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3 Things Novels and Cats Have in Common

Filed in The Writing Life by on August 23, 2016 0 Comments • views: 364
3 Things Novels and Cats Have in Common

This post originally appeared on “JBronderBookReviews” as part of a book tour for “Loreena’s Gift.“ I used to have three cats—all strays that I had “rescued” over the years—but I’m down to only one, now. Myra was with me for nearly 14 years, and was a master bug catcher and laser light chaser. Sam, my […]

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Why You Should Hide Your Clock to be More Creative

Filed in Boost Creativity by on August 22, 2016 8 Comments • views: 1526
Why You Should Hide Your Clock to be More Creative

Let’s face it. No matter how creative we are, sometimes the ideas slow down. We get stuck in the mucky middle of the novel. Or no matter how many walks we take, we can’t work out a nasty plot entanglement. Or our characters fall flat, or our blogs run stale. Sometimes taking some time off […]

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When Pain Makes It Hard, How to Keep Writing

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on August 17, 2016 20 Comments • views: 1375
When Pain Makes It Hard, How to Keep Writing

by Pat Stoltey 2015 was a bad year for me, a year of stress and discomfort way beyond my usual challenges with arthritis and fibromyalgia. The laundry list of unfortunate incidents is too long to chronicle here. Two of the biggies: I spent more than three months early in the year healing from a broken […]

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3 Ways Essential Oils Make it Easier to Be Creative

Filed in Boost Creativity, The Healthy Writer by on August 16, 2016 0 Comments • views: 773
3 Ways Essential Oils Make it Easier to Be Creative

This post originally appeared on “T’s Stuff” as part of a book tour for “Loreena’s Gift.” I’ve been a health writer for over 17 years, and during that time I’ve learned quite a bit about natural oils and how beneficial they are. There’s a reason we’re seeing more and more of them in skin care […]

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7 Lies We Tell Ourselves About Finding Time to Write

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on August 15, 2016 6 Comments • views: 1592
7 Lies We Tell Ourselves About Finding Time to Write

You promised yourself you’d get chapter twenty-one done today. But the day is gone and it didn’t happen. Oh well. You’ll get to it tomorrow. Tomorrow comes and goes and the chapter still isn’t done. No problem. The weekend is coming. You’ll get it done then. We all tell ourselves things like this all the […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Katherine Bogle

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on August 10, 2016 0 Comments • views: 791
Featured Writer on Wellness: Katherine Bogle

When you become a writer, there’s a lot that other writers don’t tell you. There’s your newfound coffee addiction, back pain from sitting in that computer chair all day, anxiety, weight gain, eyestrain, headaches, and much more. Being an author is supposed to be some magical profession, that when you make it, you make it, […]

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How Publishing Taught Me to Be More Self-Reliant

Filed in Novel Writing Inspiration by on August 9, 2016 3 Comments • views: 1317
How Publishing Taught Me to Be More Self-Reliant

by Suzanne Rogerson The idea for Visions of Zarua started when I had an image of a woman hunting in the woods with her hounds. The prey had disappeared and she was scared, but I didn’t know why or what she was hunting. I loved Varnia from the first moment she appeared in my head. […]

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How to Keep Your Stomach Happy While Writing

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on August 9, 2016 0 Comments • views: 916
How to Keep Your Stomach Happy While Writing

We’re a nation who loves to eat. Not only eat, but snack, graze, piece, munch, drink, savor, and slurp. And a lot of that is done while we’re writing. We don’t think about how it affects our tummies…until it does. Then we complain. Stupid stomach! Who has time for bloating, cramps, gas, diarrhea, constipation, and […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Tiana Warner

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on August 3, 2016 1 Comment • views: 1423
Featured Writer on Wellness: Tiana Warner

Typical writing session: Write sentence. Stare at screen. Get up, go to fridge, open fridge, stare inside, close fridge. Sit down. Write another sentence. Get up, go to cupboard, take out box of crackers, eat crackers, sit back down. Delete last sentence. Stare at screen. Repeat process. Consuming something while writing helps you think, right? […]

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Hands Hurt? How to Keep Writing Anyway

Filed in Tools to Write Pain-Free by on August 2, 2016 1 Comment • views: 1154
Hands Hurt? How to Keep Writing Anyway

by Anne Goodwin Along with a keyboard and a good dictionary, fingers, hands, and arms are essential items in a writer’s tool bag. But long hours in the company of QWERTY can result in significant strain that, if ignored, can lead to permanent damage. In days gone by, this might have spelled the end of […]

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How Creative Entrepreneurs Can Get Critical Time Off

Filed in Boost Creativity, The Healthy Writer by on August 2, 2016 2 Comments • views: 652
How Creative Entrepreneurs Can Get Critical Time Off

Time off, or downtime, encourages creativity. A number of studies have shown it to be true. One published in 2014, for example, reported that a vacation could increase creativity by boosting cognitive flexibility when employees returned to work. Other studies have reported that catching up on sleep, getting “away from it all,” taking time in […]

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What the Native Americans Who Walked Our Lands Have to Teach Us

Filed in Writing for Change by on July 28, 2016 0 Comments • views: 496
What the Native Americans Who Walked Our Lands Have to Teach Us

A Writing for Change Featured Post by Sally Crum I met Sally at a writer’s gathering in Colorado. She’s written a series of children’s books along with some adult books about the Native Americans who lived in the Western Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico regions. These are educational, but fun—the perfect combination for any reader! […]

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