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Featured Writer on Wellness: Ginny Fite

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on January 11, 2017 0 Comments • views: 1053
Featured Writer on Wellness: Ginny Fite

Sitting for long periods of time puts a strain on my back, neck and legs. Sometimes my hands cramp or my elbows tingle. My shoulders ache and my neck hurts. I have the opposite of the munchies—if I’m really in the zone, I’ll go until 4:00 in the afternoon without eating anything. I have to […]

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How to Get Out of the “I Don’t Want to Write” Funk

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on January 31, 2017 10 Comments • views: 2181
How to Get Out of the “I Don’t Want to Write” Funk

Everything’s been going along great. You’ve been writing, producing more and more work, and perhaps even publishing and selling. You’ve received good comments from readers, maybe good reviews, maybe even some recognition in contests. In other words, things have been fine, but all of a sudden, in the words of the great Righteous Brothers song, […]

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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: 2189
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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How to Keep Writing When Others Stomp on Your Dreams

Filed in When Writing Is Hard, Who Supports Your Writing Dreams? by on March 6, 2017 7 Comments • views: 2300
How to Keep Writing When Others Stomp on Your Dreams

In a recent Writing and Wellness survey, I asked respondents to share their biggest writing challenges. One answer in particular broke my heart. The writer explained that a bad relationship had left her with the nagging feeling that her writing would never be “good enough.” She had left the relationship behind, but was still haunted […]

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7 Ways to Charm Your Creativity Out of the Box

Filed in Boost Creativity by on March 20, 2017 8 Comments • views: 2449
7 Ways to Charm Your Creativity Out of the Box

You sit down for a blissful hour of writing. You carved out this time and everything worked out perfectly. You’ve got a private place to work, your favorite tea (or other drink) beside you, and your work-in-progress pulled up on your laptop. An hour later, you’ve managed little more than a paragraph. Or maybe you’ve […]

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Does Writing Make You Happy?

Filed in The Writing Life by on April 26, 2017 1 Comment • views: 1186
Does Writing Make You Happy?

Don’t get me wrong, being an author has many challenges, whether the writer chooses to pursue traditional publishing or goes the indie route. Still, words make me happy. I’ve been a reader since I was very young. In fact, one of my earliest memories is of waking in the night at age five. Because my […]

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5 Things Smart Moms Know that Writers Need to Learn

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on May 8, 2017 4 Comments • views: 1654
5 Things Smart Moms Know that Writers Need to Learn

How often have you, as a writer, called your book your “baby?” A lot of us do it, because we put so much of ourselves into our work. We talk about “conceiving” ideas, “incubating” plotlines, and “birthing” our stories when the time is right. Nothing compares to having a real child, but writing and publishing […]

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How I Finally Caught My Novel-Writing Dream

Filed in Book Writing Inspiration by on May 17, 2017 2 Comments • views: 1522
How I Finally Caught My Novel-Writing Dream

My best friend of thirty years was not doing well, both emotionally and physically. She’d been through a lot over several years and I knew I was losing her (the cancer she had at thirty came back, and she passed away). She and I, along with two other friends, spent a lot of time together […]

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A Quirky Way for Writers to Reclaim Their Unique Creative Power

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on May 22, 2017 12 Comments • views: 1942
A Quirky Way for Writers to Reclaim Their Unique Creative Power

Have you given your creative power away? Let’s find out. Imagine for a moment you’re a character in a fantasy novel, and at the very beginning of the story, you’re given the power to write. There you are in your cool leather outfit walking around with your writing power, and all of a sudden it […]

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Why You Need to be Bad Now and Then to Write Well

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on June 5, 2017 4 Comments • views: 1376
Why You Need to be Bad Now and Then to Write Well

I saw part of an original Star Trek episode the other day that got me thinking about our “dark sides.” It’s the episode where a transporter malfunction splits Captain Kirk into two people. Called “The Enemy Within,” it follows the story of the two as they display unique characteristics. Seems there is a “good” Kirk […]

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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: 1441
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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How to Stop Giving Up Your Writing Time

Filed in Productivity and Time Management by on June 19, 2017 8 Comments • views: 1960
How to Stop Giving Up Your Writing Time

Do you find that even though you have a scheduled daily writing time, it’s often interrupted? Jennifer had the perfect situation for a while. She wrote while the kids were in school and her husband was at work, which worked out beautifully until summer break came. Then she was constantly interrupted with her family’s requests […]

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