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Why Print Books are Much Healthier for Reading Before Bed

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on April 28, 2015 8 Comments • views: 10491
Why Print Books are Much Healthier for Reading Before Bed

First of all, don’t misunderstand me. I’m not against ebooks. I love them. My brother got me an iPad for Christmas a couple years ago and I’ve really enjoyed filling my ebookshelves ever since. It’s that immediate gratification. See a book you want, and you can purchase it and start reading it right now. What’s […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Victoria Strauss

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on April 23, 2015 2 Comments • views: 1037
Featured Writer on Wellness: Victoria Strauss

I have a few physical issues—occasional back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome—but for me the biggest concern right now is too much sitting. I keep up with health news, and there’s been quite a lot of discussion lately about the negative impact of being sedentary, even if you exercise regularly (which I do: walking, running, and/or […]

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What Your Computer is Doing to Your Teeth

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on April 21, 2015 4 Comments • views: 5243
What Your Computer is Doing to Your Teeth

One of the most popular blogs on this site is “What Your Computer Could Be Doing to Your Face.” Unfortunately, the disturbing news doesn’t stop there. That one-eyed monster staring back at you every day could also be harming your teeth. Vicious little beast, isn’t it? Computer Cavities: It’s Not Me, It’s You Of course, […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Stacey R. Campbell

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on April 16, 2015 1 Comment • views: 939
Featured Writer on Wellness: Stacey R. Campbell

It is difficult to be physically active when writing and this is a challenge for me as I am a very active person. Furthermore, when I write I consume large quantities of gummy bears. I ride intervals on a stationary bicycle five times a week.  I walk a lot; this is more for my mental […]

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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: 2715
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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Featured Writer on Wellness: Sarah Benson

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on April 9, 2015 14 Comments • views: 2341
Featured Writer on Wellness: Sarah Benson

I think one of the biggest challenges is setting up a consistent exercise routine. Some of my best writing time is early in the morning, but that’s also my best workout time. When I’m on a writing streak, it’s hard to take a break to exercise, but I’m always glad when I do. I use […]

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If You’re an Unhappy Writer, Should You Quit?

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on April 7, 2015 6 Comments • views: 2753
If You’re an Unhappy Writer, Should You Quit?

Ask most writers what they really want, what they dream about, and you’ll probably get some variation of the SWD—Standard Writer’s Dream. It usually includes a book on the bestseller’s list, an interview with a talk show host, a whirlwind signing tour, and enough money to be able to write the next book without having […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Melissa Hudson

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on April 2, 2015 4 Comments • views: 1464
Featured Writer on Wellness: Melissa Hudson

Being both writer and artist is a double-whammy in terms of the long-term health consequences of a sedentary lifestyle. I developed severe near-sightedness in my early teens (which made me even less likely to go outside or get active) and I’ve always struggled to maintain a healthy weight. While I was pregnant, I was prone […]

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Why Writing Critiques May Not Work For You

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on March 31, 2015 0 Comments • views: 1822
Why Writing Critiques May Not Work For You

Writers hear a lot about their weaknesses. Critiques are a way of life for us. We’re always asking people what’s wrong with our work. We feel like we have to hear criticism in order to improve. This may be true to some extent, but the longer I live the more I think that frequently seeking […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Todd Mitchell

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on March 26, 2015 2 Comments • views: 1030
Featured Writer on Wellness: Todd Mitchell

Time is the biggest challenge I face. Oddly enough, I often feel like I have too little and too much time. The reason is this: I need large blocks of time (90 minutes or more) to get into the proper mental space for good writing to happen. But instead, I have all these little chunks […]

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Finding People Who See the Real You

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, Who Supports Your Writing Dreams? by on March 24, 2015 5 Comments • views: 2712
Finding People Who See the Real You

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.” ~Carl G. Jung Are you struggling to take a new path in your life? Is that little voice inside you urging you to try something new, but you have yet to take action? Be careful—you may have all your efforts derailed by one […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: E. C. Murray

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on March 19, 2015 0 Comments • views: 850
Featured Writer on Wellness: E. C. Murray

Fortunately for me, I paid my dues with unwise behaviors long ago. For years now, I haven’t eaten sugar or drunk alcohol or used drugs. I still drink loads of coffee, though! During my time herding goats in the mountains of France, I learned how good it feels to live close to nature, exercise, and […]

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