When Writing Is Hard

How to Transform Cancer Fears Into Courageous Writing

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on February 29, 2016 10 Comments • views: 2234
How to Transform Cancer Fears Into Courageous Writing

by Mindy Halleck My cancer doesn’t have a month. You know, when everyone runs, raises money, wears pink and celebrates the boobs or testicles they do or do not have, grateful for life. Yet in all of those festivities I, too, rejoice in the joy of surviving. And as a writer I believe that all […]

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How to Boost a Sagging Writing Career

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on February 22, 2016 4 Comments • views: 2712
How to Boost a Sagging Writing Career

Writers are used to slogging away. We adhere to daily writing quotas while completing other duties on a weekly basis, like blogging, marketing, and maintaining social media. We know that success isn’t a matter of doing one big thing, but doing a number of smaller things regularly over a long period of time. No matter […]

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The Reality of Writing Full-Time: I Was Petrified

Filed in When Writing Is Hard, Writers on Wellness by on February 10, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1255
The Reality of Writing Full-Time: I Was Petrified

by Trisha Faye When my step-father got cancer many years ago, I scurried to the health food store. I took all the classes I could on healthy eating. A few years later, a precancerous diagnosis sent me running to my favorite spot—a mountain stream in southern California. I sat by the banks, crying, afraid I […]

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How to Use Tough Love to Succeed as a Writer

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on February 8, 2016 2 Comments • views: 2856
How to Use Tough Love to Succeed as a Writer

Usually on Writing and Wellness, we focus on how writers and other creatives can encourage, support, and pump themselves up. We’re our own worst critics, and typically we need to pat ourselves on the back more than we need to kick ourselves in the backside. Writers are humans too, though, and sometimes, we can slack […]

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10 Solutions for Writers Who Worry Too Much

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on February 1, 2016 1 Comment • views: 3456
10 Solutions for Writers Who Worry Too Much

This story is crap. I know it is. I’ve been working at this for five years and I’m not getting anywhere. Am I just fooling myself? I’m afraid I don’t really have any talent and I’m just wasting my time. This novel has gotten too many bad reviews. I’ll never be able to publish another […]

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10 Ways to Banish the Writing Blahs

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on January 25, 2016 2 Comments • views: 2525
10 Ways to Banish the Writing Blahs

You’ve probably heard of “seasonal affective disorder” or SAD, that form of depression that can take over in the winter months. But what about the “writing blahs?” Symptoms of SAD can include lack of energy, a low mood, social withdrawal, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. Sometimes winter weather can be a factor in the “writing blahs,” […]

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How Writing Your Truth Can Help You Heal

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on December 7, 2015 9 Comments • views: 2263
How Writing Your Truth Can Help You Heal

By Mindy Halleck As an author and cancer survivor I believe writing aids us in understanding life’s challenges, and that through understanding we become better writers. When we translate painful or confusing events from the unspoken into written language we alter our perceptions and fundamentally make the experience graspable. You can heal the body by […]

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How a Writer Can Save Her Sanity Even in the Worst of Times

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on November 16, 2015 8 Comments • views: 1409
How a Writer Can Save Her Sanity Even in the Worst of Times

Rejection. Ack! Poor review. Help! Lackluster sales. Eek! Writer’s block. Ugh! What’s the cure for all these writer afflictions? Appropos for this time of year: Gratitude. Practicing an attitude of gratitude can save a writer on many occasions. Ready to throw in the towel or tear your hair out? Take a minute to find something […]

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Can Ambitious Writers Be Happy, Too?

Filed in The Writing Life, When Writing Is Hard by on November 9, 2015 12 Comments • views: 1912
Can Ambitious Writers Be Happy, Too?

My mom raises goats. She enjoys most parts of the process, but there are a few things that get her frustrated. One of the biggest ones is when one of her goats gets out of the field. This doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s usually because of one thing—the misbehaving goat is convinced […]

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How Writers Can Avoid Fixating on the Negative

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on October 13, 2015 4 Comments • views: 1046
How Writers Can Avoid Fixating on the Negative

Funny thing happened to me this past weekend. I had planned a 10-day writing retreat by the ocean to pound out the edits for my literary novel that’s coming out next April. (Read more about Loreena’s Gift here.) The plans had been in the works for months. To accomplish the trip, I doubled up on […]

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How to Weather the Ups and Downs of the Writing Life

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on September 22, 2015 7 Comments • views: 1735
How to Weather the Ups and Downs of the Writing Life

While spending some time with my family recently, I had the pleasure of watching again the great movie, “Miss Potter,” about the life and writing career of children’s book author Beatrice Potter. I thought I remembered it quite well, but it’s been years since I first saw it, and I found myself impressed all over […]

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Battling Creative Exhaustion—How to Refill the Well

Filed in Boost Creativity, When Writing Is Hard by on September 8, 2015 15 Comments • views: 3772
Battling Creative Exhaustion—How to Refill the Well

I had the great pleasure of meeting award-winning author Hannah Tinti at the Aspen Summer Words Conference in July. I heard her speak on the final panel of the week, and then got a chance to have her sign my copy of her book, The Good Thief. While she was signing, she made conversation with […]

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