Tag: self-doubt

5 Ways We Get In Our Own Way

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on March 10, 2011 0 Comments • views: 246
5 Ways We Get In Our Own Way

Part of taking responsibility for our own lives involves figuring out where and how we get in the way of our own progress. Seeing ourselves objectively, however, is something most of us find extremely difficult. We can go on about all the missteps of those around us—how a sister drinks too much, a friend is […]

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The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Filed in The Writing Life, When Writing Is Hard by on June 1, 2011 0 Comments • views: 313
The Waiting is the Hardest Part

What Tom Petty said was true—waiting is hard. And sometimes life can seem like one big long line. Waiting for Mr. or Mrs. Right. Waiting for your ship to come in, your dreams to come true, or your luck to turn around. If you’ve started down a new road, you may be waiting to see […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Susan Marsh

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on April 24, 2014 0 Comments • views: 342
Featured Writer on Wellness: Susan Marsh

I am fortunate these days to have retired from my “day job.” Now I don’t have to choose between writing and exercise, but I sure can remember doing so. I developed a routine of getting up around 5:00 a.m. and writing for maybe 1 – 1 ½ hours before getting ready for work. On office […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Aviva Orr

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Aviva Orr

I’ve always been a sugar lover, so I can’t really blame writing for that addiction. However, I do find that I am less motivated to exercise and eat healthy because of time constraints. I Love to Walk with Friends I am not a morning person, so getting up early to go to the gym doesn’t […]

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The Monster in Every Writer’s Closet

Filed in The Inner Life, The Writing Life, When Writing Is Hard by on May 6, 2014 1 Comment • views: 931
The Monster in Every Writer’s Closet

In looking over the many author features here on Writing and Wellness, I’ve noticed one thing that keeps coming up again and again. Have you seen it? On Friday, May 2, 2014, I read Steven Pressfield’s latest blog. There it was again. Even this former Marine and hugely successful author wasn’t sure why. I’m facing […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Bonnie Dodge

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Bonnie Dodge

The biggest physical challenge for me as a writer is staying physically active. I have diabetes and it’s important to get at least thirty minutes of exercise every day. If I don’t do it first thing in the morning, I can’t manage to work it in. I am a walker and try to walk three […]

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How to Disarm a Writer’s Inner Demons

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, When Writing Is Hard by on August 26, 2014 4 Comments • views: 1055
How to Disarm a Writer’s Inner Demons

In my own struggle to do the work I’m compelled to do, I’m often reminded of the idea that we must “battle our own demons.” American novelist and screenwriter William Goldman once said, “…the haunting Demon never leaves you, that Demon being the knowledge of your own terrible limitations, your hopeless inadequacy, the impossibility of […]

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Facing the Truth About Your WIP: Advice from Rocky III

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on September 16, 2014 5 Comments • views: 1966
Facing the Truth About Your WIP: Advice from Rocky III

What does a writer feel when tackling a new project? Excitement? Yep, I’m feeling that. Challenge? Definitely, in a good way. Enjoyment? Absolutely—really taking my time with this work and loving it. But there’s something else that’s a little harder to admit to. It’s different for me this time around than it was for my […]

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5 Tips to Help You Believe in Yourself

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on October 14, 2014 2 Comments • views: 638
5 Tips to Help You Believe in Yourself

Believing in ourselves is essential to living our best lives—we hear it all the time. “Believe in yourself!” we’re told. Then everything will magically work out. Still, it’s often easier said than done, so I gathered some tips to help you out. If you have more, please share! 1. Do something. The best way to […]

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What to Do When You Doubt Yourself

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on November 25, 2014 4 Comments • views: 1017
What to Do When You Doubt Yourself

Interviewer: You’ve acknowledged that as writers, we all have moments when we think what we’re working on is crap. Author Harlan Coben (Caught, Long Lost, and Hold Tight): Always. Every writer has that, if they’re worth anything. I don’t think it matters if you’re a writer, musician, new mom, or entrepreneur. If you’re following your […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Melissa Hudson

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on April 2, 2015 4 Comments • views: 737
Featured Writer on Wellness: Melissa Hudson

Being both writer and artist is a double-whammy in terms of the long-term health consequences of a sedentary lifestyle. I developed severe near-sightedness in my early teens (which made me even less likely to go outside or get active) and I’ve always struggled to maintain a healthy weight. While I was pregnant, I was prone […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Scott Keen

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on May 14, 2015 1 Comment • views: 661
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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