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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: 2212
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: 1053
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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Why Your Job is Causing You Headaches—and What to Do About It

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on October 21, 2014 4 Comments • views: 23884
Why Your Job is Causing You Headaches—and What to Do About It

People who work at the computer for hours each day—full-time writers, designers, office workers, etc.—get more headaches than other folks. I don’t have any studies to back me up. I could be completely wrong—but I don’t think I am. I used to work at a corporation, a really long time ago. I was in a […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Amy Saia

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on October 16, 2014 2 Comments • views: 883
Featured Writer on Wellness: Amy Saia

First of all, I’d like to say a big thank you for having me on your blog, Colleen. So far, the biggest physical challenge of being a writer has been accepting the pure sedentary nature of the whole thing. Listen to Your Body While Writing I am not one to sit still, but so far […]

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5 Tips to Help You Believe in Yourself

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on October 14, 2014 2 Comments • views: 1144
5 Tips to Help You Believe in Yourself

Believing in ourselves is essential to living our best lives—we hear it all the time. “Believe in yourself!” we’re told. Then everything will magically work out. Still, it’s often easier said than done, so I gathered some tips to help you out. If you have more, please share! 1. Do something. The best way to […]

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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: 1982
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: 1400
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: 1930
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: 872
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: 3883
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: 1459
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: 1504
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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