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Writing vs. Having Written—Are You Addicted to Success?

Filed in The Writing Life, When Writing Is Hard by on April 15, 2014 6 Comments • views: 1437
Writing vs. Having Written—Are You Addicted to Success?

Do you enjoy the process of writing, or are you happiest when “having written?” I’ve heard colleagues say writing is difficult and painful, while “having written” brings achievement, elation, pride. “I asked a Hamline workshop once how many of them actually liked to write and most of them preferred having written: the pride in finishing, […]

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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: 1591
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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Facing the Truth About Your WIP: Advice from Rocky III

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on September 16, 2014 5 Comments • views: 2326
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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The Weird Reasons You May Be Ignoring Your Dreams

Filed in Your Purpose as a Writer by on September 30, 2014 0 Comments • views: 733
The Weird Reasons You May Be Ignoring Your Dreams

It’s hard to imagine that the only person standing in the way of our success in life is ourselves. That’s just too much responsibility! Even harder to imagine that we might actually get something out of avoiding what we most want to do in life. Is it possible? What We Get in Return for Ignoring […]

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The Best Way to Ensure Long-Term Success as a Writer

Filed in The Writing Life by on December 14, 2015 12 Comments • views: 2361
The Best Way to Ensure Long-Term Success as a Writer

What’s the best way to ensure you continue to succeed as a writer, for years to come? You must learn to celebrate your accomplishments. Really celebrate. If you think back over the past year, you’re likely to remember some of the things you accomplished. Maybe you started a daily writing practice, attended your first writer’s […]

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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: 2818
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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10 Fun Ways to Destroy Your Writing Comfort Zone

Filed in Uncategorized by on October 31, 2016 6 Comments • views: 2078
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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The One Thing Happy Writers Remember to Keep

Filed in Who Supports Your Writing Dreams? by on November 7, 2016 2 Comments • views: 1332
The One Thing Happy Writers Remember to Keep

What do writers need almost more than anything else to enjoy a happy, creative, and successful long-term writing career? It’s not instruction from a bestselling author, a top-notch laptop computer, or a winning lottery ticket, though these can all help. Instead, to manage the ups and downs of the writing life and to keep producing […]

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