Jul 292014
 
7 Ways to Prevent Carpal Tunnel for Writers

If you rely on writing – longhand or keyboard – for your livelihood or pleasure, you need to know how to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. Writers, don’t set yourself up for unnecessary health issues in the future! The best way to prevent carpal tunnel is to wear a wrist brace regularly, such as the PerfectFit Wrist Support pictured. I wear a wrist brace when I’m walking my dogs, doing non-soapy housework, and driving.

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Jul 252014
 
How to Love Writing

If you hate writing, you’re in good company – whether you’re writing an essay for school, an article for Oprah, or a memo for your department at work. These tips on how to love your writing are inspired by quotes from famous published authors who – believe it or not – hated writing. I like to start every blog post with a resource for writers, so they have somewhere to

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Dec 172012
 
How Has Your Writing Changed Over the Years? 9 Q's to Think About

Look at the voice, content, and style of your writing. How has it changed over the years? Here are a few questions to help you assess your writing style – sort of a “before” and “after” look at yourself as a writer, blogger, novelist, or poet. My reason for writing this is a question from a reader. On What is Writer’s Voice? The Key to Writing a Good Story, Lesley

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Jun 272011
 
5 Ways to Find Flow for Stuck Writers

How writers get unstuck differs from writer to writer – but there are common solutions. These five ways to find flow are from Deanna Proach, a successful novelist who just completed her second book. Before her tips, a quip: “People have writer’s block not because they can’t write, but because they despair of writing eloquently.” ~ Anna Quindlen. We all worry that our work will not be good enough, that

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Jun 042011
 
7 Health Tips for Writers Who Don't Get Enough Exercise

Unless you write on a walking treadmill, you probably don’t get enough exercise. These health tips are for writers who know that healthy bodies equal healthy minds…and healthy minds increase creativity, productivity, and overall happiness. “The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d druther not.” ~ Mark Twain. What I do – but I’d rather

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Jul 102010
 
Personal Blogging for Emotional Healing – 7 Tips for Bloggers

These tips for personal blogging and emotional healing are from a blogger who survived depression and a serious head injury. Steffani Cameron spoke at Mental Health Camp at UBC in Vancouver; she’s been blogging since 2004, and has a sex blog called something I can’t write here. But her link is below! Before her tips, a quip: “The good writing of any age has always been the product of someone’s

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Jun 222010
 
The Biggest Mistake Writers Make? 5 Tips for Writing More, Writing Better

The biggest mistake writers make isn’t ignoring the rules for good writing! These five tips for writing more and writing better are about cultivating a laser beam-like focus. As a writer, the biggest mistake I make is multitasking. I careen wildly from Twitter to writing blog posts to researching my latest health article to packing up my house for our big move (tomorrow!!). It’s beginning to look like I’m cheating myself of

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Jun 182010
 
5 Fitness Tips for Writers

Physically and emotionally healthy writers are happy writers (creative, productive, and resilient). These five fitness tips for writers range from the unusual to the simple — and all but one are tested by moi. I can’t stress it enough: the healthier and happier you are as a writer, the easier it’ll be to flow with the ups and downs of freelance writing, pitching ideas to literary agents and editors, and making money

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Jan 262010
 
5 Ways to Overcome Fear of Success for Writers

These tips for overcoming fear of success for writers are a follow up to my article called Signs of Self-Sabotage in the Writing Life. There, I describe what being afraid of succeeding looks like for some aspiring and established writers….and here I share ways to overcome fear of success. Before the tips, a quip: “You just have to work with what God sends, and if God doesn’t seem to understand the concept

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Jan 082010
 
How to Avoid Carpal Tunnel Syndrome for Writers

Repetitive strain injury or carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by the repetitive motion of typing on a keyboard. Writers, bloggers, anyone who uses a computer every day — if you recognize the symptoms of carpal tunnel, you can (and should!) prevent it. Here’s one way to avoid carpal tunnel for writers and bloggers: if you daydream, think, write, or blog in your head, don’t just stare off into space. Grab a soft stress ball or

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