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Listening for Voices by Rochelle Melander

Many people hear voices when no one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up on rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same … 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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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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