How to Start Writing Your Life Story

“I want to write the story of my life but I don’t know where to start,” says one of my She Blossoms readers. Below are four tips on how to write your life story, from published author and literature professor Allan Hunter. I also share my own Blossom Tip at the end, plus additional resources […]

How to Start Writing Your Life Story

What Types of Blogs Earn the Most Money

Best Types of Blogs for Writers Who Want to Make Money

A fellow writer asked how my “She Blossoms” blogs (formerly “Quips and Tips”) are doing financially. I have no problem talking about making money as a blogger and writer – especially now that I’m a published author! Writing books for traditional publishing houses is a great experience, but definitely not as financially lucrative as blogging. […]


Sample Speech for a Charity Event or Nonprofit Fundraiser

Making a speech for a charity or nonprofit organization can be difficult. Many charities need money, support, and resources! My sample speech below includes tips for fundraising and speaking at charity events, inspired by my experience at a fundraising gala with Big Sisters. I spoke in Vancouver with my Little Sister; it was one of […]

Inspirational Speech Sample for a Charity Ball

How to Stay Focused on Writing When You're Easily Distracted

How to Stay Focused on Writing When You’re Easily Distracted

Lack of focus is one of the biggest obstacles to succeeding as a writer. These four simple, effective tips on how to stay focused on writing when you’re distracted by little shiny things will help you Blossom into the writer you want to be. At the very least, you’ll learn how to start the essay, […]


10 Reasons I Loved Writing for the Online Magazine Suite101

Writing for online magazines is interesting, instructive, and potentially profitable! Here’s why I loved writing for Suite101.com, including how the job taught me SEO (search engine optimization) and connected me to a an awesome group of web writers. First, a writing quotation from Natalie Goldberg – one of my favorite authors: “Writing is elemental,” writes Goldberg in […]

Writing for the Online Magazine Suite101.com

Personality Traits of Authors and Working Writers

6 Essential Personality Traits That Make Writers Succeed

According to Stephen King, it’s not talent that makes a writer successful. Talent is cheaper than table salt! These “writers’ personality traits” are essential for success in the writing world. If you’re an aspiring writer – or even a published author who wants to stay in the game – you need to make your personality […]


4 Examples of Sensory Details to Fire Up Your Writing

Good writing – like a slab of rich dark chocolate – activates all your senses: ears, eyes, nose, fingers, and even your taste buds. Here are four concrete, specific examples of how to use your senses and sensory details when you write. “If there is a profound secret to good writing, it lies in the engagement of the […]

4 Examples of Sensory Details to Fire Up Your Writing

How to Overcome Setbacks When You’re Writing a Book s

5 Key Tips for Writers on How to Overcome Setbacks

Setbacks in your writing career are inevitable; giving up as a writer is optional. These tips for overcoming setbacks when you’re writing your book will take you beyond the proposal. It’s time to venture into the wonderland of signing a publishing contract, writing towards a manuscript deadline, and working with editors on your traditionally published […]


How Not to Ruin Your Writing Career With Reader’s Digest

These four practical tips on how to start writing articles for Reader’s Digest are based on my humbling experience with my column pitch. I’d just started my freelance writing career when I got my first assignment with Reader’s Digest.  Yay! I wrote an article about going green on Valentine’s Day – and it went so […]

How Not to Ruin Your Writing Career With Reader's Digest

How to Stop Feeling Like a Failed Writer

How to Stop Feeling Like a Failed Writer

As part of my “how to stop feeling sorry for yourself” series of articles, I realized that failing as a writer was one of my biggest sources of self-pity. And if I feel like a failure as a writer, I suspect there are other writers who feel the same way. Here are a few tips […]


The Nonfiction Book Proposal That Won Me a Publishing Contract

Are you writing a Christian nonfiction book? Then you need to write a book proposal that appeals to literary agents, acquisitions editors, publishing boards, and the marketing staff at publishing houses. And – if you want to get your Christian book published – then you need to read sample book proposals until you learn how […]

how to write a nonfiction Christian book proposal

How to Start a Christian Blog

How to Start a Christian Blog That Pleases Jesus

Write like you have a message from the King – because you do! Here’s how to start a successful Christian blog and even make money as a faith-based blogger.  These eight blogging tips will help you find your voice as a blogger and share the good news of the gospel. My inspiration for this article […]