Inspiration & Creativity


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 is My Story” series. I’ve […]

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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 motivation levels high. If you’re […]


How to Write to Make a Difference

Whether you’re writing scripts, blog posts, articles or books – you need to know how to write to make a difference. Even more importantly, you need to know what “making a difference” means to you. Do you struggle to call yourself a writer? Read You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins. You’ll learn the importance of […]

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Editorial Calendars for Writers

How to Make an Editorial Calendar for Writers

How about increasing your writing productivity by 150%? Here’s how to make an editorial calendar for writers who want to write but get distracted by other tasks. If your writing is hit-or-miss, read A Writer’s Guide To Persistence: How to Create a Lasting and Productive Writing Practice by Jordan Rosenfeld. You’ll learn how to balance writing with the rest of your […]


Inspiration for Women Writers

Do you need inspiration to write? The five most important things women writers need are faith, energy, time, discipline, and freedom. Here’s a quick shot of each, to motivate and inspire you. If you struggle to write every day, read Writing Habit Mastery: How to Write 2,000 Words a Day and Forever Cure Writer’s Block by S.J. Scott. You’ll learn how […]

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How to Become a Better Writer

How to Become a Better Writer – an Artistic Perspective

I’m always searching for ways to write better; these tips on how to become a better writer are inspired by a book for new, or busy, or hesitant artists. In Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are, Gregory offers short little exercises for every artist – including writers like me, who […]


Creative Gifts for Artists – Inspired by Picasso

Painters, sculptors, cartoonists, potters, and sketch artists  will love this list of creative gifts for artists. I also share a short parable by Picasso – it’s both inspirational and realistic. It offers insight into the painter’s life, and that’s one of the best gifts you can give an artist. Picasso (the book cover is pictured) is Philippe Dagen’s exploration of the artist Pablo […]

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Inspirational Speech Sample for a Charity Ball

Inspirational Speech Sample for a Charity Ball

This inspirational speech sample – and my tips for speaking at a charity ball – is from my experience with a fundraising gala with Big Sisters. The best ideas for raising funds for a charity involve sharing how your charity affects people. If you’re raising money for a charity, read The Generosity Network: New Transformational Tools for Successful Fund-Raising by Jennifer McCrea, Jeffrey […]