3 Ways you can change the world with your talents

Inspirational, Writing
This summer I've talked a lot about the power each individual has to create change in the world. I've even pointed out some awesome non-profits you can donate to or volunteer with to support literacy and creativity. But what if you don't have any money? What if you're already struggling to find time in your schedule for writing, let alone volunteering? Or maybe you just want to find a way your talent for writing can make the world a better place before you get rich and famous(which you totally will, OBVIOUSLY). Having a creative talent drastically increases the amount of influence you can have on the world around you. Believe it or not, you don't need a lot of time or money to change the world. In fact, I've already…
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13 Ways to improve your day — and your life

Self care for writers
For many writers, life is a constant struggle. Those of us whose books remain unpublished after years of work doubt our ability to write and wonder why we started. Those who have found success fear with each book that their chain of success will be broken. Many of us also struggle with depression. Many writers don't make a living on their work and instead have jobs they hate--or at least jobs that don't fulfill them but are necessary to pay the bills. While I'm lucky enough to be working from home as a freelance writer, I've struggled with depression for years and I may not ever fully conquer it. But now I spend most of my time happy and enjoying life. You may need something more drastic than anything on…
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How to Harness Creative Energy When You’re Exhausted

Inspirational, Self care for writers, Writing
Insomnia has long been a common ailment among writers. Most people will probably go through a few bouts of insomnia during their lifetime. There's a good chance you've already been through several--and that you'll experience several more. Many writers--at least among those I've met--do the bulk of their work late at night. I tend to get quite a few ideas at 4AM, and while not all are good, the sheer number means some always are. Still, a person can only go so many days without sleeping properly in a row. Sooner or later you're going to feel the effects. Over the years I've learned a number of tricks to help myself sleep, but much like my wrist problems, I know sleep problems will eventually return. So I've also developed a…
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What different writing groups can do for you

Increasing productivity, Writing, Writing communities
As anyone who's participated in Nanowrimo knows, being part of a writing community is invigorating. Most participants wouldn't win without the community standing behind them. I certainly wouldn't have accomplished 300K in a month without the vibrant Nanowrimo community. Unfortunately, ML's don't run events all year round and the forums slow down immensely a week into December, leaving you to create or find your own writing community. If you know other writers, you can ask around for suggestions about what already exists and what they might like to see created. Today I'm going to talk about the pros and cons of different forms of writing groups, and next week I'll talk about how to find the right one for you. It might turn out that you need to create your…
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