Globetrotters, Comic Con, and Me

Stars came together this last weekend. Amazing things happening, and I’d chosen a piece of it. Two friends traveling Europe were having exciting new experiences and sending back pictures. One friend, Sam of the Book Owls, traveled with her husband...

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Improving Writer Health “Bird by Bird”

One of the founding goals here at The Art of Stories has always been advocating writer’s physical and mental health. No, I don’t have a program for this or any kind of special diet or system I’m selling. There...

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Stress and Your Writing

Writing has an interesting relationship with stress. It would probably be more appropriate to say writers have a complicated relationship with stress. Stressors can help inspire creativity; writing can relieve stress; stress can create writers block. While removing stress...

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The Ugly Work of Writing

Writing is isolated work, performed within the mind, transferred to paper by simple mechanical means, and then finally shared only after it’s finished. Like any art, the stages of the project are most often hidden, and the artist is...

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6 Paths to Your Next Great Read

Reading is both a pursuit of entertainment and education. Some fiction bridges the gap to do both, and some nonfiction manages it as well. Everyone has their own tastes, and there are more books available than any person would...

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5 Principles to Enhance Creative Practice

People don't give enough credit to the act of learning, focusing so much on labeling people "ahead" or "behind" when really, we're all progressing. The following experience is generously shared by blogger Amy Hopkins: “When I was a kid, I...

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How to Maintain Positive Support Systems

There is a cultural mystique surrounding writers, which includes the images of tortured artists, solitary creators, and idle dreamers. Most of this is completely irrelevant to the practical effort of writing. This is both an industry and a lifestyle, but the...

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Journals and Diaries: Writing for the Self

While writing on projects, fiction or non-fiction, there’s an easy measure of success: word count. However, when people talk about the health benefits of writing and say it’s so good for you, it’s a beautiful way to express yourself,...

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Writing Full Time: Should I Quit My Day Job?

Professional writer. Sounds like the dream job of a lifetime! If you can write creatively, get paid enough to live on, and spend your days doing what you love, why not? Well, there is quite the debate over day...

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4 People-Watching Games for Writers

There are few things more ridiculous than other people. We can be inspiring, idiotic, brilliant, confusing, hurtful, artful, silly, or express any of a million other traits to be proud of or humiliated by. This an endless source of...

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