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Coping with the Writing Life
Do You, Author, Take This Novel....? - Moira Allen
Feeling Guilty about Writing Too Much for Too Little? Shed the Guilt, Discover the Rewards - Susie Yakowicz
Giving Something Back - Dawn Copeman
How to Show Your Gratitude to Other Writers - Maria Chatzi
New Beginnings, Again - Moira Allen
Writers Anonymous: A 12 Step Program for Addicted Writers - Steff Green

Defining Self - and Success - as a Writer
Are You A Happy Writer? - Devyani Borade
Are You Doing What You Love? - Moira Allen
Dealing with Success - Devyani Borade (Guest Editorial)
Defining Your Writer Self - Mridu Khullar Relph (Guest Editorial)
Feeling Like a Fraud - Moira Allen
How Do You Define Success? - Moira Allen
Late Bloomers (survey) - Dawn Copeman
Self-Belief: The Vital Ingredient - Dawn Copeman
To Quit or Not to Quit, Part I - Moira Allen
To Quit or Not to Quit, Part II: Understanding The Writing Continuum - Moira Allen
To Quit or Not to Quit: Readers Respond
What Do You Say To People Who Think Writing isn't a 'Real' Job? - Dawn Copeman
Prophets Without Honor: Explaining to Your Family that Writing Is a Real Job! - Moira Allen
The Secret of Success - Moira Allen
What Do You Want on Your Tombstone? - Moira Allen
Whether to Be Rich, Enriched, or Enriching... - Moira Allen
Write What You Want to Write! - Dawn Copeman

Boosting Your Creativity
Boxed In? Boost Your Creativity with an Extreme Makeover - Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant
How To Always Be a Passionate Writer - Maria Chatzi
Mindplay - Peggy Bechko
Pedal Your Bike to Pedal Your Mind - Tom Bentley
Six Ways To Make Your Racing Thoughts Work For You! - R.H. Ramsey
Tapping Your Innate Creativity - Barbara Florio Graham
'Tis the Season to Get Crafty - Moira Allen
Using Footpower to Boost Your Brainpower: How Walking Away Can Improve Your Writing - Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant

Overcoming Fear and Procrastination
Beating Burnout - Tips for Copywriters and Every Writer - Dawn Copeman
Disheartened and Dragging? Write Yourself a Letter - Noelle Sterne
Excuses, Excuses... How to Guarantee Failure as a Writer - Lee Masterson
Facing the Second Draft: Creativity vs. Drudgery
How Writing Every Day Keeps You Writing... Every Day! - Dana Mitchells
Making Your Writing World Safe - Jane Anne Staw
Nine Anti-Muses and How to Placate Them - Victoria Grossack
Recharging the Writer Battery: Six Ways to Keep Going When Times Get Tough - Mindy Hardwick
The Secret Art of Reaching "The End" - Mridu Khullar Relph
Stirring the Nest - Moira Allen
Tips from the Procrastination Princess - Mridu Khullar Relph
Ten Tips on Beating the Writing Blues - Lynn Alfino
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

Dealing with Rejection
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
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

Writers Helping Writers... Writers Helping Readers
Giving Something Back - Dawn Copeman
Giving Thanks - Or, Why Writers Are Still Needed - Moira Allen
How to Show Your Gratitude to Other Writers - Maria Chatzi
Is It Always Better to Give than to Receive? - Moira Allen
Never Too Early to Give Thanks - Moira Allen
Thanksgiving with a Twist - Moira Allen

Healthy Writing Habits
Avoiding Repetitive-Stress Injuries: A Writer's Guide - Geoff Hart
Improve Your Ability to Concentrate - Victoria Grossack
Music to Write By - Indra Sena
RSI: A Danger to Chronic Computer Users - Radhika Meganathan
Yoga, Stretching and You - Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz

See also...
Time Management (including Goals, Resolutions & Priorities)
Editor's Corner: Ramblings on the Writing Life, by Moira Allen


Recommended Reading


Around the Writer's Block

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

The Courage to Write

The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer's Block, and the Creative Brain

Stephen King: On Writing

Unstuck: A Supportive and Practical Guide to Working Through Writer's Block

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

The Writing Life

Zen in the Art of Writing (Bradbury)

 

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