Efficient Light for Improving Productivity

It’s getting harder to find regular incandescent bulbs. They’re being replaced by compact fluorescent lamp (CFL), halogen, LED (light-emitting diode), and other more energy efficient options, including a higher efficiency incandescent that includes halogen gas to slow the deterioration of the tungsten filament. According to the National Geographic, “On January 1, 2014, in keeping with […]

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10 Energy-Boosting Snacks to Fuel Your First Draft

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on March 14, 2016 1 Comment • views: 1540
10 Energy-Boosting Snacks to Fuel Your First Draft

By Si Quan Ong “Ugh…” You’re frustrated. Today has been a long day for you and you’re absolutely exhausted. What you really want to do is rest… but you can’t. You’ve promised your readers you’ll deliver your book to them—the book they are now patiently waiting for. The deadline is looming. And yet you’ve been […]

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The Care and Feeding of an Author

Filed in The Healthy Writer, Writers on Wellness by on March 2, 2016 4 Comments • views: 2952
The Care and Feeding of an Author

by Tracy Shawn A while back I ran into my first writing teacher and made sure to thank him for his help in sparking my career as an author. In reply, he shook his head and gave me a wry smile. “I’m so sorry,” he said. I nodded, knowing exactly what he meant. Yes, writing […]

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How to Protect Your Hands: It’s Hard to Write Without Them

Filed in The Healthy Writer, Tools to Write Pain-Free by on February 15, 2016 4 Comments • views: 2426
How to Protect Your Hands: It’s Hard to Write Without Them

When I was in college, I had the opportunity to take piano lessons from an extremely talented professor. I still remember him telling me one day how careful he was of his hands. If something happened to them, he explained, he would have a hard time making a living. The statement set me back. Having […]

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7 Drinks to Give Writers a Natural Energy Boost

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on January 11, 2016 1 Comment • views: 2410
7 Drinks to Give Writers a Natural Energy Boost

After a long day, you want to get in at least a page or two of writing. Once you sit down, though, your eyelids droop and your mind goes blank. Your day is catching up with you. Suddenly that energy drink looks really attractive, but watch out: the ones you buy off the shelf or […]

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