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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: 1272
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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Featured Writer on Wellness: Pamela Cook

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on March 29, 2017 0 Comments • views: 952
Featured Writer on Wellness: Pamela Cook

Back pain seems to be the biggest physical challenge when I’m writing. Sitting in one spot for too long triggers off a lower back issue I’ve had for years. Snacking on the wrong things can be a problem too—any excuse to get up and procrastinate, which usually means coffee and something sweet! Lately I’ve developed […]

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The Easy Way to Boost Brain Power and Energy for Writing

Filed in Boost Creativity, Productivity and Time Management, The Healthy Writer by on March 27, 2017 9 Comments • views: 2043
The Easy Way to Boost Brain Power and Energy for Writing

To write well and write fast, you need two things: energy, and a sharp brain. Unfortunately, it’s easy to fall short on both of these. Busy days with long to-do lists can leave you feeling fatigued and dull, like you couldn’t think up a new scene to save your life. If you find yourself feeling […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: D. J. Steele

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on March 22, 2017 1 Comment • views: 1156
Featured Writer on Wellness: D. J.  Steele

I was a forester for over twenty years working in the private sector. My job consisted of office time behind a desk, but also field work. A good balance. Writing a novel required sitting for long hours working on a computer. Bad posture, leaning too close to the monitor and the strain on my wrists […]

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7 Ways to Charm Your Creativity Out of the Box

Filed in Boost Creativity by on March 20, 2017 8 Comments • views: 1920
7 Ways to Charm Your Creativity Out of the Box

You sit down for a blissful hour of writing. You carved out this time and everything worked out perfectly. You’ve got a private place to work, your favorite tea (or other drink) beside you, and your work-in-progress pulled up on your laptop. An hour later, you’ve managed little more than a paragraph. Or maybe you’ve […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Sharon Ledwith

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on March 15, 2017 13 Comments • views: 1710
Featured Writer on Wellness: Sharon Ledwith

The biggest physical challenge of being a writer? Easy. Wrist pain and eye strain. I find if I overuse my computer mouse—whether writing a novel, editing, blogging, or engaging in social media—my wrist starts to throb. Then I know it’s time to put on a wrist brace, and rest my hand as much as possible. […]

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Harpist Shares Secrets on Back-Saving Good Posture

Filed in Tools to Write Pain-Free by on March 13, 2017 17 Comments • views: 1102
Harpist Shares Secrets on Back-Saving Good Posture

I’m excited to welcome guest author Sarah Close to Writing and Wellness. Sarah plays the harp in the local symphony orchestra and other various musical groups. In addition to admiring her skill with the instrument, I have found myself on more than one occasion amazed by her posture. She sits perfectly straight and tall while […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Michelle Cox

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on March 8, 2017 0 Comments • views: 1139
Featured Writer on Wellness: Michelle Cox

The biggest physical challenge in writing is probably having to sit so long in one place. When I first starting writing novels, I would only write for an hour a day and then go about my business, but now I sit for about seven and a half! I start writing as soon as my kids […]

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How to Keep Writing When Others Stomp on Your Dreams

Filed in When Writing Is Hard, Who Supports Your Writing Dreams? by on March 6, 2017 7 Comments • views: 1747
How to Keep Writing When Others Stomp on Your Dreams

In a recent Writing and Wellness survey, I asked respondents to share their biggest writing challenges. One answer in particular broke my heart. The writer explained that a bad relationship had left her with the nagging feeling that her writing would never be “good enough.” She had left the relationship behind, but was still haunted […]

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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: 1146
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: 1398
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: 547
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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