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Writing vs. Having Written—Are You Addicted to Success?

Filed in The Writing Life, When Writing Is Hard by on April 15, 2014 6 Comments • views: 1545
Writing vs. Having Written—Are You Addicted to Success?

Do you enjoy the process of writing, or are you happiest when “having written?” I’ve heard colleagues say writing is difficult and painful, while “having written” brings achievement, elation, pride. “I asked a Hamline workshop once how many of them actually liked to write and most of them preferred having written: the pride in finishing, […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Simon James Barron

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on April 10, 2014 0 Comments • views: 604
Featured Writer on Wellness: Simon James Barron

You know, I’ve found a lot of physical challenges in writing, but perhaps not along the lines of what you might envisage. I know there are all sorts of carpal issues and back issues, and lord only knows that a bloody good seat is absolutely essential, but I find that the biggest physical challenge that […]

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Can’t Focus? Could Be Your Lunch—5 Foods to Help

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on April 8, 2014 2 Comments • views: 1688
Can’t Focus? Could Be Your Lunch—5 Foods to Help

You’ve got thirty minutes of uninterrupted time. You sit down to write, paint, compose, or work on that personal project you’re passionate about. You have only thirty minutes, and then you’ve got to go back to work, pick up the kids, make dinner, or take a loved one to the doctor. You sit down, thrilled […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Claudia White

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on April 3, 2014 0 Comments • views: 698
Featured Writer on Wellness: Claudia White

I would have to say that the biggest challenge has been to try to stay active, both at my desk and away. I suffer from back pain, so strenuous exercise is difficult. Like most people, I have gained a few pounds over the years, especially when the weather turns cold. Since I am often glued […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Simon Williams

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on March 28, 2014 0 Comments • views: 526
Featured Writer on Wellness: Simon Williams

[My biggest challenge is] probably avoiding a repetitive strain injury, although I try to minimize that as much as I can through exercises; not sitting still for too long. Although when I’m completely wrapped up in a project, that can be difficult. I go to the gym as often as I can, which in my […]

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Why You May Want to Swap Your Cola for a Clearer Option

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on March 25, 2014 0 Comments • views: 556
Why You May Want to Swap Your Cola for a Clearer Option

Office workers—or those that regularly work at the computer —are notorious soda drinkers. Healthier options include tea, sparkling water, and even coffee, but from my experience, many people have a hard time sticking with that commitment forever. Sometimes, one just needs a Dr. Pepper. (Or Pepsi or Coke or whatever the choice may be.) If […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Whitney Boyd

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on March 21, 2014 0 Comments • views: 764
Featured Writer on Wellness: Whitney Boyd

When I am at a computer for long stretches of time, I tend to get snack-ish. It’s a guarantee. I will crave sugar and chocolate and chips and soda and everything unhealthy I can imagine. When I used to work in an office, I gained ten pounds in a year (which may not seem like […]

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Cerebral Congestion—How It Ruins Your Work in Progress

Filed in Boost Creativity, The Healthy Writer by on March 18, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1334
Cerebral Congestion—How It Ruins Your Work in Progress

If you go too long without taking time off—real time off—you run the risk of suffering from cerebral congestion, which sabotages creativity and imagination.

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Julie Trimingham

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on March 14, 2014 0 Comments • views: 704
Featured Writer on Wellness: Julie Trimingham

I don’t like to sit still, so I find that I write in spurts, and sometimes standing up at an improvised desk (my laptop atop a fat dictionary atop a short bookcase). I make all my phone calls when I’m out walking. I need to get outside and move, otherwise I get crabby and can’t […]

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7 Things You’re Doing That Cause Back Pain

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on March 11, 2014 0 Comments • views: 6386
7 Things You’re Doing That Cause Back Pain

The American Chiropractic Association states that one-half of all working Americans suffer back pain symptoms each year. Talk to any serious writer or office worker and you’ll likely hear about back pain. “Like many writers,” says author Jana Richards, “I spend a lot of time sitting in front of my computer. Add to that the […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Becky Rickman

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on March 7, 2014 1 Comment • views: 834
Featured Writer on Wellness: Becky Rickman

I do suffer from a degenerative disc and that gives me quite a lot of pain some days. I also get lost in my writing and forget to cook meals for myself. For my back, I keep changing positions. I make reasons to jump up and move around at least once an hour. I also […]

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What Famous Writers Know About Walking

Filed in The Healthy Writer, The Writing Life by on March 6, 2014 2 Comments • views: 5651
What Famous Writers Know About Walking

By now most of us know that walking is good for us. Research has linked it to a lower risk of diabetes, stronger bones, a healthier cardiovascular system, reduced body fat, increased energy, and a more focused mind. Long before modern studies revealed these benefits, though, writers had already keyed into the wonders that walking […]

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