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My Bipolar Disorder Fuels My Passion for Writing #WorldBipolarDay

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Having bipolar disorder can seem like a blessing and a curse. It can play havoc on your moods, energy, and relationships but it also provides tons of creative energy. In my case, I direct that energy into writing. And, increasingly, I find myself expanding into expressing my creativity through drawing and artwork. I’m the author of 24 books. The writing process involves both left and right brain tasks. This is convenient since depression puts me in a logical, left-brained state of mind for long periods and mania puts me in an energetic, creative, right-brained state of mind for long periods. The creative right brain comes up with ideas—too many for me to ever complete. It generates the major concepts, figures out how they relate, and gets the first draft on paper in short order. The logical left brain is the inner editor, constantly critiquing and evaluating so when I am depressed...

Write Mind: 299 Things Writers Should Never Say To Themselves

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I don’t often publish book reviews of general writing books, but here’s one I read last year so I included the review I posted on Goodreads. It’s not a Christian book by any means, but writing books don’t have to be religious. 🙂 This particular book helps discouraged writers reframe their negative thoughts into positive ones. This helps change momentum, optimism, and ultimately results. I should print the 299 thoughts on toilet paper so I could read them every day! (But the author might not like me saying that!)   Write Mind: 299 Things Writers Should Never Say To Themselves by Eric Maisel My rating: 4 of 5 stars As the title sounds, Write Mind a list of negative things writers say to themselves and the positive statements to replace the negative ones. Eric Maisel’s concepts had resonated with me before so I thought this would be helpful and I was right....

How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically by Carolyn Howard-Johnson (@FrugalBookPromo)

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I found practical suggestions on almost every page of Carolyn Howard-Johnson’s book, How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically. I was already applying her ideas before I even finished the book. This is without question the most helpful book for authors I have ever read. One quote summarizes her whole approach: “Getting great reviews is about relationships, about sharing your passion with others.” in an age where we want to automate everything, Carolyn demonstrates why a personal touch gets so much better results. I wish I would have had this resource years ago. Sadly, I’ve wasted a lot of time, energy, and money trying to promote my books (to little or no avail). For the first time in a couple years, I feel enthusiastic because I have a new set of tools to put to use as I build relationships with reviewers.   Book Quotes “Getting great reviews is about relationships, about...

Creating Space: The Case for Everyday Creativity by Ed Cyzewski

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My book sales are down. Criticism is up. Writing books, blog posts, and social media content takes a lot of work and I’ve reached a point where I don’t think it is worth it any longer. That’s why I haven’t published anything new in two years. Between the fear of criticism and the disappointment with results, I feel paralyzed. It really squelches my creativity. But as I read Creating Space by Ed Cyzewski, I felt a new sense of clarity and purpose flicker within me. “In fact, what if you replaced the word ‘failure’ with ‘practice’?” – @edcyzewski, Creating SpacePowered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This   Critics are people who avoid creating. If I keep that in mind, it minimizes the pain of harsh words about my creative work. “I was made to create, not to criticize.” – @edcyzewski, Creating SpacePowered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This   As for book sales, Cyzewski...

Pray, Write, Grow by Ed Cyzewski

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Pray, Write, Grow Cultivating Prayer and Writing Together Ed Cyzewski 2015 94 pages   Pray, Write, Grow is a quick and easy read, but there are some gems worth finding in its pages. The premise is that writing and praying involve the same skills, disciplines, and topics so they should be cultivated in tandem to get the most out of them both. For instance, it takes discipline to make time to write, just as it takes discipline to make time to pray. Ed Cyzewski writes, “For those who feel stuck in either writing or prayer, there’s one way to move forward: if you want to grow in prayer and writing, you have to dig into your deepest pain and struggles.” The author encourages us to examine our lives because the points of pain we find are material for both prayer and writing. Plus, both prayer and writing can work together to help heal our pain. And those are the very points at which readers...