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3 Strategies for Healthier Writing

3 strategies for a healthier writing life.

Reading “The Healthy Writer”

Building a happy and sustainable writing life requires attending to our whole selves, mentally, physically, and emotionally.

The Strategy of Low-Hanging Fruit (Middlesode)

Here’s one way to decide when to do easy tasks, a.k.a. low hanging fruit: postpone them for as long as possible, and do them when you have a low-energy day. If they are something you need to do sooner rather than later, then save them for a time of day when you have lower energy.…
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Getting Big Projects Done, and the Strategy of Pre-Book Talks (Ep 007)

Here’s how Sarah and I manage big writing projects using planners and calendars, and how those tools integrate with time cycles like days, weeks, and quarters (or *not* quarters). And Nicole shares how a pre-book talk helped her get a fresh take on her book manuscript. Join the conversation in the Writing on Wednesdays Facebook…
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Getting Sucked In: The Dangers of Cognitive Tunneling (Middlesode)

Do you ever get sucked into the minutiae of writing projects? This week Nicole reflects on the dangers of cognitive tunneling and how to beat it. Join the conversation in the Writing on Wednesdays Facebook Group! (https://www.facebook.com/groups/WritingonWednesdays/) Until next week, happy writing! Nicole Roccas – www.nicoleroccas.com Sarah Bereza – www.sarah-bereza.com

Write Like an Onion! (Ep 005)

A weird but useful writing strategy, especially for crunch times!

Theme Your Days (Middlesode)

It’s difficult to keep multiple creative projects moving ahead at the same time. In this episode, Sarah explains one tool she uses to make distinct times to work on different projects: giving each day (or half) day of the week its own theme. Resources we mention in this episode: Sarah’s blog post: Theme your days…
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Making Mental Space for Writing (Ep 003)

You need mental space. So how can you shape your life to create more of it? Think about these five areas and how they can be a friend – or a foe – to your mental space: time, location, attention, emotion, and other creative projects. Resources we mention in this episode: Michael Hyatt’s concept of…
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My Spring Speaking Schedule

Just about to kick off my spring season of speaking engagements! I speak in the context of both my writing/coaching work, as well as in the context of my own writing, which tends to revolve around Church history, practical theology, and Eastern Orthodox spirituality. Most of my talks this spring will revolve around my recent…
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Ep 002: 3 Things to Love About the Messy Middle

Like it or not, the messy middle is where we spend most of our time as writers. If you don’t find something to love about it, you’ll burn out pretty quickly. In the thick of Book #2, in this episode of the WoW podcast, I share what I’ve come to appreciate about the middle phase.…
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