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Root Out Hidden Writer’s Anxiety to Restore Creativity

Filed in The Inner Life, When Writing Is Hard by on April 3, 2017 4 Comments • views: 1587
Root Out Hidden Writer’s Anxiety to Restore Creativity

A friend of mine wasn’t getting her writing done. It had been over a month since she’d made any progress, or even sat down to focus on the work. It was her second novel and for a long time she was really in the zone with it, but then she found out that her first […]

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5 Ways to Renew Faith in Your Work and Yourself

Filed in The Inner Life by on May 9, 2016 10 Comments • views: 2167
5 Ways to Renew Faith in Your Work and Yourself

I got a chance to check out the new movie “Keanu” a couple weeks ago. Too hilarious, by the way, if you haven’t seen it. But this isn’t a movie review. This is about faith. In the movie, the characters repeatedly reference the hit song “Faith” by George Michael. (One of them is a big […]

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The One Powerful Emotion Women Writers Need to Succeed

Filed in The Inner Life by on October 6, 2015 6 Comments • views: 1746
The One Powerful Emotion Women Writers Need to Succeed

Think back to your childhood. What happened when you cried? Did your mother soothe you, try to fix what hurt? What happened when you were happy? Did you see that emotion mirrored in your parents’ smiling faces? Now, what happened when you got angry? Raised your voice? Slammed the door? Were you punished? If so, […]

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Looking Past the Wolves to See the Truth in a Story

Filed in The Inner Life by on June 30, 2015 1 Comment • views: 2279
Looking Past the Wolves to See the Truth in a Story

Hollywood isn’t known for its multi-layered box-office smashes. They don’t often make millions with metaphorical masterpieces. The general word is that Americans don’t like them. They like their stories nice and neat, simple and straightforward, properly wrapped up and sealed at the end. Apparently, that’s why many of them scored the movie The Grey (2011) […]

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Keeping a Journal Can Help Chart a Path to Your Unique Voice

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, The Inner Life by on December 18, 2014 4 Comments • views: 1312
Keeping a Journal Can Help Chart a Path to Your Unique Voice

My step dad just passed an important anniversary—a year ago, he went through a double knee replacement. I remember that day well. One of the things that struck me as particularly challenging was the near endless process of medical-record-taking, from the initial registration to the consistent stream of nurses and other personnel coming in and […]

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Fun Way to Discover Your Place in This World

Filed in The Inner Life, Your Purpose as a Writer by on May 13, 2014 0 Comments • views: 638
Fun Way to Discover Your Place in This World

I got a chance to re-watch a few scenes from M. Night Shyamalan’s movie “Unbreakable” awhile back. I’ve always liked the film, but this time I realized what a great illustration it is of someone desperate to find his purpose in the world—in this case, the antagonist, Elijah, played by Samuel L. Jackson. Plot Summary […]

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The Monster in Every Writer’s Closet

Filed in The Inner Life, The Writing Life, When Writing Is Hard by on May 6, 2014 1 Comment • views: 1387
The Monster in Every Writer’s Closet

In looking over the many author features here on Writing and Wellness, I’ve noticed one thing that keeps coming up again and again. Have you seen it? On Friday, May 2, 2014, I read Steven Pressfield’s latest blog. There it was again. Even this former Marine and hugely successful author wasn’t sure why. I’m facing […]

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“The Grey”—It’s Not About Wolves

Filed in The Inner Life, Your Purpose as a Writer by on February 1, 2012 1 Comment • views: 502
“The Grey”—It’s Not About Wolves

Hollywood isn’t known for its multi-layered box-office smashes. They don’t often make millions with metaphorical masterpieces. The general word is that Americans don’t like them. They like their stories nice and neat, simple and straightforward, properly wrapped up and sealed at the end. Apparently, that’s why many of them scored the recent release The Grey […]

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Go Within, Young Man

Filed in The Inner Life, The Writing Life, Your Purpose as a Writer by on June 3, 2011 0 Comments • views: 367
Go Within, Young Man

At the risk of sounding ignorant, I’m going to admit something here: I’ve never read Letters to a Young Poet by Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke. I’ve heard of it, of course, but never read it. Maybe my teachers were negligent in school. Maybe for whatever reason it just hasn’t hit my reading radar. It […]

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Channel Your Inner Wild Cat

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, The Inner Life by on May 13, 2011 0 Comments • views: 490
Channel Your Inner Wild Cat

The new movie African Cats, released a few weeks ago on Earth Day, follows the story of two families struggling to survive on the African savannah—one, an aged mother lion named Layla and her daughter; and two, a strong mother cheetah and her five cubs. There’s a lot to commend about this movie, mostly the […]

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The Key to Your Limitations: Belief?

Filed in The Inner Life by on April 8, 2011 0 Comments • views: 396
The Key to Your Limitations: Belief?

I watched Bradley Cooper’s new movie, Limitless, this week. The main character Eddy gets ahold of a new drug that helps him “access” more of his brain, which makes him smarter. A lot smarter. This gives him many advantages, including the edge at his job and a second chance with his ex-girlfriend. But without the […]

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