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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: 766
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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From Spiritual Journey to Coaching Practice to Successful Book

Filed in Writing for Change by on June 7, 2017 2 Comments • views: 830
From Spiritual Journey to Coaching Practice to Successful Book

by Laurie Buchanan I was 33 years old when my mother died of breast cancer at the age of 53. I was dismayed—no, shocked!—at what traditional medicine did, and failed to do, for people in that position. In my heart of hearts it seemed there must be something more. That horrific experience prompted me to […]

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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: 857
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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Featured Writer on Wellness: Olivia Wildenstein

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on May 31, 2017 1 Comment • views: 1007
Featured Writer on Wellness: Olivia Wildenstein

Writing doesn’t seem like a physically taxing job, and compared to lumberjacks or professional athletes, it isn’t, but it is challenging. As a writer, most of your time is spent sitting at a desk or in a coffee shop with a laptop, staring at an artificially lit screen. It wreaks havoc on your eyes, turning […]

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How to Set Up the Best, Pain-Free Healthy Writing Space

Filed in The Healthy Writer by on May 29, 2017 8 Comments • views: 889
How to Set Up the Best, Pain-Free Healthy Writing Space

We all know by now that spending too much time in the wrong chair can set you up for a lot of pain. The answer has to be finding the right chair, right? And there is no shortage of options out there. The gurus of ergonomics have pulled out all the stops to design top-of-the-line, […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Abbie Williams

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on May 24, 2017 1 Comment • views: 1206
Featured Writer on Wellness: Abbie Williams

They say that memory and emotion are deeply connected to our olfactory senses. Wandering through the grocery store not too long ago I caught a sudden scent of perfume and was instantly whisked backward in time, to the summer I worked in Park County, Wyoming and shared a single bathroom with nine other girls in […]

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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: 1276
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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Featured Writer on Wellness: Melissa Rea

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on May 18, 2017 1 Comment • views: 759
Featured Writer on Wellness: Melissa Rea

For me the biggest physical challenge of writing is also my biggest emotional challenge: the alone time and the isolation it requires to write. You see, I am an extrovert. I am that person who when you introverts are sitting quietly alone at a coffee shop, shatters your solitude with her banal chatter. Writing is […]

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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: 1186
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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7 Things to Help Exhausted Writers Get More Quality Sleep

Filed in Healthy Writer Recipes by on May 15, 2017 5 Comments • views: 963
7 Things to Help Exhausted Writers Get More Quality Sleep

We all need between 7-8 hours of sleep per night for good health. Less than that has been linked to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and even early death. Writers are creative folks, and need their sleep to keep their brains sharp. A 2010 study found that sleep, especially deep REM […]

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Featured Writer on Wellness: Tina Ann Forkner

Filed in Writers on Wellness by on May 10, 2017 2 Comments • views: 901
Featured Writer on Wellness: Tina Ann Forkner

When I was younger, I would hear other writers talk about how sitting at their writing desk for long periods made their joints stiff. I couldn’t relate to their pain at the time, but now that I’m in my forties I know exactly what they were talking about. With all the demands of family and […]

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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: 1317
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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