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Featured Writer on Wellness: Eric E. Wallace

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on December 15, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1117
Featured Writer on Wellness: Eric E. Wallace

Keeping properly hydrated [is my biggest physical challenge]. I get so absorbed in my work, it’s easy to forget to drink, and that neglect can affect all sorts of things in my body. (I also used to forget to go to the bathroom—ignoring urges—but we built a small bathroom within three feet of my writing […]

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How Reading Books Can Boost Your Life Expectancy

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on December 12, 2016 6 Comments • views: 1997
How Reading Books Can Boost Your Life Expectancy

Writers are regularly told to read. It’s through reading that we become immersed in story. We learn from the masters, and intuitively gain experience in plot, characterization, pacing, and more. Most writing teachers will tell you that if you’re not reading—a lot—you can’t expect to become a better writer. Well, now you have even more […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Sabrina York

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on December 7, 2016 7 Comments • views: 1378
Featured Writer on Wellness: Sabrina York

What is the biggest physical challenge of being a writer? I’m going to say maintaining spiritual wellness. I know, it’s not really a physical challenge, except that it is. In a way. Spiritual Wellness Encourages Physical Wellness As writers, we have to create that bubble of energy to keep ourselves motivated and on track, and […]

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25 Things I’ve Learned After Writing for 20 Years

Filed in The Writing Life by on December 5, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1399
25 Things I’ve Learned After Writing for 20 Years

1. Writing means writing when you don’t feel like it. Otherwise you never get anything done. 2. Getting published won’t change your life like you think it will, but it will bring you a satisfying sense of accomplishment. 3. Most of the writing you do will be crap, and that’s okay—it’s the only way to […]

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How I Persevered on My Biggest, Scariest Book Project

Filed in Novel Writing Inspiration by on November 30, 2016 4 Comments • views: 1309
How I Persevered on My Biggest, Scariest Book Project

by Linda Egenes I’m not a Ramayana scholar or a Sanskrit expert. But I love a great story, and back in the late 1970s when I first met my husband, Tom, he told me some of the romantic stories from the Ramayana epic from India, and of course, I had to read it myself. Struck […]

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How Finding Your Voice Can Inspire New Novels

Filed in Novel Writing Inspiration by on November 29, 2016 0 Comments • views: 931
How Finding Your Voice Can Inspire New Novels

by Simon Williams I had the basic idea floating around for some time and decided to see how it would turn out if I turned it into a full-length novel. At the time (this was many years ago) I had been mostly writing short stories—in fact I hadn’t completed a longer work for years. The […]

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How to Keep Stress from Destroying Your Creativity

Filed in Boost Creativity by on November 28, 2016 2 Comments • views: 2284
How to Keep Stress from Destroying Your Creativity

Deadlines. Marketing. Sales. Reviews. Social media. There’s no shortage of stress in a writer’s life. In addition to all we have to keep up with, there’s the inevitable emotional roller coaster. Agent signs with you. Up! Publishers don’t bite. Down. Publisher signs. Up! Bad reviews. Down. Good reviews. Up! Writer’s block on your next story. […]

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10 Experienced Writers on the Power of Gratitude

Filed in The Writing Life, When Writing Is Hard by on November 21, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1655
10 Experienced Writers on the Power of Gratitude

If there’s one thing that can counteract the emotional ups and downs of the writing life, it’s gratitude. I shared the many benefits of being grateful in another post, “How a Writer Can Save her Sanity Even in the Worst of Times.” As a quick recap, practicing regular gratitude has shown in studies to help […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Marcy Hatch

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on November 16, 2016 14 Comments • views: 830
Featured Writer on Wellness: Marcy Hatch

I’m not sure if this challenge is singular to writers, but as someone who writes and has a day job, it’s hard to find/make the time to exercise. Thankfully I have a dog who HAS to go for a couple of walks a day, which gets me outside. A Change in Jobs Opened Up Time […]

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Bestselling Author Encourages Other Writers to Journal Daily

Filed in Writing for Change by on November 15, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1459
Bestselling Author Encourages Other Writers to Journal Daily

by Mari L. McCarthy I get a lot of what I call universal messages in my journal. In fact, I uncovered, discovered and recovered my inner writer thanks to my journaling practice. Journaling Helped Me Find My Inner Writer As a little girl I dreamed of being a famous author. That’s why I changed the […]

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My Top 10 Books to Inspire Your Writing & Creativity

Filed in Boost Creativity, Finding & Following Your Voice, Novel Writing Inspiration by on November 14, 2016 4 Comments • views: 1367
My Top 10 Books to Inspire Your Writing & Creativity

I love getting writing book recommendations from other authors, so I thought Writing and Wellness readers might like to know which books I keep on my writing desk. The following 10 are earmarked and broken-backed because I turn to them so often. Maybe one of these needs to be on your personal gift list? 10 […]

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Managing the Writing Life When You Have Lupus

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on November 9, 2016 3 Comments • views: 1269
Managing the Writing Life When You Have Lupus

by Camela Thompson Oddly, the biggest physical hurdle in my career as an author is also the reason I started writing. I have systemic lupus erythematosus, an autoimmune disease that can target one or many systems. My body’s immune cells don’t recognize friend from foe, and periods of stress can trigger these cells into a […]

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