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How to Focus and Write: A Lesson from Meditation Practice by Rochelle Melander

I probably should have guessed that starting an online meditation program during spring break would be challenging. But I’d set aside Monday to finish up work, so I believed I could sneak in the meditation between tasks. I pressed play, … Continue reading

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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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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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How to Write Through Doubt by Rochelle Melander

Remember these things. Work with all your intelligence and love. Work freely and rollickingly as though they were talking to a friend who loves you. Mentally (at least three or four times a day) thumb your nose at all know-it-alls, … Continue reading

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Stuck? Write Out of Order By Rochelle Melander

Genius is finding the invisible link between things. —Vladimir Nabokov Vladimir Nabokov, author of Lolita, wrote all of his novels on 3 x 5 index cards. Each day as he began his writing period, he would shuffle the cards until … Continue reading

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Are You Writing at the Wrong Time of Day? By Rochelle Melander

Dear Writers, Last week, Chuck Wendig wrote a great post on the quantity and quality of self-published books, Slushy Gut Slog: Why the Self-Publishing S$*t Volcano is a Problem.  He said, “An author on Facebook the other day noted, quite … Continue reading

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Manuscript Makeover: A Checklist for Nonfiction Articles by Rochelle Melander

Writing without revising is the literary equivalent of waltzing gaily out of the house in your underwear. —Patricia Fuller Last week, my dogs went for their regular grooming session. I was amazed at what they were able to do for … Continue reading

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