Category Archives: Stress Management for Writers

When is the best time to FOCUS on your writing?

I have been studying this question for myself recently, and have discovered that first thing in the morning is the ONLY time that I can write with full focus and no distractions. That’s BEFORE I get online and start doing … Continue reading

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The Will to Publish: The Rise of Self-Publishing

“Freedom of the press is only available to those who own one.” They had an interesting segment on self-publishing as the lead story on CBS Sunday Morning yesterday, calling it “The Rise of Self-Publishing.” Unfortunately they only really covered fiction … Continue reading

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Why none of your writing is wasted!

Here’s is an EXCELLENT discussion of why you need to keep writing!

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Writing and “Everything’s FREE on the Internet!”

Why is it so hard to “make it” as a writer these days?  It could have something to do with the magical combination that everyone thinks they are a writer, everything’s free on the Internet, and the complete lack of … Continue reading

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How to Build a Book

I’m presently in the middle of a big project, constructing the framework for my next book.  I find it useful to conceptualize your book rather like you would when building a house.  Otherwise the job before you can begin to … Continue reading

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Appreciating the creative value of spacing out

When we daydream, we free our thinking of logical limits to allow knowledge, experiences, and ideas to essentially float freely in our mind and mingle with each other in a way that our logical mind cannot handle.  Some might call … Continue reading

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Do writers have more mental illness?

Yes, according to a new study: “Creativity is often part of a mental illness, with writers particularly susceptible, according to a study of more than a million people. Writers had a higher risk of anxiety and bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, unipolar … Continue reading

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Writing advice from Margaret Atwood

Take a pencil to write with on aeroplanes. Pens leak. But if the pencil breaks, you can’t sharpen it on the plane, because you can’t take knives with you. Therefore: take two pencils. If both pencils break, you can do … Continue reading

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FUN WITH WORD MEANINGS:

Want to play with the meaning of words? Here’s a few fun ones for you! 1. ARBITRATOR: A cook that leaves Arby’s to work at McDonald 2. AVOIDABLE: What a bullfighter tries to do 3. BERNADETTE: The act of torching … Continue reading

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What is writer’s block, and why don’t I have it?

“Words, once they are printed, have a life of their own.”                                                                         – Carol Burnett  I know most of you may have experienced “writer’s block.”  My friend Tammy talked about it over at “Grown Up, Now … Continue reading

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