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Why authors are unhappy

I just read Seven steps on the Writer’s Path by Nancy Pickard and Lynn Lott.  The authors identify the seven steps on the writer’s path as:

  • Why authors are unhappyUnhappiness
  • Wanting
  • Commitment
  • Wavering
  • Letting Go
  • Immersion
  • Fulfillment

I will not belabor the points here; you can read the book yourself.  But I do want to point out that the authors cover something that is sometimes over looked and misunderstood:  unhappiness.

This unhappiness or restlessness is critical to how authors wrestle with their own  limitations. Newbie writers think of  unhappiness as failure, many writers and creatives consider  unhappiness as a sign of  inadequacy or … Read more

Reward your writing, www.newbiewriters.comI wrote on Writer’s Fun Zone about how to reward yourself for your writing.  sounds crazy? Sometimes writing is not its own reward. Sometimes, particularly when you’re editing, you need some encouragement and some fun.

That’s where a good reward system comes in.  Set one up, and keep to it, don’t ignore your own needs, that never works out well.

My only caution is to not reward yourself with alcohol.  No matter how tempting, it’s not a good habit.  Wine tasting trips, now that is completely different!

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It’s NaNoWriMo. We are writing 1,600 words (give or take), a day.  We are drinking too much of whatever we said we’d never drink again. We are either slamming or stuck.

NaNoWriMo logoIn the spirit of time, writing and not bothering to be original at all, here are some inspirational quotes to help you along on your writing path.  The most important feature, is they are short.

From Charles Bukowski’s poem:  So You Want to Be A Writer.

unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don’t Read more

CapadocciaIt’s the End of theYear.

Since educational institutions have become fraught with political correctness as well as peanut allergies,  what can you, as a concerned, writer and parent do to celebrate the fact you now need to pay for 9 hours of day care over the next three months?

Books and more books. There’s no better way to show caring for students than with a book for every child in the classroom. If you are a parent, the teacher will appreciate you for not sending more candy to share with the class(unless the children eat the candy right before they … Read more

Walking Can Improve Creativity, According to Researchers.

Julia Cameron calls it walking meditation and after many books on creativity, walking has become an integral part of her creative trifecta.

Since I cannot sit still, walking rather than sitting in a quarter lotus position is an almost perfect solution.  Almost perfect.  What if you don’t have time?  What if it’s raining? And what if yours is not the most salubrious location in the city?

Walk inside the building.  Take the back stairs, even pace in your office.  It’s the movement that will help, standing up, stretching your legs, unkinking your … Read more

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