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Five Simple Tools for Taming Monkey Mind and Writing More by Rochelle Melander

Writing is not a matter of time, but a matter or of space. If you don’t keep space in your head for writing, you won’t write even if you have the time. ― Katerina Stoykova Klemer For weeks before the spinning … Continue reading

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Writers@Work: How to Break Into Travel Writing by Kristine Hansen

Hello writers, I’m delighted to welcome colleague and fellow writing teacher Kristine Hansen to the blog to talk about breaking into travel writing. If you like what she has to say, check out her bio—she’s offering a travel writing class … Continue reading

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How to Use Poetry to Transform Your Writing By Rochelle Melander

  Always be a poet, even in prose. —Charles Baudelaire Nearly every week, I teach poetry writing to children at the library. When they hear what we’re going to do, many panic: I can’t do that! I don’t know how … Continue reading

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Make Numbers Come Alive by Laura Laing

True confession: I have a huge math phobia. My dad’s a math professor, but no matter how he explained complicated concepts, it didn’t make sense to me. In college, I finally got interested in math when a teacher talked about … Continue reading

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Don’t be a Fool! Avoid these Social Media Blunders by Rochelle Melander

Fools talk, cowards are silent, wise men listen. —Carlos Ruiz Zaffón Nearly every day, I see writers commit one of these foolish mistakes on multiple social media sites. But you don’t have to be one of them. Follow my advice … Continue reading

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#WritersRead: The Five Books that Most Shaped My Writing by Nancy Levin

I’m thrilled to welcome Nancy Levin to the blog. She’s here to talk about the books that have shaped her writing—and it’s a delicious list! We’re also celebrating with her the release of her wonderful new book: Jump…and Your Life Will … Continue reading

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Sick? Stop Writing and Rest by Rochelle Melander

Dear Writers, Happy Spring! After months of teaching sneezing, coughing kids at the library, I finally got sick. Last Wednesday, I came down with a sore throat and chills. I cancelled all my meetings—I didn’t want to make others sick—but … Continue reading

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Stuck? Three Ways to Discover New Ideas By Rochelle Melander

Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. —John Steinbeck Last Tuesday at the library, we wrote noisy poetry. An eight-year-old girl whined, “But I don’t know … Continue reading

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When Habit Isn’t Enough: How to Boost Productivity By Rochelle Melander

As you may have read last week, I’ve signed up for the Idle Ironman at my Y. In the next month, I’ll bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles, and—since I don’t swim—run an extra seven miles. The first year I … Continue reading

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Beat the Writing Blues: Make a Small Change By Rochelle Melander

All great things have small beginnings. —Peter Senge In yoga, I notice that the small shifts yield big rewards. Tiny movements create aha moments. When I relax my shoulders, shift the angle of my foot, or lift my chin—the correct … Continue reading

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