Successful Writers


Blossom Before the Wind Blows

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” asked Mary Oliver. I’ve been thinking about this question a lot lately because Wayne Dyer, Wes Craven, and Oliver Sacks all died within a couple days of each other. Wayne Dyer taught me not to […]

Blossom Before the Wind Blows

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Writers, Achieve Your Goals! Motivation to Keep Writing 5

Finding the motivation to write is a constant struggle, even for writers who earn a living from writing! That’s why I wrote Fire Up the Muse — to help writers achieve their goals, no matter what obstacles they face. If you’re a writer who struggles with self-doubt, frustration, writer’s block, fear of failure, […]


New Articles – Divorce, Divorce, Divorce! and Thanksgiving Dinner 1

Here are this week’s new articles from The Adventurous Writer – divorce was the hot topic, because of a wonderful book I’ve been reading (and no, it’s not because my marriage is unhappy!). I also wrote about writing careers, Thanksgiving, saving money for Christmas shopping, and Halloween costumes. First, advice […]


5 Web Writing Tips From a Panel of Bloggers 2

Instead of a writing strategy this week, I’ve rounded up several effective web writing tips from a panel of bloggers. These tips are (mostly) from the Web Writing Panel at the Writer’s Craft Fair hosted by the BC Association of Magazine Publishers. I was honored to participate in this panel […]


Writing Strategy #3 – Write for One Hour 5

Every week, The Adventurous Writer features a writing strategy from Quips & Tips for Successful Writers (or another first-rate source!). This week, the strategy is how to “write for one hour.” My sample chapters to a publisher are due in a couple of weeks, my series of seven health articles is […]


Writing Strategy #2 – Grab Your Readers by the Throat 4

This week, the strategy is how to “grab your reader by the throat” (every week, The Adventurous Writer features a writing strategy from Quips & Tips for Successful Writers or another first-rate source!). Grabbing your readers (or editors, or publishers) by the throat is a fancy way of saying “write […]


Writing Strategy #1 – Let Your Writing Go

Every week, The Adventurous Writer features a writing strategy from Quips & Tips for Successful Writers (or another first-rate source!). This week, the strategy is “let your writing go.” “The best writing advice I ever received was to not get attached to your words,” says editor and freelance writer Alyice […]


How Freelancers, Nonfiction Writers, and Novelists Succeed 9

This website – The Adventurous Writer – isn’t just about my successes and failures as a freelance writer and book author. That’s secondary, because I dislike writing about myself. Rather, this site is about how to succeed as a novelist and nonfiction writer! How writers succeed is as easy (and […]