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Rejection, Reviews, Regret—5 Cures for a Writer’s Broken Heart

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on February 10, 2015 2 Comments • views: 2560
Rejection, Reviews, Regret—5 Cures for a Writer’s Broken Heart

When another human leaves your heart in an billion pieces, people get it. Friends are happy to help fuel a nice big bonfire, mostly with the ex’s photos. Family members reveal everything they didn’t like about the person to begin with. “You can find much better,” they assure you. But when writing breaks your heart, […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Melissa Hudson

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on April 2, 2015 4 Comments • views: 1297
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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Why Writers Need to Fail on a Regular Basis

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on August 24, 2015 10 Comments • views: 1723
Why Writers Need to Fail on a Regular Basis

My older brother and I really enjoyed roller-skating when we were young kids (around seven to ten). We were lucky enough to have a nice rink in our town, and a mom who was willing to invest in opportunities for us. We both took lessons, but because we were three years apart in age, we […]

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How a Writer Can Save Her Sanity Even in the Worst of Times

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on November 16, 2015 8 Comments • views: 1866
How a Writer Can Save Her Sanity Even in the Worst of Times

Rejection. Ack! Poor review. Help! Lackluster sales. Eek! Writer’s block. Ugh! What’s the cure for all these writer afflictions? Appropos for this time of year: Gratitude. Practicing an attitude of gratitude can save a writer on many occasions. Ready to throw in the towel or tear your hair out? Take a minute to find something […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Lindsay Detwiler

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on January 27, 2016 6 Comments • views: 2330
Featured Writer on Wellness: Lindsay Detwiler

The sun’s rays gleam through the picturesque window as her fingers click the keys. A steaming cup of coffee sits within arm’s reach, and her calico cat sleeps on her lap. She languidly types on, the story flowing from her mind onto the screen. She smiles to herself. Her masterpiece is almost complete, and she […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Jean Nicole Rivers

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on September 29, 2016 1 Comment • views: 1197
Featured Writer on Wellness: Jean Nicole Rivers

The biggest physical challenge of being a writer? The lack of movement. When I am sitting at my desk for hours, especially if I get into a creative zone, I have to literally stop and remind myself to get up and stretch, let alone get a proper workout. For me, creative writing is such a […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Lisa Brunette

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on January 18, 2017 2 Comments • views: 1235
Featured Writer on Wellness: Lisa Brunette

Sitting at a desk for long stretches of time takes a toll on my body in many ways. When I’m chugging along, it’s hard to avoid as many as 20 hours at a computer each day. But to be fair, this is the case with all of us who work at a computer—not just writers […]

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How to Overcome Unique Challenges as a Highly Sensitive Writer

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on February 20, 2017 1 Comment • views: 2188
How to Overcome Unique Challenges as a Highly Sensitive Writer

Are you “highly sensitive?” Do you know what “highly sensitive” is? I didn’t until I read The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron. Wow. What an eye-opener. If you’ve ever been told that you’re “too sensitive” and you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend you do. If you’ve read it and you know […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Sharon Ledwith

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on March 15, 2017 13 Comments • views: 2367
Featured Writer on Wellness: Sharon Ledwith

The biggest physical challenge of being a writer? Easy. Wrist pain and eye strain. I find if I overuse my computer mouse—whether writing a novel, editing, blogging, or engaging in social media—my wrist starts to throb. Then I know it’s time to put on a wrist brace, and rest my hand as much as possible. […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: James L’Etoile

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on April 5, 2017 0 Comments • views: 1745
Featured Writer on Wellness: James L’Etoile

The biggest physical challenge for me, at first, were the dozens of paper cuts from rejection letters. Adapting to the demands of writing was a huge adjustment from working in a prison environment. I worked nearly thirty years in prisons, parole, probation and managing prison operations. There were no longer the stress-filled days, or danger […]

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How to Rephrase Your Self Talk to Boost Your Writer’s Confidence

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on June 13, 2017 4 Comments • views: 1437
How to Rephrase Your Self Talk to Boost Your Writer’s Confidence

We all know that negative self-talk can be destructive. Most of us are much meaner to ourselves than we ever would be to a friend. When a story is rejected we privately bash our own writing ability. When we fail to stick with our writing commitments, we bemoan our own lack of discipline. “You’re so […]

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