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The Secrets to Your Progress: Are You a Better Writer Today Than You Were Last Year?

Filed in The Writing Life by on December 16, 2014 6 Comments • views: 1524
The Secrets to Your Progress: Are You a Better Writer Today Than You Were Last Year?

At this time of year, I always find myself slipping into a period of reflection. How has the year gone? Where am I, in terms of my professional and personal growth? How did I do on my goals? Underneath all of this is perhaps the biggest question on my mind, and maybe on the minds […]

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7 Reasons to Enjoy Your Morning—or Afternoon—Cup of Coffee

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on December 11, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1772
7 Reasons to Enjoy Your Morning—or Afternoon—Cup of Coffee

My father always loved coffee, but when he got into his later sixties, his doctor recommended he avoid it. It’s an acidic drink—hard on aging or sensitive stomachs—and my dad was swallowing too many antacids. If you have a sensitive stomach, too, you may want to avoid coffee, or at least limit your intake. Those […]

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7 Ways to Beat the Winter Writing Blues

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on December 9, 2014 2 Comments • views: 1707
7 Ways to Beat the Winter Writing Blues

Are you feeling it? You’re dragging yourself through your workday. You’re dreading your exercise routines. You’re sleeping in on weekends until noon. And you’ve got a deadly craving for frosted brownies. Worst of all, you’re writing has slowed down. Maybe you’re struggling more than you were only a few weeks ago. Maybe you’re even blocked, […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Amy Kathleen Ryan

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on December 4, 2014 6 Comments • views: 1368
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: 2145
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: 1588
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: 2121
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: 3124
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: 902
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: 1078
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: 1663
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: 1216
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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