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Featured Writer on Wellness: Amy Kathleen Ryan

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on December 4, 2014 6 Comments • views: 1267
Featured Writer on Wellness: Amy Kathleen Ryan

I find I get very stiff if I sit in one position for too long. I’ve had neck pain for years, and I have to be pretty careful of my position. Also, I’m very antsy. I have trouble sitting for longer than about twenty minutes at a time. The Problem of Sitting Too Much I’ll always find […]

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Serious Writers Permit Themselves to Go on Writers’ Retreats

Filed in The Writing Life by on December 2, 2014 10 Comments • views: 1880
Serious Writers Permit Themselves to Go on Writers’ Retreats

I was slumped against the passenger side door of our old Dodge station wagon. Its claim to fame was that it resembled the Ghostbusters’ prized vehicle, minus the sirens and lights. My younger brother was extremely proud of that. My mom, on the other hand, wasn’t so thrilled. Like it’s famous twin, the car wasn’t […]

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What to Do When You Doubt Yourself

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on November 25, 2014 4 Comments • views: 1478
What to Do When You Doubt Yourself

Interviewer: You’ve acknowledged that as writers, we all have moments when we think what we’re working on is crap. Author Harlan Coben (Caught, Long Lost, and Hold Tight): Always. Every writer has that, if they’re worth anything. I don’t think it matters if you’re a writer, musician, new mom, or entrepreneur. If you’re following your […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Linda Egenes

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on November 20, 2014 13 Comments • views: 1956
Featured Writer on Wellness: Linda Egenes

Having a profession that requires you to sit all day is coming under increasing scrutiny as a health hazard. And I do find it hard to think deeply when I’m standing up—I just haven’t been able to make that switch. Trying to Avoid Neck and Shoulder Pain While Writing So I’ve started scheduling breaks throughout […]

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What My Grandmother Taught Me About Being a Grateful Writer

Filed in The Healthy Writer, The Writing Life by on November 18, 2014 11 Comments • views: 2858
What My Grandmother Taught Me About Being a Grateful Writer

I’ve attended several writing events this year. Conferences, awards dinners, signings, etc. At every one, without exception, I heard one thing: writers complaining. It’s an easy habit to fall into. This isn’t a cushy career, by any means. We have a number of challenges in front of us, from the blank page to the rejection […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: E. Rose Sabin

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on November 13, 2014 1 Comment • views: 796
Featured Writer on Wellness: E. Rose Sabin

For me the biggest challenge is getting enough exercise. Sitting at the computer all day is not healthy, but it’s easy to do. Fortunately, my dogs demand attention and distract me, making me get up and move around. Still, I do suffer from frequent back pain, the best remedy for which is exercise. I try […]

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How to Stop Writing Critiques from Destroying Your Creative Spirit

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on November 11, 2014 2 Comments • views: 958
How to Stop Writing Critiques from Destroying Your Creative Spirit

I’ve received a lot of writing critiques over the years. I’ve come to believe that critiques are both a writer’s blessing and a curse. After so many, I think I’ve figured out how to sort through them in a way that makes them mostly beneficial, most of the time. But I say this with caution, […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Charity Bradford

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on November 6, 2014 8 Comments • views: 1512
Featured Writer on Wellness: Charity Bradford

My age creeps up every year, gosh dang it! My biggest problems are eye fatigue and what I call the iron neck. I hold all my tension in my neck and shoulders and sometimes can’t even turn my head. The best way to deal with this is the doorway exercise. Stand in front of a […]

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Honor Your Quirks—Especially if They Work!

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, The Writing Life by on November 4, 2014 3 Comments • views: 1080
Honor Your Quirks—Especially if They Work!

I hate morning people. Not literally, of course. In fact, as long as they don’t bother me, I don’t mind them at all. But every once in awhile, if I spend time with friends or family, I’m reminded how very violent I can get if people bother me in the morning. Mornings Give Us Creative […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Iain Broome

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on October 30, 2014 1 Comment • views: 1118
Featured Writer on Wellness: Iain Broome

I should probably start with a disclaimer. I’m a dad to two-year old identical twin boys and that has completely changed the way I write. And many other things too, of course. Balancing Fatherhood with Writing Before they came along, I’d have probably said backache or a little RSI [repetitive stress injury], but without doubt […]

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Are Cell Phones Stopping Us from Reaching Out?

Filed in Who Supports Your Writing Dreams? by on October 28, 2014 8 Comments • views: 2197
Are Cell Phones Stopping Us from Reaching Out?

We can communicate with one another in more ways than ever before. But strangely enough, that’s not what seems to be happening. Recent research suggests our obsession with technology is making us more isolated. Despite the fact that we’re more connected, we’re also “more lonely and distant from one another,” according to Massachusetts Institute of […]

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Writing True Stories Reveals the Secrets to Choosing a Good Life

Filed in Writing for Change by on October 23, 2014 2 Comments • views: 1044
Writing True Stories Reveals the Secrets to Choosing a Good Life

A Writing for Change Featured Post I met Ali on Twitter and have been inspired by her grace and intelligence. When I heard about her book, I grew even more intrigued. Ali interviewed 10 people about living a balanced life, and then put together a beautiful book joining all ten of the resulting stories. In […]

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