Book Writing Inspiration

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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How Finding Your Voice Can Inspire New Novels

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How Finding Your Voice Can Inspire New Novels

by Simon Williams I had the basic idea floating around for some time and decided to see how it would turn out if I turned it into a full-length novel. At the time (this was many years ago) I had been mostly writing short stories—in fact I hadn’t completed a longer work for years. The […]

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My Top 10 Books to Inspire Your Writing & Creativity

Filed in Book Writing Inspiration, Boost Creativity, Finding & Following Your Voice by on November 14, 2016 4 Comments • views: 1913
My Top 10 Books to Inspire Your Writing & Creativity

I love getting writing book recommendations from other authors, so I thought Writing and Wellness readers might like to know which books I keep on my writing desk. The following 10 are earmarked and broken-backed because I turn to them so often. Maybe one of these needs to be on your personal gift list? 10 […]

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