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  1. Laurean-- Writing murder scenes is a great way...

    Laurean--
    Writing murder scenes is a great way to relieve anger. I know some authors who cast "certain people" as their villains so they can kill them off (then change the names later!).

    Kara
  2. moonlightvirgo-- I find that if you buy a nice...

    moonlightvirgo--
    I find that if you buy a nice water bottle, you'll drink more. I just got a new purple one with a rubber grip and a flip top. I have another one at bedside with a straw.

    Kara
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    Lesson 10: Nutrition

    Whatyou eat and drink has a profound effect on how you feel and how your brainfunctions. If you don't believe me, askDr. Oz. Just watching his show a fewtimes will convince you.<o:p></o:p>
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  4. Thanks, Karensromance. Glad you're finding it...

    Thanks, Karensromance. Glad you're finding it helpful.

    Sorry for the words all running together! I don't know what is causing that.

    Kara
  5. Lesson 9: Tips and Tricks, and a Few Extras

    Inaddition to a regular exercise program and physical relaxation techniques, it'simportant to take frequent breaks from writing to prevent that sludgy,exhausted feeling from taking hold in the first...
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    Lesson 8: Meditation

    Anotheractivity that can help with creativity as well as relieve stress ismeditation. And it doesn't involvesweating; all you have to do is be able to sit still and do nothing. Meditation is a a...
  7. Tiana-- I used to do a lot of dictating into a...

    Tiana--
    I used to do a lot of dictating into a recorder when I was driving a lot. I even had one of those software programs that converts voice recordings to type, though I had limited success with...
  8. Tiana-- Any time you focus on your breathing and...

    Tiana--
    Any time you focus on your breathing and count like that, it's meditation! And yes, it does slow your heart rate and lower your blood pressure. Try taking a BP reading before and after a few...
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    Tiana-- On the computer, my books are very...

    Tiana--
    On the computer, my books are very organized. I have a folder for fiction, then folders for each line of books I write for (Americans, Supers, ST books) then a folder for each title. I...
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    Lesson 7: Exercise and the Writer

    Exerciseand the writer<o:p></o:p>

    Writingis a very sedentary occupation. Sad tosay, but I see an awful lot of obesity when I attend writers' conferences. And frankly, gaining weight is...
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    Laurean-- Mine, too. Sometimes I am not so good...

    Laurean--
    Mine, too. Sometimes I am not so good at taking my own advice. I am signing up at Curves today. Wish the sun would come out!

    Kara
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    Lesson 6: Creative High

    Good morning, and happy Monday!

    Think about how you feel when your writing is going well. You're excited. You're full of energy. You can't get the words down fast enough. We call it a...
  13. Lesson 5: More on Creative Visualization, and Insomnia

    Whilewe're talking about creative visualization, there's another way to use it. Every night before I go to sleep, I thinkabout the happy outcomes I want from my writing. Like the tennis player who...
  14. Welcome, Melannmarie. I am glad you're finding...

    Welcome, Melannmarie. I am glad you're finding some use from the lessons!

    Kara
  15. Laurean-- That is scary when something like that...

    Laurean--
    That is scary when something like that happens. I have written some scenes so intense that I had to stop, take a breather, and remind myself it wasn't real. And it must be worse if you...
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    Laurean-- Count me among the disorganized. The...

    Laurean--
    Count me among the disorganized. The sad thing is, I have such a strong desire to be organized, but no ability. I have piles of stuff everywhere. And the fact that I am slowly renovating...
  17. Lesson 4: Positive and Negative Imagery

    Nowlet's talk about another negative impact writing can have on your body and someways to avoid that.

    You'veprobably heard of positive imagery, guided imagery and/or creativevisualization. ...
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    Hi, Daryl! Welcome. you must be psychic, because...

    Hi, Daryl! Welcome. you must be psychic, because the effect writing has on our immediate mood is exactly what I'm talking about today! Be sure to chime in on that thread if you have any pointers.
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    Moonlight, the funny thing is, because I've been...

    Moonlight, the funny thing is, because I've been earning my living as a writer for twenty-odd years (some of them very odd), I don't like to write unless I'm getting paid for it. I think that's why...
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    Kayelle-- I was just going back looking at the...

    Kayelle--
    I was just going back looking at the posts and realized I'd missed one of yours, where you talked about Dr Oz, diabetes, losing weight, etc. and I did want to respond--I feel the same way...
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    Laurean, I have posted Lessons 1-3. Each is in a...

    Laurean, I have posted Lessons 1-3. Each is in a separate thread, so you have to go back to the workshop home here: http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/board/forumdisplay.php?f=1849 to see them....
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    Laurean, this is the kind of class where you can...

    Laurean, this is the kind of class where you can jump in any time. There aren't too many posts yet so you can just catch up, and there's no "homework." So, welcome!

    Kara
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    Lesson 3: Writers and Insanity

    Butthere's a downside this otherwise idyllic, emotionally healthy life we lead.<o:p></o:p>

    Creativepeople in general tend to suffer from more mental illness, including depressionand substance...
  24. Thread: Greetings!

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    ;) Glad you found us!

    ;) Glad you found us!
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    Kelly-- I know that when my health is suffering,...

    Kelly--
    I know that when my health is suffering, I find it very hard to focus on my writing. Even if it's a bad allergy day, it's hard to find the proper concentration to really get into the story....
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