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Set Your Writing Goals by Rochelle Melander

When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it. —W. Clement Stone Effective teachers enter the classroom with a set of learning objectives—information, techniques, … Continue reading

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Review Your (Writing) Life by Rochelle Melander

If you change nothing, nothing will change. It still feels like summer, the hot and humid air leaves me breathless, desiring only to sit on the porch, drink lemonade, and read books. But the calendar reminds me that Labor Day … Continue reading

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Three Tools to Boost Your Creativity by Rochelle Melander

Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere. —Albert Einstein In 2006, I launched Dream Keepers, a writing program for at risk children and teens in Milwaukee. Since then, I’ve taught at dozens of libraries, … Continue reading

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Make Interruptions Work for You by Rochelle Melander

People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. —George Bernard Shaw I don’t know about you, but I’m addicted to finishing tasks and crossing them off my to-do list. Even when I’m writing … Continue reading

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Why You Need Interruption-Free Writing Time by Rochelle Melander

In order to understand the world, one has to turn away from it on occasion. —Albert Camus New research by Cyrus Foroughi, a PhD candidate out of George Mason University, suggests that small interruptions decrease our ability to write well. … Continue reading

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Stuck? Ask this Question by Rochelle Melander

To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing. —Aristotle No one loves criticism, rejection, or failure. But if you’re going to be a writer, you’re going to get a hefty dose of all three. Expecting it doesn’t make it … Continue reading

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Protect Your Creative Energy: Three Tools by Rochelle Melander

Every single day she fought a war to get to her desk before her little bundle of energy had been dissipated, to push aside or cull through an intricate web of slight threads pulling her in a thousand different directions… … Continue reading

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Writers@Work Interview with June Melby by Rochelle Melander

Around my birthday, I wandered into my favorite Indie bookstore, Boswell Book Company (just blocks from my house!) and looked for a signed copy of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. I’d been eying it for weeks, waiting … Continue reading

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Writing Through Chaos: Three Tools by Rochelle Melander

The way you define yourself as a writer is that you write every time you have a free minute. If you didn’t behave that way you would never do anything. —John Irving Last week during the class I taught online (Three … Continue reading

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Overcome Unrealistic Expectations and Write by Rochelle Melander

Dear Writers, Today at 7:00 PM CDT, I’ll be speaking at Nonfiction Writers’ University. I’ll be talking about Three Shifts You Must Make To Succeed As An Author. The class is free, but you must sign up here. We’re still … Continue reading

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