Category Archives: Problems Faced by the Serious Writer

The Joy of Writing In The New Year

**by Jean Foster Akin** Did you sit down to write as much as you’d have liked this last year? I know: I haven’t either. I wasted a lot of time. When I felt “stuck” with my writing, or was overwhelmed with … Continue reading

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The Writer’s #1 Method to Cut Down on Anxiety & Self-Loathing

*Jean Foster Akin* Your jaw is tense. You can feel the headache beginning behind your eyes and at your temples. The muscles at the back of your neck could be packed with lead. You glance at your wrist watch. They’ll all … Continue reading

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Writers: You Need to Get Serious About This. Seriously.

*by Jean Foster Akin* We’ve discussed mindfulness and its absolute necessity in a writer’s life because it informs the creative mind. But today I wish to discuss another extremely important issue for the Serious Writer. Coffee. Don’t talk to me about … Continue reading

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One Great Way To Make Your Muse Start Talking Again

*by Jean Foster Akin* We’ve all been there: staring at a blank page on the laptop, our brains doing that clenched fist thing, and none of the words it squeezes out are just right. You have no idea where the … Continue reading

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3 Ways Mindfulness Can Improve Your Writing

by Jean Foster Akin Last week I brought up the subject of Now: allowing yourself a few quiet minutes in the day to be mindful in order to connect not only with the world around you, but with the world within … Continue reading

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An Elbow, A Cart Horse, A Drug Addiction: What Inspires You?

It’s fun finding out how famous works were first imagined. Sometimes stories are spurred on by some strange person or event experienced by (or read about by) the author, and the subsequent novel birthed seems reasonable to the reader when he’s … Continue reading

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Writing From the You

Do you find when you sit down to write that the part of you that wants to please stops you from writing things that would shock Aunt Mary, or make your snarky cousin Jim sneer? Are the people in your … Continue reading

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