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Warning: 4 Dangers of Traveling to Research Your Novel

Filed in The Writing Life by on July 8, 2014 6 Comments • views: 778
Warning: 4 Dangers of Traveling to Research Your Novel

A couple weeks ago, I told you all about my trip to research my current work in progress (The Beached Ones). Now I’m back home, the trip is over, and I’m processing the whole experience. I thought it only fair to warn you—this type of journey isn’t for the faint of heart. It can be […]

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10 Ways to Soothe a Crick in the Neck

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on July 1, 2014 4 Comments • views: 3309
10 Ways to Soothe a Crick in the Neck

I woke up with one of these a week ago. Yuck! There’s nothing like trying to work for hours at the computer when your neck hurts. In the past, I’d always just lived with it, slowly working it out through my yoga practice over a series of days. It got me wondering. Was there a […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Stacey Levine

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on June 19, 2014 0 Comments • views: 490
Featured Writer on Wellness: Stacey Levine

My biggest physical challenge  has been repetitive stress hand annoyances plus overall discomfort at sitting too much. I’m always trying to improve my desk situation, but this high-minded approach has only arisen now after several years of sitting on a couch, virtually curled into the cracked  screen of my laptop. Now I have to take […]

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Should You Travel to Research Your Novel?

Filed in The Writing Life by on June 17, 2014 6 Comments • views: 1007
Should You Travel to Research Your Novel?

Situation: I’m in the second draft of my work in progress. My characters travel across country, from Iowa to California. Dilemma: I’ve either a) never been to the locations where my characters stop along the way, or b) it’s been so long the places are dim in my memory. Solution 1: Research via the Internet. […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Heidi Chandler

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on June 12, 2014 0 Comments • views: 481
Featured Writer on Wellness: Heidi Chandler

I’m a big believer that the quality of my work is directly related to how my body feels, so I try to be good to myself. Exercise makes me a better writer, so I typically fit something in every day.  A good workout is like a mind cleanse; it resets my brain and gets the […]

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The One Thing That Will Give You More Energy—and It’s Not Caffeine

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on June 10, 2014 0 Comments • views: 467
The One Thing That Will Give You More Energy—and It’s Not Caffeine

I heard a radio commercial the other day that got my attention. I remember little about the product they were advertising, other than it had something to do with RVs, but I do remember one line: Do you look forward more to starting your day, or to ending it? I think this is one of […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Tina Welling

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on June 5, 2014 3 Comments • views: 864
Featured Writer on Wellness: Tina Welling

My biggest physical challenge since I’ve begun writing full time is being indoors for so much of the day. I’ve tried working outside in nice weather, but I can’t seem to do any meaningful writing, just light, daydreamy work, though it’s a good place to edit. Deeper work eludes me outside; I get caught up […]

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Forest Bathing—the Secrets of Writers and Trees

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on June 3, 2014 8 Comments • views: 18040
Forest Bathing—the Secrets of Writers and Trees

Forest bathing—it’s something I’ve done many times, but I didn’t realize I was doing it. You don’t need a washcloth, soap or shampoo—just a good pair of walking shoes, some comfortable clothes, and all your stress and anxiety. That’s because forest bathing—or as it’s more commonly known, “taking a walk in the forest”—has been reported […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Heather Marshall

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on May 29, 2014 0 Comments • views: 985
Featured Writer on Wellness: Heather Marshall

I think stiffness is the biggest physical challenge of being a writer. We sit for hours at a time, hunched over a desk. I write all of my first drafts and take research notes with pen and paper, which alleviates the eye strain from looking at a screen. Still, I hold the same position for […]

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The Key to Making Better Decisions—for Writing and Life

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on May 27, 2014 0 Comments • views: 561
The Key to Making Better Decisions—for Writing and Life

Are you facing a decision but just aren’t sure which way to go? Here’s one thing that may help: calm any emotions you may be feeling. Emotions have a way of interfering with the internal signal from your inner voice, or intuition. Think of your mind as a radio, and the inner voice as a […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Kim Church

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on May 22, 2014 2 Comments • views: 1296
Featured Writer on Wellness: Kim Church

I told my friend Kelly I was working on a piece about writing and wellness and she said, “Fiction, right?” If there’s anything physically healthy in the act of writing, I haven’t found it. I live too much in my mind. I suffer from “cerebral congestion”—an occupational hazard of both writing and law. Bad Writing […]

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Are You Suffering from Spock’s Brain Syndrome?

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on May 20, 2014 0 Comments • views: 545
Are You Suffering from Spock’s Brain Syndrome?

I have to admit it. Sometimes I wish I didn’t have a body. Then I could work on a project as long as I wanted to without worrying about a sore neck, sore back, tight hamstrings, sagging muscles, dry eyes, and all the rest. This is especially true when I’m on a roll. The writing […]

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