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Writing from Experience: Using Your Body to Improve Your Story

Filed in The Writing Life by on August 7, 2014 6 Comments • views: 1906
Writing from Experience: Using Your Body to Improve Your Story

Guest post by Steve Mitchell and Carol Roan Writing is more than something that happens in our heads. The experiences we draw upon in order to write exist in every part of our selves. When our writing is not going well, when we’re blocked, lots of thoughts are running around in our heads (all of […]

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The One Powerful Emotion Women Writers Need to Succeed

Filed in The Inner Life by on October 6, 2015 6 Comments • views: 2375
The One Powerful Emotion Women Writers Need to Succeed

Think back to your childhood. What happened when you cried? Did your mother soothe you, try to fix what hurt? What happened when you were happy? Did you see that emotion mirrored in your parents’ smiling faces? Now, what happened when you got angry? Raised your voice? Slammed the door? Were you punished? If so, […]

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7 Times You Need to Wear a Mask to be a Better Writer

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, The Writing Life by on October 21, 2015 14 Comments • views: 3681
7 Times You Need to Wear a Mask to be a Better Writer

There’s a lot of talk about authenticity these days. “Be real,” they tell us. Show your true self. Be honest in your writing. Take away the masks. I’m all for being authentic. In fact, I have a hard time being any other way. When I was a teenager, it often griped me how easily my […]

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7 Seeds You Need to Plant for Future Writing Success

Filed in The Writing Life by on May 30, 2016 6 Comments • views: 2674
7 Seeds You Need to Plant for Future Writing Success

It’s the season for planting, and if you’re thinking only about gardens and flowers, it’s time to expand your point of view. The key to writing success lies in planting seeds. It’s what we do today, tomorrow, and next week that determines what crops we’ll reap in the coming months, and even a year or […]

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3 Things Novels and Cats Have in Common

Filed in The Writing Life by on August 23, 2016 0 Comments • views: 734
3 Things Novels and Cats Have in Common

I used to have three cats—all strays that I had “rescued” over the years—but I’m down to only one, now. Myra was with me for nearly 14 years, and was a master bug catcher and laser light chaser. Sam, my Halloween cat (she showed up all bones around Halloween time) and my wild warrior queen, […]

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Why You Should Take More Chances with Your Writing

Filed in Book Writing Inspiration by on September 6, 2016 0 Comments • views: 1207
Why You Should Take More Chances with Your Writing

by C. Hope Clark Echoes of Edisto is the third in the Edisto Island Mysteries. Along the way, protagonist Callie Jean Morgan has suffered much in losing her profession as a detective, her husband, a child . . . then she relocates to Edisto unemployed, widowed, with one teenage child left to raise. She drinks. […]

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How I Wrote the Book I Didn’t Want to Write

Filed in Book Writing Inspiration by on October 5, 2016 15 Comments • views: 3019
How I Wrote the Book I Didn’t Want to Write

by Holly Robinson Congratulations, Fran! You are the winner of a free signed copy of Folly Cove. I was inspired to write Folly Cove because I’ve always wanted to set a book on Cape Ann, on the north shore of Massachusetts. This area is associated with so much history—and many, many weird facts. For instance, […]

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10 Fun Ways to Destroy Your Writing Comfort Zone

Filed in Uncategorized by on October 31, 2016 6 Comments • views: 3039
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 Keep Stress from Destroying Your Creativity

Filed in Boost Creativity by on November 28, 2016 2 Comments • views: 3572
How to Keep Stress from Destroying Your Creativity

Deadlines. Marketing. Sales. Reviews. Social media. There’s no shortage of stress in a writer’s life. In addition to all we have to keep up with, there’s the inevitable emotional roller coaster. Agent signs with you. Up! Publishers don’t bite. Down. Publisher signs. Up! Bad reviews. Down. Good reviews. Up! Writer’s block on your next story. […]

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25 Things I’ve Learned After Writing for 20 Years

Filed in The Writing Life by on December 5, 2016 2 Comments • views: 2036
25 Things I’ve Learned After Writing for 20 Years

1. Writing means writing when you don’t feel like it. Otherwise you never get anything done. 2. Getting published won’t change your life like you think it will, but it will bring you a satisfying sense of accomplishment. 3. Most of the writing you do will be crap, and that’s okay—it’s the only way to […]

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How Reading Books Can Boost Your Life Expectancy

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on December 12, 2016 6 Comments • views: 2614
How Reading Books Can Boost Your Life Expectancy

Writers are regularly told to read. It’s through reading that we become immersed in story. We learn from the masters, and intuitively gain experience in plot, characterization, pacing, and more. Most writing teachers will tell you that if you’re not reading—a lot—you can’t expect to become a better writer. Well, now you have even more […]

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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: 2145
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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