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Featured Writer on Wellness: Stacey Levine

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on June 19, 2014 0 Comments • views: 768
Featured Writer on Wellness: Stacey Levine

My biggest physical challenge  has been repetitive stress hand annoyances plus overall discomfort at sitting too much. I’m always trying to improve my desk situation, but this high-minded approach has only arisen now after several years of sitting on a couch, virtually curled into the cracked  screen of my laptop. Now I have to take […]

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Should You Travel to Research Your Novel?

Filed in The Writing Life by on June 17, 2014 6 Comments • views: 1446
Should You Travel to Research Your Novel?

Situation: I’m in the second draft of my work in progress. My characters travel across country, from Iowa to California. Dilemma: I’ve either a) never been to the locations where my characters stop along the way, or b) it’s been so long the places are dim in my memory. Solution 1: Research via the Internet. […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Heidi Chandler

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on June 12, 2014 0 Comments • views: 729
Featured Writer on Wellness: Heidi Chandler

I’m a big believer that the quality of my work is directly related to how my body feels, so I try to be good to myself. Exercise makes me a better writer, so I typically fit something in every day.  A good workout is like a mind cleanse; it resets my brain and gets the […]

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The One Thing That Will Give You More Energy—and It’s Not Caffeine

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on June 10, 2014 0 Comments • views: 716
The One Thing That Will Give You More Energy—and It’s Not Caffeine

I heard a radio commercial the other day that got my attention. I remember little about the product they were advertising, other than it had something to do with RVs, but I do remember one line: Do you look forward more to starting your day, or to ending it? I think this is one of […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Tina Welling

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on June 5, 2014 3 Comments • views: 1218
Featured Writer on Wellness: Tina Welling

My biggest physical challenge since I’ve begun writing full time is being indoors for so much of the day. I’ve tried working outside in nice weather, but I can’t seem to do any meaningful writing, just light, daydreamy work, though it’s a good place to edit. Deeper work eludes me outside; I get caught up […]

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Forest Bathing—the Secrets of Writers and Trees

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on June 3, 2014 8 Comments • views: 23107
Forest Bathing—the Secrets of Writers and Trees

Forest bathing—it’s something I’ve done many times, but I didn’t realize I was doing it. You don’t need a washcloth, soap or shampoo—just a good pair of walking shoes, some comfortable clothes, and all your stress and anxiety. That’s because forest bathing—or as it’s more commonly known, “taking a walk in the forest”—has been reported […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Heather Marshall

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on May 29, 2014 0 Comments • views: 1241
Featured Writer on Wellness: Heather Marshall

I think stiffness is the biggest physical challenge of being a writer. We sit for hours at a time, hunched over a desk. I write all of my first drafts and take research notes with pen and paper, which alleviates the eye strain from looking at a screen. Still, I hold the same position for […]

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The Key to Making Better Decisions—for Writing and Life

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on May 27, 2014 0 Comments • views: 791
The Key to Making Better Decisions—for Writing and Life

Are you facing a decision but just aren’t sure which way to go? Here’s one thing that may help: calm any emotions you may be feeling. Emotions have a way of interfering with the internal signal from your inner voice, or intuition. Think of your mind as a radio, and the inner voice as a […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Kim Church

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on May 22, 2014 2 Comments • views: 1703
Featured Writer on Wellness: Kim Church

I told my friend Kelly I was working on a piece about writing and wellness and she said, “Fiction, right?” If there’s anything physically healthy in the act of writing, I haven’t found it. I live too much in my mind. I suffer from “cerebral congestion”—an occupational hazard of both writing and law. Bad Writing […]

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Are You Suffering from Spock’s Brain Syndrome?

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on May 20, 2014 0 Comments • views: 870
Are You Suffering from Spock’s Brain Syndrome?

I have to admit it. Sometimes I wish I didn’t have a body. Then I could work on a project as long as I wanted to without worrying about a sore neck, sore back, tight hamstrings, sagging muscles, dry eyes, and all the rest. This is especially true when I’m on a roll. The writing […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: C. Hope Clark

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on May 15, 2014 4 Comments • views: 1059
Featured Writer on Wellness: C. Hope Clark

I’ve enjoyed subscribing to C. Hope Clark’s “Funds for Writers” for over a decade. This mystery writer’s stories of how she’s dealt with the challenges of the writing life are always inspiring, plus I learn of several new contests, freelance markets, and publishers through her listings. Along the way, Hope started featuring her book, The […]

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Fun Way to Discover Your Place in This World

Filed in The Inner Life, Your Purpose as a Writer by on May 13, 2014 0 Comments • views: 841
Fun Way to Discover Your Place in This World

I got a chance to re-watch a few scenes from M. Night Shyamalan’s movie “Unbreakable” awhile back. I’ve always liked the film, but this time I realized what a great illustration it is of someone desperate to find his purpose in the world—in this case, the antagonist, Elijah, played by Samuel L. Jackson. Plot Summary […]

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