The Writer’s Life


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

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 […]


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

how to write a nonfiction Christian book proposal

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 […]


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 […]

7 Ways for Extroverts to Increase Their Writing Productivity

How to Start a Writing Group

7 Tips for Starting a Writers’ Group – Writing Alone, Together

Of course you should start a writer’s group – what are you waiting for?! A writers’ group can increase your productivity, inspire you to write more, and motivate you to send your writing to literary agents, magazine editors, and book publishers. When I mentioned my writing group on Twitter, and received several “I wish I […]


5 Books to Help You Blossom Into the Woman God Created You to Be

It’s not easy to find the “best self-help books for women” because we all need different things! Here are some of the books that helped me Blossom into the woman God created me to be. I was inspired to write this article by one of my Blossomy readers, who emailed me, saying… “I have been […]

Best Self-Help Books for Women She Blossoms

Dealing With Discouragement After a Writer’s Conference

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 […]


The 5 Most Helpful Blogging Workshops at Writers’ Workshops

Should writers’ workshops and conferences offer classes or seminars on starting a blog for writers? Yes! Here are the best blogging workshops for writers who want to use their blog to reach a wider audience. Truth be told, I often leave writers’ workshops and writing conferences feeling a bit deflated. Disappointed, because the road to […]

Blogging Classes for Writers' Workshops

7 Tips for a Successful Writers Conference

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

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 […]


8 Ways to Find Creative Valentine’s Day Article Ideas

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 […]

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

How to Write Faster and Better With Dragon Naturally Speaking

10 Ways to Write Faster and Better With Dragon Naturally Speaking

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 […]