Top Five Reasons to Go on a Writing Retreat

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Top Five Reasons to Go on a Writing Retreat

You’ve always wanted to be a writer. You have a head or notebook full of ideas, you read stories or watch movies and feel inspired, maybe you’ve even started your own article, short story, novel, or memoir. But then you get stopped somewhere short of your dream. You tell yourself you don’t have the skill or the time, and that maybe someday…

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Splurge on a Personal Writing Retreat

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Splurge on a Personal Writing Retreat

Do you want uninterrupted space and an extended time period to focus on your writing project? While a writing retreat can provide that, this year you might not have the time or budget to partake in one.  Instead, consider creating your very own personal writing retreat.

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Writing a Good Scene

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Writing a Good Scene

Much as a pearl necklace is created by each individual pearl strung along with the next, novels are simply a collection of scenes. Each one must be unique, valuable, and as near perfect as possible if you want that necklace to last. Read on to find how to do that.

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The Wisdom of the Subconscious

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The Wisdom of the Subconscious

Live in the now. Practice gratitude, be self-aware, laugh at any opportunity, ally with those fighting the good fight, and create art. It's not easy, but it is the point. At least that's what the guy in my basement told me.

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Real Self-care

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Real Self-care

I sometimes get paralyzed by the thought that I can’t do everything and so shouldn’t do anything, or even worse (to my mind), that I’m not allowed to enjoy the good when there is so much bad

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Learn How to Write a Book

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Learn How to Write a Book

If you've never written creatively before, this course include supplements to orient you to the basics. If you're an experienced creative writer, this course will show you how to deepen your writing by infusing it with transformative personal experience.

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We're In This Together

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We're In This Together

There is power in telling our stories, either in memoir, or fiction, or even writing them onto a piece of paper that we burn up immediately after.

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Luck: A Bird's Eye View

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Luck: A Bird's Eye View

Here's something they don't cover in driver's ed: what do you do when you find yourself on a lonely country road with a live wild bird magically trapped in an inaccessible part of your vehicle?

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A Shortcut to Great Writing AND Personal Evolution

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A Shortcut to Great Writing AND Personal Evolution

"If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people." –Virginia Woolf

In his book, Opening Up: The Healing Power of Expressing Emotions, expressive therapy pioneer Dr. James Pennebaker devotes several chapters to the history and power of personal honesty. Per his extensive studies, all humans have inappropriate thoughts, fears, and uncomfortable memories. The best way to move past them is to travel through them.

In other words, you must confess.

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The Gift of Writing

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The Gift of Writing

Writing is one of the most amazing things out there. Where else can you watch a free movie in your head? Writing has also put me in touch with forgotten emotions and healing insights. Honestly, I'm not sure why this free therapy isn't hyped more often—writing is so cathartic.

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Don't Let Shame Win

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Don't Let Shame Win

I imagine that I'll wrestle with Shame at the beginning of every new project I write (he loses his seat at the table around page 100, dunno why), and I'll have to fight myself back to this place each time. But here’s what *I* know, and what I forget with each book I write: there is only one cure for the shame, and it is this: word count.

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Two Things I Never Write Without

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Two Things I Never Write Without

It takes a village to raise a writer, which is why I’m passing on the two best pieces of writing advice I’ve ever heard, one from Carolyn Hart and the other from Elizabeth Gilbert.

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