Inspiration & Creativity


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

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 […]


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 […]

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Best Self-Help Books for Women She Blossoms

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 […]


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 […]

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How to Get Good Story Ideas for Ezines and Print Magazines

Yes, you can be 100% sure that your pitches will pique the editor’s interest! Here’s how to get good story ideas to write for ezines, popular blogs, online journals, and even print magazines. “This is a great article on creative ways to find story ideas for articles, but I have two more tips to add,” says Joan […]


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

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 […]

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How to Write Better – Make a Heart Map

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 […]


How I Became a Blogger – Laurie’s Story

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 […]

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Writing a Novel? How to Stay Motivated

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 […]