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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: 1324
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: 1241
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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Why Writers Feel Depressed and How to Deal

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on November 8, 2016 1 Comment • views: 2233
Why Writers Feel Depressed and How to Deal

by Patty Somlo From my experience, depression results from denying feelings, such as sadness and anger. Writers have to walk a tightrope between hope and acceptance, success and rejection. Every writer, no matter how well-published, good or experienced, will have work rejected or reviewed negatively. I follow one of my former creative writing teachers on […]

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The One Thing Happy Writers Remember to Keep

Filed in Who Supports Your Writing Dreams? by on November 7, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1136
The One Thing Happy Writers Remember to Keep

What do writers need almost more than anything else to enjoy a happy, creative, and successful long-term writing career? It’s not instruction from a bestselling author, a top-notch laptop computer, or a winning lottery ticket, though these can all help. Instead, to manage the ups and downs of the writing life and to keep producing […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Pamela Mingle

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on November 2, 2016 1 Comment • views: 1212
Featured Writer on Wellness: Pamela Mingle

I began writing after a career in teaching— a profession that puts more physical demands on you than you might imagine. You are on your feet all day, teaching and trying to keep up with active children. I often came home exhausted. Writing has had a different set of challenges. My biggest ones have centered […]

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8 Easy Chair Exercises to Keep Writers in Shape

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on November 1, 2016 2 Comments • views: 844
8 Easy Chair Exercises to Keep Writers in Shape

by Jane Dizon According to a 2013 survey, 86 percent of American workers sit with an average of 13 hours a day. That accounts for more than half of a day. Throw in your seven- to eight-hour sleep, and you’re looking at a staggering 21 hours of sedentary lifestyle, and that’s just in one day. […]

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10 Fun Ways to Destroy Your Writing Comfort Zone

Filed in Uncategorized by on October 31, 2016 6 Comments • views: 1879
10 Fun Ways to Destroy Your Writing Comfort Zone

Comfort zones are…comfortable, but they rarely lead you to success in any field, particularly not in writing. Actor Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”) is quoted as saying, “The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity; moving beyond it necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears.” Yet comfort zones are so alluring! […]

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What’s It Really Like to be Part of a Writing Team?

Filed in The Writing Life, Who Supports Your Writing Dreams? by on October 26, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1797
What’s It Really Like to be Part of a Writing Team?

Patty and Roz met through a mutual friend in the mid 1970s. After writing separately for years, they began writing together in the early 1980s. They have five (almost six) books published in “The Val & Kit Mystery Series” (The Disappearance of Mavis Woodstock, The Murder of Susan Reed, Death in Door County, Lethal Property, […]

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The Stress-Free Way to Build Your Author Platform

Filed in Uncategorized by on October 25, 2016 2 Comments • views: 999
The Stress-Free Way to Build Your Author Platform

by Tiffany Shand Building and maintaining an author platform is a must for today’s successful author. We know it, but it can get tough to fit it all in. I didn’t start building my own platform until after I published my first novel. I realized that to sell books I needed to treat publishing like […]

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Do Nightmares Make Writers More Creative?

Filed in Boost Creativity, When Writing Is Hard by on October 24, 2016 8 Comments • views: 1356
Do Nightmares Make Writers More Creative?

When I was a kid, I used to wake up, terrified, on the floor in my room. After I realized where I was, I would experience a flood of relief, followed by an intense fear of going back to sleep. I could remember my nightmares vividly, vicious, violent experiences where I was chased by strange […]

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Introducing a New Tool to Warm Up Writers’ Hands

Filed in Tools to Write Pain-Free by on October 19, 2016 4 Comments • views: 1073
Introducing a New Tool to Warm Up Writers’ Hands

by Benjamin Sobieck The pursuit of wellness during the act of writing can take some unusual twists and turns. Case in point: what began as having cold hands while I typed at the keyboard ended as an unexpected opportunity for my writing career. Cold Hands Can Equal Missed Deadlines Cold, stiff hands during the winter […]

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Concussion Victim Needs Your Story to Increase Awareness

Filed in Writing for Change by on October 18, 2016 3 Comments • views: 1143
Concussion Victim Needs Your Story to Increase Awareness

Editor’s note: From the date of posting until November 11, 2016, Victoria is seeking donations on Kickstarter to support the creation of Flooded, a creative anthology of stories from victims of brain injuries. Read on for Victoria’s personal story of her concussion, how writing helped her heal, and how you can support the project—and contribute […]

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