In recent years a body of research has developed highlighting the mental and physiological benefits of meditation. Neuroscientists have discovered that the brain waves in meditators are shifted away from the stress-prone right frontal cortex and more towards the calmer left frontal cortex, suggesting that meditation can help make us happier and calmer. While other studies have shown that meditation can help to reverse heart disease and enhance the immune system. I’m a big fan of this research…"Is Meditation Scientific?"
One of the best pieces of advice I have heard for achieving your goals is this: make sure to be consistent. Many popular authors have written about the need to accumulate 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in any field. This maxim was the subject of the book Outliersby Malcolm Gladwell, and also features heavily in Geoff Colvin’s book, Talent Is Overrated. If you think about it 10,000 hours is a lot of time.…"Be Consistent!"
I’ve been posting about focus and systems a lot lately, but I thought I’d use today to get back to the basics. Many of my readers probably don’t need this: Those of you who are proficient systematizers and who are already looking for new ways to improve your focus. But for anyone who’s lost in piles of projects and tasks, without a clear picture of what you are supposed to be doing right now, this…"One thing at a time (a.k.a. Focus 101)"
Some writers have a hard time coming up with ideas while others seem to get so many ideas that they can barely keep up with it. I’m one of those who gets (I don’t want to say too many) a boatload of ideas. They used to seem to come from nowhere, but now I see that my every day life inspires these ideas for me. Plus, my hubby comes up with a new story idea…"How to Get Ideas for Your Writing"
Freelance writing is not something to be taken lightly. This is a serious business. Unfortunately, when most people think about freelance writing they daydream about working in their pajamas, vacationing, being home for their kids, creating their own schedules, and doing what they love. The good news is that all of these daydreams are possible, although most freelancers don’t vacation much as they are mostly workaholics…or is that just me? The point is I rarely…"Do You Really Have What it Takes to Become a Freelance Writer?"
Alyse Chirello has been a full-time freelance writer for eight years. She proudly works from home where she lives with her husband and two daughters. Ali has written for top clients as a copywriter and ghostwriter. WOW: Ali, welcome to our Premium Markets Newsletter! We’re thrilled you’ve decided to share your experience on freelance writing. So, let’s start at the beginning. How should a writer prepare herself to enter the freelance marketplace? Ali: Thank you…"Motivation Monday: Writer Q and A"
My Must-Have Writing Tools and Resources There are some things I simply cannot live without as a freelance writer. I look back and wonder how I wrote anything without these writing tools and resources. Sometimes I wonder what would have become of me if I had not gained access to these necessities…ok, so they’re not *necessities* per say. They just help me work better. Some of these things I have always had. Some I discovered…"8 Writing Tools Every Writer Should Have"