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The One Thing You Must Do Before Your Idea Will Succeed

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on July 29, 2014 0 Comments • views: 420
The One Thing You Must Do Before Your Idea Will Succeed

You sense a glimmer of an idea, something new you want to do with your life. You mention it to your spouse, your colleague, or your best buddy. Instead of the supportive response you hoped for, you get: “What? Why would you want to do that?” Maybe the person laughs. Or frowns. Or screws up […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Bonnie Dodge

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on July 24, 2014 3 Comments • views: 888
Featured Writer on Wellness: Bonnie Dodge

The biggest physical challenge for me as a writer is staying physically active. I have diabetes and it’s important to get at least thirty minutes of exercise every day. If I don’t do it first thing in the morning, I can’t manage to work it in. I am a walker and try to walk three […]

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7 Reasons Why Writers Should Do Housework

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on July 22, 2014 6 Comments • views: 3112
7 Reasons Why Writers Should Do Housework

Housework is a bad thing for writers. It’s intrusive, creeping into our thoughts when we least want it to. Blank screen? That’s when we realize the bathroom needs immediate attention. Plot struggle? It’s time to mop the floor. We try to stop it. A messy house isn’t going to self-destruct, after all. But housework is […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Elizabeth Maria Naranjo

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on July 17, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1219
Featured Writer on Wellness: Elizabeth Maria Naranjo

The biggest physical challenge is being sedentary. My two favorite hobbies—writing and reading—require no more from me than sitting still and turning pages or typing. And I’m way too comfortable with that. For example, I’d never look up from my computer and say, “Hey! You know what? I think I’ll go for a sprint around […]

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The One Thing Successful People Do that Sets Them Apart

Filed in Your Purpose as a Writer by on July 15, 2014 2 Comments • views: 1126
The One Thing Successful People Do that Sets Them Apart

Have you ever seen someone behave as if they really wanted something? My dog is really good at it. If she wants a bone, you know it. She’ll do all the tricks she’s learned, one after the other, in the hopes of acquiring her prize. Sit down, lay down, play dead, sit up, shake hands, […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Bethany Harar

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on July 10, 2014 3 Comments • views: 1004
Featured Writer on Wellness: Bethany Harar

By far the biggest physical challenge for me is managing my weight. As a full-time teacher and mother of two, the only time I have to write is in my “free” time (I’m laughing on the inside, because I barely know the meaning of that phrase), and that is the time I’m miraculously supposed to […]

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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: 923
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: 3469
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: 544
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: 1141
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: 556
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: 520
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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