The Writing Life

Do You Have What it Takes to be a Lifelong Writer?

Filed in The Writing Life by on October 16, 2017 5 Comments • views: 1031
Do You Have What it Takes to be a Lifelong Writer?

One of my favorite author interviews took place back in 2015, with Karen Jones Gowen. As a writer and a publisher, she had a unique take on the whole “writing life” experience, because she’d seen it from both sides. She spoke about the challenges writers have fitting writing in with the rest of their lives, […]

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Does Writing Make You Happy?

Filed in The Writing Life by on April 26, 2017 1 Comment • views: 1135
Does Writing Make You Happy?

Don’t get me wrong, being an author has many challenges, whether the writer chooses to pursue traditional publishing or goes the indie route. Still, words make me happy. I’ve been a reader since I was very young. In fact, one of my earliest memories is of waking in the night at age five. Because my […]

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3 Things You Can’t Teach About Writing

Filed in The Writing Life by on December 28, 2016 4 Comments • views: 1550
3 Things You Can’t Teach About Writing

As the year comes to a close,  I was thinking of the age-old debate about whether or not you can teach someone to write. Is an artist born an artist, or can anyone learn how to be one? Human Beings are Made to Learn I’ve been a teacher for most of my life. From kindergarten […]

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30 Quotes to Boost a Writer’s Spirit

Filed in Book Writing Inspiration, The Writing Life by on December 26, 2016 2 Comments • views: 2190
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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25 Things I’ve Learned After Writing for 20 Years

Filed in The Writing Life by on December 5, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1660
25 Things I’ve Learned After Writing for 20 Years

1. Writing means writing when you don’t feel like it. Otherwise you never get anything done. 2. Getting published won’t change your life like you think it will, but it will bring you a satisfying sense of accomplishment. 3. Most of the writing you do will be crap, and that’s okay—it’s the only way to […]

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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: 1912
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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What’s It Really Like to be Part of a Writing Team?

Filed in The Writing Life, Who Supports Your Writing Dreams? by on October 26, 2016 2 Comments • views: 2062
What’s It Really Like to be Part of a Writing Team?

Patty and Roz met through a mutual friend in the mid 1970s. After writing separately for years, they began writing together in the early 1980s. They have five (almost six) books published in “The Val & Kit Mystery Series” (The Disappearance of Mavis Woodstock, The Murder of Susan Reed, Death in Door County, Lethal Property, […]

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How to Use Writing Contests to Get Closer to a Publishing Contract

Filed in The Writing Life by on August 30, 2016 0 Comments • views: 690
How to Use Writing Contests to Get Closer to a Publishing Contract

Before I starting getting publishing contracts, I spent a lot of years writing and trying to become a better writer. A lot of years. I submitted to some publishers and agents along the way, but what really helped me to improve my writing was one thing: submitting to contests. Here’s how you, too, can use […]

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3 Things Novels and Cats Have in Common

Filed in The Writing Life by on August 23, 2016 0 Comments • views: 658
3 Things Novels and Cats Have in Common

I used to have three cats—all strays that I had “rescued” over the years—but I’m down to only one, now. Myra was with me for nearly 14 years, and was a master bug catcher and laser light chaser. Sam, my Halloween cat (she showed up all bones around Halloween time) and my wild warrior queen, […]

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When Creative People Need to Say No, No, No

Filed in Boost Creativity, The Writing Life by on July 18, 2016 6 Comments • views: 1951
When Creative People Need to Say No, No, No

Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately, you know about Meghan Trainor’s latest hit, simply called “NO.” Personally, I can’t help but sing along with the tune. But beyond its catchiness, the lyrics got me thinking: Writers too often say “yes” when they should say “no.” This song could be a good one for […]

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How to Channel Judge Judy to Wake Up Your Writing

Filed in The Writing Life by on June 20, 2016 8 Comments • views: 1715
How to Channel Judge Judy to Wake Up Your Writing

This season (fall 2015 through spring 2016) is Judge Judith Scheindlin’s 20th as “Judge Judy.” She’s 72 years old and still pulling 10 million viewers every day. The Guinness Book of World Records names her the longest running TV judge. She’s handled over 10,000 cases over about 5,000 shows in her career so far. I […]

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What to Get Dads Who Are Writers for Father’s Day

Filed in The Writing Life, Tools to Write Pain-Free by on June 13, 2016 0 Comments • views: 944
What to Get Dads Who Are Writers for Father’s Day

Dads are notoriously hard to shop for. My father was always happy with tools, but then I knew that he had most of the ones he needed, so it was always difficult not to get a duplicate. Any other gift was a gamble. This year I’m thinking about all the writers out there—those who are […]

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