Monthly Archives: May 2011

How to Start Your Blog by Rochelle Melander

Before the advent of blogs, everyone wanted to write a book. Now writers blog in hopes that their online musings will lead to the big book contract. Many have. Julie Powell’s blog led to her book Julie and Julia: My … Continue reading

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Is Writing Making You Fat? by Rochelle Melander

Writers, guess what? A new study suggests that the sedentary work life leads to obesity. Yup. A new study reports that 80 percent of today’s jobs require little or no physical activity, up from 50 percent in 1960. Because we … Continue reading

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Book Review: Six-Figure Freelancing

Are you thinking about starting a freelance writing business? Do you write and submit regularly but barely make enough money to buy toothpaste for your family? You need Kelly James-Enger’s book Six Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money. … Continue reading

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How Writers Wait

Earlier this month, I traveled to Texas to meet with coaching clients. As travel days go, I expected a fairly easy one. I’d hop on the plane just after 11 AM and arrive in Texas at 2:00 PM. Shortly after … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Prompt: The Power of Place by Rochelle Melander

As a reader, I often get bored by long descriptions of  place. After pages of flowery language about the shape of the topography or the decorative style of a house, I will scream at my book: enough already! Still, in … Continue reading

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Author Event: Geraldine Brooks

Since I moved to Milwaukee in 1995, I’ve seen dozens of authors speak at local bookstores about their work. When people ask me how to learn more about writing and publishing without having to spend a lot of money, I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Walking for Health

I’ve had The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Walking for Health by Erika Peters on my shelf for two years and just opened it this week. I’m an avid walker and did not think I needed to read a book on … Continue reading

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Wednesday Writing Prompt: Take a Hike! by Rochelle Melander

I often take a camera with me when I walk. In my neighborhood, I never know when I might run into something fun to photograph—like this toilet or the mommy and baby ducks I posted yesterday. Later, the photos become … Continue reading

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Walking and Writing by Rochelle Melander

For me, poetry is related to walking. Words and images fill me when I wander somewhere alone. Writer Bruce Chatwin lived with nomads and believed inspiration, as well as true rest, could best be found in motion. Sometimes I wish … Continue reading

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Write2Transform: Gratitude by Rochelle Melander

We’ve had a challenging week. My son and I have had a stomach virus. The weather has reminded me more of November than May. And today, right after I wrote and published a brilliant blog post (you’ll have to trust … Continue reading

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