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Fibromyalgia: How to Weather the Pain and Keep Creating

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on October 9, 2014 6 Comments • views: 1815
Fibromyalgia: How to Weather the Pain and Keep Creating

Guest post by Annette Mardis I started my writing career in the newspaper industry, not known for fostering healthful lifestyles. Thankfully, we’ve long since left behind the era when ashtrays overflowed on desktops, smoke hung heavily in the stale air, and booze bottles shared drawer space with notepads and pens. But newspaper reporting and writing […]

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Find New Inspiration in a Solo Vacation

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on October 7, 2014 8 Comments • views: 1278
Find New Inspiration in a Solo Vacation

Most of the time, when I take time off, I spend it with family or attending some sort of writer’s event. But there’s one week a year when that’s not the case. A precious few days that I get all to myself. It’s a vacation for one. The Bliss of Being All By Yourself I’ve […]

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Grieving Widow Turns Feelings of Loss Into a Touching Memoir

Filed in Writing for Change by on October 2, 2014 2 Comments • views: 1770
Grieving Widow Turns Feelings of Loss Into a Touching Memoir

A “Writing for Change” Featured Post by Elaine Mansfield I’ve been so inspired by Elaine’s kindness, courage, and beautiful writing. She lost her dear husband of 42 years in 2008. She turned her feelings into a lovely memoir entitled, Leaning Into Love: A Spiritual Journey Through Grief. My husband Vic died in 2008 after two […]

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The Weird Reasons You May Be Ignoring Your Dreams

Filed in Your Purpose as a Writer by on September 30, 2014 0 Comments • views: 815
The Weird Reasons You May Be Ignoring Your Dreams

It’s hard to imagine that the only person standing in the way of our success in life is ourselves. That’s just too much responsibility! Even harder to imagine that we might actually get something out of avoiding what we most want to do in life. Is it possible? What We Get in Return for Ignoring […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Clarissa Draper

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on September 25, 2014 19 Comments • views: 3509
Featured Writer on Wellness: Clarissa Draper

When I write, I feel the urge to eat. Perhaps it’s because my brain is crying out for nourishment to feed the creative demons. Whatever it is, that urge to eat coupled with long hours of sitting causes me to gain weight if I’m not careful. Walking Gets the Creative Juices Flowing I’m not on […]

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5 Reasons Why I Do What I Do

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on September 23, 2014 6 Comments • views: 1280
5 Reasons Why I Do What I Do

The Romantic Notion of the Self-Destructive Writer We’ve all heard the romantic stories of writers who lived on alcohol and drugs and still wrote masterpieces: Truman Capote experienced frequent breakdowns, was in and out of rehab clinics, and died at the age of 59 of liver failure caused by phlebitis and frequent drug intoxication. He […]

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A Daughter’s Suicide Leads to a Father’s Memoir

Filed in Writing for Change by on September 18, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1406
A Daughter’s Suicide Leads to a Father’s Memoir

A Writing for Change Featured Post I’m so excited and honored to launch this new feature—Writing for Change—with John’s story. He lost his daughter, Casey, to suicide in 2008. He has since become an advocate for suicide prevention, and shares Casey’s story in his book, The Girl Behind the Door. My family had a pretty […]

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Facing the Truth About Your WIP: Advice from Rocky III

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on September 16, 2014 5 Comments • views: 2489
Facing the Truth About Your WIP: Advice from Rocky III

What does a writer feel when tackling a new project? Excitement? Yep, I’m feeling that. Challenge? Definitely, in a good way. Enjoyment? Absolutely—really taking my time with this work and loving it. But there’s something else that’s a little harder to admit to. It’s different for me this time around than it was for my […]

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Supercharge Your Writing Life with 3 Possible Career Paths

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on September 9, 2014 2 Comments • views: 1815
Supercharge Your Writing Life with 3 Possible Career Paths

As writers, we can’t completely control how our writing will be received. We can work to get better at the craft, write and submit frequently, and market to the best of our ability, but in the end, whether our books hit the bestseller lists may depend just as much on luck as on skill and […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: David Edward Walker

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on September 4, 2014 0 Comments • views: 915
Featured Writer on Wellness: David Edward Walker

Physically, I’ve worked hard for the last year and shed twenty pounds I gained while writing my first two novels. These days, I set my laptop on the kitchen breakfast counter so as to stand, having been told I burn calories that way, but the truth is I do have a bar stool I cozy […]

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What Your Computer is Doing to Your Eyes

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on September 2, 2014 0 Comments • views: 7984
What Your Computer is Doing to Your Eyes

It’s not your imagination—your computer is hurting your eyes. If you’ve been using more eye drops lately or wondering if you may have dry eye syndrome, it may have nothing to do with aging. According to a recent study, it could be that you’re just staring at the computer for too many hours a day. […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Lucinda Stein

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on August 28, 2014 0 Comments • views: 532
Featured Writer on Wellness: Lucinda Stein

The greatest physical challenge to a writing career is the sedentary nature of writing. We sit while word processing. We sit when we revise hard copy. In warm weather, I ride my bicycle on our local riverfront trail. I’ll admit, I need a “reward” to motivate me and often bike to the local coffee shop. […]

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