The Writer’s Life


How to Use the Power of Storytelling When You Write

Here, you’ll find five tips on how to tell stories when you write articles, newsletters, reports and other types of writing. Learn how to tap into the creative power of storytelling… “People don’t want more information,” writes Annette Simmons, author of The Story Factor: Inspiration, Influence, and Persuasion Through the Art of Storytelling. “They are up to their eyeballs in […]


8 Time-Tested Personality Traits of the Best Poets and Writers 1

First, the results of a research study about the writing habits of famous writers. Then, the personality traits of the best poets and writers that stand the test of time. Which aren’t based on research. Here’s what a reader asked about the personality traits of successful writers: “Is it possible to learn to become a top writer or it is something […]

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7 Best Pieces of Advice From Creative Writing Workshops

Prepare to be inspired, fellow scribes! The Artist’s Way was one of the creative writing workshops; the rest of this best advice comes from a variety of writers’ sessions I attended this year. Last night I attended a talk by Natalie Goldberg at the Vancouver Public Library. She’s the author of Writing Down the Bones. Unfortunately she didn’t share her […]

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How to Write Better – Make a Heart Map 5

What is a heart map, and how can it help you learn how to write better? Here’s how I mapped my heart and why I use it to make my writing more grabby. Heart maps are often used in poetry because they help writers tap into emotions, memories, and experiences. The more heartfelt and emotional your writing is, the more […]

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How I Became a Blogger – Laurie’s Story 6

The second best way to learn how to become a blogger is to discover other bloggers got started. The first best way to be a blogger is to simply start blogging! Here’s how I became a blogger, plus tips to get you started on your blog. This post is actually the first in my “This is My Story” series. I’ve […]

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Writing a Novel? How to Stay Motivated 4

I found a great article about writing a novel on The Independent. Here’s the best of the tips on how to stay motivated – I tweaked them to apply to writers who need a boost. If you’ve ever felt rejected by publishers, literary agents, or even your writing group, you need to learn ways to keep your motivation levels high. If you’re […]

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How to Write to Make a Difference 1

Whether you’re writing scripts, blog posts, articles or books – you need to know how to write to make a difference. Even more importantly, you need to know what “making a difference” means to you. Do you struggle to call yourself a writer? Read You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins. You’ll learn the importance of […]

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