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Journaling through the Holidays

How Personal Writing Can Ease Stress and Bring More Joy to the Season

by Tina M. Games

While the holiday season can be quite joyous, it can also bring up a lot of stress and overwhelm - and for some, it can stir up feelings of pain or loneliness.

According to the American Institute of Stress, more than 110 million Americans take medication for stress-related causes each week. And when the holidays come along, people already predisposed to stress can find themselves feeling blue and more anxious than usual. Even those who don't ordinarily feel stressed under the pressure of events or deadlines, still find that the holiday season can play havoc on day-to-day routines.

So what can we do?

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Journaling by the Moonlight:
A Mother's Path to Self-Discovery

by Tina M. Games

Embracing the Challenge of NaNoWriMo

Writers blast through blocks during the National Novel Writing Month of November

by Felicity Henson

Every November, hundreds, no thousands of writers are hunched over keyboards, pulling at their hair and desperately searching for coffee. These are the writers involved in NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month.

This is a website dedicated to encouraging writers to complete a 50,000 word novel in one month.

Writing a novel in a month is a feat of powerful dedication and willpower, but every November, thousands of people achieve this goal

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The Write Way: Patience and the Art of Baking Cookies

by Katie O'Sullivan

One of my favorite parts of the Holiday season is baking Christmas cookies and treats. The scent of cinnamon wafting through the house is one of those things that means Christmas to me…The best things in life require a little work and a little more patience…

I enjoy all the steps – choosing ingredients, measuring and mixing, stirring in chips and candies, rolling out dough and cutting it into shapes, and even the waiting while the cookies bake in the oven, gradually turning into golden brown goodness.

And here's the point I want to make. Without the waiting, all you have is cookie dough.

Now, I'll admit I enjoy licking the spoon as much as the next person. But if you don't let them bake all the way through, they will never be more than unfinished lumps of dough. You can taste the potential, but you know it's not quite there yet. It's not really a cookie. It's just dough.

The same is true with your manuscript. You can have all the right ingredients – a great story idea, likeable characters, a killer plot twist – but unless you give that manuscript some time, it will never be all the way "cooked." Like the unbaked holiday treats, you can taste the potential but it's not really a book. It's just a manuscript…

Instead of the Mail Bag question, I've got a fun cookie recipe to share:


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The Dune Hollow Writers presents
An evocative collection of short stories and poems presented by seven unique feminine voices

This eBook is one of five of the new Provincetown Public Press imprint launched by the Provincetown Library.

Thought-provoking poems and character-driven stories are written by Joan W. Barnes, owner of the Dune Hollow Writers studio in Orleans, Kim Berner, Nancy DiFinizio, Marylou Mansfield, Margaret Rice Moir, Irene M. Paine, and Ginia Pati.

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