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Kristi Holl has been a published writer for over 25 years.  Through a dozen surgeries, raising children, a divorce, numerous moves, and several financial crises, she continued to write.  As a writing teacher for 17 years, Ms. Holl used her experiences to encourage and advise hundreds of students, many of whom faced a similar challenge--how to integrate their writing with other aspects of their lives.  A series of articles on these issues expanded into weekly writing for two websites.  Repeated requests from both writing students and published authors for previously published articles convinced her to assemble 40 of her most popular articles into Writer’s First Aid.  (Scroll down for Table of Contents and four sample articles.)

 

Writer’s First Aid is divided into four sections for easy reference:  “Getting Started,” “Work Habits That Work for You,” “Money and Other Practical Matters,” and “Creating the Writing Life You Want.”  When a writer is experiencing a particular problem, he or she can turn to the section of the book covering that topic and find 10 articles.  These range from the very practical (in the work habits section) to inspirational and challenging (in the section on creating the writing life you want).  Articles in Writer’s First Aid fit the busy writer’s schedule:  long enough to be helpful, yet short enough to be read during ten-minute breaks. Think of Writer’s First Aid as a medicine chest, full of good things for what ails many writers.  Medicine chests contain items that kill pain, bind up wounds, bring restoration, and increase vitality.  May this volume be each of those things to you.

 

Contents

Introduction

 I  GETTING STARTED
           
Checkup from the Neck Up
          Hitting A Home Run
         
Getting to Know You
         
What’s Your Motivation?
         
Increased Creativity
         
What Are You Thinking?
         
Balanced Truth
         
A Block by Any Other Name
         
Beauty from Ashes
         
Why Does It Take So Long? Read here

 II  WORK HABITS THAT WORK FOR YOU
         
Unfinished Business Read here
         
Dealing with Distractions
         
But I Don’t Have Time!
         
No Cheating at the Office
         
Recovering from Speed Sickness
         
Boosting Productivity
         
Time Pressure?  Be Early!
         
Divide and Conquer
         
Too Much Time?
         
Journal through the Summer

III  MONEY AND OTHER PRACTICAL MATTERS
         
A New Relationship with Money
         
Money Maxims
         
Stop, Don’t Shoot! Read here
         
Great Expectations
         
Bite the Bullet!
         
Get Your Family Involved
         
8 Strategies for Being Your Own Agent
         
Waiting! Waiting! Waiting!
         
Choosing a Writers’ Conference
         
Body Maintenance

 IV  CREATE THE WRITING LIFE YOU WANT
         
The Shortest Distance
         
Is Full-time Freelancing for You?
         
Success:  Horse before the Cart
         
Who’s in Charge?
         
No Quick Fixes
         
Voices of Self-Sabotage Read here
         
The Traveling Writer
         
A Call to Excellence
         
Taking Time Off
         
A Writer’s Courage

Epilogue

                       

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