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My Top 10 Books for 2017: Novels, Writing Help, & Indie Spotlight

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My Top 10 Books for 2017: Novels, Writing Help, & Indie Spotlight

As we come to the end of the year, I thought it would be fun to share my top 10 books for 2017. Like most writers, I love reading, and feel like I can never read as many books as I’d like to. But I’ve made room in my schedule in two ways: I read […]

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30 Quotes to Inspire a New Year of Writing

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30 Quotes to Inspire a New Year of Writing

Need some inspiration for a new year of writing? Last year and the year before, I put together some of the best quotes from the author features here on Writing and Wellness, and highlighted them in a single post. Those posts were among the most popular here on the site, so I’ve decided to make […]

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How History, Mystery, and Chemo Led Me to My Book Launch

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How History, Mystery, and Chemo Led Me to My Book Launch

I discovered a historical murder case in a 19th-century forester’s diary here in Germany, where I live. The forester detailed his role in a murder investigation. The mayor of Bönnigheim was assassinated in 1835 and a letter came from the USA in 1872 offering the solution to the murder. The forester found the critical corroborating […]

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Tragedy Was My Inspiration to Write

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Tragedy Was My Inspiration to Write

by Maryanne Pope “Writing is not life, but I think that sometimes it can be a way back to life.” – Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft On Thursday September 28th, 2000, my husband John and I had an argument while walking our dog. I told him how scared I was of […]

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After I Put My Novel on the Shelf, “Someday” Came

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After I Put My Novel on the Shelf, “Someday” Came

When I say I’m a dreamer, I mean it literally. I also have nightmares. My dreams are weird and my nightmares terrifying. A psychiatrist might wonder if I had a rough childhood full of traumas and abuse, but my childhood was wonderful. I grew up on a farm in central Illinois where I used my […]

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How Writing to Help Others Helps Me

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How Writing to Help Others Helps Me

by Harriet Hodgson Writing a series for family caregivers was never on my “to-do” list. But it happened. After 20 years in the caregiving trenches, I had things to say and tips to share. I was my mother’s family caregiver for nine years, my twin grandchildren’s caregiver for seven years, and have been my disabled […]

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How Martial Arts and the Bushido Code Inspired My Latest YA Novel

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How Martial Arts and the Bushido Code Inspired My Latest YA Novel

by Jason Brick The initial idea for Wrestling Demons jumped on me as I was driving home from a martial arts event in LA. My protagonist (Connor Morgan) started talking to me, and after a while I turned off my radio and started to listen. The biggest challenge was getting the voice just right without it […]

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How to Go Beyond Your Voice to Make Your Novel Shine

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How to Go Beyond Your Voice to Make Your Novel Shine

When I first drafted “Moonlit” in 2013 (which will be republished as “Wildwood” via Parliament House Press this September), I was a first-time mother climbing out of the hole of postpartum anxiety and borderline agoraphobia. The love and protectiveness I felt for my daughter had consumed me to the point of breathless panic attacks, because […]

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Finding Your Unique Story in a Popular Genre

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Finding Your Unique Story in a Popular Genre

by Jennifer Froelich Before I ever wrote my first novel, Dream of Me, I came up with the setting concept for a futuristic society based on the idea that tolerance and intolerance would become the same thing. I never wrote it, though. Then a few years ago, the idea of a patriotic heist began stirring […]

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How I Finally Caught My Novel-Writing Dream

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How I Finally Caught My Novel-Writing Dream

My best friend of thirty years was not doing well, both emotionally and physically. She’d been through a lot over several years and I knew I was losing her (the cancer she had at thirty came back, and she passed away). She and I, along with two other friends, spent a lot of time together […]

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30 Quotes to Boost a Writer’s Spirit

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30 Quotes to Boost a Writer’s Spirit

Last year’s round-up of quotes from authors who have been featured on Writing and Wellness was a big success. (You can read those here.) So of course I wanted to do it again this year. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if this became a yearly tradition. Here you go—great quotes from 2016. Thank you […]

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How I Persevered on My Biggest, Scariest Book Project

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How I Persevered on My Biggest, Scariest Book Project

by Linda Egenes I’m not a Ramayana scholar or a Sanskrit expert. But I love a great story, and back in the late 1970s when I first met my husband, Tom, he told me some of the romantic stories from the Ramayana epic from India, and of course, I had to read it myself. Struck […]

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