Writers With Mental Illness

How To Be Inspired As A Writer

how to be inspired as a writer

  So you’re a writer. Awesome. All forms of writing are awesome. Whether you’re a freelance writer, an aspiring author, or just someone who does it as a hobby, writing can be a joy. With that said, it can be a challenge as well, especially when it comes to finding inspiration.   That dreaded writer’s…

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May 2019 Book of the Month: Firefly Magic by Lauren Sapala

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Are you worried that if you really immerse yourself in marketing and selling your work, that you’ll lose touch with the deeper reasons behind your writing? -Lauren Sapala, Firefly Magic: Heart-Powered Marketing For Highly Sensitive Writers Firefly Magic: Heart-Powered Marketing For Highly Sensitive Writers is May’s book of the month. It’s a nonfiction book published…

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How To Make Freelance Writing With Depression Work

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Even the most passionate people find it hard to stay motivated or even move when their mental illness is knocking on the door. Being a creative person, an artist and freelance writing with depression, I have found my biggest challenge to be myself. I am diagnosed with persistent depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.…

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Finally: A Memoir On The Least Known Mood Disorder

This is a story about my life before bipolar disorder morphed me into a shadow of my former self. -Dyane Harwood, Birth of A New Brain Birth of A New Brain Book Review – 5 out of 5 stars March 2019 Writers With Mental Illness Book of the Month I “met” Dyane Harwood online when…

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8 Writers With Schizophrenia And Related Disorders To Support

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Schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders have been romanticized, stigmatized, and generally misunderstood by the general public and professionals alike. Readers like to say that having a mental illness must make someone more creative because so many writers have one. But in my experience, my illness makes the writing process much harder most of the time.…

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8 Black Women Writers To Read For Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, I put together a list of African American and/or Black women writers that deserve a place on your to-be-read list! These writers range from well-known poets and novelists to civil rights activists and emerging memoirists. When I first started putting together this list, my intention was to include black…

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How I Used Writing To Overcome My Mental Health Struggles

Like many other writers with mental health struggles, using writing to heal has been a huge part of my mental health journey. When my first symptoms of Bipolar Disorder and a dissociative disorder were emerging, I began journaling. To keep from drowning in my emotions, I wrote about my extreme feelings of joy, anger, and…

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Over 300 Essential Hashtags For Writers

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When I started this blog in 2016, I dove headfirst into research on blogging and hashtags and Pinterest and Twitter and email lists. Before I read up on hashtags, I always rolled my eyes at social media posts with more than two or three hashtags. Why were these people trying so hard? Why weren’t they…

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Writing To Cope As A Highly Sensitive Person

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As a highly sensitive person, I’ve been told since I was a child that I think too much and I’m too sensitive. If I wasn’t playing outside or watching Olsen twins movies with my sister, I was reading. As I got older, I learned that I was not only a highly-sensitive person, but I was…

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The Women Centric Gothic Horror Novel We’ve Been Waiting For

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Dove Keeper Book Review – 5 out of 5 stars Dove Keeper Summary: Dove Keeper is a gothic horror novel centered on three powerful women who lived in Rennes, France in 1918. The novel is written by Emily Deibler, a dedicated writer, artist, and nerd who explores trauma, grief, abuse, and neurodivergence in her writing.…

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