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On Creating and Following the Rules

In writing there are many, many rules and "facts"—many of which conflict and contradict each other. For instance, don’t start a story with the weather. Don't use exclamation marks. Keep your sentences short. Avoid detailed descriptions and flowery language. Write what you know. Write what you don’t know. Don’t wait for inspiration—you just need to start and be dedicated and disciplined. You need to coax your muse to come out. There’s no such...
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What Can Help When You Can’t Sleep

Sometimes, you're so full of worry that you can't sleep. Sometimes, the what-ifs pound inside your head like a heartbeat. Sometimes, you can't shut down the electric anxiety coursing through your veins. Sometimes, the dark thoughts just won't dissipate, instead gaining strength and steam.

You find yourself staring at the :00 , then 2:30 , then 3:00 flashing in your face. And your frustration grows and grows. And your anxiety amplifies. And your...
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How to Get Out of Your Head

How often do you find yourself ruminating? How often do you find yourself swimming in a sea of memories and regrets? How often have you eaten your lunch only to realize that you haven't tasted any of it? How often have you driven home from work and barely remembered doing so? How often have you been somewhere but not really been there?

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When You Need to Play

It's been a bad day. Nothing horrible has happened, but you still feel empty or numb or lost or blah. Or you're stuck, and you need to write a clever (or at least coherent) blog post. Or you're alone and finally have some time to yourself. Or you're feeling utterly uninspired. And utterly bored. Or you're going through the motions. Or you can't focus or sit still. You feel like you are all...
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What Often Reveals Our Deeper Truths

One of author Patty Dann's students took her workshop for 15 years. Every time she did the same assignment, the prompt "Kitchen Table," she wrote about the same story, which she shared aloud: She was 3 years old. Her father put down his glass of wine, and walked out of the house. That was the last time she saw him. But throughout the years, the story evolved and shifted, becoming more and more...
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An Inspiring Way to Practice Self-Care

For Rachel Wilkerson Miller, being organized is a significant way she practices self-care. Because not having your life together---forgetting to do important tasks, losing important information---is undoubtedly stressful, she writes in her excellent book Dot JournalingA Practical Guide: How to Start and Keep the Planner, To-Do List, and Diary That’ll Actually Help You Get Your Life Together.
"So being organized is one way to...
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