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Featured Writer on Wellness: Victoria Strauss

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on April 23, 2015 2 Comments • views: 900
Featured Writer on Wellness: Victoria Strauss

I have a few physical issues—occasional back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome—but for me the biggest concern right now is too much sitting. I keep up with health news, and there’s been quite a lot of discussion lately about the negative impact of being sedentary, even if you exercise regularly (which I do: walking, running, and/or […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Scott Keen

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on May 14, 2015 1 Comment • views: 974
Featured Writer on Wellness: Scott Keen

One of my biggest physical challenges to writing, and many other things, was neck pain and headaches. Like most everyone else who stares at a computer as part of their job, I hold my tension in my neck and shoulders. There were plenty of times I couldn’t write because of this. I realized that my […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: April Moore

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on June 11, 2015 4 Comments • views: 2237
Featured Writer on Wellness: April Moore

If only writing burned calories. It sure would be nice to look in the mirror and say, “Wow, look at these abs . . . those daily writing sessions are really paying off!” *Sigh* Like a lot of writers and artists, my biggest physical problem is sitting on my butt all day. Even though I […]

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How Writers Can Avoid Fixating on the Negative

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on October 13, 2015 4 Comments • views: 1171
How Writers Can Avoid Fixating on the Negative

Funny thing happened to me this past weekend. I had planned a 10-day writing retreat by the ocean to pound out the edits for my literary novel that’s coming out next April. (Read more about Loreena’s Gift here.) The plans had been in the works for months. To accomplish the trip, I doubled up on […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Joshua Isard

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on February 3, 2016 0 Comments • views: 1404
Featured Writer on Wellness: Joshua Isard

[The biggest physical challenge of being a writer is] definitely the discomfort that comes with sitting in a chair all day, performing repetitive motions. I get hand cramps and stiffness. Shooting pains up my neck. Headaches on long days. The neck pains I find I can get rid of well with consistent stretching, but the […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Mary Frances Gualandri

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on September 21, 2016 0 Comments • views: 1075
Featured Writer on Wellness: Mary Frances Gualandri

For my entire writing career, I have lived with the dual roles of writer and student. These are two roles that are difficult to juggle, as both demand a lot of attention. Writing is my passion, but unfortunately, it often takes a backseat to my education. The busy life of a student, as many know, often […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Pamela Mingle

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on November 2, 2016 1 Comment • views: 1525
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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What Rejection Does to a Writer—and How to Recover

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on January 16, 2017 15 Comments • views: 2451
What Rejection Does to a Writer—and How to Recover

Grow a thick skin, they say. If you’re going to be a writer, you gotta toughen up. People are going to criticize your work. Agents and editors are going to reject you. Readers will impale you with bad reviews. Publishers will turn their backs if your sales are lackluster. Rejection awaits at every turn, so […]

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When Writers Should Ignore “Be Positive” Advice

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on January 23, 2017 12 Comments • views: 1930
When Writers Should Ignore “Be Positive” Advice

A friend of mind got a rejection the other day. She’d worked really hard on the story, putting it through numerous edits. The journal was one she’d read and admired for years. It was a big blow. I tried to console her, but she wouldn’t really allow it. “Nah, I’m fine,” she said overly cheerfully. […]

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