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Featured Writer on Wellness: Lucinda Stein

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on August 28, 2014 0 Comments • views: 536
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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How to Disarm a Writer’s Inner Demons

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, When Writing Is Hard by on August 26, 2014 4 Comments • views: 1453
How to Disarm a Writer’s Inner Demons

In my own struggle to do the work I’m compelled to do, I’m often reminded of the idea that we must “battle our own demons.” American novelist and screenwriter William Goldman once said, “…the haunting Demon never leaves you, that Demon being the knowledge of your own terrible limitations, your hopeless inadequacy, the impossibility of […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Victoria Pinder

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on August 21, 2014 1 Comment • views: 669
Featured Writer on Wellness: Victoria Pinder

I have to sit in place for hours on end. I don’t mind sitting, but I have spondolothesis category 5, and my L4 to L5 lumber region of my spine is over 80% off track. Most people with my condition elect surgery, but there is a 25% chance of paralysis. I Choose to Ignore the […]

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Computer Elbow is Real—10 Tips to Prevent & Relieve Pain

Filed in The Healthy Writer, Tools to Write Pain-Free by on August 19, 2014 47 Comments • views: 109479
Computer Elbow is Real—10 Tips to Prevent & Relieve Pain

Over the last few weeks, I’ve felt a nagging and persistent pain in my elbow, right between those two little bones on the underside (if you hold your arm slightly bent). “Tennis elbow” was the first thing that came to mind, but I haven’t played in years. I type, though. A lot. That got me […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Jac Jemc

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on August 14, 2014 1 Comment • views: 879
Featured Writer on Wellness: Jac Jemc

I think the toughest battle for me is balancing writing with other healthy actions. There are only so many free hours in the day, so if I’m dedicating a couple hours a day to writing, it can be easy for exercise to fall by the wayside. Avoidance of the actual act of writing and rewards […]

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The Real Reason It’s Dangerous to Wait on Your Dreams

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on August 12, 2014 0 Comments • views: 557
The Real Reason It’s Dangerous to Wait on Your Dreams

Have you seen the Robert Duvall movie, Get Low? I’ll leave the discussion of the movie itself to the critics, but one thing struck me as applicable to the idea of listening to your own inner voice. In one scene, Duvall’s character—an old hermit—is catching up with an ex sweetheart. In looking back over his […]

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Writing from Experience: Using Your Body to Improve Your Story

Filed in The Writing Life by on August 7, 2014 6 Comments • views: 1747
Writing from Experience: Using Your Body to Improve Your Story

Guest post by Steve Mitchell and Carol Roan Writing is more than something that happens in our heads. The experiences we draw upon in order to write exist in every part of our selves. When our writing is not going well, when we’re blocked, lots of thoughts are running around in our heads (all of […]

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3 Things Writers Can Learn from Chantek, the Orangutan

Filed in Who Supports Your Writing Dreams? by on August 5, 2014 4 Comments • views: 2671
3 Things Writers Can Learn from Chantek, the Orangutan

I enjoyed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Great fun! But that’s not what inspired this post. It was actually a PBS special entitled, “The Ape Who Went to College.” In case you haven’t seen it, it told the story of Chantek, a baby orangutan raised as a human child on the University of […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Kerri Cuevas

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on July 31, 2014 4 Comments • views: 783
Featured Writer on Wellness: Kerri Cuevas

My biggest challenge with writing is being fatigued. I work full time and my job is physically demanding, and then I come home to three children.  Time isn’t on my side, and when I’m able to sneak in some writing my brain is on the fritz. What helps me is eating a healthy supper, allowing […]

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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: 480
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: 979
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: 3336
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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