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How to Work with Your Personality to Make Writing Easier

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on March 1, 2017 3 Comments • views: 1082
How to Work with Your Personality to Make Writing Easier

by Marcia Yudkin Having coached scores of writers over more than 30 years, I’ve observed that they often struggle for two reasons: They tend to fight their inborn tendencies rather than accommodating them, and they have an overly rigid idea of how writing needs to take place. Have you tried to write in the way […]

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7 Crazy Things to Do When You Need 30 Minutes to Write

Filed in Productivity and Time Management by on February 27, 2017 8 Comments • views: 1249
7 Crazy Things to Do When You Need 30 Minutes to Write

Your life is crazy. It’s hard to find time to write. We’ve all been there. True time management requires a number of skills, and a thorough knowledge of the self. You have to understand your own weaknesses when it comes to wasting time, what slows you down when facing the blank page, and how to […]

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Have You Tried Merino Wool Handwarmers?

Filed in Tools to Write Pain-Free by on February 27, 2017 0 Comments • views: 500
Have You Tried Merino Wool Handwarmers?

The sky is glowing at Writing and Wellness! About three years ago, I wrote a post about some handwarmers my mom had found for me at a farmer’s market. They were handmade, and she thought I might find them useful. Boy, did I ever. There are many mornings throughout the winter season when my fingers […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Jeri Walker

Filed in Uncategorized by on February 22, 2017 38 Comments • views: 1906
Featured Writer on Wellness: Jeri Walker

Working from a home office has equaled some weight gain due to lower activity levels, but I do use the apps My Fitness Pal and Runtastic to track daily calories when I want to lose a few pounds. It’s easy to delude one’s self and not think about how unhealthy some foods are, so such […]

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How to Overcome Unique Challenges as a Highly Sensitive Writer

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on February 20, 2017 1 Comment • views: 1705
How to Overcome Unique Challenges as a Highly Sensitive Writer

Are you “highly sensitive?” Do you know what “highly sensitive” is? I didn’t until I read The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron. Wow. What an eye-opener. If you’ve ever been told that you’re “too sensitive” and you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend you do. If you’ve read it and you know […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Jacqueline Cioffa

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on February 15, 2017 4 Comments • views: 1653
Featured Writer on Wellness: Jacqueline Cioffa

Living with manic depression and anxiety, the biggest physical challenge for me being a writer is finding a healthy balance between being still, managing anxiety, exercise, and writing. I also have sciatica, so back strengthening exercise is extremely important. It can painful to sit for long hours at a time. Walking is My “Writing Meditation” […]

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What You Need to Know About Potential Laptop Dangers

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on February 13, 2017 3 Comments • views: 1270
What You Need to Know About Potential Laptop Dangers

I love my laptop. I do all my fiction writing and blog writing on it, and I take it with me everywhere. My desktop gets a great workout on my freelance projects and submissions, but for just about everything else, I’m on my laptop. Imagine my dismay, then, when I read recently that it may […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Caroline Slee

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on February 8, 2017 1 Comment • views: 753
Featured Writer on Wellness: Caroline Slee

My left hand likes to protest typing, as loudly as possible. Five years ago, I went to a physical therapist for lymphedema that resulted from surgery for breast cancer. While undergoing physical therapy, I mentioned that my hand had been hurting a great deal—I thought it was related to the lymphedema. From the physical therapist […]

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Are You Motivated by the Right Things for Optimal Creativity?

Filed in Boost Creativity by on February 6, 2017 6 Comments • views: 1260
Are You Motivated by the Right Things for Optimal Creativity?

What motivates a person to want to climb Mount Everest? The task is difficult, near brutal, and several people have died doing it. I wondered why someone would spend all the money and time it takes to risk it, so I did some research on it. Turns out that motivation differs from person to person. […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Annie Lyons

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on February 2, 2017 2 Comments • views: 1351
Featured Writer on Wellness: Annie Lyons

When I was writing my first novel, I gave little thought to my physical health—how I was sitting, the postage-stamp size of my desk, if in fact squinting down at a screen with hunched shoulders was a good idea. I had two small children and an urgent need to get the words down as quickly […]

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How to Get Out of the “I Don’t Want to Write” Funk

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on January 31, 2017 10 Comments • views: 1291
How to Get Out of the “I Don’t Want to Write” Funk

Everything’s been going along great. You’ve been writing, producing more and more work, and perhaps even publishing and selling. You’ve received good comments from readers, maybe good reviews, maybe even some recognition in contests. In other words, things have been fine, but all of a sudden, in the words of the great Righteous Brothers song, […]

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A New Way for a Writer to Find Her True Voice

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, Writing for Change by on January 25, 2017 3 Comments • views: 1002
A New Way for a Writer to Find Her True Voice

by Ulrike Selleck When I was five years old, I drowned. While my friend and her mom desperately tried to fish my lifeless body out of the water, I actually had the most amazing, beautiful, light-filled, and cozy experience. I experienced where I lived, who I really was, had been, and always will be: Divine. […]

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