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"The 'uneducated' writer who takes action has a much higher chance at success than the writer who learns
and learns and learns — but never dares to submit."

While scanning through the comments on a couple of Facebook writing pages I follow (avoiding writing?), people were responding to the questions, “How many hours per week do you write?” and, “How ma...
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“The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.” ― Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace I, by nature, am a very impatient person. When things don’t go according to my timetable or fast enou...
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This week at Mindful Writers- try a body scan.

Mindfulness practitioners are most likely familiar with the body scan, a meditation that facilitates a heightened sense of awareness of different parts of the body. With focused thought, each area ...
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This week on my Mindful Writers blog - thoughts on the January sun. . .

This morning as I sat down to write, I had to shield the sun from my eyes as the rays drilled through the east-facing windows in front of me. It was blinding! Or maybe I’m just not used to bright s...
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This week at Mindful Writers - looking outside your window.

Each morning this winter, I have entertained myself (and fought off Seasonal Affective Disorder!) by bird watching. (You know you’re middle aged when you resort to bird watching for entertainment!)...
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During a recent check-up, I complained to my doctor about my lack of energy and motivation. Everyone now and again experiences a loss of energy, often in relation to the stress level in our ...
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Do you know your family's stories?

People often ask writers ­– or at least they ask me – why we write. This always sounds like an odd question to me. That’s like asking a sculptor why they want to be a sculptor, or a singer w...
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This week has been a warm one for the end of October, and I have been toiling in the garden, relishing the last of the warm sunny days. As I clean the fallen debris from the flower beds, plant the ...
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Years ago when I was getting my undergrad in creative writing, I wrote everything longhand. I wasn’t much of a computer person anyway, and felt much more comfortable composing pen in hand. A few ye...
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As a writer of personal essays and memoir, I rely on memory, often a very distant-past memory, to write. Unfortunately, I never kept a journal in my youth. If I knew I would become a writer, I migh...
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My husband just built this beautiful front porch. We tore down the old rickety porch - more of a front deck really - and built this from the ground up. The view from the white rocker is grav...
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The 4th of July will soon be here, with all the booming noise that often lasts for days on end. Can you tell I’m not a fan? I can’t imagine how pets or war veterans cope. For me, the 4th of July is...
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Writers, whether they write memoir, fiction or poetry, often find themselves dredging up painful memories of the past. As mindful writers, we know we should focus on the present moment, but it’s di...
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This week at Mindful Writers blog - Writing Solstice:

The summer solstice will soon be upon us (officially June 21at 5:51am central time). According to astronomy, summer solstice is when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator, ...
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"What Are You Afraid Of?" is the title of the first chapter in one of my favorite self-help books, Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway. You may be living in fear, and you don’t even realize it. I’m not ...
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This week at Mindfulwriters.org - making time to write:

Most writers, when asked what is the biggest hurdle they face as a writer, will say “time.” When I teach my Mindful Writing workshops, the majority of the feedback I get is that participants most a...
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I recently read that on average, we think about 60,000 thoughts a day. That is a lot of thoughts! Unfortunately, 95% of those are the very same thoughts we already had yesterday and the day before!...
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