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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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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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The Power of Saying No by Rochelle Melander

At the beginning of summer, the days feel open and full of possibility. I feel like I can do it all—and still write. Of course I can’t. When I try to do too much and say yes to obligations that … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Use a Journal to Boost Writing Productivity by Rochelle Melander

Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.  –Jane Yolen Since January, … 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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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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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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#NaNoWriMo: Rewrite and Move Forward Faster by Rochelle Melander

The past is never dead. It’s not even past. —William Faulkner Before you freak out and say—“What, I’m doing National Novel Writing Month! I have thousands of words to write, why would I rewrite any one of them!”—notice that I … Continue reading

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