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The Writing Life

This page is no longer current. Please visit the following pages for the most recent postings on this topic:
The Writing Life
Time Management
Coffee on the Deck: Editorial Ramblings on the Writing Life, by Moira Allen

Coping with the Writing Life
Are You A Happy Writer? - Devyani Borade
Beating Burnout - Tips for Copywriters and Every Writer - Dawn Copeman
Defining Your Writer Self - Mridu Khullar Relph (Guest Editorial)
Disheartened and Dragging? Write Yourself a Letter - Noelle Sterne
Do You, Author, Take This Novel....? - Moira Allen
Excuses, Excuses... How to Guarantee Failure as a Writer - Lee Masterson
Feeling Guilty about Writing Too Much for Too Little? Shed the Guilt, Discover the Rewards - Susie Yakowicz
Feeling Like a Fraud - Moira Allen
Giving Something Back - Dawn Copeman
Six Ways To Make Your Racing Thoughts Work For You! - R.H. Ramsey
Making Your Writing World Safe - Jane Anne Staw
New Beginnings, Again - Moira Allen
Recharging the Writer Battery: Six Ways to Keep Going When Times Get Tough - Mindy Hardwick
Ten Tips on Beating the Writing Blues - Lynn Alfino
'Tis the Season to Get Crafty - Moira Allen
To Quit or Not to Quit, Part I
To Quit or Not to Quit, Part II: Understanding The Writing Continuum
To Quit or Not to Quit: Readers Respond
Using Footpower to Boost Your Brainpower: How Walking Away Can Improve Your Writing, by Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant
The Vital Ingredient (Self-Belief) - Dawn Copeman
What To Do When the Writing Motivation Wavers - Susan Miles
When Fear Gets in the Way - Moira Allen
When You're Not in the Mood to Write - Noelle Sterne
Why Don't You Reach the End? - Victoria Grossack (Crafting Fabulous Fiction)
Write What You Want to Write! - Dawn Copeman
Writers Anonymous: A 12 Step Program for Addicted Writers - Steff Green

Coping with Rejection - Moira Allen
How to Repurpose Your Rejection - Isabella E.C. Akinseye
The Power of Rejection - Moira Allen
Why You Get Form Rejection Letters - Jenna Glatzer

Writer's Block
Facing Down Life Block - Donnell King
Fighting Writer's Block, Part I: Causes and Cures - David Taylor
Fighting Writer's Block, Part 2: Block Writing and Speed Writing - David Taylor
How to Beat Writer's Block - and Hone Your Skills! - Dawn Copeman
How to Break Writer's Block - Jacob Myers
Nine Anti-Muses and How to Placate Them - Victoria Grossack
Tapping Your Innate Creativity - Barbara Florio Graham
When the Writing's Going Well: Ten Remedies to Demolish an Unexpected Block - Noelle Sterne
Writer's Block: Is It All In Your Head? - Leslie What

Have a Healthier, Happier Writing Life
Avoiding Repetitive-Stress Injuries: A Writer's Guide - Geoff Hart
How to Show Your Gratitude to Other Writers - Maria Chatzi
Music to Write By - Indra Sena
RSI: A Danger to Chronic Computer Users - Radhika Meganathan
Yoga, Stretching and You - Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz

Time Management
Eliminating Timewasters - Moira Allen
Deck the Halls... and Clear the Decks! - Moira Allen
The Dither Factor - Moira Allen
Enforcing Boundaries: Making Sure Others Respect Your "Right to Write" - Kristi Holl
Finding Time to Write - Moira Allen
Freestyle Writing: The Psychology of Accomplishing Big Projects - Steve Aedy
Get Your Writing Life on Track with To-Do Lists - Moira Allen
How Writing Every Day Keeps You Writing... Every Day! - Dana Mitchells
I Could Be A Writer, Too - If I Only Had The Time - Roberta Roesch
Is Multitasking Good for Writers? - Moira Allen
Juggling Hamsters: Tips for the Busy Writer - Eugie Foster
Mid-Year Course Adjustments - Moira Allen
A New Year, a Blank Book - Moira Allen
Organizing Your Writing Time - Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz
Spring Cleaning [Organizing Your Projects] - Moira Allen
Take Control of Your Time! - Kelle Campbell
Taking Time Off: Planning a Vacation - Denene Brox
Tips from the Procrastination Princess - Mridu Khullar
Too Busy Writing to Write - Moira Allen
Writing Time: A Vital Luxury - Moira Allen
When I Have Time... - Moira Allen
Where Did The Year Go? (Tracking Your Writing Time) - Moira Allen
A Writing Plan for the New Year - Shaunna Privratsky

On Reading and Books
A Classical Education, At Last - Moira Allen
A Mother's Gift (The Gift of Reading) - Moira Allen
Permanence vs. Accessibility (or, Books vs. Web) - Moira Allen
Reading to Write: Staying in Touch with Mystery Fiction - Stephen Rogers
Ruminations of the Book Dinosaur - Moira Allen
So Many Books, So Little Time - Moira Allen
Why We Do What We Do - Moira Allen

More Ramblings on the Writing Life - by Moira Allen
(For a complete list of Moira Allen's editorials, visit Coffee on the Deck)
Climbing the Mountain
Creating New Readers
The Disappearing Writer
Fireworks or a Working Fire? (Or, Bestsellerdom vs. Longsellerdom)
The Freedom of the Fourth
Giving Thanks - Or, Why Writers Are Still Needed
How Do You Define Success?
Is Writing an Art or a Craft?
It Looks So Easy...
Look Both Ways Before Crossing (Off) the Year...
Our Reach and Our Grasp
The Pen and the Sword
Prophets Without Honor
So Many Dreams, So Little Time
The Secret of Success
The Secret of Success
The Secret of My Success?
Stirring the Nest
Thanksgiving with a Twist
What Do You Want on Your Tombstone?
What's Wrong with The Writer?
When Evil Empires Collide (Amazon vs. Hatchette)
Whether to Be Rich, Enriched, or Enriching...
The Writer's Gift - Moira Allen
A Writer's Gotta Have Standards...

Recommended Reading

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

On Writing (Stephen King)

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

The Writing Life


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