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The Best Time to Nap for Optimal Creativity

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on May 12, 2015 2 Comments • views: 4281
The Best Time to Nap for Optimal Creativity

I have a confession to make. I take a nap, pretty much every day. It’s in the late afternoon, after lunch, which follows my morning fiction writing and a heavy several hours of typing out my freelance articles. By that time of day, my brain has had it and needs a break. It’s usually only […]

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The Surprising Ways Tea Can Make You a Better Writer

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on May 5, 2015 28 Comments • views: 5631
The Surprising Ways Tea Can Make You a Better Writer

The great C.S. Lewis was quoted as saying: “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.” Turns out he wasn’t the only writer who loved tea. Simone de Beavoir couldn’t start the day without a cup of tea. The great German philosopher Immanuel Kant got up […]

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Why Print Books are Much Healthier for Reading Before Bed

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on April 28, 2015 8 Comments • views: 9321
Why Print Books are Much Healthier for Reading Before Bed

First of all, don’t misunderstand me. I’m not against ebooks. I love them. My brother got me an iPad for Christmas a couple years ago and I’ve really enjoyed filling my ebookshelves ever since. It’s that immediate gratification. See a book you want, and you can purchase it and start reading it right now. What’s […]

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What Your Computer is Doing to Your Teeth

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on April 21, 2015 4 Comments • views: 4965
What Your Computer is Doing to Your Teeth

One of the most popular blogs on this site is “What Your Computer Could Be Doing to Your Face.” Unfortunately, the disturbing news doesn’t stop there. That one-eyed monster staring back at you every day could also be harming your teeth. Vicious little beast, isn’t it? Computer Cavities: It’s Not Me, It’s You Of course, […]

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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: 7284
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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7 Ways You Need to Change Your Work Area to Improve Your Writing

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on March 3, 2015 8 Comments • views: 3520
7 Ways You Need to Change Your Work Area to Improve Your Writing

Where do you do your writing (or other creative) work? You may not have thought much about it, but it’s important. Really important. Did you know that certain things about your writer’s nook can actually make you stressed out or sleepy? Other things can cause you headaches, make you less productive, or distract you from […]

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Defeat the Devil that Keeps You Chained to Your Desk

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on February 17, 2015 6 Comments • views: 2542
Defeat the Devil that Keeps You Chained to Your Desk

Last year, I reported on studies indicating that the more hours we sit every day, the shorter our lives will be. One study, for example, showed that women who reported sitting more than six hours per day were 37 percent more likely to die during the study period than those who sat fewer than three […]

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Conquer Drowsiness with 10 Easy Exercises You Can Do in 5 Minutes

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on January 20, 2015 2 Comments • views: 2472
Conquer Drowsiness with 10 Easy Exercises You Can Do in 5 Minutes

In his book Awaken the Giant Within, Tony Robbins said something that has stuck with me ever since I read it: “Emotion is created by motion. Everything that we feel is the result of how we use our bodies….If you repeatedly use your body in weak ways, if you drop your shoulders on a regular […]

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Are You Making These Mistakes That Lead to Carpal Tunnel?

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on January 13, 2015 8 Comments • views: 24203
Are You Making These Mistakes That Lead to Carpal Tunnel?

Could you be making mistakes today that increase your risk?

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7 Reasons to Enjoy Your Morning—or Afternoon—Cup of Coffee

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on December 11, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1357
7 Reasons to Enjoy Your Morning—or Afternoon—Cup of Coffee

My father always loved coffee, but when he got into his later sixties, his doctor recommended he avoid it. It’s an acidic drink—hard on aging or sensitive stomachs—and my dad was swallowing too many antacids. If you have a sensitive stomach, too, you may want to avoid coffee, or at least limit your intake. Those […]

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What My Grandmother Taught Me About Being a Grateful Writer

Filed in The Healthy Writer, The Writing Life by on November 18, 2014 11 Comments • views: 2682
What My Grandmother Taught Me About Being a Grateful Writer

I’ve attended several writing events this year. Conferences, awards dinners, signings, etc. At every one, without exception, I heard one thing: writers complaining. It’s an easy habit to fall into. This isn’t a cushy career, by any means. We have a number of challenges in front of us, from the blank page to the rejection […]

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Why Your Job is Causing You Headaches—and What to Do About It

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on October 21, 2014 4 Comments • views: 22136
Why Your Job is Causing You Headaches—and What to Do About It

People who work at the computer for hours each day—full-time writers, designers, office workers, etc.—get more headaches than other folks. I don’t have any studies to back me up. I could be completely wrong—but I don’t think I am. I used to work at a corporation, a really long time ago. I was in a […]

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