8 Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Writers

Some of you might be wondering why I’ve decided to write a post for writers on how to stay healthy. I realize that nearly everyone knows basic guidelines for staying healthy (it’s mostly just a matter of ignoring temptation), so why can’t writers just do the same thing? Glad you asked! I am armed and ready with an answer to this question.

If you’re a writer, or know writers, you’ll understand that such a life is very sedentary. We read, write, edit, brainstorm, and do everything else writing related while sitting down and/or hunched over a notebook or screen. This is because everything we do writing related, whether getting inspiration or actually doing the art, either comes from or goes on a piece of paper or a blank document. To sum it up, writing is definitely not an active activity, if you haven’t already noticed.

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Finding Neverland – A Guest Post by Brianna Merrit

Today I have a fabulous treat for you: I’ve asked the lovely writer Brianna Merrit to guest post on my blog! She has some wonderful inspiration and epic encouragement to share with you all and I am honored to have her do just that on my blog. Go ahead and enjoy! (Warning: Use fairy dust in moderation but don’t be afraid to fly.)

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That…is Neverland.”

~J.M. Barrie

 

If you’re a writer or anyone loosely associated with the Arts you can probably find that you identify, perhaps even relate, to the character of J.M. Barrie in the 2004 film Finding Neverland. I’ve been involved in the Arts since I was 3 years old when my mom enrolled me in Ballet class. And for as long as I can remember I’ve loved telling stories through dance as well as the written word, so to say that I felt a special connection to Johnny Depp’s character, J.M. Barrie, would be putting it lightly.

 

As Peter Pan is one of my all-time favorite fictional characters, I’m somewhat floored that I only saw Finding Neverland for the first time this year. But let me tell you—it was well worth the wait.

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In the same vein as Saving Mr. Banks (another film that I laughed, cried, and dreamed myself through), the film transported the ever-present writer inside of me to the world of J.M. Barrie and what it was like for him to come up with his greatest work.

 

Exploring the movie’s themes and underlying messages, you can find many lessons to be learned and many nuggets of wisdom to glean, but I want to look at two of them in particular.

 

One.

“You find a glimmer of happiness in the world,

there’s always someone who wants to destroy it.” – J.M. Barrie

 

Have you ever been told you can’t do something? Or that you’re not good enough?

 

“That’ll never work” and “Don’t get your hopes up” are very common phrases told to the dreamers of the world. Three groups of people have seemed to emerge from the masses: the dream achievers, the dream stealers, and those without a dream. (Think about the “I’ve Got A Dream” song from Tangled and you’ll know what I’m talking about). Out of the three groups the biggest happen to be the dream stealers because they were once the dream achievers. Because someone chose to steal their aspirations away they see fit to steal others as well. We can’t let that happen. Do you know why?

 

Everyone wants to have a dream. And even more than that, they want to see their dream take off on fairy wings.

 

As Jefferson, the Mad Hatter from Once Upon A Time says, “You know what the issue is with this world? Everybody wants a magical solution to their problem, and everyone refuses to believe in magic.”

 

If you’re a writer or dancer or artist don’t let other people steal away the happiness you find in your magical creativity. In fact, never stop sharing it with them because they are the people who need it the most.
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Two.

 

“I’m not Peter Pan. He is.”

– Peter Llewelyn Davies

 

What we create defines us. It is who we are as an individual, and as a culture. Art is essential to our world, and stories are at the very center of every art form out there.
Painting, Dancing, Singing, Writing…

They’re all forms of story performed by storytellers.

 

Be transparent in your work. Be honest and vulnerable.

 

Be you.

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Brianna Merrit

I’m a dragon-loving, tea-addicted writer who loves to share the joy of adventure and grace of redemption through my writing. I write Christian Speculative Fiction and Fantasy for teens and young adult readers .

As well as writing, I love dancing and currently teach Ballet and Jazz in Virginia where I live with my family and spoiled rotten Dalmation, Valentine.

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Review of 15 Best Books Read in 2016 (With Pictures)

I’ve decided to experiment a bit this Tuesday. I’ve taken my favorite books I read in 2016 and compiled them into one blog post, complete with a short review and book photography of each. (Except for the books I don’t own. These are stock pictures I edited onto a picture I’ve taken.) Each book title has an Amazon Affiliate link, which means if you click the link and buy the book on Amazon, I get a tiny percentage of your money (so thank you, in advance, for your future hypothetical support).

I’ve never really shared my photography on my blog before, so this also gives me a chance to talk about and direct you to my Instagram. I try to post quality photography on there every other day at the most and I post pretty much anything from bookstagram attempts to random pictures of nerd collectibles, cosplays, tea in cool looking mugs, nature, and anything that has to do with writing and aesthetics. My siblings and I also went on a rainy, muddy photo shoot the other day in which I dressed in a cloak and held fantasy books in what we call the “woods” (a small patch of trees behind our neighborhood). Future Instagram posts will feature those, and I personally think they’re epic, thanks to my brother, the photographer (Michael Jr.).

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A Critical Review of Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” – 2 ½ Stars

On my blog, I’ve reviewed quite a few books that either receive 4 or 5 star ratings. I think this will be the first “critical” book review, and it’s a good one to start out with, as it is pretty popular.

I believe it’s my first time reading a contemporary distopian, popular YA novel. Picking Divergent up to proofread for my sister, I wasn’t expecting anything great; I’d heard there was teen romance combined with a poor writing style, but I was still curious. Turns out, it fit my expectations pretty well. It’s hard to say whether I actually “liked” the book or not; there were things about it I did enjoy, whereas there were things about it that makes me not want to read the second book.

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Three 2017 Year Goals for the Writer

When I think of “New Year’s Resolutions,” I think of all the people who set new goals as to 1) learn something new, 2) lose weight, 3) eat healtheir, 4) be less stressed, and the list goes on. Those are really good thing to pursue, but this post is not about those types of goals. Plus, “New Year’s Resolutions” is way too cliche (ask all the humans).

I’ve come up with some goals for you as a writer. Any writer. You may write only in your journal or you may be a bestselling author, I don’t care. Every kind of writer should set certain goals that will help them to, in the long run, become a better writer. And it doesn’t even have to start on January 1.

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Book Review: Where the Woods Grow Wild by Nate Philbrick

I haven’t read that many indie published books, but I had been following the blog You Write Fiction for about a year and a half. It’s full of sarcsatic wit, writerly humor, and tips for writing and storytelling. The guy behind the blog, Nate Philbrick, is a Christian fantasy writer, and I widely enjoyed all his posts and his vision for fantasy fiction. Plus, I’d heard that he had indie published some really cool stories, among which are Little One and Judgement Wheel. So when the news came out that he was going to publish a fantasy novel, Where the Woods Grow Wild, I decided to mark my calander.

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Revisting the Scene Tea with Tumnus

Several weeks ago, Hannah and I had some fun revisiting the scene from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe where Lucy has tea with Tumnus in Narnia. Hannah has this awesome blog series, “Bookish Recipes,” where she picks a book, writes a review on it, and makes an original recipe based on some food or meals from that book. For example, she’s recently done some posts on a couple Harry Potter books, The Scorpio Races, and Fellowship of the Ring. Be sure to check her blog out while you’re at it, she’s an awesome writer with some pretty good tips. You don’t want to miss a post.

This time, she decided to create recipes inspired by Tumnus’s tea time from Narnia. And, knowing how my blog is somehow somewhat related (don’t ask me why she thought that), she also decided to invite me over to participate.

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