December 11th, 2019

7 Ways Writers Can Overcome Holiday Anxiety

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Writer's Life

Colleen M. Story

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, the song goes, but unfortunately for many writers, it’s also the time when we’re most anxious and stressed out.

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In a survey of about 1,100 Americans, over half (54 percent) said they felt some symptoms of a syndrome known as “holiday anxiety.”… Read the post

December 5th, 2016

3 Ways to Improve Your Writer’s Focus and Get More Done

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Blogging Guests | Writer's Life

Colleen M. Story

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Have you ever sat down to write and after four minutes found yourself thinking about something else?

Were you frustrated? Irritated? Angry at yourself?

Well don’t be. With everything we all have going on in our lives—say nothing of all the distractions in today’s world—it’s very difficult to maintain focus on anything, say nothing of something as difficult and complex as writing a story (or article or poem).… Read the post

August 29th, 2016

7 Ways to Keep Social Media from Ruining Your Mood

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Craft

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Does using social media make us depressed?

Scientists seem to think so, which is a little…well, depressing.

Writers (and other creatives) are encouraged to use social media, after all, for marketing purposes.

Many of us might have even stayed away completely if not for the gentle nudgings of our editors, agents, writer friends, or “rules of Indie publishing” handbooks.… Read the post

April 29th, 2016

What Does it Mean to be a Writer AND a Perfectionist?

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Blogging Guests | Writer's Life

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Google “perfectionism” and “writers” and you’d think perfectionism was a deadly disease.

Pages pop up offering tips for overcoming the “disorder,” warnings for avoiding the “dangerous” tendencies, and help for “dealing” with it.

Even the beloved Anne Lamott (Bird by Bird) is quoted as saying:

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people.Read the post


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