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Featured Writer on Wellness: Annie Lyons

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on February 2, 2017 2 Comments • views: 1326
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: 1260
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: 982
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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When Writers Should Ignore “Be Positive” Advice

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on January 23, 2017 12 Comments • views: 1366
When Writers Should Ignore “Be Positive” Advice

A friend of mind got a rejection the other day. She’d worked really hard on the story, putting it through numerous edits. The journal was one she’d read and admired for years. It was a big blow. I tried to console her, but she wouldn’t really allow it. “Nah, I’m fine,” she said overly cheerfully. […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Lisa Brunette

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on January 18, 2017 2 Comments • views: 871
Featured Writer on Wellness: Lisa Brunette

Sitting at a desk for long stretches of time takes a toll on my body in many ways. When I’m chugging along, it’s hard to avoid as many as 20 hours at a computer each day. But to be fair, this is the case with all of us who work at a computer—not just writers […]

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What Rejection Does to a Writer—and How to Recover

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on January 16, 2017 15 Comments • views: 1975
What Rejection Does to a Writer—and How to Recover

Grow a thick skin, they say. If you’re going to be a writer, you gotta toughen up. People are going to criticize your work. Agents and editors are going to reject you. Readers will impale you with bad reviews. Publishers will turn their backs if your sales are lackluster. Rejection awaits at every turn, so […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Ginny Fite

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on January 11, 2017 0 Comments • views: 827
Featured Writer on Wellness: Ginny Fite

Sitting for long periods of time puts a strain on my back, neck and legs. Sometimes my hands cramp or my elbows tingle. My shoulders ache and my neck hurts. I have the opposite of the munchies—if I’m really in the zone, I’ll go until 4:00 in the afternoon without eating anything. I have to […]

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What Your Punctuation Reveals About Your Personality

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on January 9, 2017 9 Comments • views: 1451
What Your Punctuation Reveals About Your Personality

You’ve heard of handwriting experts, those people who can read something you’ve written by hand and tell you what your personality is like. A certain slant to the letters, size of the consonants, or openness between words can reveal characteristics you’d never expect could be revealed simply by your handwriting. Now, in a recent study, […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Stormy Smith

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on January 4, 2017 0 Comments • views: 946
Featured Writer on Wellness: Stormy Smith

I actually ended up with tendon overstrain as I was publishing my first book and it’s basically never gone away since that time. It starts in my thumb and ends up affecting me all way into my shoulder and neck the longer I work. It requires that I always use an ergonomic keyboard, use my […]

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How to Set Writing Goals that Actually Work

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on January 2, 2017 4 Comments • views: 1619
How to Set Writing Goals that Actually Work

It’s that time of year again, the time when we all tend to think about what goals we want to set for the New Year. What have we yet to accomplish? Where do we want to be a year from now? Usually setting goals is a good thing, particularly for writers and other creatives. We […]

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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: 1225
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 Novel Writing Inspiration, The Writing Life by on December 26, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1872
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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