The Writing Life

How to Generate More Energy to Accomplish Your Goals

Filed in The Writing Life by on January 4, 2016 5 Comments • views: 2378
How to Generate More Energy to Accomplish Your Goals

You are the generator in your life. The only energy in it comes from you. Don’t believe me? Spend a couple days depressed, tired, or apathetic. What happens in your world? Everything slows down, right? Sometimes it may come to a stop completely. Now compare that to what happens when you’re feeling energized, excited, and […]

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Quotes to Encourage, Motivate, and Reassure Writers

Filed in The Writing Life by on December 28, 2015 1 Comment • views: 1684
Quotes to Encourage, Motivate, and Reassure Writers

Would you believe that over 80 authors have appeared on Writing and Wellness over the last almost two years? From those features have come a lot of inspiring, witty, and relatable quotes, so I thought it would be fun to include a collection of them here. Of course I couldn’t choose a quote from every […]

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What Authors Have to Say About the Holidays

Filed in The Writing Life by on December 23, 2015 1 Comment • views: 912
What Authors Have to Say About the Holidays

“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” ~ Charles M. Schulz “One can never have enough socks,” said Dumbledore. “Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.” ~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone “Our hearts grow tender with […]

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The Benefits of Not Writing During the Holidays

Filed in The Writing Life, Writers on Wellness by on December 20, 2015 3 Comments • views: 897
The Benefits of Not Writing During the Holidays

If you want to keep writing during the holidays, we have 10 tips to help you out on another post. But what if you just want to rest and recharge? Will that help or hurt your writing when you do return to it? Guest author Lorrie Thomson shares her thoughts about that, and how she […]

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The Best Way to Ensure Long-Term Success as a Writer

Filed in The Writing Life by on December 14, 2015 12 Comments • views: 2372
The Best Way to Ensure Long-Term Success as a Writer

What’s the best way to ensure you continue to succeed as a writer, for years to come? You must learn to celebrate your accomplishments. Really celebrate. If you think back over the past year, you’re likely to remember some of the things you accomplished. Maybe you started a daily writing practice, attended your first writer’s […]

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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: 1843
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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7 Times You Need to Wear a Mask to be a Better Writer

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, The Writing Life by on October 21, 2015 14 Comments • views: 2862
7 Times You Need to Wear a Mask to be a Better Writer

There’s a lot of talk about authenticity these days. “Be real,” they tell us. Show your true self. Be honest in your writing. Take away the masks. I’m all for being authentic. In fact, I have a hard time being any other way. When I was a teenager, it often griped me how easily my […]

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Should You Feel Guilty About Taking Your Writing Seriously?

Filed in The Writing Life by on August 4, 2015 7 Comments • views: 1890
Should You Feel Guilty About Taking Your Writing Seriously?

I attended a writer’s conference in Boise back in May 2015. One of the speakers at the event reminded us that writing is supposed to be fun, and that sometimes, we take it far too seriously. I latched fiercely onto that statement. With my first book about to be released, my freelance business demanding as […]

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The Best Writing Teacher You Can Get for $20

Filed in The Writing Life by on July 14, 2015 12 Comments • views: 2686
The Best Writing Teacher You Can Get for $20

I made a trip to Colorado last month. From my place, that’s about a day’s worth of driving. I’m not big on long road trips. I suffered a back injury many years ago, and though I’m fully recovered, my body still suffers when I sit for too long. Events required I push through in one […]

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7 Reasons Why a Writer Needs Heroes

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, The Writing Life by on July 7, 2015 3 Comments • views: 2406
7 Reasons Why a Writer Needs Heroes

Who are your writing heroes? Can you name them—right now? Do you know who they are? Does it matter? I’ve asked a number of people these questions. I’ve been amazed by how many blank looks I’ve received. Maybe it’s because my writing heroes are so important to me—and I believe, to my progression as a […]

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7 Things I Learned When Margaret Atwood Came to Town

Filed in The Writing Life by on April 14, 2015 15 Comments • views: 1967
7 Things I Learned When Margaret Atwood Came to Town

She’s been one of my favorite authors since I was in my early 20s. I couldn’t believe she was coming all the way from Toronto to Idaho. I’ve attended readings/lectures/signings with several of my writing heroes, including Andre Dubus III, Dennis Lehane, Ann Patchett, and Daniel Woodrell. They were all outstanding, to put it mildly, […]

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Have You Killed the Spark Between You and Your Writing?

Filed in The Writing Life by on February 3, 2015 5 Comments • views: 1317
Have You Killed the Spark Between You and Your Writing?

A Valentine’s Letter from Your Writing I’m sorry, but it’s just not working between us anymore. I’ve lost the feeling, and I haven’t been able to get it back. It’s not you, it’s…well, yeah, it’s you. You’ve killed the spark between us. Me? You’re blaming me? Well, whatever. If that’s what you want to think. […]

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