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Featured Writer on Wellness: Stacey Levine

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on June 19, 2014 0 Comments • views: 604
Featured Writer on Wellness: Stacey Levine

My biggest physical challenge  has been repetitive stress hand annoyances plus overall discomfort at sitting too much. I’m always trying to improve my desk situation, but this high-minded approach has only arisen now after several years of sitting on a couch, virtually curled into the cracked  screen of my laptop. Now I have to take […]

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Supercharge Your Writing Life with 3 Possible Career Paths

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on September 9, 2014 2 Comments • views: 1831
Supercharge Your Writing Life with 3 Possible Career Paths

As writers, we can’t completely control how our writing will be received. We can work to get better at the craft, write and submit frequently, and market to the best of our ability, but in the end, whether our books hit the bestseller lists may depend just as much on luck as on skill and […]

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Why Writers Need to Think Big

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on May 19, 2015 12 Comments • views: 2295
Why Writers Need to Think Big

Are you thinking too small? Are you cheating yourself out of your dreams because you’ve become too accustomed to things as they are? We all get into our lives and our routines. With so much going on, we don’t even realize that our thinking has gradually diminished to the point where we see nothing but […]

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Why Writers Need to Give Themselves More Time

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on January 18, 2016 7 Comments • views: 3221
Why Writers Need to Give Themselves More Time

According to PBS, Herman Melville first thought of the idea for what would become Moby Dick after reading a 1839 article by Jeremiah N. Renolds entitled “Mocha Dick: Or, the White Whale of the Pacific.” For years he researched and thought about the story. It wasn’t completed and published until twelve years later, in 1951. […]

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How to Use Tough Love to Succeed as a Writer

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on February 8, 2016 2 Comments • views: 2908
How to Use Tough Love to Succeed as a Writer

Usually on Writing and Wellness, we focus on how writers and other creatives can encourage, support, and pump themselves up. We’re our own worst critics, and typically we need to pat ourselves on the back more than we need to kick ourselves in the backside. Writers are humans too, though, and sometimes, we can slack […]

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How to Boost a Sagging Writing Career

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on February 22, 2016 4 Comments • views: 2771
How to Boost a Sagging Writing Career

Writers are used to slogging away. We adhere to daily writing quotas while completing other duties on a weekly basis, like blogging, marketing, and maintaining social media. We know that success isn’t a matter of doing one big thing, but doing a number of smaller things regularly over a long period of time. No matter […]

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10 Fun Ways to Destroy Your Writing Comfort Zone

Filed in Uncategorized by on October 31, 2016 6 Comments • views: 2168
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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How to Set Writing Goals that Actually Work

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on January 2, 2017 4 Comments • views: 2008
How to Set Writing Goals that Actually Work

It’s that time of year again, the time when we all tend to think about what goals we want to set for the New Year. What have we yet to accomplish? Where do we want to be a year from now? Usually setting goals is a good thing, particularly for writers and other creatives. We […]

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How to Get What You Really Want Out of Your Writing Career

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on July 17, 2017 2 Comments • views: 1380
How to Get What You Really Want Out of Your Writing Career

Last summer, I attended a panel filled with award-winning, bestselling literary writers. The experience was outstanding in many ways, but I was surprised by what one author had to say. This author had been lauded over and over again for his talents. He’d won numerous awards for his fiction, including international awards and the PEN/Hemingway […]

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How to Breathe New Life Into Your Creative Career

Filed in Tools to Write Pain-Free by on October 1, 2017 29 Comments • views: 1016
How to Breathe New Life Into Your Creative Career

by Benjamin Sobieck Congratulations to: Laurie B.! You won a free pair of Writer’s Gloves. Not every entrepreneur is a writer, but every writer is an entrepreneur. The same forces percolating creative juices every time you sit down at a keyboard can pour you a cup of words or, sometimes, something completely different. Don’t dismiss […]

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How to Stop Sabotaging Your Own Writing Progress

Filed in Boost Creativity, Finding & Following Your Voice by on October 2, 2017 2 Comments • views: 736
How to Stop Sabotaging Your Own Writing Progress

My family and I took a trip to Alabama one year to see my younger brother, who was attending military school there at the time. We went out to lunch at a cute little restaurant, and when the waitress asked if we wanted something to drink, I requested, as I often do, both a glass […]

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Do You Have What it Takes to be a Lifelong Writer?

Filed in The Writing Life by on October 16, 2017 4 Comments • views: 668
Do You Have What it Takes to be a Lifelong Writer?

One of my favorite author interviews took place back in 2015, with Karen Jones Gowen. As a writer and a publisher, she had a unique take on the whole “writing life” experience, because she’d seen it from both sides. She spoke about the challenges writers have fitting writing in with the rest of their lives, […]

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