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, […]

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

Writing for the Online Magazine Suite101.com

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 […]


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 […]

Personality Traits of Authors and Working Writers

4 Examples of Sensory Details to Fire Up Your Writing

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 […]


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 to Overcome Setbacks When You’re Writing a Book s

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

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 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 […]

How to Stop Feeling Like a Failed Writer

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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 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 […]

How to Start a Christian Blog

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11 Popular Magazine Articles That Editors Love to Publish

Here are the 11 most popular types of articles in magazines – both online and print publications. I also included descriptions of roundups, personality profiles, research shorts, human interest, and “how to” articles. If you’re an aspiring freelance writer, this list of the different types of magazine articles will help you write big, bold, and beautiful. And […]


7 Signs Your Blog Will Be Popular and You’ll Make Money With It

One of the most important questions for bloggers who want to make money online, with their blogs: “Will my blog be popular, and can I actually earn money blogging?” Yes — if you treat your blog like a business, and actually learn how to make money blogging as a professional writer. Here, I share several […]

7 Signs Your Blog Will Be Popular and You’ll Make Money With It

7 Ways for Extroverts to Increase Their Writing Productivity

7 Ways for Extroverts to Increase Their Writing Productivity

Writers with extroverted personality traits tend to spend more time with friends and family – especially when compared to introverts! Here are seven tips for increasing writing productivity for extroverts (although writers with introverted personalities are welcome to use these tips, too 🙂 ). “Write only if you cannot live without writing. Write only what […]