Writing may make you healthier

First published in Arts.mic

Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write

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Rachel Grate's avatar image By Rachel Grate

The benefits of writing go far beyond building up your vocabulary.

No matter the quality of your prose, the act of writing itself leads to strong physical and mental health benefits, like long-term improvements in mood, stress levels and depressive symptoms. In a 2005 study on the emotional and physical health benefits of expressive writing, researchers found that just 15 to 20 minutes of writing three to five times over the course of the four-month study was enough to make a difference.

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Here’s Another Reason Not to Fear Short Attention Spans: The Slow Reading Movement

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 from Ink, bits & Pixels

Earlier today I posted an argument against authors writing for shorter attention spans. I argued that attention spans weren’t actually getting shorter; instead, readers will stick with a book which interests them no matter the interruption. I still think that is a good argument, but it’s not the only one I could make.  An article… Read More »

Source: Here’s Another Reason Not to Fear Short Attention Spans: The Slow Reading Movement | Ink, Bits, & Pixels

Sex After Sixty wins this year’s Wattys

Recognizing the best in Digital Storytelling

Ok, so what is a Watty? You’ve watched the Oscars. You know what an Oscar is.BookCover6x9_Cream_290FINAL TO PRESS What, pray tell, is a Watty?

The Wattys are Wattpad’s official annual awards that celebrate the best in digital storytelling. Be it fanfiction, romance, urban, sci-fi, poetry, or short stories, we acknowledge stories of all genres and styles.

New Survey Finds Millennial Readers Clinging to Print | Digital Book World

Good News for Authors

Millenials prefer print books over ebooks.

Millenials prefer print books over ebooks.

A new study by Publishing Technology finds U.S. millennials—defined as people currently between the ages of 18 and 34—almost twice as likely to read a print book as an ebook.

That finding squares with similar print preferences Pew researchers found among older readers as well. Among adults 18 and up, 28% read an ebook in 2014 as compared with the 69% of those who read at least one print book.

Results from the Publishing Technology survey also suggests young readers are equally comfortable with digital and analog modes of book discovery. 45% of millennials report learning about new titles by word-of-mouth recommendations, 32% by online browsing and 25% by browsing through a physical store or library.

via New Survey Finds Millennial Readers Clinging to Print | Digital Book World.

Is Your Writing Frozen This Winter?



House at Southern Shores, NC


Winter is a good time to write – less distractions, less daylight and less to do because of the colder weather.

Warm up your writing this winter with a long weekend at quiet Topsail Island in NC at the Winter Beach Writeaway with Mimi Herman & John Yewell.

Because sometimes writers just need to get away.

Spend a long weekend in a cozy house right on the beach, perfecting your poetry or prose with the help of other brilliant writers. The Winter Beach Writeaway is designed for writers of all genres and abilities, from beginner to MFA to professional. $400 per person includes double occupancy lodging, all meals, and wine.

Topsail Island, NC, Feb 27- Mar 2, 2015

For more information, go to www.writeaways.com or email John or Mimi at writeawaysinfo@gmail.com

Not a beach lover? Give your writing a romantic touch – write in France.


Is your writing missing a certain je ne sais quoi? Experience a week of great writing, authentic French food, and unforgettable ambiance in a 15th century French chateau, complete with 300 acres of vineyards, rose garden, and world famous topiary. Tour Loire Valley wineries (during la récolte!) and celebrate the equinox (Sept. 23) under a harvest moon!

Writeaways are designed for writers of all levels–beginner to MFA to professional. $2,250 per person, double occupancy, full board (including wine and after-dinner drinks), writing consultations and daily classes.

Chateau du Pin, Champtocé-sur-Loire, France, Sept. 21–27, 2015

Mimi & John in Paris

Mimi & John in Paris

For more information, go to www.writeaways.com or email us at writeawaysinfo@gmail.com

“One must be ruthless with one’s own writing, or someone else will be.”
-John Berryman