When Writing Is Hard

10 Experienced Writers on the Power of Gratitude

Filed in The Writing Life, When Writing Is Hard by on November 21, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1862
10 Experienced Writers on the Power of Gratitude

If there’s one thing that can counteract the emotional ups and downs of the writing life, it’s gratitude. I shared the many benefits of being grateful in another post, “How a Writer Can Save her Sanity Even in the Worst of Times.” As a quick recap, practicing regular gratitude has shown in studies to help […]

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Why Writers Feel Depressed and How to Deal

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on November 8, 2016 1 Comment • views: 2655
Why Writers Feel Depressed and How to Deal

by Patty Somlo From my experience, depression results from denying feelings, such as sadness and anger. Writers have to walk a tightrope between hope and acceptance, success and rejection. Every writer, no matter how well-published, good or experienced, will have work rejected or reviewed negatively. I follow one of my former creative writing teachers on […]

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Do Nightmares Make Writers More Creative?

Filed in Boost Creativity, When Writing Is Hard by on October 24, 2016 8 Comments • views: 1726
Do Nightmares Make Writers More Creative?

When I was a kid, I used to wake up, terrified, on the floor in my room. After I realized where I was, I would experience a flood of relief, followed by an intense fear of going back to sleep. I could remember my nightmares vividly, vicious, violent experiences where I was chased by strange […]

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How to Conquer the 10 Deadly Writing Demons

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on October 17, 2016 4 Comments • views: 1549
How to Conquer the 10 Deadly Writing Demons

The great John Wayne is quoted as saying, “Courage is being scared to death…and saddling up anyway.” Writers know this feeling well. We face our own fears nearly every day in the writing life. 10 Frightening Demons Writers Have to Face In honor of the Halloween season, I thought it might be fun to give […]

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The One Thing You Must Have to Make Any Dream Come True

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on October 12, 2016 2 Comments • views: 920
The One Thing You Must Have to Make Any Dream Come True

by Katie Harrison, a.k.a. The Girl with the Tree Tattoo I’m at a loss. I’ve started this article at least five times and five times inspiration has left me halfway through. I’m starting to seriously doubt my abilities as a writer. So, in other words, it’s a normal day. Actually, it doesn’t usually happen this […]

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Why It’s So Hard for Writers to Relax

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on October 3, 2016 6 Comments • views: 1529
Why It’s So Hard for Writers to Relax

“You need to relax,” my friends tell me.  “You work too hard.” I know it’s true. My body gives me clues. Back pain. Eye twitching. Headaches. Stomach upset. Fatigue. It’s obvious when I need to take a step back and just relax. I schedule the time, and if it’s only an hour or two, I […]

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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: 2400
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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7 Ways to Make a Bad Writing Day Good

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on September 12, 2016 4 Comments • views: 1647
7 Ways to Make a Bad Writing Day Good

You know how it goes. You sit down, ready to work. You’ve silenced your cell phone, closed the door, and set yourself up for 30 minutes of uninterrupted writing. You open your laptop ready to make another sizable dent in your project. After all, you’ve done everything right. You’ve set aside the time, you’ve gotten […]

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How to Balance an Out-of-Control Writing Life

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on September 7, 2016 5 Comments • views: 1655
How to Balance an Out-of-Control Writing Life

by Alayne Kay Christian Colleen asked me to be a guest blogger just when I was about to enter into a major life transition. At one time, she suggested that perhaps I could share how I maintained my health during the stress of transition. Believe me, there were plenty of times that I did not […]

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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: 859
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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7 Lies We Tell Ourselves About Finding Time to Write

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on August 15, 2016 6 Comments • views: 2341
7 Lies We Tell Ourselves About Finding Time to Write

You promised yourself you’d get chapter twenty-one done today. But the day is gone and it didn’t happen. Oh well. You’ll get to it tomorrow. Tomorrow comes and goes and the chapter still isn’t done. No problem. The weekend is coming. You’ll get it done then. We all tell ourselves things like this all the […]

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7 Ways to Overcome Destructive Self-Criticism

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on March 21, 2016 4 Comments • views: 3481
7 Ways to Overcome Destructive Self-Criticism

Another rejection. I guess my writing is just not good enough. My book’s not selling. Why did I think I had talent? Why did I say that in my interview? I sounded so stupid! You’ve heard it before. You should be kind to yourself. Encourage yourself. Refrain from too much self-criticism. But it’s not just […]

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