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Do Nightmares Make Writers More Creative?

Filed in Boost Creativity, When Writing Is Hard by on October 24, 2016 8 Comments • views: 1310
Do Nightmares Make Writers More Creative?

When I was a kid, I used to wake up, terrified, on the floor in my room. After I realized where I was, I would experience a flood of relief, followed by an intense fear of going back to sleep. I could remember my nightmares vividly, vicious, violent experiences where I was chased by strange […]

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Introducing a New Tool to Warm Up Writers’ Hands

Filed in Tools to Write Pain-Free by on October 19, 2016 4 Comments • views: 1037
Introducing a New Tool to Warm Up Writers’ Hands

by Benjamin Sobieck The pursuit of wellness during the act of writing can take some unusual twists and turns. Case in point: what began as having cold hands while I typed at the keyboard ended as an unexpected opportunity for my writing career. Cold Hands Can Equal Missed Deadlines Cold, stiff hands during the winter […]

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Concussion Victim Needs Your Story to Increase Awareness

Filed in Writing for Change by on October 18, 2016 3 Comments • views: 1083
Concussion Victim Needs Your Story to Increase Awareness

Editor’s note: From the date of posting until November 11, 2016, Victoria is seeking donations on Kickstarter to support the creation of Flooded, a creative anthology of stories from victims of brain injuries. Read on for Victoria’s personal story of her concussion, how writing helped her heal, and how you can support the project—and contribute […]

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How to Conquer the 10 Deadly Writing Demons

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on October 17, 2016 4 Comments • views: 1191
How to Conquer the 10 Deadly Writing Demons

The great John Wayne is quoted as saying, “Courage is being scared to death…and saddling up anyway.” Writers know this feeling well. We face our own fears nearly every day in the writing life. 10 Frightening Demons Writers Have to Face In honor of the Halloween season, I thought it might be fun to give […]

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The One Thing You Must Have to Make Any Dream Come True

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on October 12, 2016 2 Comments • views: 689
The One Thing You Must Have to Make Any Dream Come True

by Katie Harrison, a.k.a. The Girl with the Tree Tattoo I’m at a loss. I’ve started this article at least five times and five times inspiration has left me halfway through. I’m starting to seriously doubt my abilities as a writer. So, in other words, it’s a normal day. Actually, it doesn’t usually happen this […]

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3 Ways to Keep Sugar from Killing Your Creative Mojo

Filed in Boost Creativity, The Healthy Writer by on October 10, 2016 4 Comments • views: 908
3 Ways to Keep Sugar from Killing Your Creative Mojo

To say I was skeptical would be putting it mildly. Years ago, some of my clients started asking me to write about the “dangers” of consuming sugar. Sugar? Please. I felt like John Travolta when he plays the angel in the movie, Michael. In one scene, after pouring heaps of sugar on top of his […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Lisa Orchard

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on October 5, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1300
Featured Writer on Wellness: Lisa Orchard

The biggest physical challenge of being a writer is tearing myself away from my story to exercise. Right now, I’m also dealing with sciatica, so I’m not exercising like I usually do. The sciatica pain is due to an old injury that has reared its ugly head again. Right now, I’m just walking a couple […]

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How I Wrote the Book I Didn’t Want to Write

Filed in Novel Writing Inspiration by on October 5, 2016 15 Comments • views: 1989
How I Wrote the Book I Didn’t Want to Write

by Holly Robinson Congratulations, Fran! You are the winner of a free signed copy of Folly Cove. I was inspired to write Folly Cove because I’ve always wanted to set a book on Cape Ann, on the north shore of Massachusetts. This area is associated with so much history—and many, many weird facts. For instance, […]

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Why It’s So Hard for Writers to Relax

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on October 3, 2016 6 Comments • views: 1126
Why It’s So Hard for Writers to Relax

“You need to relax,” my friends tell me.  “You work too hard.” I know it’s true. My body gives me clues. Back pain. Eye twitching. Headaches. Stomach upset. Fatigue. It’s obvious when I need to take a step back and just relax. I schedule the time, and if it’s only an hour or two, I […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Jean Nicole Rivers

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on September 29, 2016 1 Comment • views: 859
Featured Writer on Wellness: Jean Nicole Rivers

The biggest physical challenge of being a writer? The lack of movement. When I am sitting at my desk for hours, especially if I get into a creative zone, I have to literally stop and remind myself to get up and stretch, let alone get a proper workout. For me, creative writing is such a […]

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5 Signs You Need to Shake Up Your Writing Routine

Filed in Boost Creativity, When Writing Is Hard by on September 26, 2016 0 Comments • views: 2158
5 Signs You Need to Shake Up Your Writing Routine

A good writing routine can save a writer. No matter what else is going on in your life, if you have a set time to write and you’re used to writing at that time, the sheer force of habit will increase the odds that you’ll actually get your writing done. Sometimes, though, routines wear out […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Mary Frances Gualandri

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on September 21, 2016 0 Comments • views: 785
Featured Writer on Wellness: Mary Frances Gualandri

For my entire writing career, I have lived with the dual roles of writer and student. These are two roles that are difficult to juggle, as both demand a lot of attention. Writing is my passion, but unfortunately, it often takes a backseat to my education. The busy life of a student, as many know, often […]

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