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Sometimes the Best Stories Come from the Deepest Pain

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Sometimes the Best Stories Come from the Deepest Pain

by Sydney Scrogham I wrote this story as a way to do an emotional cleanse after a bad breakup. It was easy to me to pursue because as I wrote, my emotional health increased. It was like I could breathe again. For some reason, Ariel: The First Guardian was the easiest story ever to write. […]

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How My Novel Taught Me to Listen to My Own Intuition

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How My Novel Taught Me to Listen to My Own Intuition

by Susan Mary Malone [The story] came to me in a night dream. Driving up the big hill and then descending down into the small burg of Sociable, Texas—a town that time forgot—I fell into this world of magical realism like Alice down the rabbit hole. I toured the big, dilapidated coliseum, where the kids […]

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What’s It Really Like to Write a Thriller Novel?

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What’s It Really Like to Write a Thriller Novel?

by Chuck Barrett As I was writing my first book, The Savannah Project, there was a character—not the protagonist—that urged me to give him his own series. He had radical personality differences than my protagonist, Jake Pendleton. He called to me (and all my women readers), so my original plan was to write three Jake […]

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After Losing a Sister—Can Writing a Novel be Cathartic?

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After Losing a Sister—Can Writing a Novel be Cathartic?

by Laura Drake I’ve always known I’d write this story. It just took twenty years for me to believe that I was a good enough. See, it’s a sister-story, dedicated to my younger sister who I lost to cancer at the age of 32. We had a special bond, and though the story isn’t autobiographical […]

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Speedbumps on Your Way to Determining Genre

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Speedbumps on Your Way to Determining Genre

by K. K. Allen Inspiration for me usually comes in the form of nature and art, which is probably why my favorite place to write is outside, or looking out my second story window. Up in the Treehouse, in particular, was actually inspired by a storyline in The Descendants (Book 3 of The Summer Solstice […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Jamie Jo Hoang

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Jamie Jo Hoang

My biggest physical challenge as a writer is definitely not getting enough exercise. But on top of that I drink WAY too much coffee. Five cups of (fully caffeinated) coffee is an average day for me. I know it’s excessive so I’ve cut back on the amount of sugar and creamer I put into my coffee by […]

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3 Things Novels and Cats Have in Common

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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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Where to Find Answers When Your Imagination Fails You

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Where to Find Answers When Your Imagination Fails You

John Rhys-Davies, perhaps best known for playing the dwarf “Gimly” in Lord of the Rings, had a repeating role years earlier on the television Star Trek spinoff, “Voyager,” as the holodeck recreation of Leonardo da Vinci. In an issue called “Scorpion, Part I,” the captain of Voyager finds herself in a conundrum, and turns to […]

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Writing to Find the Hero In Ourselves

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Writing to Find the Hero In Ourselves

by Carol Pratt Bradley My family enjoys watching historical films and we loved the 2003 movie, Luther, about Martin Luther and the Reformation. I had also read a book about William Tyndale, the man who translated the Bible into English. At the time, I was searching for an idea for my thesis novel for an […]

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One Novelist Refused to Let Her Beloved Game Characters Die

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One Novelist Refused to Let Her Beloved Game Characters Die

I was a player of an MMORPG [massively multi-player online role-playing game] called “City of Heroes.” This was a game where you would create a character by putting together how they looked from a collection of parts, decide what kind of superpowers they had, write out their biography in a little box specifically provided for […]

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How I Wrote the Book I Didn’t Want to Write

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How I Wrote the Book I Didn’t Want to Write

by Holly Robinson Congratulations, Fran! You are the winner of a free signed copy of Folly Cove. I was inspired to write Folly Cove because I’ve always wanted to set a book on Cape Ann, on the north shore of Massachusetts. This area is associated with so much history—and many, many weird facts. For instance, […]

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My Top 10 Books to Inspire Your Writing & Creativity

Filed in Book Writing Inspiration, Boost Creativity, Finding & Following Your Voice by on November 14, 2016 4 Comments • views: 1463
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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