The Writer’s Life


4 Tips for Dealing With Discouragement After a Writing Conference

You’re completely normal if you feel discouraged, disappointed, and even depressed after a writing conference! Writing a book and getting published is a long, difficult process — not to mention the hurdles of getting a literary agent, writing a solid book proposal, and even writing your entire novel if you’re a fiction writer. These seven tips for dealing with discouragement […]

Dealing With Discouragement After a Writer’s Conference

5 Most Helpful Blogging Classes for Writers’ Workshops

None of the writers’ workshops and conferences I’ve attended offer in-depth classes or seminars on starting a blog for writers. This is probably because a writing conference or workshop is for aspiring authors who want to be traditionally published — but it is really difficult to get a publisher for your novel or nonfiction book! So, I often leave writers’ […]

Blogging Classes for Writers' Workshops

7 Ways to Get the Most Out of a Writer’s Conference 3

These tips for a successful writer’s conference will prepare you to get the most out of your publishing, editing, and writing workshops and seminars! Here’s a roundup of things I learned in my three days at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference in British Columbia, Canada. First, though, here’s what one writer said: “Writers are introverted and insecure.” – best-selling author Mary Jo Putney. Hmm…I’m insulted […]

7 Tips for a Successful Writers Conference

8 Ways to Find Creative Valentine’s Day Article Ideas 22

Go beyond the usual “romantic gift ideas” and “how we met” articles. These Valentine’s Day article ideas and blog post prompts will fire your creativity and help you highlight February 14 in a fresh new way. The icing on the cake? You’ll boost your online traffic and readership! “One of the hallmarks of genius is an ability to spot connections between […]

Ideas for Blog Posts or Online Articles on Valentine’s Day

10 Ways to Write Faster and Better With Dragon Naturally Speaking 3

I quickly learned how to be a faster and better writer with Dragon Naturally Speaking; my only regret is I waited so long to use speech recognition software in my work. I was introduced to Dragon Naturally Speaking more than five years ago but I hesitated to invest in it because I didn’t think it would work for me. Boy, was I […]

How to Write Faster and Better With Dragon Naturally Speaking

How to Get Good Story Ideas for Ezines and Print Magazines

Yes, you can be 100% sure that your pitches will pique the editor’s interest! Here’s how to get good story ideas to write for ezines, popular blogs, online journals, and even print magazines. “This is a great article on creative ways to find story ideas for articles, but I have two more tips to add,” says Joan J. Carrigan on 5 Creative […]

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6 Most Common Personality Traits of Successful Writers 14

According to Stephen King, it’s not talent that makes a writer successful. Here are the most common personality traits of writers who get published – and who even make a living from their writing. “Success seems like kind of a fluke to me. It’s not based on merit, since not everyone has the same opportunities. For me, it was just […]

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